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Being able to export their amazing baking equipment is the icing on the cake for sisters Stephanie Clarke and Fiona Cross.

They are hoping to taste success and lots of it after their Pendle-based company Purple Cupcakes began designing, importing, distributing and exporting a diverse range of baking equipment and accessories.

The support provided

The sisters contacted East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce International Trade Team, one of Pennine LEAP’s partners, for specialist support.

They were provided with extensive guidance and mentoring on their global supply chain, including support with pricing and international selling.

Stephanie also attended a series of free international trade seminars for new businesses exporting for the first time and how to avoid the pitfalls.


Purple Cupcakes currently employs two people and has plans to increase their international trade activities to create further employment opportunities. 


“The free help we have received from the Chamber as part of Pennine LEAP has been invaluable. They have guided us every step of the way and we are very excited about the future. I would urge other businesses to consider exporting and get help from the experts in the field.”

– Stephanie Clarke, Purple Cupcakes

About the programme

Purple Cupcakes received support as part of the Pennine LEAP programme, run by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. The LEAP programme is now part of Boost Business Lancashire. To apply for support, complete our online form or call 0800 488 0057.

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