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Bite sized concert 'treat' from Roberts Bakery Band

To end 2020, which had been planned to be a celebration of the Roberts Family 40 year sponsorship of the Band, Paul Lovatt Cooper and Roberts Bakery Band have come up with a tasty Christmas concert for everyone to enjoy.

Despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 this year, bands around the country are still bringing plenty of festive fun and joy to their local communities by their inventive use of social media platforms. Although they couldn’t hold their usual Christmas Concerts, our Band have produced a fun packed on-line festive concert instead.

The half hour show produced and recorded by MD Paul Lovatt-Cooper and the players at home, features a cracking selection box of music that includes ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘Santa-Claustrophobia’, ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘O Holy Night’, featuring principal cornet Sam Lovatt.

Paul said: “We’ve always enjoyed providing our special Christmas Concert as a thank you to Roberts Bakery and their staff who are so supportive of what we do as a band. Roberts are a company with such a strong community ethos so it was also good to be able to feature images of the staff and the products they make — plenty of which will be eaten this Christmas!”

Follow the link below to view the concert:

https://youtu.be/POwbi069vfs

Roberts Ilkeston sponsors Ilkeston Town Ladies FC

The Ilkeston Town Ladies Football Club kicked off the 2020/21 season in style with a new kit, which has been sponsored by local family bakery Roberts Bakery.

Chris Bulloch, site manager at the Ilkeston-based bakery, went along to the club’s recently revamped ground to see the ladies play their first home game of the season against Notts County Ladies Football Club. Chris also presented the team with a selection of premium speciality breads, which had been made at the firm’s bakery on Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston.

Chris said: “Our community is really important to us, so it’s a great pleasure for us to support this local team of ladies who all live in Ilkeston. I was delighted to meet the team and see their new kit and I wish them all the best for a very successful season.”

Mike Pike, ladies manager at the club, added: “This is a historic time for the club and we’re really excited to unveil the new kit, which features our brand new badge. We’re lucky to have a strong team with lots of players who want to play at a higher level. The support of local companies like Roberts Bakery is really important in helping us to keep playing and hopefully move up the leagues to become one of the most successful ladies sides in the area.”

Last year, Ilkeston Town FC embarked on a £2 million investment programme to upgrade its New Manor Ground. The club has also rebranded with a new badge that was designed to reflect the history of the club and the town.

For more information about Ilkeston Town Ladies FC, please click here.

Frank Roberts & Sons, dedicated to baking for the nation during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Frank Roberts & Sons pays tribute to key workers

Frank Roberts & Sons pays tribute to key workers

To recognise the commitment and hard work of it’s dedicated staff who are working round the clock to bake bread for the nation, Frank Roberts & Son’s mounted banners outside of its factory to praise its workforce amid the current coronavirus outbreak and urged them to ‘keep going’ to help feed the nation.

Employing more than 850 key workers who are doing their bit to keep supermarket shelves stocked with the staple food, Mike Roberts, a fourth-generation member of the Roberts family, said:

“These are unprecedented times for the nation and our bakery, and our people have had to work harder than ever. Many have had to work extra-long shifts to bake and deliver bread into supermarket stores every day.

Supporting our community is very important to us and we want to thank everyone – our bakers, cleaning teams, maintenance experts, drivers and office staff – for working tirelessly to get our bread out there.  “We’re proud to be helping to keep Britain fed and we’ll all keep going together to make sure there is enough bread for everybody throughout this difficult time.”

Over the rainbow with the Little Treats Bakery

Over the rainbow with the Little Treats Bakery

Teaming up with Tesco, Little Treats rose to the occasion to create a product specially created children’s rainbow biscuit baking kits for purchasing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Proceeds from the sales in Tesco stores, will go to help the NHS, through the provision of care packages to staff through SalutetheNHS.org, which will allow NHS front-line workers to focus on their work to beat the pandemic and save lives.  It is anticipated that these kits will also raise awareness for younger people of the work being carried out during these unprecedented times.

Inspired by the rainbow image, which has become a symbol of hope and support for our brave NHS and key workers throughout the UK, each pack contains a tube of white icing and a sachet of colourful rainbow inspired sprinkles which youngsters can apply to grooves in the rainbow-shaped biscuits and then decorate as they wish.  To find out more about the SalutetheNHS campaign, please click here.

Robert's Bakery launches it's first home baking kit

Robert's Bakery launches it's first home baking kit

The UK has seen a massive surge in home baking since the coronavirus lockdown came into force, with high demand for flour and yeast in supermarkets and internet recipe searches at an all-time high.

Available to buy online with delivery straight to the door across the nation, Roberts Bakery first home baking kit includes it’s premium dough mix to ensure that keen bakers have everything they need to get started on their homemade artisan white loaves, rolls and pizza bases.

Each 1kg kit makes a large white loaf and 12 white bread rolls, a large white loaf and four pizza bases or a large white loaf, six white rolls and two pizza bases.

“Since the pandemic confined millions of us to our homes, I think we’ve re-connected with home baking out of both need and pleasure during what is such a challenging time,” said managing director Stuart Spencer-Calnan.

