‘Bake Off’ effect hits Manchester

Greater Manchester has seen a 27% rise in specialist bakeries since The Great British Bake Off series first aired in 2010, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In 2010, there were 315 shops in Greater Manchester that specialised in selling baked goods. However, the figures revealed that there has been a rise to 400 shops.

Although the number of bakery manufacturers has fallen slightly in this time, from 165 to 145, it seems as though Greater Manchester is relishing the baking industry.

The UK as a whole has seen both the number of businesses manufacturing and selling baked goods rise significantly since The Great British Bake Off started.

Back in 2010 there were 2,810 baked goods manufacturers and 6,810 specialised retailers, but this rose to 3,030 manufacturers and 7,755 retailers last year.

The seventh series of The Great British Bake Off will be broadcast on BBC One from 8pm on Wednesday 24 August.

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