Thursday, 31 March 2021 10:12

Duncan’s of Deeside expansion to lead to new jobs

From left - Len Duncan, Ian Grant and Paul Duncan

A third generation family bakery firm acclaimed for its hand baked shortbread and oatcakes is expanding and creating new jobs with support from Clydesdale Bank.

Duncan’s of Deeside, based in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, has constructed a new warehouse that will create extra storage space. The move will also free up the firm’s current storage area for the introduction of new production space that will increase efficiency and create up to 10 new jobs.

The project was assisted by a funding package from Clydesdale Bank’s Aberdeen Business and Private Banking Centre, with the deal delivered by relationship manager Ian Grant.

Founded over three decades ago, Duncan’s of Deeside is led by managing directors Len and Dawn Duncan. Len’s mother, Betty, started the business by baking biscuits in her kitchen for her friendly neighbours and the local village shop. Now into its third generation with son Paul, Duncan’s of Deeside produces more than 140,000 biscuits daily, still proudly using Betty Duncan’s original recipes.

Duncan’s of Deeside shortbread and oatcakes are stocked at larger supermarkets in Scotland including Tesco and Morrisons, as well as independent retailers. They are also exported all over the world.

Currently, Duncan’s of Deeside employs 15 full time staff. Creating extra space will allow the company to upscale operations considerably. Plans are in place to introduce a new double shift system and recruit up to 10 new staff.

Clydesdale Bank is a strong supporter of Scotland’s food and drink sector, with the Bank renewing its strategic partnership with industry organisation Scotland Food & Drink last year. It also enjoys a similar partnership with Scottish Bakers.

Paul Duncan said: “We anticipate a very busy 2016. We recently introduced four new flavours of biscuits and the implementation of the extension will create much more opportunity for product development.

“As Scotland’s reputation for fantastic food and drink continues to grow, demand is increasing for our quality hand baked goods. Clydesdale Bank’s experience and knowledge of the sector is helping us to expand and make the most of the appetite for our biscuits.”

Stephen Hepburn, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Aberdeen Business and Private Banking Centre, said: “We welcome the opportunity to support Duncan’s of Deeside, an award-winning family bakery producing world class baked goods.

“Working closely with industry organisations has strengthened our knowledge of the sector and helps us to provide unparalleled support to our food and drink customers. We understand the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry and we are perfectly placed to help businesses in the food and drink sector to realise their growth ambitions.”

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