“Initially driven by a shortage of wrapped bread, home baking has become a real stress-buster and distraction from what’s going on around us, transforming a few simple ingredients into a beautiful loaf.

“Since the pandemic confined millions of us to our homes, I think we’ve re-connected with home baking out of both need and pleasure during what is such a challenging time,” said managing director Stuart Spencer-Calnan.

“Initially driven by a shortage of wrapped bread, home baking has become a real stress-buster and distraction from what’s going on around us, transforming a few simple ingredients into a beautiful loaf.

Celebrities including Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha, Stephen Fry and ITV presenter Holly Willoughby have all posted pictures of their freshly baked bread online.

The vegan-friendly Get Baking Kits are available online at Roberts’s new online shop for £8.50, a special Father’s day kit has also been created – which includes a stencil to produce a football themed boule loaf, as well as the Bakery Bundles at  £7.50 each.

All of Roberts’ home deliveries are contact-free, appropriately socially distanced and are can be ordered online.

For more information, please click here.

Roberts Ilkeston Team up with food bank

Our Roberts bakery in Ilkeston has been making weekly deliveries of donated loaves to FareShare East Midlands’ Chesterfield depot, which will then be redistributed to charities and community groups across region, providing a lifeline to more than 10,000 people.

Stuart Spencer-Calnan, Roberts Bakery’s Managing Director, said: “Times are tough for everyone, and especially so for the most vulnerable in our communities who rely on FareShare East Midlands to feed them and their families.

“We simply had to get involved by supporting them in the tremendously important work that they undertake.

“In terms of scale, even before the outbreak of Covid-19, FareShare East Midlands provided meals to thousands of people each week through its charity partners, supporting its mission to get good food to as many people in its communities who need it.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to do our bit by donating such a daily staple as bread. We hope to see many more manufacturers and retailers to support the charity’s appeal.”

Alyson Walsh, FareShare commercial director, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for Roberts bakery’s generous donation of bread during this crisis, which will be sent to organisations getting food onto the plates of vulnerable people, as well as onto the doorsteps of people with serious health conditions and families facing financial hardship.”

Chris Bulloch, site manager at Roberts, said: “These are unprecedented times for the nation and our bakery and our people have had to work harder than ever to bake and deliver bread and sandwich thins into supermarket stores every day.

“Supporting our community is very important to us and we want to thank everyone, our bakers, cleaning teams, maintenance experts, drivers and office staff, for working tirelessly to get our bread out there.

“We’re proud to be helping to keep Britain fed and we’ll all keep going together to make sure there is enough bread for everybody throughout this difficult time.”

Roberts Bakery rolls out bright new look!

The livery rebrand overhaul of the Robert’s Bakery fleet has commenced!  Featuring the ‘Early Bird’ mascot, to date 8 vehicles, of the 90 strong fleet, have undergone the ‘Next Gen’ transformation which has also featured the use of a number of catchy phrases including ‘shaking up baking’, ‘challenging stale thinking’ and ‘going against the grain’. We hope revamp the remainder of the fleet very soon.

 

Stuart Spencer-Calnan, MD of Roberts Bakery said, “Our delivery fleet covers thousand of miles every day and is seen by many people.  It is essential that the modern, innovative, next-generation brand that we now are is communicated through all touchpoints and channels”.

“We’d like to think that the new designs will attract attention and brighten the bleakest of journeys or jams – not to mention our Early Bird raising a smile with its cheeky soundbites, call out for ideas and promises for the brightest future of bakery”.

Number one hit in the North West!

Roberts Bakery Band has become national brass champions after celebrating a triumphant victory at the 2020 North West Regional Championships!

The Sandbach-based band beat off stiff competition from 15 other brass bands to take first place in the First Section of the contest, which was held in Blackpool on 23 February. The 30-strong band has now been promoted to the Championship Section and will compete against some of the nation’s finest brass bands in the First Section Finals, which takes place in Cheltenham in September.

The victory marks the beginning of an exciting year for the ensemble, which is celebrating a 40-year partnership with Roberts Bakery.

1,000 years of service

February 2020 saw the celebration of over 1,010 years’ service at the annual Frank Roberts employee Long Service Awards dinner.

During this special event, the majority of those present were honoured for reaching the 15 and 30 year milestones.  The exceptions to this were Stephen Keri, Nigel Owen, Alan Nicholls, Peter Latham and Graham Jones, who have all served 40 years each and Dave Gleave, who celebrated an incredible 50-year service with the Company.

Pete Latham, one of the 40-year servers who is from Middlewich, began his career at the firm in 1980 and is employed as an engineer.  “It means a lot to me to receive this recognition from Roberts Bakery,” he said.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be here for this long, but I’ve always enjoyed working at Roberts and there’s always been plenty of opportunity to try something new.

“Roberts has been such a big part of my life and I have seen it develop over the last four decades, but it does still feel very much a family business.”

Lindsay Occleston, fourth generation family member, added: “These awards are very important to Roberts Bakery, they give us the opportunity to say a well-deserved ‘thank you’ to people for their long service.  There are not many businesses in this day and age that can mark such dedication from people and it’s a great honour to celebrate this achievement with some of our most loyal employees.”

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