Baking success as firm moves in

Mark Jones and Debbie Hull, with RBS' Matthew Cross at the Topping Street Bakery.
Mark Jones and Debbie Hull, with RBS' Matthew Cross at the Topping Street Bakery.
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AN independent bakery which has traded for more than 20 years has relocated to new town centre premises as part of its expansion plans.

AN independent bakery which has traded for more than 20 years has relocated to new town centre premises as part of its expansion plans.

Norbreck Bakery has moved its operations from Norbreck Road to newly-refurbished premises on Topping Street in Blackpool town centre. The new location has also brought a new name for the business – Topping Street Bakery.

Partner Mark Jones, a baker with 34 years experience in the trade, established the bakery in 1987 and has now taken the opportunity to buy his own premises in a prime retail area. Mark and his new partner, Debbie Hull (pictured right, with RBS’ Matthew Cross) have invested more than £40,000 to transform the Topping Street property into a modern bakery and retail shop.

The new premises feature an open plan design and will allow customers to see the production area. The business will employ five staff.

Mr Jones said: “This is a very exciting venture and we are delighted to open in the centre of Blackpool. It’s a great location at the heart of the town centre and close to the main shopping areas. We are confident the location will be a great benefit to the business and look forward to welcoming our first customers.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said he welcomed any new addition to the town which would help boost the area, following the recent transformation of St John’s Square.

RBS provided a £98,000 loan to help the partners acquire the premises. Matthew Cross, relationship manager for the bank, said: “The new premises are very impressive.

“Mark’s forward-looking approach is why the business has been so very successful .”