Job losses after shock Northumberland bakery closure

A north-Northumberland bakery with a national reputation for its traditional products has been forced to close, resulting in the loss of 23 jobs.

Declining sales has forced the Berwick-based Heatherslaw Bakery, which had been trading for 22 years, to shut its doors, it was announced today.

Managing director, Colin Smurthwaite, said: “It’s very sad, especially as Berwick can ill afford to lose this number of jobs.”

The bakery was founded at historic Heatherslaw Mill on the banks of the River Till, near Ford, but moved the bulk of the business to Berwick’s East Ord Trading Estate a few years ago.

The traditional hand-baked biscuits and cakes made by the bakery were sold nationally. The company also supplied shops in Northumberland and had exhibited at Alnwick Food Festival.

The 18th-century mill still produces quality stoneground flours, oatmeals, oatflakes and muesli and is not affected by the closure of the bakery.

Lord James Joicey, of Ford and Etal Estates, said: “Heatherslaw Bakery had a tremendous reputation for quality biscuits and cakes and it is sad that the firm has ceased to trade so suddenly.”