Total Guide to 5th anniversary logo branded birthday cake

Total Guide to celebrated their 5th year in business in 2017, and Corporate Cakery helped them to celebrate in style! As an online business based in Swindon they have started to branch out to other parts of the UK, so we have a lot in common, including the knowledge that a true celebration needs really good cake.

Rather than tell you all about it, we asked Liz Hutchings (Ledger), Director of Total Guide to and all round fabulous business woman, to share her experience of celebrating her epic achievement with our help…

Samantha from Corporate Cakery with Liz Ledger and 2 little girls blowing out the candles on the cake

Why did you choose Corporate Cakery?

We wanted to throw a Summer party for our clients and suppliers to celebrate turning 5 earlier this year. Having worked with Sam previously and wanting to mark the occasion with a branded birthday cake, Sam and Corporate Cakery sprang straight to mind as they always do such a fabulous job!

 

Total Guide to 5th birthday party

Did you know what you would need?

I knew we need a birthday cake with our logo and Total Turns 5 on there but I’m not the most creative when it comes to baking and let Sam advise and as usual she went the extra mile – Sam used our logo and created a beautiful cake and even took the summer party theme to mind and created some delicious and very pretty cup cakes and cookies!

 

Selection of branded logo cupcakes, cookies and chocolate brownies for the Total Guide to Swindon 5th birthday party

What was the outcome?

The cookies and cupcakes were such a great idea as it meant less serving required on the evening and created a bit of a stir with people gathering around the selection. They were also easy to eat and less messy which is crucial for a business/networking event! The cookies, cupcakes and half of the enormous cake were devoured on the night and the remaining cake made the staff very happy the next day!


Total Guide to Swindon branded logo cupcakes in pink, purple & blue   Total Guide to Swindon logo branded cupcakes in red, orange & green

How did this benefit you and your customers?

The fantastic thing with this is even though the cakes were provided for one night,  the benefits in terms of ongoing PR and marketing will continue for years. We have wonderful photos of the cake which we can use in our marketing collateral and when entering awards. Importantly, it also showed our customers and suppliers that we care and value their custom and showed off our branding and marked a key milestone for the business. Our customers have also benefitted from meeting Sam and the team at Corporate Cakery so they have a contact to use for their own events.

 

Total Guide to Swindon logo branded cookies at the 5th anniversary party

 

It was a Total-ly great business birthday party 🎉 Check out the Total Guide full image gallery HERE ⬅️

If you have an event or occasion coming up and would like our help we would LOVE to hear from you!

💌 Email us or check out our website 😍

Have you thanked yours recently?

If you’re a business owner, I’m sure you know how important your customers are. Henry Ford rightly stated: “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” Obviously it’s important to keep your team happy, but there are many business owners out there that run their businesses single handedly (I was one of them) – in fact 76% of UK businesses don’t have any employees, so if you’re a solo-preneur, a sole-trader, or an individual running a business, hats off to you! I know how hard it is.

Customer service is not a department, it’s everyone’s job.

I don’t know who said this, but I’m sure it’s someone wise. As a small business owner, you wear all the hats. You are the customer service department, and that’s awesome.
If you’re a service-based business, your customer service couldn’t be more important. Someone could fall in love with a product without knowing who made it (although most of my customers know me as I try not to hide behind the products too much), but if your business is selling a service which relies on communication between your customers and you or your employees, how do you strengthen that relationship?

 

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

Every company’s greatest assets are its customers

“…because without customers there is no company.”
Michael LeBoeuf, Author of: How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life

 

If you’re reading this I’m pretty sure you know what I’m about. I run an online cake shop for businesses (that’s Corporate Cakery.com). One of the fundamental parts of my business model is that Corporate Cakery is shaped around our customers. We make bespoke products and learn an incredible amount about what products are enjoyed or not desired on an ongoing basis. Unsurprisingly my christian name Samantha (not that I’m religious) has a biblical meaning which is ‘listener of god’. Swap ‘god’ with ‘people’ or ‘customers’ and that’s an awesome fact (I thought so anyway)!
My point is that I listen to what my customers need, and this has led me to launch a new service which I’m about to reveal to you…

 

“When we give we receive – when a business does something good for somebody, that somebody feels good about them!”
Ben Cohen, Ben & Jerry’s

Our new on-demand thank you service

We’ve listened to you, and are proud to be launching a super subscription service, making it easier and even more affordable to send thank you gifts to your clients.

 


Corporate Cakery’s subscription service makes it easier for small business owners to send thank you gifts to your clients throughout the year – because a small gesture goes a long way and I totally understand that gratitude can be easily forgotten as the day to day stuff takes over (where does the time go?!)

 

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.
Mahatma Gandhi

How does it work?

