The Belfast Baking Company has invested £100k to fund a second bakery outlet in the Northern Irish capital.

The new bakery will be 800 sq ft and will officially launch after the Christmas/New Year break.

The company opened its first store last autumn with an investment of £350k – employing 30 members of staff at the Titanic Quarter.

It expects to take on eight new members of staff and has a five-year growth plan, which will see multiple units open over that period.

“The new site is designed to operate as a patisserie/home bakery, whereas our flagship store at Titanic Quarter is the main unit with a 55-seater restaurant, co-owner Paul McDonald told British Baker.

“The new store will allow us to offer some more traditional products to the local community while throwing some new products into the mix.”

McDonald added that the new outlet would offer customers traditional artisan breads, patisseries and bespoke cakes to order, as well as take-out sandwiches and hot food options.

In April, The Belfast Baking Company created a 6ft cake model of the RMS Titanic to mark the 104th anniversary of its sinking.