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Coultons Bread sponsors Help for Heroes fundraiser in Tottington, Bury

Coultons Bread Ltd are proud to be associated with this prestigious charity event, held at Greenmount Cricket Club  in Tottington, Bury in Lancashire , and are main sponsors under their Bakestone brand banner.

 

The organisers behind this event are Andrew and Terri Eccles who are the Tenant landlords  of the local pub “The Dungeon Inn”  located in the village of Tottington, and they work tirelessly all year round to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. They organise  fundraising events throughout the year to raise awareness and last year they raised an awesome amount of money.

 

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The community really did dig deep, but this year we are hoping to raise even more.

The charity itself needs to raise millions each year to help as many ex-servicemen and women as possible get back to leading a full life just like many of us are fortunate to have.

If you would like to know where all the money goes and the great work Help for Heroes does, then visit their website Help for heroes website

h4h-flyerThere are just a few tickets left for this “Black Tie” gala dinner and if you would like to join us at this prestigious event, you can buy the tickets from Andrew or Terri at The Dungeon Inn The Dungeon Inn, Tottington ,or if you can’t come along and wish to donate please feel free to do so, or just pop into the pub any time all year round as they have collecting tins on the bar.

 

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Coultons Bread opens new distribution depot in Wales

 

Coultons Bread Ltd, one of the UK’s leading distribution bakeries, will open the base at Cibyn Industrial Estate , Caernarfon in November 2016 and will create 20 jobs

This depot is a strategic partnership between Coultons Bread Ltd and Allied Bakeries, whose brands include Kingsmill, Burgen, Allinson, and Sunblest.

Howard Hunter, managing director of Coultons Bread Ltd: “This is an exciting time for us all at Coultons Bread as we look to grow our bakery third party logistics services.

“We have established this business model with Allied Bakeries over the last three years at our existing six depot operations and we are proud to have built a strong reputation for operational efficiency and service excellence for our customers. Coultons will distribute the full catalogue of Allied Bakeries brands.”

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Allied Bakeries is one of three divisions of Allied Milling and Baking, which in turn is part of Associated British Foods plc.

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From Eccles to London

Well what a great experience we just had. Our merry team of ladies and myself worked really hard at The Fine Food Speciality show at Olympia Exhibition hall this week. We had been in London for 4 days promoting our unique Eccles cakes from Eccles in Lancashire.

Eccles is “the home of eccles cakes” and we met some lovely people who ate our product samples and said they were gorgeous. Their words not mine I hasten to add.

 

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Older folk seemed to know what they were, but the younger people, and people from around the world had never heard of them loved them.

 

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It was our first time that we had done a trade show and it is really hard on your legs and feet and you are really glad to get back to the hotel for that lovely hot bath to ease your aching body. I know I sound a bit dramatic, and it’s probably nothing like running a marathon or climbing a mountain. I think it’s because you are just stood around in the same sort of spot for hours.

So you ask was it worth it?  well we got a lot of interest,  and we will look through all the business cards we collected,  and speak to potential customers over the coming weeks.

You never know what may come of it, one day you could be eating one of our gorgeous eccles cakes.

 

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Bakestone Logo New

Potato Cakes or Scallops?

Big debate going on at work this week as we are about to launch our new Bakestone Potato packaging next week.

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The question on everyone’s mind is why are they called cakes? You wouldn’t expect that would you, a potato being a cake. Well it was interesting when someone said they had read about a twitter feed from Australia that called them scallops. I always say this is a scallop.

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and this to me looks nothing like my idea of a potato cake.

Everybody has different names for them. Our Scottish friends have them for breakfast and they are called Tattie scones, yet there goes another reference to cake with the word scone in it.

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But in Ireland the traditional potato cake is called a Boxty.  These are handmade and fried adding parsley to give it a finishing touch. Boxty was used in Ireland to make the potatoes go further.  An old Irish rhyme goes: ‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man’.”

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So if you fancy the convenience of buying some potato cakes from the shops, or to simply make your own, here is a recipe.

Ingredients
30 m 6 servings 227 cals

1 1/2 cups grated raw potatoes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes

1 egg 1 tablespoon skim milk salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil
Prep
15 m
Cook
15 m
Ready In
30 m
Toss the grated potatoes with flour in a large bowl. Stir in mashed potatoes until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and skim milk; mix into the potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop in the potato mixture, forming patties about 2 inches in diameter. Fry on both sides until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm.

other ways to eat potato cakes…. Grilled and lashings of butter on them as a handy snack anytime of day. Fry them in the pan with your egg and bacon, the fat will add real taste to your breakfast. If you want to go all continental you can grill them, spread cheese on them with a little tomato and make yourself a mini pizza. Or just eat them cold, it is after all only potato!

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National wage

National Living Wage

April 1st 2016, is as every business owner knows the day that the minimum pay you can pay a member of staff over the age of 25, is  £7.20 per hour. This is an increase of 50p per hour for the lowest paid.

Is the National Living Wage enforceable?

Yes, this is an  a legally enforceable minimum level of pay, which is promoted by the Living Wage Foundation. It existed before the NLW was announced.
It is calculated by academics as the level of pay that would give workers sufficient for a basic standard of living.
At the moment, that amount is £8.25 an hour, and £9.40 an hour in London.

