More jobs could be on the way for a Hartlepool firm which is stepping up its online presence.
Mary Lambert Artisan bakery was launched almost 60 years ago.
While times and tastes have changed the quality and value ideals that Mary held with such high regard still remain in the business todayEric Lambert
It was founded by late Hartlepool mum, Mary Lambert, who became well known in the area for her pastries, breads and cakes.
She retired in the 1980s and her son Eric Lambert, and later, grand-daughter Phillippa Lambert, took on the business.
They forged ahead with significant developments in beloved Mary’s memory, and transformed the bakery into a high-end establishment.
The company moved from its former home in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, to a larger base in Villiers Street.
Artisan breads, gluten-free cake, high-end fish and chips and Italian coffee, beers and wines have all become firm favourites.
The introduction of an online delivery, and click and collect service, is also helping the firm establish a positive reputation in the region for business catering, and supplying companies, such as restaurants and hotels.
Eric Lambert, co-owner with Phillippa, said: “Mary dreamed of opening a bakery from being a child, and that dream became a reality when she opened her first shop on Hartlepool’s historic Headland.
“While times and tastes have changed, the quality and value ideals that Mary held with such high regard still remain in the business today.
“As the online service becomes more popular, we hope to be able to offer employment to more local people, adding to our current staff of 18 people.”
The website can be found at www.mary-lambert.co.uk.