“I grew up on a small holding and Mum always had a cake coming out of the Aga, using fresh eggs from our hens and fruit from the garden, whilst Dad was an entrepreneur, so baking and business is in my blood.
My first daughter was born about the same time as Pinterest, and I used my time at home to whip up some Pinterest inspired recipes (there were a few fails too, of course!) and from there the seeds for the company were sown.
We began as a very small, hobby business, selling a few cakes and biscuits online – baking and icing whist the babies were in bed or playing on the kitchen floor. In our second year, we sold Halloween and Christmas collections into Selfridges, and with my second daughter only a few weeks old, that was quite a feat.
In 2016 we moved to a full time bakery and took the big step of hiring an employee. In 2018 a passing conversation led to us buying a successful baking subscription company, which we’ve integrated into the business and added an artisan twist to.
We have grown to a full team of amazing, creative women, with the equipment and space needed to fulfil large orders for some of the biggest companies in the world.”
Favourite Job: Designing new products
Hidden Talent: Speaking Mandarin Chinese
Alex joined during a busy Christmas as a Gift Wrap Elf and was so efficient there was no way we could let her leave again.
A strategic planner, Alex keeps us all organised and on track. She’s in charge of Operations and People – Alex instigated the daily walk that we now all love, and really enjoys building up the team.
Always cheerful and very stoic, Alex likes to get the job done, but never says no to a cup of tea!
Favourite Job: Gift Wrap of course
Hidden Talent: Speaks English, French and German – sometimes all jumbled up (especially after a Gin and Tonic!)
Biscuit Bakery Manager
The moment we met Lucy we know she would be a great fit for the team, and we were right! After a few short weeks it felt like she’d been here forever.
Lucy is cheerful, fun, and always goes the extra mile. She is often first to arrive and last to leave, always making sure that everything is correct before going home.
At the weekends Lucy is often off to glamorous events, and always needs a new pair of shoes. If not in high heels, Lucy can often be found walking her dog in Joules wellies.
Favourite Job: Organising everything!
Hidden Talent: A whizz on the ski slope
Subscriptions and Baking Kit Manager
Kayley is creative, artistic and exudes an aura of calm even when things are manically busy.
Kayley is responsible for the baking subscriptions and kits, so she is the one you’ll find testing all the recipes. Her recipes never, sorry, we mean always, work first time, and we insist in tasting them too, of course.
Kayley lives on a narrow boat with her rabbit, and we are all jealous of how cosy it looks. If she’s not on her houseboat, she’ll be on her allotment growing weird and wonderful vegetables.
Favourite Job: Being chief development chef and top taster
Hidden Talent: Painting beautiful pet portraits
Biscuit Artist and Product Designer
Shani brings a sense of calm and a sense of humour to the bakery, and is, quite frankly, always ahead of the game.
Able to turn her hand to anything, Shani now works closely with Angela on product development, and she is the one who hand stitched our personalised aprons.
Shani is a dog lover, and when she’s not at the bakery, you’ll often find her walking her giant dog Bear or visiting her parents holiday cottage in Norfolk.
Favourite Job: Packaging bespoke biscuits
Hidden Talent: Shani is a wonderful calligrapher and is the unofficial tech support guru
Senior Biscuit Artist
Hollie is as speedy as they come, and loves being given a challenge. We give her 1000 biscuits and she’ll beautifully ice every single one – consistency is her superpower.
An amazing painter, after starting here Hollie turned her brush to edible ink painting, and the results are almost too good to eat. She is a true biscuit artist, and her favourite thing to paint is animals.
A goth at heart, you’ll find Hollie at the tattoo parlour or with her three cats when she’s not icing biscuits.
Favourite Job: A rack of biscuits to methodically work through
Hidden Talent: Riding her motorbike though the countryside
Lesley is a complete whizz when it comes to making dough, and is always very cheerful after a cuppa. She amazes us all – how she bakes so many perfect biscuits in a day can only be magic!
Soon after walking into the bakery, Lesley has whipped up delicious batches of dough, and soon has the neatest biscuits coming out of the oven, perfectly baked and smelling amazing.
Lesley’s secret talent is always knowing someone you know, somehow. It’s like a sixth sense.
Favourite Job: Making dough of course
Hidden Talent: Bell ringing!
Subscriptions and Baking Kits Co-Ordinator
The moment Deanne walks in the whole bakery lights up, she brings a sense of fun and laughter wherever she goes.
