Cornish pasty baker closes with loss of 109 jobs – and the finger of suspicion points to Brexit

Posted By on 10th July 2018

10th July 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Cornish pasty-makers Crantock Bakery has gone into administration with the loss of 109 jobs. Staff were told yesterday (Monday.)  Bosses said the higher cost…

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  1. From James Bullock:
    I was shocked and saddened to learn about the closing of Crantock Bakery in Indian Queens on 9th July after going into administration. This brings with it uncertainty and distress to the 109 staff who worked there. People just like you and me.

    Pasties are such an important part of our Cornish culture and heritage and to lose a local producer like this is truly a blow to us as Cornish People, especially one as big and important as this. Losing a job is never easy and it times like this we need to come together as a community to help those who have lost their jobs.

    From working on our Neighbourhood Plan I know how important local business and jobs is to both the Parish and myself. And because of that we as a community will rally around those who have lost their job and help them through this difficult time.

    Work is not just a way to earn money, it is also a place where some of our closest friends are made, and this is hard to replace even with a new job. Whenever a local business closes it has a negative impact on our economy, and here in Cornwall we already get the raw end of the deal when it comes to economic prosperity.

    This is why I joined the Parish Council as a Labour councillor to fight for people’s jobs, and work with the Parish councillor to bring in a neighbourhood plan to protect and create jobs. This time we were unable to due to the havoc Brexit is having on weakening the pound and the buying of raw materials needed for our local business, and until the government sort this mess out we could continue to lose jobs down here through no fault of our own.

    However, we Cornish pull together to make the best of any situation, as evident by the fact the Cornish Pasty Association have offered much support to those who have lost their job. Being out of work can be a difficult time, that is why I would like to offer my help to all those who have lost their job at Crantock Bakery, if there is anyway I can help Eg: looking for jobs or helping write a CV then please do contact me at

    Parish Councillor For St. Enoder, James Bullock

  2. When costs increase beyond your control, you have to be able to pass on those increased costs to your customers. Sadly it seems that Crantock Bakeries customers were unwilling to agree to pay a little more and pass that increase to their end consumers.

    I am certain the end consumers would have happily paid a few pence more. So who is to blame for the failure?

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