Local Supplier of the Year 2015

Posted on May 22, 2015

Budgens of Holt, Local Supplier of the Year, 14/5/2015 CT Baker Budgens main points of difference from the national chains are service, variety of offerings and most importantly local produce.  Local is not just a case of offering locally grown or produced items to the general public it is a case of keeping the money that we take through the tills in the local economy. If we were a truly national branch all our stock would come from a central distribution centre and all our takings would go, less wages, to a Head Office somewhere.  However, now with 39 local suppliers last year we spent £792,000 locally which stayed in the local economy.  Whilst tonight’s awards are for suppliers to Budgens of Holt it would be remiss of me not to mention C T Baker Budgens of Aylsham who also follow the same ethics of working with local producers.  Over the last year we have supported 31 local suppliers with a spend of £252,000.  For those mathematicians amongst us this equates to in excess of £1m going back into our local economy.  In addition to this the majority of our other spending – maintenance, cleaning, new buildings etc are given to local firms. On top of the Community Retailer of the Year Award last year, we are again finalist in Store of the Year for Holt and in the frame for both Aylsham and Holt for the Community Retailer of the Year award.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed until September when we will find out if we have been successful. This years winner of Supplier of the year 2015 is Cornerways Nurseries. 3 years ago we stumbled upon the largest greenhouse in the UK, heated by waste heat from the sugar beet factory nearby.  Over the last 3 years Cornerways Nurseries have become a major feature of our local fresh food offering.  Always offering a promotion to equal the nationals, sometimes better, has enabled us to replace average Spanish tomatoes with good Norfolk ones 9 months of the year. Our two runners up are Read Nurseries, and Drove Orchards Supporting our ever growing and profitable horticultural department Read Nurseries continue to provide us with an excellent range of plants from their base in Dereham. A few years ago I visited an orchard which had many varieties of apples, some very old varieties, but the strange thing was most of the apples appeared to be rotting on the ground.  In response to the obvious question I was told that their main line was apple juice.  So we contracted to take the surplus – the price was good, they were happy.  Of course if there isn’t any surplus we don’t get any apples.  So we have also developed a year round sale of Drove Orchards apple, pear and quince juices.  We just hope for bumper crops and apples too. The raffle on the night raised a total of £180 for Dogs for the Disabled and 59 people booked for the event. MJM Baker  ...

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Dogs for the Disabled, Our Charity for 2015

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

Dogs for the Disabled was chosen as our charity for 2015.  We will be raising lots of money over the course of the year for this amazing charity. Dogs have the power to change lives. Research has shown that dogs can improve our physical health, reduce stress and develop self-esteem. They can help increase our opportunities to socialise and improve a child’s concentration. Those positives become even greater when a dog is partnered with a disabled person. It’s also why we are constantly striving to find innovative ways to help people. Dogs for the Disabled is working to provide solutions to help people with a wide variety of different disabilities and conditions; from assistance dogs helping children and adults with physical disabilities and families affected by autism, to pet dog autism workshops, and innovative new projects working in schools and residential care...

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Send Parcels from Budgens of Holt

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

Send Parcels from Budgens of Holt

Sending Parcels has never been easier.   Get your parcels delivered swiftly, simply and securely with myHermes.  Here’s how. 1. Register and book at myhermes.co.uk 2. Print out your label and delivery note 3. Place the delivery note into the parcel and affix the label securely to the parcel 4. Drop it off at the kiosk of Budgens of Holt 5. Delivery as soon as 2 – 4 working days later. .    

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Charity Presentation for 2014

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

On Friday, 6th February 2015, a cheque presentation was held at Bakers & Larners of Holt for C T Baker Group’s chosen charities of 2014.  Managing Director Mr Michael Baker was delighted to present cheques to The East Anglian Air Ambulance, the Holt Youth Project and the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Budgens of Holt raised a total of £7,423.70 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, a fantastic effort from all of the staff who organised raffles, tombolas and cake sales throughout the year. The chosen charity for Bakers and Larners was the Norfolk Hospice, who received a cheque for £1,902.91 raised through raffles, donations from sales and fundraising events. In addition, the sum of £1,891.20 was raised through the sponsorship and sale of the Tapping House Holt Christmas card, collection boxes in store and Mr Baker’s ‘arrest’ for crimes against fashion in March 2014! A cheque was also presented to the Holt Youth Project for £1,735.76 in respect of monies raised through carrier bag sales in Bakers and Larners Food Hall and Budgens of Holt. C T Baker Group would like to thank all employees for a fantastic effort throughout the year and above all want to recognise the dedication and vital work of these three local...

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Local Suppliers 2013/2014

Posted on Aug 28, 2014

Each year Budgens of Holt picks its ‘local supplier of the year’ and two runners-up. We look for; Quality of Produce Efficiency of supply Value for Money On Thursday 15th May 2014, 63 staff and suppliers enjoyed dinner, at the Feather’s Hotel, to celebrate the 3rd annual C T Baker Budgens of Holt Local Suppliers awards. The winner of this year’s trophy was Graves the Butcher, Briston for their dedication to delivering at the drop of a hat should the weather turn and produce an unexpected BBQ weekend. The runners-up were, a new supplier, Cornerways tomatoes who have very quickly become one of our major suppliers and Pointen’s Dairies who supply local milk, cream, ice-cream and yoghurt. A raffle was held which raised £250 for the East Anglian Air ambulance. 2013/2014 Graves The Butcher Cornerways Nursery Pointens Dairy Previous winners were; 2012 Martins Farm Chickens E.J. Perowne Eggs Fresh Approach 2011 Sharrington Strawberries Graves The Butcher E.J. Perowne Eggs...

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Community Retailer of the Year Award 2014

Posted on Mar 21, 2014

At last nights annual Budgens conference the team at Budgens of Holt were delighted to be awarded community retailer of the year. This is a huge accolade as there are 170 independently owned stores within the Budgens family. The award is recognition of all the dedication and involvement with the local community from the team at Budgens of Holt. 

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CT Baker Group acquires Budgens Aylsham

Posted on Oct 28, 2013

CT Baker Group acquires Budgens Aylsham

On the 10th September 2013 The CT Baker Group took over the running of the Budgens store at Aylsham.  An immediate refurbishment took place and the store was relaunched on October 10th, officially opened by long serving staff member Daphne Necchi. Please read here for EDP and EEN news reports CT Baker Budgens of Aylsham Aylsham Budgens set to reopen with new look and new boss Proud moment for long-serving Daphne as she opens revamped Aylsham supermarket    ...

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