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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

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

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!!

Community Update

Roberts serves up festive cheer at Arley Shopping Spectacular

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!

Brilliant School of Baking

Half term report!

Half term report!

Our very successful Roberts ‘Brilliant School of Baking’ continues to engage and educate Year 5 pupils across our heartland.

Since the start of the new school year in September, we have #embracedthenew and rebranded our schools educational visits. We have invested in new ‘Next Gen’ aprons, recipe cards and certificates.

Once the children have baked their tasty bread, they are now presented in paper bags along with the message of our first to market 100% recyclable Bloomer bags – engaging with the Next Gen on the environment!

This half term, we have baked with 282 Year 5 pupils. Most of the schools involved have already booked us up for 2019!

Here’s to another very busy half term in the run up to Christmas!

Charity Update

Children in Need fundraiser

Children in Need fundraiser

Many of our staff got behind Children in Need to raise some funds for this amazing charity …  at our small Roberts Bakery Ilkeston site, staff enjoyed raising money with a variety of events such as a cake sale, Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar, Paper Aeroplane Competition and, of course, The Duck Race to name a few.  They raised over £70, and had lots of laughs and fun along the way, all for a fabulous cause.  This is a great way of bringing our values to life – well done to everyone who took part.

Bakery staff tuck in to boost children's charity outdoor activities

Bakery staff tuck in to boost children's charity outdoor activities

The great British weather won’t stop children who visit the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) from enjoying the great outdoors.

Thanks to £650 raised through sales in the office tuck shop, the money was donated to CAFT to buy much-needed outdoor wear so youngsters can take part in activities like den-building and feeding farm animals while visiting the farm.

Based at Booth Bank Farm in Millington, the charity provides holidays, respite care and activity days for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from across the north west.

“With running costs of more than £1 million a year, we simply don’t have funds to buy extra items like outdoor clothing and we rely on donations from our generous supporters.

“This fantastic donation from Roberts means that the children will stay warm and dry whilst enjoying lots of outdoor activities that will really help to enrich their lives.”

Roberts family member Lindsay Occleston went along to CAFT with Roberts’ community group member Rachel Dickinson, to meet some of the children and present the new clothing.

The kit includes warm hats, gloves, waterproofs, aprons, wellies and wellie liners.

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