Sales boom prompts pasty expansion

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A Cornish Pasty firm has announced it is taking on an additional 120 staff.

While based in Helston, The West Cornwall Pasty Company has stores across the country, many of them in tourist locations and railway stations in London.

The business has more than doubled in size since it was acquired by private equity firm Gresham from the Cocking family in 2007 for £40m. It now sells more than seven million pasties a year, employing nearly 600 staff. This year alone, sales have risen 25%.

And it has now revealed plans to open a further 14 outlets, taking its total to 70.