The nominations are now open for the Cake Masters Awards 2019, so it’s that time of the year when we ask you to get voting again . . .
We are absolutely tickled pink to have been Cake Masters Awards finalists every year and to have been named 'Best Retailer' twice, but we’re not the type of people to rest on our laurels and we certainly don’t take anything for granted - especially when up against some of the best known names in the industry.
So we’ve been working harder than ever to introduce hundreds of new products, ensure faster deliveries and offer even more competitive prices.
With over 125,000 customers worldwide we have our work cut out, but we absolutely love it and are delighted to be celebrating Cake Stuff's 40th birthday this year!
We're passionate about what we do, so if you feel that Cake Stuff have done a good job looking after you again this year, please nominate us in the Best Retailer Award category.
A lot of new ideas, new investment and hard work have been going on during the past year - much of it behind the scenes.
Here's just a taste . . .
We take our environmental responsibilities seriously . . .
We also take our social responsibilities seriously too . . .
we work with a number of charities, both local and national. It's not something we shout about but it is something that the loyal support of our customers allows us to do. Food banks, homeless projects and countless fundraisers across the UK are all supported, as well as larger projects such as providing a nutritious meal for a child with every box of Couture sugarpaste sold, through the charity Mary's Meals
we have supported a number of new businesses and helped them bring their products to the UK market - a bit like Dragon's Den except we're all better looking and less grumpy (!)
we champion new brands from around the world - sometimes they prove popular and sometimes they don't, but we feel it's always good to offer something new in the belief: 'let our customers decide'
as a company, we are accredited Living Wage employers. We do not use zero-hours contracts and treat everyone in our team with dignity and respect
our famous Price Promise means you can relax in the knowledge that you'll always enjoy some of the very best prices in the UK
busy cake makers can apply to be Trade Customers, saving even more with exclusive offers and discounts - our new Business Development Manager is happy to work with you to agree special prices on the products you use most, ensuring you always get the best prices possible to allow your business to grow
we work closely with regulatory bodies like Environmental Health, Food Standards Scotland and the Food Standards Agency to monitor and test brands being introduced into the UK. The vast majority are absolutely fine but, occasionally, this work identifies a problem (as with Rolkem) and we highlight these problems to the industry to try and keep everyone safe. Very often we pay for this testing ourselves to double-check that manufacturers' claims are accurate
we're constantly investing in and developing the Cake Stuff website - it's packed with great little features to help you search for and filter on the products you're looking for and each product is presented with loads of information to answer just about any question you may have
As one of the event sponsors, we want to encourage all our customers to get involved again and to nominate those companies, products and individuals who you feel have really stood out this year across a wide range of categories. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you want, so it's a great opportunity to recognise some of the outstanding talent our amazing industry has to offer . . . bakers, cake artists, sugarcrafters, teachers, authors, designers and manufacturers. You can also nominate your favourites from the very best products available in the cake decorating world today.
OK, so it's a bit embarrassing trying to blow our own trumpet like this - regular customers know we're not that kind of people and we prefer to just get on with the job of looking after our customers without making a fuss about it.
On the other hand, there has been a lot going on in the background over the past year that you maybe didn't know about so, as every cake supplies retailer in the country now starts begging for your vote, we thought it worth letting you know what we've been up to in a very real effort to 'help you bake it better'.
We really hope we've done a good job looking after you and your orders during the past year - if you feel we have, please nominate us for the Best Retailer Award.
To nominate, just visit . . .
...of course we are poking fun at him!
Do you remember our magazine advert from last year?