SHOREHAM pie company Higgidy has celebrated the opening of new £2.6million extended kitchens.
Staff and their families enjoyed plenty of pies and quiches – the company’s speciality – as well as paella and ice-cream at the Dolphin Lane base last Wednesday.
Guests gathered in deckchairs, decorated with balloons, for the celebrations.
James Foottit, managing director, said: “Our staff has been amazingly supportive and has worked so hard to keep things going while we’ve had the builders on site.
“We are firmly rooted in Shoreham, and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to grow our business here.”
The kitchens have extended from 11,000 sq ft to 25,000 sq ft, meaning they can now hold far more people and make far more pies.
Higgidy was established in Shoreham by husband-and-wife team Camilla Stephens and James Foottit in 2003, making handmade pies and quiches.
The expansion plans have seen staff numbers grow from 170 to 220, with a vision of expanding to 280 in the near future. The company’s statistics show the capacity has grown to £28m from £13m.
Camilla said: “The kitchen at Higgidy is the centre of our business. We are cooks at heart, and making all of our own products is incredibly important to us.
“We make a lot of pies and quiches each day, but we try as much as possible to keep the processes the same as if we were making just a few in our kitchen at home; all of our pastry stars are cut out, egg glazed, placed on top of the pie and sprinkled with crushed pink peppercorns by hand, for example, using just the same method as you would in your own kitchen.”