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Cake DIY Mix It Up a Bit

Owner of Bedford-based Cake DIY, Melanie Thomas, turned her teenage hobby into a successful business in 2009. Her cake decorating school and homemade cakes for all celebrations enabled her to work from home whilst dedicating time to her first job – being a mother!

From the outside, Grange Farm’s barn looks inconspicuous. Inside however, you’ll find a tardis-like beautifully contemporary professional kitchen, touched by distinctive countryside charm. This is where the magic happens; where Melanie hosts her classes and creates her astonishing masterpieces, from intricate tiered wedding cakes to adorable baby shower cupcakes. Cake DIY has received increased interest from new customers in the afterglow of BBC’s most-watched TV show of 2015, The Great British Bake Off. Read More

The Rise and Rise of My Cookie Dough

Chocolate and Peanut Butter and Banoffee are just two of the mouth-watering recipes available from My Cookie Dough. The new chain of kiosks currently have bases in large shopping centres across the UK; Cardiff St. David’s, Birmingham’s Bullring and most recently, Leeds’ Trinity. If the menu of weird and wonderful creations doesn’t tempt you on your shopping spree then the smells of the freshly-baked dough will!

Cardiff’s kiosk in St. David’s shopping centre has recently just celebrated its first birthday, and despite opening up two more sites within the year, plans to expand the empire don’t stop there.  My Cookie Dough has received interest from other shopping centres in the UK, in London, Manchester and Glasgow- and no wonder! Across all three existing sites, My Cookie Dough has sold a total of 70,000 dough recipes alone since opening.Read More

Warrington’s Las Ramblas – Spain without taking a flight

Front-of-house, Charles, and head chef, Adam, make up the entrepreneurial partnership behind Palmyra Square’s new Spanish-themed Tapas and Wine Bar, Las Ramblas, in Warrington. Now, six months since the new restaurant opened its doors to the public, the business is booming, attracting a full-house most evenings. We’re delighted they turned to Johnson Reed for their catering finance needs.

The duo have a wealth of experience from their previous business ventures in the catering and hospitality sectors. Head chef & partner Adam, has previously worked with a North West chain of pubs owned by The Almond Family, long-term and highly valued Johnson Reed customers. Also at the Chester Grove North and for Michael Cain at Manchester’s Abode.Read More

How Johnson Reed helps suppliers do more business

For over 15 years Johnson Reed have been helping our suppliers to grow and do more business. We are not content with just simply processing finance; we want to actively help them secure their orders.

Through our “Just Lease It” business plan we support our suppliers with dedicated account managers for each sector. We also offer a single point of contact from the initial enquiry to final payout, which increases the speed of acceptance and provides a smooth, easy transaction.Read More

Secure more sales with Johnson Reed

We all know a business needs to make sales to survive; securing a client purchase is key. You can offer them discounts, extra help, free fitting or specific knowledge on the subject but if the buyers cash flow isn’t there you will run into issues.

But don’t worry, that’s where Johnson Reed can help you. Vendors who use financing as a tool can not only successfully gain a sale, but it can increase the amount of equipment purchased and even lead to repeat sales.Read More

Johnson Reed will be making connections at the CEDA Conference

Johnson Reed will be meeting up with the key decision makers in the Hospitality Industry for the annual Catering Equipment Distribution Association (CEDA) conference in Oxfordshire.

Our Managing Director Mark Johnson, National Accounts Manager Dave Gadsden and Lease Manager Ian Gage will be networking with top consultants, distributors, representatives and manufacturers over the two-day event.Read More

My Cookie Dough is on-the-go with Johnson Reed

Brand new, on-the-go desert brand My Cookie Dough has opened its first site at St. David’s shopping centre in Cardiff. The business offers their freshly baked cookie dough with a choice of toppings that are made order, along with fresh milkshakes made with ice cream and much more.

Their open plan layout means the customers can watch their products being made and have the unique option to collect loyalty points by the use of the fingerprint scanner.Read More

Johnson Reed helps the White Bull get set up

The White Bull in Gisburn is a newly redevelop restaurant, guest house and a traditional English pub based in a homely Grade II-listed coaching house that dates back to 1865.

Being community minded, owner and Professional Master Chef quarter finalist Simon Salt wants this village pub to offer people the best quality fine food, locally sourced at affordable prices.Read More

Edwards Bar and Dining Ltd expand with Johnson Reed

Edwards Bar and Dining Ltd is run by experienced restaurateurs that wanted to expand into a new marketplace with a prime location in the centre of Worcester.

With a desire to create a relaxed environment where people can get food and drink in elegant surroundings, they planned to get a bespoke the front bar for their new business to give more to their potential customers and beat the local competition.Read More

Compo’s Café Is Frying The Competition With Johnson Reed

Nestled in the Pennine Hills, Compo’s Café has been keeping the people of Holmfirth well fed for years. Taking it’s name from the comic vagabond Compo Simmonite, from Last of The Summer Wine, you can rest assured that you’ll get a better customer service than Compo did in Ivy and Sid’s tea shop.

Not content with just offering it’s customers award winning fish and chips they also serve fresh homemade pies, a soup of the week, chicken, jacket potatoes or salads.Read More

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