Thomas Warburton and his wife Ellen first opened their grocery shop in 1870, but it wasn't until 1876 during a slump in the grocery market when Ellen Warburton started baking bread. Ellen's first batch of four loaves of bread and six cakes sold out in under an hour. Within two weeks the tiny shop in Bolton was renamed 'Warburtons the Bakers' and continued to go from strength-to-strength over the next 139 years.
All those years on and Warburtons is still a private family-owned business, actively managed by the fifth generation of Warburtons Jonathan, Ross and Brett. It is the largest family-owned bakery business in the country, and employs around 4,500 people across 12 bakeries and 14 depots across the UK.
Now recognised as Britain's favourite bakery brand, Warburtons has doubled in size in the last decade alone to become a £500 million-a-year business. This means that more than a quarter of all bakery products consumed in the UK is produced by Warburtons.