Baking for your family since 1949.

Heritage

Rolling back the years

Sheldon’s was started by the Master Baker Harold Sheldon. As it grew and became successful, his son Graham Sheldon took over the reins and built the business to greater heights. Nowadays, Graham is still behind his desk, but his son and daughter, Lee Sheldon and Sarah Sheldon, have joined him to help run the business and it continues to go from strength to strength.

Baking History since 1949

Baking History since 1949

1993
Lee Sheldon starts working at the bakery

Lee clocks in

Lee clocks in

Lee Sheldon commenced working at the bakery for his father. He learned every job in the place – from engineering and repairing machines to  production and buying raw materials.

1994
Sheldons supply ASDA

We ASDA ‘ave ’em

We ASDA ‘ave ’em

ASDA asked us to supply four products including Oven Bottom Muffins and Potato Cakes.

1995

Time to move again

Time to move again

The company moved to a purpose-built, state-of-the-art new bakery on the Stainburn Road site in Openshaw – within sight of Harold’s former premises on Clayton Lane. The new bakery was planned and designed by Graham – and he settled for nothing but the best. He invested more than £2.5 million on equipment alone – demanding the very latest technology – and his ideas were so forward-thinking that 70% of the new plant and equipment was custom built to his own design and specification. The result was one of the most modern bakery production facilities in the country.

1995
Rod Ledgard joins Sheldons

April 1995 – New talent

April 1995 – New talent

Rod Ledgard started as Production Manager – bringing with him 10 years experience as Area Technical Manager at Rank Hovis Mills, where his role was troubleshooting flour and product problems in bakeries across the UK and Europe and doing new product development.

With the move to the new bakery came increased production, expansion more jobs for people in the surrounding area – the company now employed around 70 staff.

Some key members of staff that helped the family with the difficulties involved in setting up and moving to new premises are still employed by the Company today e.g. Tony Lees (Engineering Manager) who started as Graham’s apprentice in 1986.

1998

1995 – 1998

1995 – 1998

Sarah Sheldon studied law at University of Birmingham.

2000

More Talent

More Talent

Neil Fairhurst joined to boost the commercial side after many years at Rathbone’s Bakery. With over 30 years’ experience, Neil was versed in almost every aspect of the Baking Industry. He works closely with the Despatch and Distribution Teams, ensuring that our 8–strong fleet of HGVs is properly maintained and ready to make deliveries to all of our customers. He also deals with all of our suppliers’ invoices – ingredients, services, equipment – and the payroll, which makes him very popular!

2001
Mobile sales team

Service improvements

Service improvements

The Company established a mobile Sales Support Team to ensure the best possible service to retailers, with particular emphasis on supply.

2002

Getting technical

Getting technical

The Company recruited its first full time Technical Manager to drive forward and improve the existing food safety systems.

2003

Premier man

Premier man

Alan Stone brought 45 years of sales experience from Premier Foods (Hovis).

2004
Sheldons supply Aldi

Another outlet

Another outlet

The Company started supplying Aldi.

Talk to us

Sheldons Wholesale Bakers Ltd
10 Stainburn Rd
Openshaw
Manchester
M11 2GW

Telephone: 0161 223 6276
Fax: 0161 223 4410
Email: enquiries@ghsheldon.co.uk

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