Wiltshire-based Marshfield Bakery has revealed it has boosted its turnover by 155% from £700k to £2m over the past three years, having received support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).
It has also launched 13 new products over the same period, and has taken on an additional 22 staff, after developing an innovation strategy to capitalise on opportunities to enter new markets.
Chris Smith, director, Marshfield Bakery, said: “We needed support in looking at things from a different angle in terms of the development of the business, how to prioritise our ideas and accommodate anticipated growth.” He said MAS helped the business to map out areas it could focus on such as identifying key process bottlenecks, and addressing capacity and process planning.
MAS helped the bakery develop a long-term plan that would meet future demand, it said.
Marshfield has also been involved with IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future initiative, which aims to bring the food and grocery industry together to offer 10,000 UK-wide opportunities to unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds during Skills for Work Month in September.
Last year it offered two apprenticeship opportunities at its bakery, and it now runs regular pre-employment workshops for 18 to 23-year-olds, in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, as a result of taking part in 2012.