Shire Foods creating jobs in Norfolk

22 November 2018

Barclays has supported Shire Foods East Anglia Limited with banking facilities to purchase new premises in Downham Market, Norfolk, creating future job opportunities.

Having outgrown the existing premises in Sovereign Way, Downham Market, Norfolk, Patrick Gould, CEO of Shire Foods, made the strategic decision to look for alternative premises, but when a larger warehouse became available on an adjacent industrial estate in St John’s Way, it was too good an opportunity to miss. 

The new warehouse has enabled the company to double the storage space giving them the ability to expand their range and create cost efficiencies.  The company will also still be able to retain their essential easy access to a number of major routes across East Anglia and the south.

Patrick Gould began his career in the food industry over 30 years ago, selling wholefoods from Southend market.  He eventually moved to Norfolk in 1995 and since then has built Shire Foods into the company it is today. The company employs 25 staff, but the creation of the new warehouse will mean a further 12 vacancies will become available as bakers, packers and administrative staff.

Patrick Gould, Director, Shire Foods East Anglia Limited, comments: “We have, in the last few years, moved into other areas of production with the creation of our loaf cake bakery and we will in due course be opening a biscuit bakery to complement the baked range. We are concentrating in doing a huge amount of bespoke own label products for many independent retailers which has proved to be extremely popular.”

David Norris, Business Relationship Manager at Barclays, Anglia comments: “The capacity of the new warehouse will allow the company to take on new contracts and further expand their range of food and drink products, much of which is sourced from farms, manufacturers and companies across East Anglia. The new job opportunities will be welcomed by the local community.”