Crosbys supports the rise of new bakery


Crosbys Catering Equipment, based in Newcastle, has been appointed as the supplier for Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café, which is now open in the Gosforth district of the city.

This marks the latest in a range of projects that Crosbys has handled for Olivia’s. The team has helped with the fit out and equipment for the central bakery in Darlington, and the cafés in Darlington, Hurworth, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk.

Crosbys was tasked with supplying the Newcastle site after the Trinity Centre approached Olivia’s with a brief to re-launch its Trinity café with a fresh, new identity.

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Rick McCordall, MD of Olivia’s Artisan Bakery and Café, said: “We’d like to thank Crosbys for their support in bringing our first Tyneside café to life. We’ve worked with the staff there for several years now and they have a very good understanding of what we need and how we operate.

“We’re planning to open a unit in York next month, and may also look to open a second Newcastle café if we locate a suitable site, so we look forward to continuing our relationship with Crosbys on future projects.”

Olivia’s operates as a social enterprise and works in partnership with young people’s charity The Clervaux Trust to offer vulnerable young adults work experience at its cafés, with the aim of developing their self-confidence, independence and interaction with their local communities. This programme, which is well established in the existing branches of Olivia’s, provides young people with the chance to learn baking, food preparation and front of house skills, and will be introduced to the new Gosforth site in the coming weeks.

The café will also work with the Trinity Centre to support a range of charitable projects, such as providing subsidised lunches for Age Concern, serving a weekly community lunch for elderly members of the local community, and offering volunteering opportunities.

Crosbys director Ben Crosby said: “We’re delighted to see Olivia’s continue to grow and thrive, and we’ve enjoyed working with the team to prepare for the opening of the first Newcastle site.

“The existing Olivia’s bakeries elsewhere in the region are famous in their local communities – not only for the quality of the freshly baked artisan bread, but also for the brilliant work they carry out with young people, and we’re sure that the Gosforth café will be just as successful.”

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