Devon-based company Peck & Strong is defying the current climate by moving to a new production site, four times the size of its existing one.

The new site comprises a 14,000sq ft bakery and an additional 1,500sq ft, which will be used for office space and accommodation for its 14 employees.

The firm has been producing handmade cakes, snacks and vegetarian flans and pies since 1980. Founder, owner and project manager John Peck had been looking for a new freehold property for the last five years, as space was getting tight at the old factory, less than half a mile down the road.

The company purchased the site around 18 months ago and hope it will enable them to grow further. It is a "natural evolution for the business", said Peck. "Our existing market is principally tea rooms and coffee shops, as well as several National Trust sites, delis and universities," he added. The firm is also rebranding its product range, which Peck said is soon to be completed.

The move into larger premises will enable the firm to meet the growing demand for its products within the coffee shop and snacking sector. "At the moment we cover the southern half of England, as well as South Wales, mainly with our own transport, but also through distributors, so we’re looking to build on that and develop into the north of England," said Peck.