Business of the month award for Bishop's Stortford baker Dorrington's celebrating its centenary
The Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) has named Market Square baker Dorringtons as its latest business of the month.
BID chairwoman Karen Burton said that the company, which this year celebrates its centenary, earned the accolade for its ability to adapt to changing commercial conditions while maintaining traditional standards.
Dorringtons puts the community at the heart of its business. A spokeswoman said: “We continue to support our chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Society, with donation pots in all of our shops and on our snack vans. We also donate cakes and mince pies to any local fundraising they're doing.
"We're donating cakes for Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford, who are celebrating their 50th meeting. We try very hard to support any local charities in need of donations of cakes, pastries and seasonal goods.”
The business was founded by Ernest Dorrington and is now run by his granddaughter, Caroline Sharples.
Since it opened in 1919 in Sawbridgeworth, the business has grown to 15 shops in Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire plus five snack vans operating in Harlow and Bishop’s Stortford. The Market Square branch opened in 1930.
The spokeswoman said: “As a baker's, we like to focus on quality ingredients whilst keeping up to date with food trends, giving our customers varied and delicious choices.
“Our manager and staff at our Bishop’s Stortford shop know so many of our customers very well and we're very grateful for their continuing custom and support.”
The focus for the future is increasing the fleet of snack vans and building a better online presence, with the prospect of extending its bakery premises as a result.
As a BID levy payer, Dorringtons supports the board’s efforts to provide better and cheaper parking to encourage shoppers.
The spokeswoman added: “The ‘Feast of Flavours Festival’ would definitely be something we would like to be involved in, showcasing the varied and eclectic mix of food shops, restaurants etc in Bishop’s Stortford.”