Scones from South Yorkshire are winging their way Down Under as part of a job creating export drive, launched by Barnsley bakery Haywood & Padgett.
The bakery, on the Carlton Industrial Estate, launched the export initiative after investing more than £2 million in new technology and buildings, with backing from Yorkshire Bank’s Doncaster Financial Solutions Centre.
Haywood & Padgett was founded in 1987 by managing director, Wayne Padgett as a one-man band.
Staring out with just a rolling pin, pastry cutter, a food mixer, £5,000 of his own cash and a loan for the same amount from Yorkshire Bank, Wayne has built a £13 million business, which employs 120 people and counts ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, ALDI and Lidl among its customers.
Following the recent investment, which includes spending £600,000 on a 40-metre long oven that can produce 50,000 scones an hour, Haywood & Padgett has started exporting to France, Portugal and Spain as well as Australia.
Now the company plans to target the US and Asia as part of a growth strategy which will create new jobs and also involves expanding its premises.
Wayne Padgett said: “This business started with Yorkshire Bank backing and now the bank is supporting us as we take the company into a new era.
“We believe that we are the world’s biggest scones manufacturer. We are pleased to be expanding in a difficult climate as we have big plans with other trademarked lines, which are to be developed thanks to Yorkshire Bank’s investment and our strong partnerships with supermarkets.
“Without Yorkshire Bank’s help we would not be able to consider expanding. It would just not be an option.”
Yorkshire Bank’s Neil Bradburne said: “The business has stayed true to its original principles of high quality and value for money so is ideally placed to continue to expand and Yorkshire Bank is pleased to be supporting this business through our Investing for Growth initiative.”