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5th December 2010

Warburtons welcomes new additions to the family

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Warburtons, the North East's favourite baker, has welcomed new general manager, Steve Merritt to its Stockton Bakery on Teesside.

Steve, former general manager at Warburtons Oldham bakery, originally joined the family bakers in 2005 as factory manager at the Wakefield site.

Steve will develop and deliver a strategic business plan for the bakery aimed at positioning Stockton as a world class manufacturing site.

He will oversee budgets, site development, people safety and product quality as part of his role and will work alongside the manufacturing, distribution, human resources, finance, technical, and health and safety management teams to ensure the smooth running of the bakery.

Steve said: "My vision for the future is to re-invest in our manufacturing facility here at Stockton to continually improve on the quality and production of our products, which include crumpets, fruit loaves, Danish and Seeded Batch and ensure we provide an excellent service to our customers.

"I will also be ensuring that Stockton continues to operate to the values associated with Warburtons, and that we always work together as part of an efficient team."

Steve is joined at the bakery by Julie Harrison, management secretary.  Julie's role will see her assisting the management team by booking meetings, arranging travel, preparing reports and overseeing all admin responsibilities for the departmental teams.

Prior to her position at Warburtons, Julie worked at Atos Origin as a voice services team leader where she supervised mobile and landline services.

Julie said: "I am really enjoying my role at Warburtons, the team at Stockton Bakery is fantastic and it's great for me to be able to provide support and assist them with the day to day running of the bakery."

As it approaches its 5th anniversary in December, Stockton Bakery prides itself on reaching out to and supporting the local community.

Over the last five years, the bakery has helped raised much needed funds for voluntary projects, schools and charities in the Teesside area including Bishopsgarth School in Stockton, who recieved a cash donation to purchase new cooking equipment for their Breakfast club.

 Staff from the bakery also helped the Middlesbrough-based charity; Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, by raising over £500 during the charity's 5 mile 'Forget Me Not' fundraising walk at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough.

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