The Hummingbird Bakery will be opening a fifth outlet in London’s Angel Islington this month and also plans to expand overseas during 2012.

The new bakery, located in the Angel Building on St John Street, will open its doors on Friday 27 January. It will be The Hummingbird Bakery’s second London-based branch to open in the past 12 months, taking on 17 new members of staff to create its infamous cupcakes, and other baked goods.

The Hummingbird Bakery will also expand further this year as it looks to create an international presence, offering individuals the oppportunity to manage franchise outlets.

Tarek Malouf, founder of The Hummingbird Bakery, said: “I’ve long wanted to open a branch in Islington and I’m delighted to finally be doing so. The local area, including Upper Street, filled with its cafés, restaurants and boutique shops, makes the perfect home for us. Many of our customers and residents of the area have suggested we open a branch here and I now look forward to personally welcoming them to The Hummingbird Bakery Islington.”

Fit-out specialist Portview and design company RPA Vision are currently completing the fit-out in line with the style of The Hummingbird Bakery’s Soho and Spitalfields branches.

Malouf first opened The Hummingbird Bakery in 2004 on Portobello Road, Notting Hill, as a self-funded business, which has achieved a consistent 20% year-on-year growth in the past three years.

To find out more about The Hummingbird Bakery’s plans to grow internationally, read the next issue of British Baker magazine (13 January).