Discovery Park, the business and enterprise centre in Kent, has opened a new artisan outlet: Java Bakery.
The Park launched the bakery on 8 July and it currently employs two people: Rosie Jarrett, food and beverage supervisor, and the newly appointed Paul Usherwood as master baker.
The bakery offers freshly baked speciality breads and loaves, savoury pastries and patisserie, all handcrafted each day by Usherwood.
Jeff Hind, operations director at Discovery Park, said: “The bakery is a significant development for the Java brand and a great facility to have on the Park, both for our tenants and visitors to the site, and is already proving very popular.
“As the Park continues to grow, we hope to extend the range of artisan products on offer and develop the personal service offering, with bespoke products made to order.”
Usherwood has 30 years’ experience in the bakery sector, having trained at the National Bakery School in London.
In time he hopes to expand the range on offer by introducing handmade sweets and chocolates, and also plans to offer a made-to-order celebration cake service for special occasion cakes.
As part of the bakery’s business development plan, Usherwood is taking on an apprentice from one of the local colleges to learn the artisan way of baking.
There are also plans for an additional member of staff to support customer service and sales.
“The products I have created for the Java Bakery are both special and quite unique to Discovery Park,” said Usherwood. “My range includes organic white and brown breads and a range of confectionery, all of which are made using traditional methods and ingredients, which are always popular.
“The welcome and response I have received since being here has been absolutely fantastic.”