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Bakery's boost in sales has been a cakewalk

Originally published: 14.04.2009

The credit crunch isn't taking a bite out of the West of Scotland's appetite for cakes and pies . . .

at least not for one local baker.

James Allan Bakers, owned by Mark Bradford, has opened two stores and added eight new staff to the payroll.

While other businesses across the Glasgow area struggle, the firm, which is based in Torrance, just north of the city, has opened a new store in Dumbarton Road, Partick and another in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire.

The business claims to have seen sales increase so far during 2009.

According to its figures, sales have climbed by around a third.

Managing director Mark Bradford said: "We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to expand and open two stores, especially in the current economic climate.

"Our sales have grown by 30-per cent this year, testament to our philosophy of sticking to the traditional 'home baking' style of making our products.

"Our focus is always on providing our customers with taste, quality and true value for money."

With the addition of eight new staff to work at the two new outlets, James Allan Bakers now employs 60 staff at its main bakery and also has another 11 staff at its retail outlets in and around Glasgow.

Late last year, the bakery scooped a prestigious award for its new-recipe Scotch pies.

The firm was one of just three to receive a silver accolade at this year's Scotch Pie Championships. The 85p pie, picked up a gong for its recipe, beating competition from 70 other entries across Scotland.

This was the second year James Allan Bakers, which was founded in 1969, has been recognised after picking up a bronze award in 2007.

As well as the new stores, it operates shops in Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown, Lenzie, Helensburgh, Milngavie, Dennistoun, Riddrie and Carntyne and the original bakery in Torrance.

Its expansion mirrors moves by budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, which have seen business soar during this year.

Low-priced fast food outlets such as McDonald's are also booming.

vThe burger chain is planning to open 10 new restaurants in the UK - meaning to will also recruit an extra 4000 workers.

vEven the Beanscene coffee house chain, now owned by the team behind Fifi and Ally, is looking to expand.


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