Robert D’Orville received a Start Up Loan of £25,000 in March 2015, enabling him to take ownership of Berry’s Bakery in Preston, Lancashire.
When Robert took over the established bakery the pressure was certainly on to provide the best possible service. It’s clear now that Robert, who was 25 at the time, was up to the task.
Business is thriving. Robert exceeded his sales forecasts by 50% in the first year and he has gone from strength to strength since then. Not only is Berry’s popular in the community, but also with visitors to the area. A quick look at the Facebook page for Berry’s Bakery will show a growing number of satisfied customers.
Robert was an experienced baker when he took over Berry’s and he offers a range of goods, from traditional pies and sandwiches, to freshly baked bread. Beyond providing ready-to-eat snacks and meals, he also offers unbaked goods to be taken home and cooked. Robert has also branched out into catering and offers bakery range for delivery to weddings and parties.
The two part-time staff that worked in the bakery were retained when Robert took on the business, and he has since been able to add two full-time members of staff, providing further employment in the area.