Quick facts
  • What we do:
    British Bakery Brand
  • Year established:
    1876
  • Website:
    http://www.warburtons.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Back o’th Bank House, Hereford Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8HJ

About Warburtons

Warburtons are the largest bakery brand in the UK. They are pioneers of the industry and ambitious market leaders, always seeking to challenge themselves and their convention.

Thomas Warburton and his wife Ellen first opened their grocery shop in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1876, during a slump in the grocery market, when Ellen started baking bread. Within two weeks, the tiny shop in Bolton was renamed ‘Warburtons the Bakers’ and has continued to go from strength-to-strength throughout the last 141 years.

Today, the bakery is still a private family-owned business, actively managed by the fifth generation of Warburtons - Jonathan, Ross and Brett. They employ around 4,500 people across 12 bakeries and 14 depots.

Over the last decade, Warburtons has doubled in size to become a £500 million-a-year business. This means that more than a quarter of all bakery products consumed in the UK are produced by Warburtons.


What is it like to work for Warburtons

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
Their free Employee Assistance Programme is available to all employees and their families. It is accessible 24/7 and includes access to counselling services. They promote the service to ensure awareness among staff who may not have access to email.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
They run a community investment programme, “Families Matter”, which supports disadvantaged families. As part of this, they offer financial support through project grants up to £10,000 for community organisations and donated over 500,000 items to food banks and breakfast clubs.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Every year, they allocate 9% of their profits to share between all employees and in recognition of the collective success and performance of the business. This annual profit-share payment is a core benefit that is inherent of the company’s family values.

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Benefits:

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

    Companies offering profit related pay to all employees

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    18%

  • UK sites:

    26

  • Average Age:

    44

  • Staff:

    4538

  • Staff Turnover:

    6%

  • Male : Female:

    84% / 16%

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