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Brilliant School of Baking
Since September 2018, we have baked with over 600 Year 5 children taking our Roberts ‘Brilliant School of Baking’ to schools all over our heartland.
Last month we visited Delamere Academy, where the Year 5 had a fantastic morning with our Star Baker, Paul Graves. The children produced some tasty breads and learned all about life inside the bakery, along with the Roberts family history. The morning concluded with an excellent discussion about career opportunities and all the various job roles and skills we need at Roberts.
We hosted a number of business study students from Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday 1st February. Mike Roberts, Deputy Chairman and Graham Finnigan, Community Champion, looked after our guests with a tour of one of our Bread Plants followed by a Q&A session.
We received some super feedback and thanks from Bryony Rowe – Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor:
‘I wanted to say a big thank you for the excellent hosting for Friday’s Business Visit – the whole day was a great experience from start to finish. Thank you both for taking the time out of your days to give so much information both before and after the factory tour, I think it was clear to the students just how ‘hands on’ all staff are in the process.
The tour was really interesting, and it was clear the ‘tour guides’ really lived and breathed the operation; their enthusiasm for their work was obvious.
All in all, an excellent time was had by everyone and the feedback was really positive. I speak for all the students when I say thank you so much, and we hope we may be able to return in the future’.
David Roberts Recognised by British Society of Baking
The achievements of David Roberts – of the North West-based Roberts bakery – have recently been recognised with a Lifetime Honorary Award from the prestigious British Society of Baking.
David is from the third generation of family bakers and has dedicated over 50 years of his life to developing the brand. During his time working for Roberts, he held the roles of Production Director, Managing Director, and Chairman, retiring in 2006. During David’s leadership, investment was made into the bakery’s capacity – seeing an increase to 90,000 loaves a week by 1962. Five years later, employee numbers had grown to over 200 and a fleet of 50 vehicles were delivering Roberts loaves across the region.
Fast forward to today and it’s only right to celebrate David’s contribution to the brand. The bakery now serves major supermarkets across the UK from plants in Cheshire and Derbyshire. It employs 900 people and it’s still run by the fourth generation of the Roberts family.
On making the award, Richard Hazeldine, Chairman of the British Society of Baking said: “David joined the British Society of Baking in 1971 and contributed greatly to the its advancement in the 1970s and 80s from his work on various committees. He also played a key role as our Chairman from 1981 to 1982. He also contributed to the success of our Golden Jubilee Conference in 2006 as a key speaker at its evening dinner. David continues to support us and our conferences to this day and embodies everything that is good about being a member of the BSB.”
David Roberts said of his accolade: “I’m very happy to have received the Lifetime Honorary Award from the British Society of Baking. The bakery industry is quite literally in the family’s blood and it’s most rewarding to look back on where we have come and to where we are now heading with the future of the brand. There are many exciting time ahead that I’m looking forward to being part of as a family member.”
Roberts’ Managing Director Stuart Spencer-Calnan said: “I can speak for everyone here at the bakery when I say how delighted we are that David’s lifetime of dedication to the industry has been recognised in this way. To receive a Lifetime Honorary Award from an organisation that’s dedicated to providing a forum for learning within the industry is most fitting. Huge congratulations and many thanks to David for everything he has done for the bakery and industry as a whole over the years.”
Roberts Bakery Band Update
Our Roberts Bakery Band has had a very busy Christmas period playing to some sold out audiences around Cheshire.
On Wednesday, 12th December, they played at St Peter’s Church, Newton Le Willows where a surprise guest in a white beard made an appearance distributing Roberts Bakery goodies around the audience!
On Saturday, 15th December, they played their final concert of 2018 at the Annual Christmas concert in Sandbach Town Hall along with the Sandbach High school choir.
Both concerts featured festive songs and the audiences got the opportunity to join in with a few carols.
All of the Christmas music they played is on the Band’s new CD which is available through their Facebook page – well worth a listen!!
Roberts serves up festive cheer at Arley Shopping Spectacular
Festive spirit came early to the Arley Hall Shopping Spectacular as 1,500 visitors dug deep to raise money for local charity The Joshua Tree. And when the Christmas shoppers were ready for a bite to eat, a team of 10 volunteers from Roberts Bakery were on hand to serve up some tasty snacks and drinks in the Gardener’s Kitchen café.
This is the third consecutive year that staff from the Rudheath-based bakery have volunteered at the two-day event, which this year hopes to raise at least £30,000 for The Joshua Tree. The charity supports families across Cheshire and the North West who are affected by children’s cancer.
Pippa Watson-Peck, Fundraising, Communications and Events Manager at The Joshua Tree, said: “The Shopping Spectacular is a huge community event and it could not happen without the terrific help of many volunteers, like Roberts Bakery. We’re really grateful to receive the continued support of the bakery, particularly as we are working so hard to develop our new purpose-built support centre in Sandiway where we will be able to provide more counselling, practical and therapeutic help for families. The money raised from the event will go towards the build, which we hope to complete by the end of next year.”
The Roberts Bakery band also played a special concert at the shopping preview evening where visitors were treated to a medley of Christmas tunes whilst shopping and enjoying a glass of festive fizz.
UPDATE: We can confirm that this event raised £37,000! Well done everyone!