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It’s a wrap as bakers expands with new jobs

Neil McGuinness, of Arch (left), with Chris Donkin beside his new wrapping machine. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

Neil McGuinness, of Arch (left), with Chris Donkin beside his new wrapping machine. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

One of Ashington’s oldest family businesses has expanded its bakery operation and created two new jobs.

J Donkin Bakers, which has four branches in the town, has been supported by Arch to buy and install a ten-metre long flowrapper machine.

The technology enables the 92-year-old company to expand its wholesale business as it can now package thousands of buns a day and cater for large-scale contracts.

Chris Donkin, managing director and grandson of the business founder Jack Donkin, said: “This new machine is one of the biggest developments in our company’s history as it will completely change the scale of our operation.

“We can now compete for really substantial orders which will enable us to grow in a significant way.

“Without Arch, we could have never invested in this technology, their help has been first rate.

“I am also delighted to have created two new jobs for local people.

“It is an extra bonus that we have been able to support another business, GSP (UK), based in our home town, by buying the new machine from them.

“We are extremely proud to be a long-standing Ashington company.”

Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, said: “We were established to help businesses like Donkins take advantage of growth opportunities.

“There are not many companies who have their proud history.

“It is great to see them build on the traditions passed down over decades yet still have a keen eye on the future.

“They look set for even greater success in the years to come.”

J Donkin Bakers currently employs 32 people and the two new posts will be a baker and operator for the new packaging machine.

Many of the staff have worked for the business for over 20 years.

J Donkin Bakers sells a wide range of breads, confectionery and savoury products.

 

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