We had some great news on Saturday. Our apprentice, Amber Smith, was awarded the James Allan Memorial Trophy for baking skills, competing against hundreds of bakery apprentices from across the UK. Not only was she awarded the prize for best English apprentice, she then went on to claim the UK title.
Amber is a local girl, from Bramhall, and has been working with us since we opened the bakery in May 2012. The competition involved demonstrating her skills in breadmaking and finishing confectionary products. She wowed the judges with some delicious scrolls and savoury twists (as seen in the bakery everyday).
We are very proud of Amber who is a great ambassador for the bakery. She was awarded the trophy at a special dinner in Glasgow on Saturday night, attended by Mich Turner from Britain’s Best Bakery.
Amber with her trophy.
Have you seen Nancy, the Bramhall Bakery Duck? She’s on proud display in the shop. This weekend (19 May) is the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club Duck Race at Bramhall Park. Our Duck is racing in one of the business races – be sure to place a bet as she’s rumoured to be a good chance in wet conditions!! Although, the ‘still wet’ gloss paint used on her smart apron might hold her back… (any ideas for getting it to dry most welcome!)
We are also excited to be sponsoring one of the races – The Roasted Duck Chase at 1pm. So look out for Scott on the Imagine FM stage. The duck race is a great community and family event and one of the many reasons why Bramhall is such a great place to live and do business. Do come along on Sunday to support it.
For more information about the day, see http://www.bramhall-woodford-rotary.org.uk/
In celebration of our first birthday and the wonderful support we have had from the people of Bramhall we decided to give Bramhall its very own bread. The people of Bramhall love a brown seeded loaf so we got to work on a new special recipe.
The Bramhall Bloomer is made the old fashioned way. It is given lots of time to mature to give it a great taste and texture. We start the process on a Thursday to have the loaves on the shelf on Saturday morning!
It is also full of great ingredients. We use a mix of high quality Cotswold and Canadian Flours and add a special combination of seeds and grains including barley, mung beans and linseed. Finally, we dust it with flour to create the B logo on the top.
We have the Bloomer on the shelves every Saturday. Get in quick though….
On 1 May 2013 we are celebrating our first full year of trading. What a year it has been and how far we have come. It seems so much more than a year ago since that first crazy day when Scott worked for 36 hours non-stop shooing the workmen out the door at 1am to start baking so we had something on the shelves.
We have worked very hard over the last twelve months and there have been some hard times but we are also very proud of what we have achieved. There have been so many highlights:
– Selling out by 1pm on day 1, with queues up the street – Being invited to talk about our business to various local groups – Being recognised by Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday – Unleashing our chocolate hot cross buns on the people of Bramhall
One of the main things we have learned is that Bramhall is a great place to do business as an independent retailer and the biggest highlight is being part of the community. We wanted to thank the people of Bramhall for showing such support for and interest in our business over the last 12 months and we are very excited about building the business with you in the future.
This week is National Bread Week, which aims to promote the nutritional benefits of bread and raise awareness of its part in a healthy balanced diet.
Bread is often much maligned as a food, but it has its benefits too. Wholegrain, wholemeal and brown bread contains B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and a wide range of minerals. White bread also contains a range of vitamins and minerals, but it has less fibre.
Loaves such as our Seeded Multigrain loaf are especially healthy as they are high in fibre, for a healthy digestive system and also have loads of seeds and grains which provide sustained energy.
Our breads and other baked goods are made by hand everyday using traditional artisan techniques, with no added preservatives or artificial colourings or flavours.
A few weeks ago we were invited by the lovely ladies of the Inner Wheel of Poynton to come along to one of their meetings to talk about our business and our bread.
We were treated to a lovely dinner at the Deanwater hotel and then, full of delicious food (although we won’t mention the bread!) we spoke about our business.
The audience were fascinated by the baking process and the hours we operate – did you know there are only 2-3 hours a day when someone isn’t working in the bakery – you eyes aren’t deceiving you when you spot the lights on when you are heading home from a night out in the village!
The highlight was very much the goody bags which we handed out at the end, with samples of lots of our different breads.
We are happy to talk to community organisations and groups about our business, depending on availability etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very excited to be part of Bramhall’s very own Independent Easter Trail. Starting on Saturday (23rd March) for the 2 weeks of the Easter holidays, you can pick up a trail map from any participating shop (look out for the signs in the windows) and keep the kids busy collecting letters to complete the puzzle to win a prize from all of the different shops around the village. It gives you a chance to have a good nosy round the shops too, there are some real treasures!
We are proud to be part of Bramhall Village where there is such a range of fantastic independent retailers offering great service and high quality products and all the other benefits that you get from shopping local and independent.
So, we hope to see you trail map in hand, searching high and low for our hidden egg!
For more information about the Easter trail see https://www.facebook.com/events/601804393180515/
As many of you may have read in last week’s Stockport Express and Stockport Times we are keen to donate our leftover bread to good causes.
At the bakery, everything is baked fresh, on the day and if it is not sold on the day, we don’t sell it. This is an important principle of our business, but of course creates a challenge as the bread buying patterns of the good people of Bramhall are sometimes difficult to predict… So, despite our best efforts to plan production accurately, we often have leftover bread.
We regularly get asked, ‘what happens to the leftover bread?’ In short, we donate it to local charities (including Wellspring and Hot Shots) or to local farmers for animal food. Ideally, we would love to give this to local charities and good causes everyday, but we are restricted by people coming to pick up bread for these charities. Do get in touch if you are able to come and collect leftover bread for a genuine good cause or event and we will see what we can do. Pop in and ask for Scott or Jo or e-mail email@example.com
We are very excited to have received a business boost from TV Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. On Sunday I tweeted Theo about the bakery during ‘Small Business Sunday’, a twitter initiative set up by Theo that runs weekly. I was keen to show off our lovely new website and hopefully get some recognition for all of our hard work.
Amazingly, Theo re‐tweeted my message to over 300,000 followers and the ‘twittersphere’ went crazy – we got about 100 new followers in an hour and have made lots of new connections and interest in the bakery.
We will also be profiled on Theo’s new website (www.theopaphitissbs.com) that is exclusive to Small Business Sunday winners. We are on his home page at the moment which is very exciting!
So, a new website deserves a new blog post too. As always, we have been busy here at the bakery, working on new ideas, products and developments.
Firstly, you really need to try our chocolate hot cross buns. They are a taste sensation, with chocolate chips instead of fruit! For the traditionalists among you, we have some rather delicious spicy fruit ones too. They are handmade every morning – catch the beautiful cinnamon smell wafting around the village and you will know they are ready!
Secondly, our Wednesday Bread Club is now fully up and running. We keep the doors open until late (7pm) on a Weds evening so that you can order bread to collect after work. Orders can be made in the shop, or online through the Bread Club section of the website.