Banjo's franchise makes a splash on Sunshine Coast
June 20, 2017
NATASHA Turner had been itching to buy her own Banjo’s franchise after working with the bakery cafe in Tasmania for five years, and now she has her own at Warana.
The former Hobart resident and her partner Derek Armstrong picked up stumps and moved to the Sunshine Coast, opening the Coast’s second Banjo’s on Nicklin Way, Warana, last month.
The couple were mentored through Banjo’s aptly titled Self-Raising Program to grow their own business, and moved to Warana late last year.
Their new store is the company’s fifth in Queensland and adds another vibrant business to the shopping centre it shares with Mick’s Meat Barn and The Fruit Shed, taking over the tenancy formerly occupied by a fish and chip shop.
“It’s nice to get something else in here, to keep the centre going,” Ms Turner said.
“We’ve had a lot of compliments from people, (saying) that it was just what was needed.”
The bakery and cafe employs seven bakers, who start at 1am, and 20 sales staff who work until the store closes at 8.30pm.
Ms Turner, 30, said the move from Tasmania was great timing for herself and Mr Armstrong, who were “at that stage of life” where they wanted to explore before settling down.
She had long had her sights set on a Queensland coastal town for her new base, having visited the Gold and Sunshine coasts for holidays.
“We were looking at getting our own store, then they (Banjo’s) offered us this one, and we jumped at the chance,” Ms Turner said.
“We’ve always been interested in Queensland.”
The Coast’s warm weather and her new beach lifestyle are highlights for Ms Turner.
“We can walk to work in 10 minutes,” she said.
Banjo’s operates 40 stores around Australia, including its popular Maroochydore store near Woolworths at Sunshine Plaza. It was founded in Tasmania in 1984.
The bakery only stocks preservative-free products, and bakes a range of sweet and savoury goods daily. Its cafe is also popular, Ms Turner said.
June 14, 2017
Are you ready to RUMBLE?
It’s the HUON VALLEY vs the DERWENT VALLEY in a mission to out fundraise each other for Give Me 5 For Kids!
The Dave Noonan Show for Breakfast on Hobart’s 107.3 Triple M kicked off this year’s battle between the Huon and Derwent Valley for GM5FK’s at Banjo’s Huonville yesterday with HUGE SUCCESS!
The generosity of the Huon Community resulted in $9340 raised during the 3-hour live broadcast by Hobart 107.3 Triple M, making it a tough challenge for the Derwent Valley’s fundraising turn on the 27 June at Banjo’s New Norfolk between 6-9am.
The minimum is set! So, if you’re near Banjo’s New Norfolk on the 27 June, drop in and show your support!
Can the Derwent Valley beat the Huon???
Here are a few photos from the Huon Valley’s 2017 fundraising morning:
Major expansion for franchise
June 1, 2017
Banjo’s bakeries are in major expansion mode with great business opportunities available Australia wide.
The well-known Tasmanian business, Banjo’s Bakery Cafes is are expanding in 2017/18, with new Drive Thru stores opening in Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Established in 1984 Banjo’s Bakery Cafes currently has thirty-nine stores in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with plans for forty new stores which include a Drive Thru stores model announced today.
Currently in Australia, people are looking for more convenient, healthier more convenient food options
that are freshly made, food with local ingredients and the Banjo’s stores nationwide have experienced strong growth in recent years on the back of that trend.
Consumers have smartened up preferring healthier food, gone are the days of eating fat, greasy fast
Banjo’s Managing Director, Jessica Saxby said “with the expansion of the network underway the
company is looking for new franchisees to take a leap into being an entrepreneur and owning a
“Banj0’s are a successful Australian Bakery Cafe which has stood the test of time. The company
supports its franchisees with a well-known brand, business systems, marketing support and family business/team environment. Banj0’s employ a large number of Australians and provide in store training.”
“As a company we support Australian farmers, choosing a local Australian product over an
international product every where we can.” Ms Saxby said.
Small to medium businesses are the engine room of the Tasmanian economy, employing more
than 40% of the workforce and the state needs more businesses to create the wealth we need to
support our way of life and public services we depend on.
“The new Drive Thru stores will be very innovative, they will cater for the need of people to buy
healthier food quickly, whilst still having the products made fresh onsite daily by experienced bakers.”
Caffeine boost to help charity's good deeds
May 31, 2017
Every large coffee Banjo’s sold during May has paid off for suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
The charity received 50 cents from each of the tens of thousands cups of coffee Banjo’s sold nationwide.
Banjo’s Bakery Cafe managing director Jessica Saxby yesterday presented a cheque for $28,899.50 to Mitch McPherson, who founded the charity after his younger brother Ty to his own life.
Ms Saxby said she expected more than $30,000 will be donated once the final figure from the fundraiser is tallied.
Banjo’s franchises as far afield as Mildura in Victoria and Maroochydore in Queensland took part.
“We’ve known Mitch for a long time now – it’s great to get out there and spread the message.” Ms Saxby said
Mr McPherson said the total raised this year was at least $4,000 more than last year. The money will go towards a program in which he speaks to Year 9 students about his experience with suicide.
