Lightbody, the celebration cake manufacturer, is planning to build a bakery in China.

"We’re looking for a site at the moment," Lightbody’s MD Martin Lightbody told British Baker. "It seemed like a natural progression for us and it’s where all the growth is going to be."

At the moment, the company subcontracts manufacturing in the Far East and has had a sales and marketing office in China for over two years. It has a licensing agreement to make bakery products for popular Hello Kitty and Cadbury brands in Asia.

Lightbody said the factory in China would also develop a range of standard UK products, including cookies and flapjacks. "Such products have to be made a little less sweet for the Asian market," he added.

The Hamilton-based licensed celebration cakes business was acquired by Finsbury Food Group last year.