Bakeaway, a new chilled pastry company, officially opened the doors of its £2m factory in Corby, Northamptonshire last week, bringing 40 jobs to the area.

The company, which will be headed up by managing director Brian Homewood, also manufactures cookie dough and gingerbread dough. It has secured its first contract to supply Sainsbury’s with its chilled pastry range, including shortcrust pastry blocks. Said Homewood: "We are supplying Sainsbury’s nationwide with 11 new products. One of our main selling points is that our pastry is made entirely from British wheat, whereas rival brands import pastry to the UK from Germany and Austria."

The opening of the site marks the beginning of an ambitious development plan, and the promise of many more jobs to come said the firm. Homewood has ambitions to double the projected first year turnover of £4.5m in year two. Negotiations are also under way to forge links with the catering and business schools of the nearby Tresham College, which would give students an opportunity to have practical development projects to work on, said the firm.