“The feedback I’ve got from the school stuff is great – lots of kids can relate to it,” he said.
Coffee lovers can drink up for a cause
May 1, 2017
Coffee lovers can get their caffeine fix while also raising funds for suicide prevention in Banjo’s Bakery Cafes around the country this month.
SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY and Banjo’s have teamed up once again during the month of May, with 50 cents from every large coffee sold going to the local charity.
Founder Mitch McPherson said a similar arrangement last year raised more than $27,000.
“Not only does it raise much needed funds to help continue our work in suicide prevention, it also spreads the word throughout four states”
“The message is being spread to regional Australia, in locations that have a need for awareness, but are normally difficult to reach.”
The funds raised will be used to help run community events as well as presentations to organisations and schools.
Mr McPherson has given more than 500 presentations throughout Australia, raising awareness for suicide prevention following the death of his younger brother Ty in 2013.
“We deliver messages on where to find help if it’s needed, listening to those who need it, and how we can all help each other out in tough times.”
January 1, 2015
Banjo’s Bakery Cafe was lucky enough to meet the wonderful children and people of the Watoto Children’s Choir on their recent visit to Hobart, Tasmania in July 2016. Banjo’s Hobart provided them with a wholesome Breakfast to help keep up their strength during their tour.
Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows. To date, the choir has toured six continents and performed to enthralled audiences in schools, retirement homes, churches, parliaments, state houses and royal palaces.
The Watoto Children’s Choir is a unique ‘reaching out’ tool. Reach people in your organisation, community or church. Address issues of global significance and fuel your missions or outreach program to care for the orphan and widow.
Each child in the Watoto Children’s Choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents and now lives in a Watoto village. The experience of travelling on a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their worldview.
Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission by sharing personal stories, music and dance. While on the road, the children act as advocates for the millions of other African children who have experienced the same heartbreaking pain and suffering as them.
Follow the choir as it travels the world.
Give Me 5 For Kids 2016
31 May 2016
It’s on… the HUON VALLEY vs the DERWENT VALLEY fundraising for Give Me 5 For Kids!
Dave and Kylie from Heart 107.3 will be broadcasting live from Banjo’s Huonville this Thursday 2nd June between 6-9am and would like your help to raise funds for this great cause. Drop in and say ‘Hi!’ and show your support and the generosity of the Huon Valley community.
In 2 weeks time Dave and Kylie will be doing the same from Banjo’s New Norfolk for Derwent Valley residents to take up the challenge!
Stirling Family Fundraising
23 March 2016
The story of Sarah Paino has touched the lives of not only the local Tasmanian community but of people living across the country and overseas. In the early hours of Friday 22 January 2016 Sarah, who was 32 weeks pregnant, dropped her partner Daniel Stirling, a Baker at a Banjo’s Bakery Café (Banjo’s), to work. Travelling home with her two year old son Jordan in the back seat she was hit by a stolen vehicle which ran a red light and as a result she lost her life. The young couple’s two year old son escaped unharmed and after the amazing work from the team at the Royal Hobart Hospital, their unborn baby, later named Caleb, was safely brought into the world.
Following the tragic event, Banjo’s and MyState Bank launched a fundraising campaign to support Daniel and his boys. The outpouring from the community was unprecedented and the initial target of $10,000 was quickly surpassed. Within five hours over $30,000 had been donated and by the end of the first week over $370,000 was raised.
SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY formal cheque presentation
January 15, 2016
It was the season of giving and we are pleased to announce that during November Banjo’s bakeries across Australia raised $21,088 fundraising for Speak up stay Chatty
PLUS an additional $5,000 in donations and merchandise sales.
Here are a few pics from the formal presentation of the cheque to Mitch McPherson by Banjo’s CEO and Managing Director Jessica Saxby took place tonight at a formal function at DJ Motors – a big thank you to Banjo’s customers, staff and everyone who helped to make the month such a success and to continue raising awareness of suicide prevention throughout our communities. ?#?staychatty? ?#?fundraising? ?#?coffeechats??#?supportingourcommunity? Continue reading “SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY formal cheque presentation”
Rising to the top at Banjo's
January 13, 2016
Supporting local communities is the mantra for a brand with local origins. Founded by Mark Saxby in 1984, Banjo’s has grown from strength to strength and now boasts 36 bakery café’s across Australia. The latest addition is at Longford in the north of the state and also boasts Banjo’s newest franchisee.
Damien Benson has been with Banjo’s for over 15 years after starting as a cleaner at the Margate bakery. Damien’s affinity with the bakery environment saw him quickly move through the ranks and when he transferred to Moonah in 2007 it wasn’t long before he became Assistant Manager.
When the opportunity came along to become Store Manager, it was a natural progression and saw him managing a team of up to 30 staff.
“Banjo’s has been a great company to be involved with” Damien said, “Opportunities are there for those who are prepared to reach for their goals.” Continue reading “Rising to the top at Banjo’s”