Deanne has had many jobs in the bakery, from packaging to icing, but has finally settled on subscriptions as she loves developing the recipes. A fantastic baker, she implemented Cake Friday like a drill sergeant.
When she’s not at the bakery, Deanne is likely to be hosting a crochet workshop or whipping up a pom pom garland.
Favourite Job: Developing recipes for the subscriptions
Hidden Talent: Deanne is the Queen of crafts, and could crochet a whole town (we won’t mention the rude badges she sometimes makes).
Biscuit Product Designer
The first time we met Angela we realised she’d designed my children’s favourite PJs, which almost matched our Animal Doughnut Gift Set, so we knew we’d get on perfectly!
Angela is a fantastic designer and illustrator, working for well known brands as a garment designer, and for us in a much more exciting medium: icing!
A few years ago, Angela gave up her day job to backpack around the world, before coming back and buying an old house in need of some serious TLC.
In her free time, Angela is usually busy renovating her Victorian house or walking the dog whilst dreaming up new designs.
Favourite Job: Designing new and wonderful biscuit collections
Hidden Talent: DIY
Marketing and Social Media Agent
Suenitta came from a fashion background, and since being at Honeywell Biscuit Co. she has loved getting creative, trying out the test bakes and looking for lovely props.
Suenitta writes our newsletters, schedules social media, and comes up with lots of marketing ideas.
When not at work, Suenitta is usually found eating pretzels or running (to a shop for pretzels).
She is currently looking for the perfect kitten.
Favourite Job: Creative photography
Hidden Talent: Singing along to the radio
From a background working in the theatre in the wardrobe department, Amy has an eye for detail and is used to a busy schedule! Having toured the country with many different productions, Amy is now happy to be off the road and settling into Northants.
A self-confessed sun-worshipper, Amy likes hot holidays and would like to get a cat; she has her eye on a Scottish fold breed with crumpled ears!
Favourite Job: Laying out the finished biscuits in the gift boxes
Fun Fact: Amy once worked on Magic Mike Live, so Channing Tatum was effectively her boss!
A fine artist and keen cake maker and decorator, Abby is a perfect fit to our team here at Honeywell Biscuit Co.
Abby has had some very funny requests for cake designs over the years, all baked from her home kitchen. Out of work Abby likes to relax and take some time out from baking and is a fan of going on the Park Run at the weekend.
Fun fact: Abby has a cat called Muesli and wants a rabbit called Porridge. There’s a strong breakfast theme going on here!
Favourite Job: Piping bespoke biscuits
Fun Fact: Abby has a cat called Muesli and wants a rabbit called Porridge. There’s a strong breakfast theme going on here!
Holly is on the Subscriptions and Kits team, and is very quick and efficient. After being on the team two weeks, it seemed like she’d been here forever.
Holly lives really close by, and enjoys walking her cockapoo Marlow in the countryside. She is also often found at the gym (getting fit so she can lift the sacks of flour for the kits!).
Favourite Job: Seeing the finished baking boxes all packed up and ready to go
Fun Fact: Holly is fantastic at archery!
Chloe initially joined us as a temp, but was so efficient and so wonderful to work with, we soon asked her to join us on a permanent basis – luckily she said yes!
Chloe works on the baking subscriptions and kits, weighing ingredients and helping to make sure all the boxes are packed perfectly.
When not at work, Chloe might be found walking her Jug (Jack Russell x Pug) or playing with her little daughter.
Favourite Job: Packaging the Young Bakers Boxes
Fun Fact: hloe is a whizz at woodwork and is fantastic when wielding a jigsaw!
Grace initially came to help out during a really busy period (Lesley is her boyfriend’s Mum!) and she was such good company we were thrilled when a position came up and she applied to join us full time.
Grace loves clothes shopping and has a wardrobe full to bursting with new clothes. She is a home bird, enjoying baking and spending time with family. Lesley wishes Grace’s sensible, tidy streak would rub off on her son.
Favourite Job: Tidying up at the end of a busy day
Fun Fact: Grace actually likes hoovering!
Stacey is the most cheerful and happy person we have ever met and is absolutely brilliant to be around.
Always smiling, not only is Stacey wonderful at her job, she also has a flair for interior design and is busily finishing off her kitchen and sitting room as part of a renovation project.
