Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Proving the Best Thing Is Sliced Bread

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Proving the Best Thing Is Sliced Bread

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HOMESTYLE Bake started in February 1989, when Vyv Pascoe and Kerry Pugh purchased a small bakery on the corner of James and West sts.

The men were both passionate about baking and quickly developed a large client list based on a reputation for producing quality products with quality customer service.

"We started the business with the hopes of spending more time with our families," Mr Pascoe said.

"But customer demand took off and so did the business."

In 1992 they expanded the business and established a location and delivery run in Brisbane.

The expansion of the business continued at a rapid pace and in 1995, the then board of directors, Vyv Pascoe and Lindsay Weber in production, and John Wilson and Kerry Pugh in management, made the decision to purchase and develop 1.5ha of land on Warwick St in Toowoomba.

The building on the site had previously been a hardware store, and despite the fact major construction work was required for the premises to comply with Australian food production guidelines, the Toowoomba base of Homestyle Bake opened in September, 1995.

Nearly two decades on, Homestyle Bake is a thriving business which has met every challenge it has faced, expanding to become an industry leader that produces a wide range of award-winning baked goods.

The current team of owner/directors is a group of men who are passionate about the local community, Homestyle Bake's staff and the future of the business.

Production director Lindsay Weber, who bought into the business in 1994, is joined on the board by finance director, David Nicoll and sales director, Brett Pascoe.

Mr Nicoll started with the company in April, 2011, and become a director in January, 2013.

Mr Pascoe started working part-time at Homestyle in 1993 making donuts while he completed his university degree. …

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