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Howarths appointed to support Carrs Pasties £15m growth plans

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HR, employment law and health and safety consultancy Howarths has been appointed by a pasty maker that counts DJs Sara Cox and Chris Evans among its customers.

Carrs Pasties has engaged Cleckheaton-based Howarths to provide strategic employment law and HR support its goal of reaching £15m turnover by 2026.

Founded in 1938, the family-run bakery began as a tripe shop before WWII, before attracting the attention of mill workers when it started selling freshly baked pasties.

Bolton Council gave the company a loan in 1975, which continued to help it grow and in 2013, it was passed down to current directors and brothers, Matt, Liam and Joe Carr.

The company, which sponsors the Carrs Pasties Family Stand at Bolton Wanderers FC, launched a nationwide delivery service in 2020, and recently received planning to convert a former G4S building at the back of its current premises into new headquarters and offices.

Gavin Howarth, managing director at Howarths, said: “Getting solid HR and employment law procedures and training in place is crucial for any growing business looking to retain and recruit the best talent.

“Having delivered an initial HR audit and employee engagement survey to benchmark the business, we will now work closely with the senior management team and directors to develop and implement a bespoke HR and people development strategy to drive employee engagement and support the company’s exciting growth plans.”

Matt Carr, director at Carrs Pasties, added: “We chose Howarths because they’re a family-run business with a wealth of practical and commercial experience working on the job with growing SMEs.  We’re looking forward to working with the team as we push forward with some exciting growth plans over the next few years.”

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