Multi-award winning North Wales family business, The Village Bakery, is reaping the rewards of its policy to grow its own skilled workers. The company, which employs 320 staff was the winner of the Fast Growth 50 award last year after recording 1,500 per cent growth. It offers apprenticeships in bakery, engineering and accountancy and supports Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) professional development. Last year’s intake of learners increased fourfold to 16 to keep pace with the growth of the business.
“Developing your own staff makes commercial sense, as higher skills bring greater knowledge and in turn higher productivity and increased profits, while lowering absenteeism and extending the length of service through employee loyalty.” Sam Gregory, HR Manager