Thursday, 28 April 2016

Farm open day at Croots Farm Shop

From left to right, Steve, Kay, Jim and Sue
Derbyshire farm shop Croots will be throwing open the gates to the farm as part of a nationwide event to showcase British farming.
Farnah House Farm, based off Wirksworth Road near Duffield, will be open on Saturday 4th June, with a host of events lined up to show the public how a working farm operates.
With free admission, it will feature the chance to ‘meet the famer’ and find out more about what goes on during a day in the life of a farm. There will also be the opportunity to see lambs and learn more about lambing, watch sheep shearing demonstrations, and get up close to Shire horses and their foals.
Visitors can also go on a farm trail, chat to Nero the pony, meet some of the suppliers of Croots Farm Shop and take part in displays and games.
The event on 4th June runs from 11am to 3.30pm and is organised by Steve Croot and his wife Kay, who run the farm shop, and Kay’s parents Jim and Sue Yates, who have farmed Farnah House Farm for 48 years. It coincides with Open Farm School Days, being held throughout June, and is being held the day before Open Farm Sunday, when farmers across Britain showcase British farming and food.
“I grew up at Farnah House Farm and now work here at Croots Farm Shop, and this event is a great opportunity for families and children to find out more about how farms work and where their food comes from,” said Kay Croot.
“My family have been farmers for generations, and my parents moved here in 1968 and have been farming here ever since. Croots Farm Shop opened almost eight years ago and is the latest chapter in the history of the farm, with some of the key aims being to support small, quality food and drink producers and to supply meat that has been reared on the farm.
“We’re excited to be able to invite visitors to find out more about British farming and hope lots of people will join us at our open day event.”
A BBQ with hot beef rolls, hot dogs and burgers will be running during the day, serving up some of the award-winning meat products that Croots is famous for.
The open farm events are spearheaded by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), and since the first event in 2006, more than 1,000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one day a year – providing a fantastic opportunity for everyone to discover at firsthand what it means to be a farmer and the work they do producing food and managing the countryside.
Farnah House Farm is a 72-acre livestock farm, where sheep and cattle are raised. Jim and Sue also breed Shire horses and are one of the Shire world’s longest established families.
Croots Farm Shop launched in June 2008, and is well known in Derbyshire for its home-produced meat products. It sells items from more than 40 producers within a 50-mile radius of the shop, and has a wide-ranging deli, as well as a gift and homewares section, plus a popular café. Many items, such as pies and quiches, are baked on the premises.
Since launching, Croots has won scores of awards including a number of Great Taste Awards, which are the ‘Oscars’ of the fine food world, and was also shortlisted in the Observer Food Awards.

For more information, visit Find Croots on Twitter @crootsfarm_shop or on Facebook
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Second contract awarded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to J Tomlinson Ltd

Contractor J Tomlinson has been appointed for the second time by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on the organisation’s kitchen replacement contract.
The company recently completed a three-year, £3 million programme to install new kitchens in approximately 1,500 homes for the council.
Now the firm has been re-appointed for a further three years to replace between 500-600 kitchens a year, with an estimated annual value of £1.4 million.
 A council spokesman said: “The feedback we have had from residents has been excellent and we have been very pleased with the standard of work, and the cooperation and support we have had from J Tomlinson.”
The latest contract has just got underway and will cover homes in The East Riding of Yorkshire Council area.
Operations director at Nottingham-based J Tomlinson Pete Woods said: “Being appointed to a second contract on a similar programme by East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a ringing endorsement of the quality and standard of work that J Tomlinson achieves, and I am proud to hear such praise for our team.
“We are looking forward to working once again with the council and with tenants to improve residents’ homes by updating and installing new kitchens.”
J Tomlinson has wide experience of maintenance and improvement projects, and is currently helping a number of organisations to upgrade their housing stock, including Ashfield Homes in Nottinghamshire, Derwent Living in Derby and Midland Heart in the West Midlands.
Based at Beeston, near Nottingham, the company provides a range of integrated building solutions across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E), and facilities management.  
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Baker Butt Foods named a finalist in Nottingham Post Business Awards 2016

David Williams of Butt Foods
Specialist baker Butt Foods has been selected as a finalist in the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2016.
The Nottingham-based business, which was founded in 1990 and supplies a range of naan breads, flatbreads and sub rolls to the food service sector across the UK, has been shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year category.
The family owned bakery, which prides itself on keeping abreast of trends and developing new products to satisfy consumer demand in a fast-paced industry, supplies hand-finished frozen sweet and savoury products.
Butt Foods managing director David Williams said: “The whole team at Butt Foods is absolutely thrilled that the company has been named as a finalist in the 2016 Nottingham Post Business Awards. Our recent surge in success at the bakery has been down to teamwork, and each and every member of staff can take credit for playing a role in getting us this far in the awards process.
“The list of names of the other shortlisted organisations is very impressive, which illustrates just how many great companies there are working in and around Nottingham. We wish them all the best and are looking forward to meeting them at the final in May.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Nottingham at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 11th May 2016.
For more information about Butt Foods, visit
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Ashfield Homes resident receives ‘thank you’ vouchers from J Tomlinson

Ashfield Homes resident Michelle Polglase was one very satisfied customer after receiving an unexpected bonus when she filled in her customer satisfaction survey following work carried out at her home by J Tomlinson.
The contractor is undertaking investment work valued at more than £30 million to Ashfield District Council’s housing stock in a five-year programme for Ashfield Homes Ltd.
As part of its follow up work, the Nottingham-based company asks residents to fill in a customer satisfaction form when improvements have been carried out at their homes – with the chance to win a shopping voucher prize once a quarter.
And the first lucky resident to win £50 Love to Shop vouchers since the Ashfield Homes project got underway was Michelle, who recently had a new heating system installed at her home in Percival Crescent, Sutton in Ashfield.
Pictured, left to right, are J Tomlinson resident liaison officer Elizabeth Buckingham, Michelle Polglase, J Tomlinson project manager Julian Wright, and tenant liaison officer at Ashfield Homes Misty McGrath.
J Tomlinson, which provides a range of integrated building solutions across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, is undertaking improvement work to thousands of homes in the Ashfield area, which includes replacement kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems, electrical installations, roof coverings, windows and external doors.

Ashfield Homes manages Ashfield District Council’s rented housing stock of about 6,900 properties, and the work is being carried out right across Ashfield.
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