BakeArt UK Ltd, based at Merchant Court in Ashington, has invested £150,000 to lease and kit-out two new units extending its manufacturing operations following a period of rapid growth.
The company, launched in 2010, employs 25 staff and specialises in the design and production of bespoke cake decorations for major retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and a number of national high street bakery chains.
BakeArt received support from Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, which supported business partners Malcolm Hemmings and Tony Wadley to facilitate the expansion by identifying the property and advising them on the deal.
Managing director, Tony Wadley, said: “When we launched our client base was mainly in the UK but we’re now selling into Ireland and France with plans to export across Europe from 2016.
“A major benefit of working with the commercial team at Arch is their speed and flexibility. They quickly assessed and understood the needs of the business. Working across multiple sites was not an option.
“As a growing company it was vital to secure additional units in close proximity to our HQ and to move quickly with minimal disruption.
“We are grateful to Arch for helping us realise this opportunity. South East Northumberland is the perfect base for us.
“Business space is relatively inexpensive, there’s excellent transport links and an experienced talent pool to draw from thanks to its tradition in food production and manufacturing.”
The new units have increased BakeArt’s manufacturing capacity, storage and office space.