Acorns Bakery factory

Source: Caerphilly County Borough Council

Caerphilly-based business Acorns Bakery has been boosted by grants for new equipment and flooring.

With a history going back more than 20 years, Acorns supplies fresh baked goods to wholesalers and hospitality businesses, and has secured contracts to supply Wimbledon, The Grand National and Cheltenham races, which orders more than 16,000 scones per event. Originally based in Newport, the business moved to Caerphilly in 2020. 

As trade grew and the bakery became more successful, growing demand led owner Patrick Peachey to contact the Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) Business Enterprise Renewal Team to seek support.

Peachey asked investment support officers Sally Harvey and Lauren James whether help was available to replace the existing ovens and freezer with newer models.

Following advice from the team, Acorns applied for CCBC’s Caerphilly Enterprise Fund and were awarded a grant of £10,000. The purchases allowed the company to flourish, it safeguarded their three employees in Caerphilly and created an additional job.

Acorns contacted Harvey and James again the following year to see if any further support was available for necessary flooring works.

The business received £4,664 from the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This allowed the bakery to lay a new floor that helped it achieve the accreditation needed to secure larger wholesale contracts.

‘’I am grateful for all the support Caerphilly Council has given me,” said Peachey. “Lauren and Sally have been great in helping me to develop my business further.”

Councillor Jamie Pritchard, cabinet member for prosperity, regeneration and climate change, said it was great to see how Acorns had grown since moving to Caerphilly.

“The business has become an essential part of the supply chain in this industry, helping to support other local businesses in Caerphilly borough and beyond.”