Bachmanns Patisserie and Chocolate Creations, of Thames Ditton, Surrey, is to expand to a second outlet. Owner Chris Bachmann has bought a new premises in Weybridge, Surrey. Bachmann told British Baker: "We have always wanted a second site with a high profile and more interior seating. Some customers make a special trek from Weybridge, but too infrequently.

"Our Thames Ditton site is 1,500sq ft, Weybridge will be over 3,000sq ft. Initially we will continue to make and bake products here [Thames Ditton], but the new premises will have finishing and chocolate rooms and a bake-off oven. Later on we hope to share more work between the two sites. Eventually I’d like to add a pastry school on the top floor at Weybridge."

Initially, he said, he will need to recruit three apprentices and three shop staff. It is expected the new outlet will be open by mid-September.