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Thomas Cookie books contract

LONDONERS are going nuts for cookies produced in Maidstone. It follows the latest coup by Thomas Redgrove and his crew of cookie makers at Park Wood – who have won a contract to supply the luxury department store Fortnum and Mason. Thomas, from Beaver Road, Allington, say city boys and girls favour his flavour of pistachio, dark chocolate and smoked sea salt. The founders of the Thomas Cookie Co, includeThomas (centre), his fiancee Sonal Vaja and friend David Winfield, were selling their wares on a pop-up stall in Sevenoaks whena buyer from the London store gave them a business card. The deal with Fortnum and Mason is the latest success for the Thomas Cookie Co, based in Park Wood, after becoming a finalist in this year’s Taste of KentAwards. So far, they have delivered 1,000 cookies to the store and hope to maintain these quantities over the summer, stepping up to 2,000 a week in the run-up to Christmas. Thomas said: “Winning this con- tract has been mind-blowing; I’m so

proud of the team. The contract gave us a chance to demonstrate our abil- ities to pass the selection process of such a high-end shop, taking us to the next level. We are expanding rapidly now – it’s all very exciting.” The company started out in Thomas’ garage in Allington but is now based on the Bircholt Road Es- tate. It already sells its products at several outlets, including Maidstone Farmers’ Market. Thomas said: “I’ve often thought

that Jubilee Square would be a per- fect spot for a farmers’ market and that is proving to be the case.” Thomas now aims to have one outlet in every town in Kent.

Castle florist’s Rio gold

THIS is Leeds Castle’s head florist Louise Roots with the Rio arrangement that won her gold at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Her “exuberant and colourfully creative floral interpretation” of a Rio

carnival float – which took a week to build – caught the eye of the judges in the floristry marquee. Louise also gave a floral demonstration in the Roses and Floristry Theatre before returning home. She said: “My ambition was to get on the competition circuit, so to be awarded gold was an unexpected honour.” The castle’s chief executive, Sir David Steel, said: “Helped by Colin Swain, our carpenter and her colleagues in the floristry department, this is the first time Louise has exhibited at an RHS flower show and I amthrilled.” Louise leads a team of florists at the castle, designing flowers formore

than 100 weddings, corporate functions and events, as well as providing fresh flower displays for the state rooms of Leeds Castle. This year’s Festival of Flowers at the castle – A Queen’s Castle – will

be opened by TV gardener Joe Swift and runs from September 24-28. Visitors will be able to attend workshops hosted by Louise and guest floral designers.

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