AN artisan bakery is poised to expand its business five years since first opening its doors.

Bakehouse Born and Bread in Greenodd has submitted a planning application for a unit at Crakeside Business Park.

The bakery house, co-owned by Chris Small and Kirsty Postlethwaite, offers a wide array of bread, cakes, pies and pastries.

Across its five years of trading, the bakery shop has quickly become a staple of the village high street.

Its ever-growing popularity among customers makes it an 'ideal time to expand', says co-owner Mr Small.

"We're looking for a bigger space to help keep up with the demand," he said.

"We're definitely bursting at the seams here so moving would be a great opportunity for us."

Mr Small said the team are undecided whether they will expand the business to two bakeries or move entirely to the new premises.

"We're undecided yet about what future plans are with the bakery," he said.

"We've definitely got a few ideas up our sleeve about how we'll change the new premises.

"It's a very exciting time for us."

Mr Small said the staff feel a 'great sense of achievement' since first opening the bakehouse five years ago.

"We both definitely feel a great sense of achievement," he said.

"The bakery started of with just me and Kirsty and now there's eight of us.

"It's pretty amazing to see how much we've grown since starting out."

Mr Small said the response in the community has been 'hugely positive' since announcing the potential expansion.

"Everyone's been really positive and are looking forward to the plans."