Supporting our local communities is at the heart of what we do. We encourage our employees to suggest or get involved in projects that support and improve the lives and welfare of the communities we work and live in. A high proportion of our workforce lives close to our bakeries, putting them at the heart of our local communities. They decide which community partners we help with volunteering, fundraising or donations – often it’s the schools of our colleagues’ children and grandchildren, or charities close to their hearts.
We save good food from going to waste and redistribute it to front-line charities, who send our buns and rolls out to the people who need them. At all our sites, we work with Fareshare, the UK’s largest charity that fights hunger and food waste. In Manchester, we also help the Feedmycity charity.
We also support Grocery Aid, a UK charity that provides practical, financial and emotional support for people who work, or have worked, in our industry.
We support many local schools, donating bakery goods for fairs and fêtes, and providing children with a healthy snack to take to the annual pantomime. We’ve also donated cakes and brownie bars to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, and to the Rutherglen and Hamilton food banks.
Feedmycity volunteerI was blown away by your staff and the culture of everyone who works at your Whitefield site yesterday and again today – everyone is very polite and helpful, please pass on my thanks. I will be keeping in touch and we will be collecting buns on a regular basis to help ensure people in need have a meal.
In Manchester, we raised money for the charity M-CM UK through various fundraising events on site. We also support local Christmas toy appeals by KidsOut, a children’s charity, helping ensure 600 disadvantaged children in Glasgow can wake up to a present on Christmas morning. During Covid, our Hamilton site donated hair nets to the Prince of Wales Hospice following urgent appeals. At Memory Lane in Cardiff, our team lovingly crafted a phenomenal cake for the National Armed Forces Day in Salisbury, where we sponsored the afternoon tea.