North-east bakery supplier Tindale & Stanton says it is back to full strength, expanding its new product development facilities and looking at new lines, two years after a fire destroyed its factory.

The fire meant that the company lost 25% of its business overnight. "We had to adapt to survive," said MD Peter Frankland. "We bought a bakery in Gateshead, which helped us to fulfil our commitments. We’ve been through a tremendous crisis and it has taken enormous team spirit to get us back."

Tindale & Stanton’s range of savoury products - both Tindale & Stanton brand and own-label - are sold mainly to the supermarkets, while a 49-strong fleet of vans supplies savouries, craft bakery breads, bread rolls and confectionery to sandwich shops, take-aways and caterers across the north-east.