Huffkins win STL West Oxon Business of the Year
Family owned bakery and tea rooms, Huffkins, has won the prestigious STL West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award at this year’s West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2017. WOBA 2017 winners were announced at a glamorous Gala Dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park Resort on Friday 7th April. Huffkins were also the winners of the Wychwood Brewery Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Award and the MGroup Employer of the Year Award, making it a triple success.
STL’s FD Bill Smith gave a short speech before announcing Huffkins as the overall WOBA winner. The unique trophy was designed by students from Abingdon and Witney College and made by Synolos from wood.
Huffkins is an independent bakery that has achieved a far greater reach than its five Cotswold based tea-rooms with a range of baked goods now sold in high-end retail outlets Fortnum & Mason and Marks & Spencer in addition to exporting over 14,000 cream teas to Japan and China.
Huffkins online sales have also increased by 200% and further growth markets have been identified in the US and Europe, where there is a strong demand for quintessentially Cotswold and British cakes, like Asia.
Lorna Bennett-Murdoch, Baking Manager at Huffkins, said: “We are so overwhelmed to win two awards as well as being named the West Oxfordshire Business of the Year, especially as this is our third year of being a WOBA finalist. The owner of Huffkins, Topsy Taee, has been an inspiration to all of the Huffkins team and we feel to proud to accept these awards on her behalf. She often says: ‘You see the top of that mountain? That’s where we’re heading…’ and she is being proved right. We don’t do too badly for what started out as a little tea room in the Cotswolds!”
Jo Sensecall of the WOBA organising team said: “Congratulations to all WOBA 2017 winners, but especially to the team behind Huffkins, which is a great business ambassador for West Oxfordshire.”
For a full list of WOBA 2017 winners visit woba.org.uk