Olive Tree Bakery in Bangor, County Down, which opened just before lockdown in early March, is prospering in difficult conditions.
Owned by Scott McDonald, the bakery makes breads, biscuits and preserves all in small batches.
The company does all the purchasing, cooking, labelling and marketing itself. Customers can order online and collect or get the products delivered in north Down and parts of Belfast.
“Olive Tree Bakes was born amid a pandemic, and we have never looked back” says Scott.
“Although we originally thought about opening up to trade at local markets, we quickly had to become adaptable.
“First, we offered a non-contact home delivery service, then a collection service in the lobby of our unit.
“Now, we are supplying regularly to some of our local farm shops, a cafe and a restaurant, with a few more shops in our sights and now the hope of outdoor markets reopening would bring us to our original goal.
“Luckily for us business has been steady, and I was blessed with having a ready-made customer base from my long established catering franchise in Bangor Golf Club, our members kept us busy at the start as we got our name out there.
“Now we have a lot of new regular customers and still enjoying the learning curve and being adaptable,” he adds.