Double triumph for baker Lottie

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An Elland bakery has triumphed at two award ceremonies.

Lottie Shaw’s in Southgate, Elland, was the winner in the handmade catergory of the Yorkshire Post Taste Awards in York.

They also picked up the award for most inspirational producer in the Totally Locally awards.

Charlotte Shaw, the owner of Lottie Shaw’s, said she was thrilled and that business was booming.

“Everything is going well and we’re obviously delighted to win each of the awards,” she said.

“Winning the awards has really helped the business and after all the hours we put in it it’s nice to be recognised.”

Judges said Lottie Shaws had “brought a little piece of Yorkshire happiness into people’s lives”

“It’s good for Elland and it’s good for Calderdale,” she said.

Charlotte’s family has been baking in Elland for over 100 years and she also runs Thomas’s Bakery with her husband Ian.

The parkin produced at Lottie Shaw’s has become renowned for its taste throughout the country.

She said: “People used to only like to eat parkin on Bonfire Night.

“But we wanted to get them eating it all year round so we’ve tried a few different things.

“We’ve got parkin pudding and parkin biscuits now and lots of people buy them as gifts.”

The company has recently invested £80,000 in new equipment, including a flow wrapper for packaging the parkin, which Charlotte said will help them satisfy demand.

The mother-of-two, said: “Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. We’ve had to take on more staff to cope with the demand.

“The flow wrapper will turn an eight hour job into a twenty minute job, but we still do a lot of packaging ourselves,” she said.

Now she is hoping Lottie Shaw’s will get Safe and Local Supplier Approval, meaning they can further increase their distribution.

“If we get the accredition that’ll mean we can sell in more shops and hospitals, but we won’t be looking into that until the New Year,” she said.