26 new jobs after Brace's bakery success in Rogerstone

Bread Brace's took over the former Warburtons bakery in Rogerstone last December

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Twenty six new jobs are to be created at a bakery in Newport, nearly a year after it was saved from closure.

Brace's took over the Rogerstone site from Warburtons last December, using the bakery to make bread for a firm producing sandwiches for shops.

Its success means it needs to increase its shifts from 12-hours to 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The new posts will increase Brace's workforce in Rogerstone to 77. It also has plants in Croespenmaen and Crumlin.

Warburtons announced last September that it was set to close its Rogerstone bakery site, putting all 114 staff at risk of redundancy.

Within weeks, Brace's opened discussions to save it, with support from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union and the Welsh government.

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Following a £4m acquisition, Brace's, which has a 109 year history and a total workforce of 350, began production there in February.

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There was all-round relief when Brace's announced their takeover of the Rogerstone site”

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Jonathan Brace, director at Brace's, said: "Following the purchase of the Rogerstone bakery in February 2011, Brace's has won further business, which has led to a need to expand the workforce at the site to cope with demand.

"Rogerstone currently produces for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, but will become operational for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week following a period of recruitment and training for two additional shifts.

"This will provide a growth platform for Christmas and beyond."

Martin Pritchard, who was one of the Warburtons staff retained by Brace's during the purchase of the Rogerstone site, said the workforce there were "excited".

"There was all-round relief when Brace's announced their takeover of the Rogerstone site, which was seamless, and now there is excitement surrounding the growth of production here."

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