Derby

Aldreds Bakery jobs secured in buy out

Dozens of jobs have been secured by the last minute sale of a struggling Derbyshire bakery.

Aldreds Bakery, which employs 62 people at its Ilkeston plant, went into administration earlier this month.

Cheshire-based Roberts Bakery said they stepped in to buy the company on the same day the administrators intended to close it permanently.

Roberts said the site will continue to operate as normal and all management will stay in place.

Core business

Aldreds has made rolls, bakery and confectionery since the late 19th Century but in recent years it has had a number of owners.

Mike Braddock, managing director of Roberts Bakery, said Aldreds had been pulled back from the brink.

"When we were contacted by the administrators they told us they were intending to close the business that day.

"Had we not moved in that day and offered to run the business during administration it would have closed."

Despite the firm's problems, Mr Braddock said he believed the core business was sound and they would look to expand sales.

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