At home, Stacey has a cat called Theodore and she and her husband, Ed, like travelling. They have been to many places including Bail, Santorini and Rome so far.
Hidden Talent: Stacey is brilliant at modern cross-stitch!
Polly joined us as a Christmas Temp, and was so brilliant we asked her to stay.
Polly has an amazing attention to detail, partly due to her love of creating print and design on her very own Victorian printing press at home. She makes luxury hand-made cards and stationery, when not decorating biscuits.
Polly’s other passion is ice-cream! Her best-ever purchase was an ice-cream maker from a charity shop which is now in regular use. We can’t wait for summer to try some.
Fun Fact: Polly has even made grapefruit ice-cream, which is her new favourite flavour.
Marketing and Social Media Agent
Gemma is wonderfully organised, loves a spreadsheet, and is a perfect addition to our marketing team of two!
When not at work, Gemma might be found playing with her son, or growing an assortment of veg in her garden-turned-allotment.
Gemma is also brilliant at hand lettering and ‘doodling’, and has made sure our marketing materials are all beautiful. She always has a collection of pens to steal.
Hidden Talent: Gemma is, of course, an excellent baker and can sometimes even be found baking at 4am.
Jane is in charge of packing and sending the monthly baking kits, and is just about the most organised person we have ever encountered (apart from Gemma, who is her equal!)..
Methodical and good fun, Jane is possibly Superwoman!
Outside of work, Jane lives on a farm and is a proud mum of three. Jane has a keen interest in food, often putting on events and catering for them. Her friends would describe her as the ‘party and holiday planner’! We’ll look out for the invite…
Fun Fact: Jane is a gin bottle collector (maybe that is gin in her mug?!)
Fay joined us during a very busy Christmas, and is now a permenant Biscuit Artist, although she sometimes gets involves with baking too.
Fay has a background in catering but also has worked at a vets, as she loves animals. At home in the countryside, she has two pet rabbits, Olive and Mr Tim.
Fay loves to bake and her signature bake would be Cinnamon buns (we have yet to try them Fay – and that is a hint!).
Having recently started running, Fay hopes to keep it up after lockdown ends.
Fun Fact: Fay loves to travel and her favourite destination so far is Sri Lanka
Arriving mid-lockdown, Cheryl has swapped some of her week from home-life to biscuit-life and has never been happier!
Married to an Italian with a passion for cooking, Cheryl has never been to Italy and is therefore not qualified to touch the pizza when he makes it (but luckily is allowed to eat it).
At home, Cheryl has a dog called Maverick, inspired by Top Gun (and it was almost her son’s name too). Cheryl is great at gardening and making things, and brings a sense of fun to the imaginary ‘girl band’ in the bakery.
Fun Fact: Cheryl likes everything about working here, except pauses in the conversation, so she carries on the talking in her head if it goes quiet.
Environment and Sustainability Agent
We are on a mission to become socially and environmentally conscious, and Laura joined us to help with this.
Her goal is two-fold; help us on our journey to becoming a B-Corp, and make sure we make all the changes we can to ensure we leave a positive mark on the planet, whilst being inclusive and socially conscious.
This involves everything from composting egg shells to checking our financial transparency.
Laura is hoping to move to Wales to start a small-holding in the future, with her husband, three children, two dogs, four guinea pigs and cat. The cat is called Potato. That’s what happens when a 6 year old is in charge of naming an animal.
Fun Fact: Laura is Rebecca’s younger sister. They have 5 other siblings!
Behind every small business, especially in the early days, is a whole team cheering them on. We started in my kitchen, and my children have grown up surrounded by biscuits. My husband put up with his fridge being full of ingredients, and my parents didn’t blink an eye at the dining room being full of packaging boxes.
One of the main bonuses of being the eldest of seven siblings, is having a whole host of talent to call upon at all hours of the day. Something has to balance having to split inheritance 7 ways.
Our band of experts:
Models (My Children, Husband, Mum and Nephews)
Social Media Expert (Sister number 4)
Chief Finance Director (Dad)
Maternity Leave Biscuit Icer (Sister number 5)
Christmas Temps (EVERYONE)
Business Partner in the beginning (Sister number 3)
Midnight Kitchen Assistant (Mum)
All Night Icer (Husband)
Cleaner – in the early days (Biscuit the Dog)
Recipe Development (Isabella, Jessica and Edward)
Favourite Job: Taste testing
Top Hidden Talent: Helping out at all hours of the day