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Haslingden baker takes over business he started at as a 'Saturday boy'
A BAKER has used his loaf after taking over the business he used to work at as a Saturday boy 16 years ago.
Nick Warburton started helping out at Billington’s Bakery, in Manchester Road, Haslingden, when he was just 14 years old.
He said: “I would work there on Saturdays and after school. Baking was something different.
"I was selling sweets on a stall at the market from the age of 12.
“I would work from 4.30am until about 11am, when I would go and play cricket, so it was good.”
Nick, now 31, remained at the bakery as an apprentice, working five days and studying for one.
“I left when I had just turned 19. The money prospects at a family bakery were not great for a just qualified apprentice,” he said.
After honing his trade in other bakeries and winning awards for his artisan bread creations, Nick has opened up the first bakery of his own, Warby’s Bakery, in the very same building he started as an apprentice in more than 16 years ago.
He said: “I worked for a wholesale bakery for 12 years, but it started to become more about paperwork than baking, which is what I trained for.
“I spoke to the previous owner, Andrew Billington, and asked what I could do to get more back in baking, so he went out and I came in. He has an outside catering firm now.”
Despite Nick and his wife having a four-month-old baby to look after, he gets up in the middle of the night, ready for a long day of baking, kneading, decorating and icing, as every product that Nick sells is made fresh the same day using the on-site bakery.
Nick has decided to go old school with what he brings to the bakery, by including a new type of cake that he remembers from school and always thought he could make better, the cornflake cake.
He added: “I have already started bringing in new lines, and I have changed the pie recipes already, which people tell me has made them better.
“I’m trying to keep the existing customers happy, but also bring new ones in.”
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