200 new jobs as French bakery unveils plans for £70m manufacturing plantFeb 26, 2014
The plant will be built in two phases on the former Alps Electronics site at Wymbush. Work is due to start next month with the first phase operational by the end of next year.
Brioche Pasquier has signed a deal with Milton Keynes-based commercial developer Hampton Brook in a joint venture partnership with Roxhill to build the new facility at Centro.
Hampton Brook development director Ian Jackson said: “With other competing locations across the UK looking to attract inward investment, we are excited that we have been able to place another international firm in Milton Keynes.
“Milton Keynes is highly regarded as a good place to do business – it is genuinely a unique City, designed and built for business growth and is considered to have a good employment base.”
Work will begin shortly on the 160,000 sq ft Phase 1. Phase 2, comprising a further 70,00 sq ft, is scheduled to be built by 2019.
Invest Milton Keynes, the inward investment arm of Milton Keynes Council’s economic development department, brought Brioche Pasquier to Milton Keynes and introduced the company to Hampton Brook.
The council’s corporate head of economic development and inward investment Pam Gosal said: “In tough economic times, Milton Keynes has been recognised by yet another overseas company as the ‘place to do business’, beating some stiff competition in the wider region.
“Our relationship with development companies such as Hampton Brook is crucial in securing new investment into the city and bringing forward new sites and premises. This is a key example of the sort of work we do and it shows how working together in partnership can give results.”
Brioche Pasquier, founded in 1936 and still controlled by the Pasquier family, expects to begin fit-out of the facility in the autumn.
It manufactures and sells fresh and frozen pastries and pastry to supermarkets across the UK. Brioche Pasquier has numerous factories across France and Spain, and sales offices worldwide.
The joint agents for Centro, representing Hampton Brook and Roxhill, were Burbage Realty, Lambert Smith Hampton and Budworth Hardcastle.