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Get Ready for This Show!

Get Ready for This Show!

Roberts Bakery Band is all set to go at this year’s Royal Cheshire County Show – headlining on Tuesday 18th June.

The final set list is yet to be announced, but the band’s musical director Paul Lovatt-Cooper has revealed that it will include well-known hits from international artists Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Coldplay.

The 30-strong band will play at the live arena outside the Roberts Bakery Food Hall at 10.30am and 2pm and on the bandstand at 4pm. Members of the band will also perform an exclusive concert at the Presidents Lunch.

There’s more information here and here.

Digging deep for CAFT

An army of volunteers dug deep to transform an unused outdoor space into visitor car parking at a local children’s charity.

Recently, 10 of our staff spent the day digging out banking and removing bushes and weeds at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), which is based at Booth Bank Farm in Millington. The newly cleared area will provide much needed parking for the charity’s minibuses and up to 20 visitor and staff cars.

Roberts has been a long-time supporter of CAFT, which provides holidays, respite care and activity days for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

Roberts family member Lindsay Occleston was among the 10-strong volunteer team that tackled the overgrowth. She said: “Creating this new car park was vital to CAFT but they were really struggling to get this job done themselves. We were delighted to dig in and help this wonderful charity and we were all amazed at how much work we got through in a day. It was fantastic for even more people from Roberts to do something positive in the community and to learn more about a local charity that does so much for so many children from our region.”

Cake-Off!

Did you see us in the Northwich Guardian?

Did you see us in the Northwich Guardian?

The news doesn’t stop… we’ve found ourselves in it again after our Charity Cake-Off event made £350.

Read all about it here!

Gingerbread Socks for World Down's Syndrome Day

Once again we have supported the Gingerbread Sock campaign for World Down’s Syndrome Day – this year producing over 50,000 biscuits!

We are thrilled to support this campaign and its founder, Emma Harris; read more about her here.

Inaugural Community ReAwards celebrate good Northwich causes

We’re in the Northwich Guardian again – read all about why HERE

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.

MMU Visit

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.”

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