Cotswold baker's new factory could create 80 jobs

By Michelle Perrett

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The new factory will enable to company to expand its range
The new factory will enable to company to expand its range

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Four Anjels, the biscuit and cake manufacturer, is set to relocate to a new site at Furlong Park, Cheltenham in March 2022, creating an anticipated 80 new jobs.

The supplier to M&S Café, Pret A Manger and Dunlem, is currently operating out of a 418m2​ bakery in Moreton-in-Marsh. The move to the larger 2,307m2​ premises follows a period of growth for the firm after it secured a new contract with M&S Café for the supply of baked goods in 2020/1. 

A £1.5M funding package from NatWest will be used to facilitate fit-out-works to create a state-of-the-art factory and bakery.

The expansion is set to create 20 new job roles in addition to the 40 existing staff. Four Anjels said it expects the numbers of those employed to double to 120 over the next year, adding 80 new employees to the business. 

20 produce lines

The manufacturer produces around 20 product lines every week– ranging from shortbread to gluten-free brownies  with an average output of 700,000 portions per month. The firm produces all its goods by hand and from scratch using ‘cupboard’ ingredients.

The new factory will also mean the food manufacturer will also expand its range of free-from and vegan product ranges in response to growing demand. 

A purpose-built bakery pod, also funded by NatWest, will be installed in the new factory to develop these product lines. 

Period of growth

Andrea Stevens, managing director at Four Anjels, said: “It has been an incredibly exciting period of growth at Four Anjels, particularly through our relationship with M&S. The new premises will allow us to comfortably take on new business opportunities and welcome more team members, as well as develop new products as we embark on an ambitous business growth strategy.“

She added: “The funding and support from NatWest has given us the confidence to make our growth ambitions a reality. We look forward to more opportunities to work together as our business evolves further.”

Alexander Jones, relationship manager at NatWest, said: “Four Anjels holds a unique position in the market as a relatively high-volume producer of handmade, high-quality products. It has been a pleasure to be able to support the organisation to reach its growth target and we wish them every success on the next phase of their journey.”

The company was founded in  2010 by Andrea Stevens and Dr Barry Cronin, and is today led by Andrea and Julie Painting. 

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