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Thriving Grantham Gingerbread to be household name as it seeks apprentice

Grantham Gingerbread is set to become a household name in

supermarkets across the country.

The move comes as the family business plans to take on its first apprentice in advance of its nationwide expansion.

Owner Alastair Hawken said: “Our success over the past two years means that we have to now radically grow our team and we want to find dedicated and passionate people to come and join us who want to learn the sweet bakery business and become some of the finest gingerbread bakers there are.”

At least one apprentice will be taken on, but Mr Hawken says more will be taken on if they are of the right calibre.

The apprenticeship will be in conjunction with the University of Lincoln and the National Centre of Food Maufacturing in Holbeach, who will offer some of the most recognised industry training available.

Mr Hawken further explained that his company has some very exciting plans materialising in the next few months, which will place Grantham Gingerbread on target for its range of to stocked by 1,000 UK stores.

At present his company supplies Lincolnshire Co-op but has just “secured an opportunity” to supply 500 Co-ops across the country, rising to 1,000 Co-ops by January.

Plans to supply larger retailers like Waitrose and Tesco are also “coming together nicely.”

Mr Hawken said Grantham Gingerbread has been produced in the town for 280 years.

He has been producing it for the past six to seven years in London Road.

Grantham Gingerbread will soon be putting a sign up outside the premises to advertise the fact, rather than it be a secret. Soon, Grantham could be proud of its famous gingerbread earning national acclaim.

He added: “We have so many plans for the business. It’s very exciting.”

Details of the apprenticeship and how to apply can be found via https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-302591


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