John decided to gain more experience working in other confectionery fields and in 1989 was asked to join Vimto Confectionery as Production Manager in their new candy division.


John helped take the company from manufacturing 5,000kg of candies per week to 40,000kg per week in just over 8 months. Vimto later decided to concentrate more on their soft drinks side of manufacturing and closed the confectionery unit down. John was to become redundant so he bought most of the Vimto machinery and rented premises in Blackpool.


John’s engineering background came to fruition when he reconditioned the machinery he purchased from Vimto and sold it on to other confectionery manufacturers. John realised that his engineering knowledge and experience of manufacturing candy and chocolate confectionery went hand-in-hand, and so Loynds Agencies International Limited was born.