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Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Ltd.
Industry Food (baker)
Founded 1885
Headquarters Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Number of locations
Products Bread, sandwiches, drinks and pastries, baked goods
Cooplands (formerly Ainsleys) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire

Cooplands (Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Ltd) is a bakery chain with over 100 outlets located across Yorkshire, Durham and Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom.

By 2011, it had expanded to become the third largest bakery chain in the UK.[1] In 2011 the company's annual turnover was £23 million.[2]

Cooplands produces takeaway food chiefly for the lunch-time trade, specialising in sandwiches, pasties, desserts, cakes, and bread. It competes with other local café and takeaway outlets, and national and international high street food chains and franchises.


Cooplands was founded as a single shop in Scarborough North Yorkshire in 1885,[3] and was incorporated in 1949.[2]

In 1999, the company opened 10 new stores, and expanded production at its Scarborough-based bakery with the creation of 80 new jobs.[citation needed] A further expansion was announced in June 2007 when it acquired the Hull-based bakery, Skeltons. The purchase added 34 outlets to the Cooplands chain.[4]

In April 2011, Woodhead Bakery, a rival Scarborough-based chain, fell into administration.[citation needed] Of the 29 Woodhead outlets, Cooplands bought 18, and the rest were purchased by the Haldane Retail Group.[5]

In 2005, Cooplands was noted as being an "established NVQ training centre", and received a National Training Award for staff training. The same year it held a "Careers in the Bakery Industry" event, with career advisors discussing employment opportunities.[3]

Cooplands Doncaster[edit]

The Doncaster-based Cooplands chain is part of the same family, and has a similar business model to the Scarborough chain, but operates independently.[6] Coopland (Doncaster) Ltd. has outlets across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire.[citation needed] It is a Private Limited Company, incorporated in 1933, with a 2011 turnover of £18.6 million.[7] In February 2015 Cooplands Doncaster announced it had gone into administration and would close 39 stores and its head office and bakery in Doncaster.[8]


  1. ^ "Rollits help Cooplands of Scarborough expand". 28 April 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited". Work smart. TUC. Retrieved 14 May 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Case Studies - Live Case Studies - Company Case Studies - Rising to Success - Improve Ltd". Archived from the original on 4 April 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cooplands buys Skeltons - British Baker". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Woodhead Bakery saved from administration | Food Industry News". just-food. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ainsleys bakery jobs saved in sell-off deal". BBC News. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cooplands (Doncaster) Ltd.". Work smart. TUC. Retrieved 14 May 2012. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Cooplands stores across Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Louth will not be affected by closures". Grimsby Telegraph. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.