Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Biking Biscuits

By Sian Thomas

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Last year saw the Tour De France passing through Yorkshire and cycling fever ran riot. We’re nothing if not proud of our home county of North Yorkshire, so we’re very excited that the cycle race is returning again this year as the Tour de Yorkshire, even more so that a number of our shops and even our bakery will see the Tour passing by their front doors. Check out the route that the cyclists will be taking on the Biking Yorkshire site created by Blue Chip Holidays, and make sure you click onto Stage 3 and Helmsley to spot us making a little feature in the fact box! If anyone can name all the towns and villages that the tour will head through that are home to one of our Thomas the Baker stores, we’ll be very impressed! Have a look at our store list here for a few hints.
In celebration of the event, we’ve put our best icers onto creating some celebratory bike biscuits in the eminent bright blue and yellow colours that we’re seeing decorating the streets of Yorkshire at the moment. They’ve been going down a storm recently as we Yorkshire folk are a patriotic lot! We shared some images of them on our Twitter and Facebook pages yesterday (are you following us on these yet?) and we’ve never seen such a liking and sharing frenzy before.
With the tour taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, we’re hoping that there’ll be a little less snow than we’ve seen over the past few days – one of the “burdens” of living in Yorkshire! – and more of the support we’re already seeing. If you’re planning to sit out and watch the cyclists, make sure to grab some of our biscuits now to show your support – they won’t be around for much longer!

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Job Opportunities at Thomas the Baker

By Sian Thomas

Job Opportunities at Thomas the BakerHere at Thomas the Baker, we’re always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join our team in Yorkshire. We’re a fun and friendly bunch who just happen to love baking and cakes more than the average person, and we love finding more people like us.
You might have stumbled upon this post, or maybe you saw the article all about our Saturday staff in the York Press? Nathan Church works in our King’s Square branch in York and stated that working for Thomas the Baker makes him “feel part of the family”, and that’s exactly how we want each and every one of our team to feel, whether they work Saturdays or seasonal work in a store, or part time or full time in the bakery.
Here’s a quick rundown of roles we’re looking to fill at the moment – if you’re interested in any one of these, make sure to request an application form here. We will email a copy to you to complete and return either in person to our Helmsley Bakery, by post, or just drop it into one of our shops for them to pass on to the head office. We’ll make sure to get back to you promptly.

A full time role in our Hygiene department.

Usual start time is 06:00am finishing mid afternoon. In this role working as part of a specialised team, full training will be provided, and includes work around the whole Bakery site conducting both in depth and routine cleaning. Working Monday to Saturday (half day), with a half day during the week and includes a Saturday off rota.

Part Time Bakery Work.

Opportunities exist to work between approximately 14 and 25 hours per week making a variety of award winning delicious bakery products. Full training is provided. We have a great deal of flexibility to offer hours to suit you. For example, very early morning starts finishing by 08:00 / 08:30; in between school hours etc. We are happy to discuss your requirements with you.

Saturday Work.

Starting at 06:00am, finishing by lunch time. This role could ideally suit someone in education, but needs to be 16 or older. Opportunity will also exist for additional hours depending on individual circumstances, and can extend to school holidays etc. Work will be a mixture of bakery and hygiene duties. Also includes a Saturday off rota.

Seasonal work.

Work is available during our very busy school holiday weeks, and is ideally suited to students.

Updates at Thomas the Baker: Halloween, Fundraising & Facebook

By Sian Thomas

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Phew, we just keep getting busier and busier over here at Thomas the Baker! Well, it’s to be expected in the run up to Halloween and Christmas – did you know that by the time you’re just starting to think about Christmas around now, we’ve already got your Christmas puddings and cakes in production?
Anyway, spot that lovely lady in above? That’s my sister Beth, according to the press release that’s gone out to the news this week, the “smart cookie” who is the brains behind the business (no one told me!). She’s been hard at work in the Confectionary department of the bakery recently helping to develop a few new products especially for her favourite time of year, Halloween, including these four handcrafted designs on shortbread biscuits that we’re calling “Spcookies”! The four ghoulish designs are a mummified monster, spooky skull, petrifying pumpkin and a Munster.
But they’re not all we’re throwing into the ring for Halloween…after we noticed a few of our loyal customers missing a certain product and calling for their return this spooky season, we started up a bit of mini campaign to bring them back:

And it seems the #BringBackBatBiscuits hashtag went down a storm across both Twitter and Facebook as the ever loved Belgian chocolate Bat Biscuits are now successfully back on the shelves of our stores!

