Bakery equipment supplier Ibonhart of Norwich is reaping the rewards of a 15-year trading relationship with Russia.

Last year, through its Russian agent, it sold 10 bread slicing and bagging machines to four bakeries in the Moscow region, an order worth almost £1 million.

Other orders are in the pipeline and, this week, the firm will complete a machine that will be shipped overland to a new client in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Two UK engineers will travel to Russia to install it.

Last year, Ibonhart exported over 70% of its output. Machines also went to Holland, South Africa and New Zealand.