Post Office Opens at Budgens of Holt

Posted on Dec 1, 2016

Post Office Opens at Budgens of Holt

Seven day post office services come to Holt as new facilities open in the town’s Budgens store.  Following months of public consultation and planning, Holt’s new Post Office at C T Baker Budgens of Holt was formally opened on Thursday 1st December by Andy Kingham, UK General Manager Post Office Ltd and Duncan Baker, Finance Director and Post Master for C T Baker Group’s postal services. The move sees the Baker business go back to its roots, following its early postal service endeavours in the town of Holt in the 1800s. Open seven days a week, the new Holt Post Office will function as a main branch supplying a host of postal services and advice on financial services, ISAs, savings accounts, home insurance and life insurance. Passport form check and send services, travel insurance and on-demand travel money will also be provided. Many will be surprised to learn that this latest venture is not the first instance of the Baker family’s involvement in Holt’s postal services. As far back as 1869 the firm’s 3rd generation owner, Charles Baker, was listed in the Post Office Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk as a Stamp Distributor and proprietor of a stamp office on Holt Market Place. Duncan Baker commented: “this is a fantastic addition to our portfolio of services within Budgens. We can now offer longer more convenient opening hours and parking for our customers. We have put together a fantastic team including a specialist of our financial products.” Post Office services will be available at the following times (8:00am – 5:30pm Monday – Saturday. 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday) Christmas opening hours Christmas Day – CLOSED Boxing Day – CLOSED 27th December – CLOSED New Year’s Day – CLOSED 2nd January 2017 –...

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Budgens of Aylsham & Holt Named as IAA Award Finalists

Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Following the success of being named in the Top 100 IAA Independent Retailers 2016, Budgens of Aylsham and Holt are pleased to be named as finalists at this year’s Independent Achievers Academy Awards! At the Local Shop Summit, at Twickenham Stadium, 12th October, both stores were nominated in the following categories: Budgens of Aylsham – Marketing to customers – In-store display   Budgens of Holt – Effective ranging – Retail innovation As the only two stores nominated in our region, both will go ahead to represent Norfolk at the the prestigious IAA Gala Dinner and prize presentation in London on 1 December....

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C T Baker Budgens Shortlisted for National Retail Award

Posted on Sep 30, 2016

C T Baker Budgens Shortlisted for National Retail Award

C T Baker Budgens Stores Shortlisted for National Retail Award Congratulations to our Budgens Aylsham and Holt stores, which have both been shortlisted in this year’s Independent Achievers Academy Awards.         Budgens Aylsham nominations: – Marketing to customers – Merchandising – In Store Display – Availability – Staff Development   Budgens Holt nominations: – Retail Innovation – Effective Ranging   Our stores are two of the 55 stores shortlisted for the awards so far. In the next stage of the competition, four finalists in each category will be announced at the Local Shop Summit on 12th October. Following this, the eventual winners will be announced at a prestigious IAA Gala Dinner in London on 1st December. The best of luck to our stores!...

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Aylsham & Holt in the Top 100 Retailers

Posted on Aug 31, 2016

The Independent Achievers Academy Top 100 Stores for 2016 Announced!   The 100 independent convenience stores doing the most to serve their local communities around the UK have been unveiled by the Independent Achievers Academy. Budgens of Aylsham & Budgens of Holt have both qualified in the top 100 stores.   Selection of the top 100 follows a rigorous mystery shopping programme across the UK using the IAA’s industry-leading benchmarks that measure the simple things that retailers can do to provide excellent service to shoppers.   Click on the link below to read more.   Top 100 Independent Retailers in the UK & Ireland...

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A Look Back at 2015 – Budgens of Aylsham & Holt

Posted on Jan 7, 2016

A Look Back at 2015 – Budgens of Aylsham & Holt

2015 is a year that will live long in the memory as one of success and achievement for both C T Baker Budgens of Aylsham and Holt. Budgens of Holt began the year with an exclusive collaboration with the town’s Thurlow Nunn car dealership through which customers were provided a considerable saving on their fuel. Shoppers spending a minimum of £50 in-store were provided with a voucher that deducted 15p per litre on fuel purchased at the Thurlow Nunn forecourt. In so doing, our customers benefitted from a low-cost fuel price of 99.9p per litre — the UK’s cheapest BP fuel at that time! Such was the popularity of this promotion that the Holt store was featured on BBC Look East. In February, the time arrived for Budgens of Holt to present its cheque to its chosen charity organisation of the year for 2014 — the East Anglian Air Ambulance. A cheque for £7,423.70 was presented to East Anglian Air Ambulance, thanks to a fantastic effort from the store staff who organised raffles, tombolas and cake sales to achieve its total throughout that year.In March, a cheque was also presented by C T Baker Budgens of Aylsham to its chosen charity for 2014, Girl Guiding, Aylsham Branch. The store raised a total of £5,297.49, which was handed to District Commissioner, Rachel Sidell, by Jane Gurney-Read, Director of C T Baker Group and Shane Woolston, Budgens Aylsham Store Manager. Much like Budgens of Holt, the Aylsham store worked tirelessly to raise its record breaking total through tombolas, raffles, cake sales, bag packing, customer contributions and different fundraising initiatives that took place almost every week. For 2015, the store chose Squirrels Residential Breaks for Children — an Aylsham based organisation that provides residential short breaks within a homely environment for children with complex health needs. Similarly, Budgens of Holt selected Dogs for the Disabled as its charitable cause for 2015. Also in March, Budgens of Holt was privileged to be announced as a finalist at the Musgrave Store of the Year awards. Both Holt and Aylsham stores were also shortlisted as finalists within the Community Store of the Year category. The month of May was one of awards and recognition for Budgens of Holt’s local suppliers thanks to the store’s annual Local Supplier ceremony at the Feathers Hotel. Prior to taking over Budgens of Holt in 2007, the store stocked only a few locally produced goods. Yet, by May 2015, Budgens of Holt had supported around 39 local suppliers, spending over £792,000 to buy in such produce for its customers. The winner of the Local Supplier award was announced by Managing director, Michael Baker, as Comerways Nursery of Wissington, a business that continues to supply the store with a variety of tomatoes. A raffle was also held during the evening with proceeds going towards Budgens of Holt’s 2015 charity. The fundraising continued into the summer as Budgens of Aylsham held a charity car wash in its customer car park, raising £122.50 on the day. A hark back to Britain at war was on the agenda as the Holt Salute the Forties...

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