In other news, we like to do our bit for charities, both local and nationwide. So last week, the team at Bronco decided to take part in Wear It Pink day, a day in which, you guessed it, the nation was asked to dress in pink in order to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. We did our part by donating a few yummy treats as well as a beautifully pink themed hamper for a raffle to drum up the funds. IMG_6589With the help of our Bat Biscuits, Ghostly Cupcakes, Ginger Snap Biscuits, Yorkshire Brack and Lemon Drizzle Cake, we managed to help Team Bronco push the total funds up for Breast Cancer Now to….(drum roll, please)….

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Excellent work! Now as we mentioned in passing before, we’re working hard on our social media right now and would love to see you over there. Drop us a tweet or Like our page on Facebook – if it goes well enough, we’ll soon be able to start sharing exclusive bits and pieces over on our social media just for our followers, looking forward to seeing you there!


Helmsley Plum Loaf

By Sian Thomas

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We’ve been so busy over at Thomas the Baker, creating new products while still keeping the old favourites just as good as ever, that we haven’t had much time to keep up with this blog! Nevertheless, we’ve got a new product hot on the shelves at the moment that we just had to share you with you while it’s still brand new: the Helmsley Plum Loaf.
I was lucky enough to be able to sample this while it was still in production a couple of months ago and was definitely taken aback by it. While in the past I’ve never been a big fan of sweet loaves, apparently I am now, particularly with this plum bread! I’ve found it’s perfect to have as a snack any of time of the day, but my favourite ways to have it are as a tasty breakfast instead of a piece of buttered toast, or after a meal when you’re wanting something sweet but not too sickly. I’ve found it works ideally as a replacement breakfast as it fills you up and has a satisfying warmth and sweetness when toasted with a bit of butter.
What I didn’t realise until just yesterday though was that….there are actually no plums in it! So why is it called “Plum Loaf” then?
It’s a bit like Bombay Duck (which is actually fish), mincemeat (no meat in sight!) and toad in the hole. The history of plum bread goes back a long way, which explains the name. In the past, “plum” referred to all the different dried fruits that were packed into this tasty loaf; the usage of the word to mean dried fruits has dropped out of usage today, but the name stuck around by tradition.
I shared one out around my office today, and let me tell you, it didn’t last long! It’s definitely a moreish treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day, and will be loved by everyone from young children right up to the great grandparents. You can pick this up in any of our shops now. If you can’t spot it on the shelves, make sure to ask about it – you definitely won’t regret it!

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Christmas Jumper Day with Team Bronco

By Sian Thomas

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As you might know, the voice behind this blog is Simon Thomas’ daughter, Sian – while I don’t currently work in the family business (I spent my school holidays doing that and wanting to eat everything!), I do help out with the blog and social media. But my day to day job is at a Digital Marketing Agency in Ripon, Bronco.
Today is Christmas Jumper Day with Save the Children UK (#ChristmasJumperDay) so we decided that we would team up to our bit to support the charity. Everyone at Bronco turned up to work today in various styles of Christmas jumpers (take a look here for some close ups and to read more about it!) and Thomas the Baker donated a few of our favourite Christmas treats in order to help raise some money for the charity – Mince Pies, Tipsy Imps and Christmas Truffles. Many people in the office donated a few pounds to get some tasty treats, and Hannah and I took them round the Business Park that Bronco is situated on to see what we could do. Fortunately, they went down very well and we were out of almost everything by the end of the day!
We’ve been getting people talking on Twitter all day about it, so see below for some of those tweets and a few pictures of the team in our Christmas Jumpers!
If you’d like to donate now, please text TEAMBRONCO to 70050 to send £2 to Send the Children UK.

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(That’s me!)

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