It’s been an unsettling and uncertain few weeks at Little Bee Bakes, as I know it has for so many. We’re living through really worrying times, and what we have known as daily life for so long has completely changed.
Baking is something which brings so much joy and comfort to me, and it’s touched me to see so many gift boxes going out to those who are in isolation and in need of a pick me up.
I will be making a few changes to the way things work over this period of uncertainty, whilst still operating as a business and bringing those parcels of joy to your door.
The current guidance states
“Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance
I want to reassure you that I’ll be taking measures to ensure that social distancing is maintained as much as possible. The business is run from a self-contained kitchen, at the home address. The only people that will be working in the kitchen during this period will be myself and my husband, Anthony. We will be taking significant measures to reduce the social contact made during business, this will include
- Continuing to use the drop & go system at the post office, meaning the parcels are just dropped off – and no need to wait around in the shop.
- Limiting the amount of post office runs made, from the usual 10+ a month, to just 5 a month.
- Making minimal trips to the wholesalers to purchase stock. Our wholesalers has it’s own measures in place to limit the spread of Covid-19
- Where products cannot be bought from the Wholesalers, items will be marked out of stock – to avoid any unnecessary trips to other shops
To keep the business running as safely as possible, there are a few changes to the normal routine of ordering bakes. I am limiting the post office runs made, to one per week, plus an extra for subscription boxes. Any spare bakes will be posted in the postbox on a walk outside.
To ensure that I have all the stock I need to fulfill orders, and to work to only one post office run a week, I will be uploading stock to the website once a week, for despatch the following week.
The date and time of each week’s stock upload will be up on the website, so please make a note of it – and maybe set your alarms (some stock has sold out very quickly). When ordering, please also note the date at the banner at the top of the page, which lets you know when the orders will be despatched.
There will be a limited selection of boxes available each week, but I will mix it up from week to week as much as I can.
The subscription boxes will continue to run as normal, but there will be a limit on the number of new orders that can be taken on at this time. The cake subscriptions will continue to be posted on the 1st Monday of each month, and the brownie subscriptions on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
I will continue to monitor the situation regularly, following guidance from the government regarding online businesses. Please know that we as a family and a business are taking the social distancing very seriously – and we’re as concerned as you all are over this current situation.
As a business, it is such a challenging period. I hope you will all stick with me through the changes, and have patience as things may not be as they usually are. Mostly, I hope that you all stay safe and healthy, and that you can find joy in the little things.