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Small business helped to grow

Published: Thursday, 11th January 2018

Cllr Jack Rankin, cabinet member for economic development, property and deputy for finance, shakes hands with Emre Yilmaz, founder and managing director of Bakedd outside the bakery.
Cllr Jack Rankin, cabinet member for economic development, property and deputy for finance, shakes hands with Emre Yilmaz, founder and managing director of Bakedd outside the bakery.

An independent bakery has been helped to establish itself in Maidenhead after the council  slashed its bills for one year.

Family-run Bakedd opened in Chapel Arches in September serving a host of goods to the town.

The Royal Borough has offered the store full relief from business rates for one year, allowing the firm to invest thousands of pounds in enhancing its footing in one of the town’s regeneration sites.

Cllr Jack Rankin, cabinet member for economic development, property and deputy for finance, said: “Bakedd has done a fantastic job since it opened establishing an excellent reputation and bringing shoppers into our town.

“It can be a daunting task to open a new business but we will do everything we can at the Royal Borough to encourage the growth of businesses in the borough.

“Shops and stores like Bakedd play a vital role in creating and shaping our communities and we will take a sensible approach to helping them when appropriate.”

Businesses in the borough can apply to the Royal Borough for discretionary business rate relief. Their case will be assessed by officers and if appropriate support will be offered.

Cllr David Evans, cabinet member for Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead (inc. school improvement), said: “Developing and enhancing the town’s community is a key priority for the council.

“We are thrilled to have businesses like Bakedd join us as we regenerate Maidenhead and build a borough for everyone.

“Maidenhead’s regeneration is quickly gathering pace with the new waterways footbridge and I’m glad Bakedd are part of that process.”

Emre Yilmaz, founder and managing director of Bakedd, said: “As a local resident, I wanted to bring freshly baked Mediterranean and European tastes coupled with exceptional customer service to Maidenhead.

“Starting up a new business brings lots of challenges and it is essential to get support from the community.

“We have received a great response from the town and valuable help from the Royal Borough.

“One of our customers said ‘Bakedd has been a breath of fresh air to Maidenhead’ and the council’s helped us strengthen that breath at a time when we needed support the most.”

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