Colchester-based desserts and cakes company Indulgence Patisserie was awaiting a decision on planning permission to develop a new £1.2m production facility opposite its current site, as British Baker went to press.

If permission is granted, the new 20,000sq ft site would begin production in 2013, operating alongside the company’s current 10,000sq ft factory. The expansion would help boost the company’s current turnover of £6m to £12-£15m by 2014, said MD Angus Allan.

Initially, the company had planned to develop a smaller £250,000 site, but Allan said the company was growing so rapidly that it required even more space.

"Our sales year-on-year are up 30%," he said. "The new site will be more efficient and productive, meaning we can produce greater volumes for existing customers and develop new products for new customers, both at home and abroad,"

Around 25% of Indulgence’s sales come from exports, with its frozen cakes, gateaux and cheesecakes dispatched to countries including France, Belgium and Australia. In the UK, the company supplies retailers and foodservice markets with branded and own-label lines.