Squires Kitchen began in Beverley Dutton’s kitchen, in 1984. Beverley started baking and decorating cakes for sale, but soon realised that it was the business side of the venture that appealed to her. First the shop was opened in Wrecclesham Potteries in 1987, and shortly after the school was set up in the family’s home kitchen. As interest snowballed and customers and students came from a wide distance, new products were developed to meet customers’ creative demands. The first product Beverley developed was SK Petal Powder, a flower paste which secured the company’s first British Patent. Five years later, after more product development and with the company growing faster than ever, Beverley’s husband Robert, an architect, joined the business bringing more creative skills and expertise.
Over the last 20 years Beverley and Robert have built the company together, and continue to do so today, growing organically and taking on more and more employees who share the same passion for business and creativity as them. Every member of the Squires Kitchen team is encouraged to go on the courses – even the accounts department is a dab hand with a piping bag! Over 20 years on, Squires Kitchen’s School is the largest and one of the most popular schools of its kind in the UK. Today, as well as the International School, The Squires Group has an online shop – www.squires-shop.com, a magazine publishing division – Squires Kitchen Magazine Publishing, and a book publishing division – B. Dutton Publishing Ltd. The company also has manufacturing, distribution and warehousing for over 5,500 products many of which are own brand.
Whilst we offer a professional service, it’s this family feel and homely approach that keeps students coming back to Squires Kitchen’s School time and time again. We’ve inspired many a sugarcrafter, cake maker and cake decorator who came to learn with us and has now gone on to big and bright things.
We enjoy meeting our students and discovering amazing talent, so we hope to see you soon on a course at Squires Kitchen.
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