West Scotland-based James Allan Bakers has expanded with the opening of two new shops in Partick and Alexandria.

The bakery, based in Torrance, near Bishopbriggs, has experienced a 30% rise in sales this year, enabling it to expand its estate. It now employs 60 staff at its main bakery and 11 retail outlets around the Glasgow area.

Managing director Mark Bradford, who took over in 2006, said the last few years had been about "bringing the business back to life" through, for example, rebranding and better presen-tation, which he said had contri- buted to the sales increase.

He added the biggest sales boost had been from its Scotch pies, which he put down to the business taking part in the World Scotch Pie Championships. "The promotional benefit from that has worked wonders," he said.