Help us save the Gluten Escape gluten-free bakery in Cullompton!
We have 74 Crowdfunding Packages left for £50 and 19 Packages left for £100.
These Packages contain a selection of gluten-free products from Gluten Escape that would otherwise cost £18.90 . The difference between £50 or £100 and £18.90 is your contribution to saving and developing the bakery.
To make the decision easier we offer all our Backers a 10% lifetime discount in our webshop, that you will receive via a refund to your card. You will receive your discount code and details of this Reward Program with your Crowdfunding Package.
Please see our Guarantees, References and How the funds will be spent in the Questions & Answers section.
I'm Laszlo, a Hungarian banker turned gluten-free baker based in Cullompton, Devon. How I got here and why I do what I do is a long story involving success, failure, love, both failing and helping others, which I am happy to tell over tea or a pint.
We began the gluten-free baking journey in our café in Weston in the craziness of the pandemic after years of experimenting with recipes and ingredients to offer Coeliac patients the best bread they'll ever taste. We moved the shop to Cullompton in April, 2022 to focus on gluten-free products.
In the last 1 and 1/2 years there were ups and downs but the positive feedback and comments of customers kept me going. In 2023 I started focusing on large orders from Farm Shops, Garden Centres, Pubs and Restaurants. Even though summer was very strong, large orders have become unstable and therefore the business at this point is not sustainable.
I need to increase production and bring down costs, but cannot do that with the machines I have now. I will not compromise on quality of the products, so best I could do is I've negotiated the lease of a new set of machines that will cost half as much per month as the ones I have now, and double my baking capacity.
With larger capacity and lower costs I have a better position in negotiations with large resellers who would take Gluten Escape products all over the UK.
See details about the machines and the funds will be spent in the Questions & Answers section.
Lots of you have requested the store to be open more frequently
I need to introduce pick-up points closer to customers in the Exeter area in cafés and bakeries
I need to introduce branded packaging
I need to be more active on social media
I need to hire a full-time Assistant Baker
I need to introduce requested product lines such as breadcrumbs and sourdough bread
We've started experimenting with advertising on Facebook and Instagram. It needs to continue to raise awareness of our products
Any other suggestions? Please write me an email or a comment on Facebook!
Thank you for your generous purchase,
We hope to sell £5000 worth of Crowdfunding Packages in the coming month. The funds would help Gluten Escape stay afloat in the short term, and expand production in just weeks:
We will display the names of all our supporters in the bakery and on our socials if they don't opt out.
We are not in the position for bank loans or other, even more expensive options. With crowdsourcing on our own website our customers can decide to help us out so we can keep baking their favourite gluten-free products. A lifetime 10% discount in our web shop will refund their generous contribution in the coming months, depending on their future order frequency.
We've decided to not use a Crowdfunding service provider, because this way we can immediately thank our Backers, and receive the funds continuously during the one month period which will help immensely to keep things running.
To make sure that the 10% lifetime discount our Backers receive is an attractive perk, we will to not increase the prices of 27th October, 2023 for them for at least one year until 1st of December, 2024. The prices are now set in stone for Rewards Program participants.
The funds from the sale of Crowdfunding Packages immediately appear on the bakery's account and therefore can be and will be used for the causes mentioned above. For this reason we would be very happy with selling even a few Packages.
If you are unhappy with your Package or change your mind, please ask for a refund.
How do our Backers know that the money goes for the causes above?
We've put so much work in the bakery, I receive constant positive feedback and I feel the love of the community. I know because you keep telling me that these products help people. I really don't want this special thing to end, and that is why I am moving every stone I can to make it work. Including one of the hardest things: Asking for help.
Yes! Share our appeal or just the Gluten Escape store with your friends who might be interested in trying our loved gluten-free products. They won't be disappointed! Know anyone who could help? Send them our way!