Sep 5, 2014: Two mechanical engineers of Panjab Engineering College changed their career path to start a bakery unit. Having left their well paying jobs, the duo, Simranjit Singh and Saurabh Chopra, decided to be entrepreneurs and started looking for opportunities six months back, and ultimately decided to enter the field of hospitality industry by setting up their own bakery. Chipping in their own savings and bank loan, the unit has been set up in Mohali and have opened their first outlet in Sector 46C.
Simranjit Singh passed out in 2006 while Saurabh completed his mechanical engineering from PEC in 2009, and since both knew each other, they decided to venture out on their own and turn entrepreneur. We have plans to set up a few more outlets in the tricity area this year and go beyond 50 kms area on franchise model, quips Simranjit.
My mother was my inspiration who is a good baker herself and I used to help her in the kitchen while baking cake, Saurabh said, who worked for almost four years with an MNC in Noida, and abroad. Simranjit Singh however picked up the fundamentals of bakery at a French bakery Le Pain Quotidien in New York, USA. Both of them wanted to create a range of cakes, pastries, cookies, and snacks that are best in quality yet affordable.
We studied the market that there had been hardly any bakery cateringto the middle segment, Saurabh says. Employing the best team of chefs, the duo is all set to expand into other sectors soon, while Simranjit is a foodie Saurabh is a techiem guy who have put into place some of the best systems in place to manage the bakery operations.
“We are mechanical engineers and just love to manage projects and Buddies Bakery is our passion,” add Simranjit and Saurabh. The city would not have seen some of the specialities that we offer including cake pops, cup cakes, and bite-size mini cup cakes, rusks in chocolate flavours, and a wide variety of cookies which include Italian Biscoti, Choco, Pista and almond sticks, etc.
On the way we were helped by Hotel Aroma’s owner Man Mohan Singh Kohl and CJ Singh of Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce (SACC), whon mentored us throughout in setting up this unit, strategizing its launch, and mentoring us on diverse fields, be it branding, supply chain management, or networking with the customers