A bakery chain which has branches across Preston and Lancashire has said it will continue to fight the Government’s plans for a ‘pasty tax’.
Greenhalgh’s has continued to add its support to the petition against the proposed extension of VAT on freshly baked products.
Sandra Ogden, head of retail operations at Greenhalgh’s, attended 10 Downing Street as a leading member of the National Association of Master Bakers to hand in a petition against the new rules to the Prime Minister.
She said: “We feel very strongly about this change to the VAT rules and we’re not alone with our customers being equally vocal.
“We have already collected 15,854 signatures from across our 60 stores in the North West.”
The company’s branches include those on Orchard Street and Fishergate, in Preston city centre.
She added: “At Greenhalgh’s we pride ourselves on always supplying quality products using the finest ingredients at competitive prices, however this ‘pasty tax’ is simply the latest in a number of financial stresses to hit the pockets of food manufacturers.
“It will ultimately mean that we need to pass the additional cost onto our consumers who are also feeling the pinch of the recession.
“The Government must be brave and act quickly to reverse its decision. It’s the right thing to do.”
On Thursday, hundreds of pasty makers turned out in torrential downpours in Cornwall to deliver a petition from half a million people opposing the tax.