Everyone should paid a figure that let’s them live comfortably and rewards them for the hard work they do, however in an industry that is seeing bread prices reduced almost daily it could lead to job losses. I am not threatening this or advocating it but merely stating a fact. If the margin isn’t enough to balance the books then something has to go. Usually it’s the thing that costs the most i.e labour. But the problem doesn’t stop there as the job still has to be done and the bread still has to be delivered, so inevitably some bakers are going to close down, or downscale dramatically .

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Our business also has it’s own problems in that our drivers work on a job and finish basis, so for example some drivers earn their pay in only 30 hours work and get the same pay as a driver who has a bigger route, or further to travel and earns the same. Now that longer hours driver is going to get a substantial pay rise because he has to earn £7.20 now per hour rather than £6.70.

What are the options?

We will probably have to reduce the hours of our driving staff by stopping daily deliveries to some of our customers who only buy a low volume. This will get the driver back earlier. Another idea is to stop the drivers chatting in the morning when they are loading up their vans and taking a long time to do this. We will have to make sure that they get loaded quicker, thus a saving on their hours.

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Still it all amounts to just some of the challenges that you face if you want to run your own business.

 

 

 

Roberts Bakery sponsors Derby County FC

By William Axtell

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Sam Rush Derby County FC and Robert Higginson Chairman of Roberts Bakery.

Roberts Bakery has signed an advertising deal with Derby County Football Club.
The bakery has signed a one-year contract to advertise its brand on the club’s pitch and stadium, along with a programme of fan and community engagement. The deal launched on 5 March, during Derby’s league game against Huddersfield.
Robert Higginson, chairman of Roberts Bakery, said: “Derby shares so many of our values – they are a family-friendly club that places emphasis on future generations, health and wellbeing.
“We are proud to be a partner and hope that the sponsorship, paired with the growing popularity of our bread products across the region, will further reinforce our position as the UK’s fastest-growing major bread brand.”
– See more at: http://www.bakeryinfo.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/15716/Roberts_Bakery_signs_football_deal.html#sthash.0HfeDsCM.dpuf

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TOWIE but not as you know it – The only way is Eccles (Cakes)!

When we say TOWIE we’re not talking about people from Essex with teeth whiter than white. We’re talking Eccles! More precisely Eccles Cakes – the classic round flat cake that’s made with flaky pastry, filled with delicious sweet currants and finally topped with demerara sugar has been around for almost 250 years!

This week, at Bakestone, they have started baking them in their factory that’s in the heart of Eccles, Lancashire – less than half a mile away from the original bakery that first made them.

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The original bakery was James Birch’s shop, on Church Street, in the centre of Eccles. James Birch’s shop is documented as selling small, flat raisin-filled cakes in 1793.

They were an instant worldwide hit, said to be sold at all the markets and fairs around, even being exported to America and the West Indies.

Nowadays they are still being exported all over the world. Particularly to British expats, looking to get a taste of home.

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From humble roots in the heart of Eccles, they have become one of the nations favourite in the top selling cakes list.

They will always be a favourite on the cake counter.

More recently Eccles cakes have even been discussed in Parliment! Regarding whether they can still be called Eccles cakes if they aren’t made in Eccles!

 

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So you may be wondering, ‘what’s the big fuss?’ Eccles Cakes have been around for hundreds of years, yes they have, but they haven’t been made in Eccles since the 60’s.  We’re bringing the famous cake back home – and we’re really passionate and proud of this.

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So why buy Bakestone Eccles Cakes?

Here are just a few reasons:

  • They are actually made in Eccles.
  • They are a handy snack, you can eat them anytime.
  • Eat them cold or warm, great with fresh cream
  • Unrivalled quality with flakier pastry.
  • Made by hand in Eccles, Lancashire  “The Home of Eccles Cakes”

We have started production today, so if you and your customer base want the closest thing to a traditional 1793 Eccles Cake please get in touch: sales@coultonsbread.co.uk

 

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Providing essential bread supply for your business needs

Of the groceries which are at the heart of the staple diet for most people in Britain, it’s usually milk and bread which are used in “price wars” between retailers. Both are the most purchased grocery items in the UK today, and the perception is that consumers will take all of their grocery shopping to the store where they find they can get one or both of these the cheapest.

Whilst price is certainly an important factor for shoppers, when it comes to bread it is not quite as decisive or as important as reports sometimes suggest. In the overwhelming majority of cases, consumers want quality, freshness and choice, and it is these factors which determine their shopping habits as well as price. Although obviously people do not have a “spare no expense” approach to buying bread, it is nonetheless clear that quality is crucial when they are choosing where to shop.

We are committed to making sure you can harness all of these factors in your shop. Our bread and bakery category features close to a thousand different products, and we are perpetually adding to the selection. This means that whatever your customers are looking for in your bakery section, we are the people to supply it. We also deliver it at a time and on a frequency which suits you. Whether it’s early morning or late afternoons that would suit you best, or whether you need daily or weekly deliveries, we will work with you to get a time in place that ensures maximum freshness for your customers.

Costing is of course an important factor. That’s why we strive to present the most affordable service, allowing you to make savings which can be passed on to your customers. We firmly believe that it is possible to deliver high quality service at a low cost, and time and again we have proudly delivered on this belief. Over the course of the last three decades we have been able to provide outstanding bespoke bread supply in The North of England and beyond, and we are ready to provide the same for your business.