From creating brownies in her kitchen during lockdown to now supplying a major restaurant chain, Food Exchange business Frankie’s Brownies has gone from strength to strength.
Suppling national burger chain Honest Burgers with a brownie-based dessert is the latest accomplishment for the Mission Kitchen based firm, founded by Frankie Spivey. Her tasty treats are a first for Honest Burgers.
“I reached out to see if they would be interested in collaborating with me as they didn’t have a dessert offering on their menu,” said Frankie. “We worked together over a few months to create a bespoke Salted Caramel Brownie Pot, exclusive to Honest Burgers.”
Frankie has now supplied more than 20,000 desserts since August 2023; her brownies are available in 16 restaurants across the UK.
“I started selling my brownies and baked goods on e-commerce site Etsy after redundancy hit during the pandemic,” she added. “I rented a space at Mission Kitchen and my first listing sold out, the rest is history!”
The business remained a side hustle, as Frankie gradually added corporate connections and created a professional network that saw orders slowly grow in size. Companies started to place bigger orders as gifts for their teams when they were working from home or as return to work treats. She took the plunge to go full time in 2022 and her clients now include WeWork, Compare the Market and Yelp, as well as Honest Burgers.
Frankie believes Mission Kitchen has been instrumental in her success, as the space is set up for growth and ensures she can scale up when needed.
“Equally as valuable have been the unseen benefits such as mentorship, events, and the ability to network with like- minded foodies,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better space to kick-start my business and highly recommend Mission Kitchen to any food start-ups out there.”