Highland-based Nevis Bakery has more than doubled capacity after investing £500,000 in a move to larger premises, enabling it to meet growing demand for its premium biscuits, shortbread and loaf cakes.

The Fort William-based bakery has two shops and supplies wholesalers and small supermarket groups. It moved to a modern 11,400sq ft production facility last month on the same industrial site as its previous 5,000sq ft factory.

Owners Archie and Hazel Paterson have invested around £280,000, including a £70,000 funding package from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, kitting out the site with new equipment including new pastry brakes and ovens. Around £500,000 has been invested altogether.

The family-run business produces bread, biscuits, pastries and cakes, which are sold by delis, farm shops and independent retailers. Own-label products are also supplied to Co-op stores and "small upmarket supermarket chains", said Archie Paterson

"In the past two years we’ve seen a big increase in demand for our cakes and biscuits from national wholesalers," he added. "We now have the space to develop new products, such as the Dundee cake we launched last month."

Nevis Bakery, first established in 1981, employs 30 people.