It’s very simple! Like all of our products it’s a bespoke service – we create a credit account for you with an annual allowance. You get to choose your budget, which is paid monthly, and you tell us when and where to send your bespoke thank you gifts out throughout the year (just give us at least 3 days notice). So for example you gain a fab new client next Monday? If you’re on our subscription plan, tell us where they are and we’ll send them a box of thank you cupcakes or cookies with your logo to arrive with them by the end of that week.

 

You can sign up by selecting one of the following plans:

The ‘bitesize’ plan for £25/month

Full details on the bitesize plan here

The ‘brownie points’ plan for £45/month

Full details on the brownie points plan here

The ‘super sweet’ plan for £75/month

Full details on the super sweet plan here

or email us!

 

If you know someone that would find this service useful please do spread the word! And feel free to get in touch to find out more 🙂

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.

– Roger Staubach

Ethical.

 

 

Here at Corporate Cakery, we have some core values. One of them is ethics, and we make conscious efforts to continuously source ethical ingredients and improve awareness of ethical issues.

From the beginning we have always used free-range eggs and strongly believe that battery farmed eggs should not be around anymore. 

Now it’s Easter time, we thought we would turn our focus onto chocolate eggs – as I’m sure most people will be indulging in a few over the Easter bank holiday weekend!

 

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Become a little happier

 

We want to spread happiness and gratitude, especially around the workplace. There’s always an endless list of to-do lists, targets, goals and challenges. Our mission is to bring more happiness into the world of business, and encourage business owners to show appreciation, spread gratitude, and reward those around you. On 20th March 2017 it’s International Day of Happiness and we’re joining the movement to create more happiness in the world. Starting here.

 

 

On a daily basis, Corporate Cakery is baking up happiness up in the form of cupcakes, cookies, cakes and other baked goodies. Our products aren’t simply for sustenance, but a tasty representation of a business and a gift of gratitude from one person/business to another.

Action for happiness has outlined 10 ways to happier living, and here’s our guide on how you can easily achieve them, from my own unique perspective as a young small business owner.

 

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Corporate Cakery Branded Logo Cupcakes

Corporate Cakery are looking for a freelance baker/cake decorator to join us during this super exciting, high-growth year.

 

Are you a keen baking enthusiast looking for an excuse to bake and earn some extra cash? Are you looking for a rewarding challenge to fill some spare time? If the answer is yes, read on!

 

Our new baker will be responsible for creating Corporate Cakery’s high-quality products. You’ll be rewarded for producing consistent quality goods with an agreed price per product.  

Here are the specifics of what you’ll be doing:

  • Baking products including cupcakes, sponge cakes, cookies/biscuits and traybakes.
  • Cake decorating including making icing toppers, piping buttercream, covering cakes in fondant and hand-piping cookies/biscuits.
  • Packaging & labelling products ready for delivery. Ensuring products are ready to send out to customers in the correct boxes with correct allergen info.
  • Experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes for future release. We welcome your ideas and input, so if you’re creative that’s a bonus!

 

You’ll need to be able to:

  • Bake to a high standard – the ability to follow recipes, meet deadlines and work under pressure is really important.
  • Decorate to a high standard and follow consistent design styles and show attention to detail. You don’t need qualifications but you must prove your skill level and willingness to learn our techniques.
  • Follow food safety regulations. You must have an up-to-date hygiene certificate in level 2 catering  (this can be done online with our recommended provider before you start working with us if you don’t yet have this).
  • Work in our shared commercial kitchen in Cheney Manor, Swindon generally between the hours of 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (flexible working as and when required).

 

It’s not essential but would be ideal if you are able to:

  • Hand deliver Swindon based orders & take packages to the local post office. You will need business car insurance to do this and we will cover expenses.

 

To thrive at Corporate Cakery, you must be flexible and willing to work hard. At the beginning you won’t have a fixed schedule or promised number of orders so if you need a full time salary this isn’t for you. We are looking to recruit you as a freelance baker to begin with, but there may be opportunities to become a fixed member of our team with added perks later on.

Most importantly, you must naturally fit into Corporate Cakery! Your values must match ours:

  1. Ethical – you care about the world we inhabit and share the belief that we are here to do good and inspire others to do so
  2. Gratitude – you are happy to do what you love, happy to help others, and have an optimistic view on life
  3. Honesty – you are open and transparent, if you make mistakes you claim them and learn from them, and take responsibility for your own actions.

 

Does this sound like the perfect role for you?

APPLY NOW: Email these three things to info@corporatecakery.com

  • Send us at least 3 photo examples of your work (cakes, cupcakes or cookies).
  • Tell us why you’re perfect for the job (this can be a video, written email or any format you prefer).
  • Full contact details (if you have a CV please send an up-to-date version).

 

Applications are open NOW. Please email us if you want to chat to the team and ask any questions!

 

Corporate Cakery Ltd Co. Reg. No. 9846472
Registered Office : Unit 2 Enterprise House, Cheney Manor, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2YZ