Barnsley bakery rise to the challenge
13 December 2010
A small bakery business which has massively boosted deliveries in tough times is spreading Christmas cheer in its local community.
Tim’s Bakery has gone from making 200 bread, pastry and cake items a day to up to 3,500 in just three years.
Staff battled through recent snow and ice to meet their orders across Barnsley and also handed out festive treats at a local school.
Andrew Haynes, a baker since the age of 17, and wife Debbie bought the company as a going-concern in 2007 and initially hand made goods from the back of its shop in Pontefract Road, Cudworth.
Business support organisation Enterprising Barnsley helped the couple switch production to a manufacturing unit at Grove Park, Grimethorpe. Now the firm delivers to 50 wholesale customers and has increased its workforce from four to ten.
The bakery’s van made it through the freezing conditions to reach almost every customer, even in more remote areas, and some elderly regular customers also received special doorstep drop-offs.
In addition, the company donated seasonal goodies to children at Grimethorpe Ladywood Primary School and also laid on a free buffet to celebrate local success in a first aid competition organised by charity St John Ambulance.
Tim’s has plans to add a second vehicle to make it possible to supply more businesses and operate further afield in areas like Doncaster and Wakefield.
Andrew said: “Since starting the business, there have been a lot of obstacles to overcome and it hasn’t been easy. A flour shortage and subsequent high prices hit us hard, then we went in to the recession but we’ve got a good team who work hard and the business is steadily growing.
“Free support from Enterprising Barnsley has made a huge difference. As well as helping us find a unit, they’ve assisted with staff contracts, health and safety and accessing funding. We’re now getting help with website development which will be key to us being able to expand the wholesale side further.”
The Enterprising Barnsley programme offers business coaching and other support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.
The Enterprising Barnsley programme has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
Notes to News Editors:
For more information about Tim’s Bakery, contact Andrew Haynes as above or on 07983 397840.
Enterprising Barnsley is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre and University Campus Barnsley. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide an integrated programme of business support. For further information, contact programme Martin Beasley on 01226 772648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org