It’s been in the pipeline for some time now but we can finally announce our new online shop is now live on our website. You can see it in all its glory here www.sweetpizzas.co.uk/shop/.
We have listed the pizzas by base and size to make it easier to order and we have also added a create your own pizza section; a popular feature on our old order form. As before we need 48 hours’ notice to prepare your order so please bear this in mind when you are choosing your collection date. If you would like to state a time for collection that day please leave it in the info box below the collection date box. A member of the team will get back to you regardless to firm up a time for collection.
Paying couldn’t be easier either. We accept PayPal and the usual cash on collection, simply choose the best method for you at the checkout. Should you pay with PayPal you don’t need a PayPal account just your cards details. Once ordered you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your order.
We are really happy with the website and hopefully it will make ordering sweet pizzas so much easier. If you have any feedback on the website please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So as you may have seen from all over our social media we launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to raise funds to purchase suitable packaging to be able to deliver our new range of chocolate sweet pizzas through the post to the whole of the UK. In return for pledges we are offering some great rewards as a thank you.
For as a little as £5 you can get your name/business immortalized on our ‘contributors’ page of our new website once its launched in early 2016. For a £20 pledge you can get your name on our website plus a 7.5″ Chocolate and Strawberry Chocolate Pizza delivered to your door. A £50 pledge rewards you with the chance of designing and naming your own pizza to be permanently sold in the online store with your creation shipped to you to enjoy. Finally a £100 pledge will get the backer a ‘Sweet Pizza Party’, where we will ship 9 (nine) 7.5″ chocolate pizzas of your choice so you can throw a sweet pizza party. You will also get all the rewards from the £5, £20 and £50 pledges!
As of lunchtime today we are currently at 25% of our total with £515 raised of our £2,000 target. A £100 pledge has already been recorded, as have numerous £50 and £20 pledges.
The deadline for the campaign is the 31st December 2015 at 6pm and should we hit our target this is when pledges will be charged from cards. Any pledges before this deadline are not charged and can be cancelled anytime up until 24 hours before the project deadline. If we don’t hit our total by the deadline, the project is deemed unsuccessful and no money is taken from pledgers.
We are really excited about the prospect of hitting our grand total as it will open a lot of doors for the brand and we will finally be able to satisfy the demand in other towns and cities across the UK.
If you want to pledge to our Project #ChocolatePizza campaign you can do so at the following link http://kck.st/1jjrEW5. Remember, any pledges are only charged from your card on the 31st December 2015 if the campaign hits its £2000 total and you can cancel your pledge any time up until then.
SL Blogger Bash 2015
Due to time constraints we couldn’t actually attend the event in person but teamed up with Search Labs who kindly took a few pizzas down with them to hand out as samples throughout the day. A last minute rule change by the venue in London put a halt to the samples so instead we ran a Twitter competition with the large pizzas being given away as prizes to the best/most creative photos.
We received lots of positive feedback from the event and a handful of bloggers took the time to feature us on the blog and many more tweeted us lots of great photos. You can read their kind words on our press page.
Thanks again to Search Laboratory and in particular Rhiannon who coordinated with us throughout the day. We hope to be able to attend Bloggers Festival 2015 in person and this last event has increased our desire to bring Sweet Pizzas to London on a more permanent basis.
Behold this year’s Special Edition Valentine’s Day Sweet Pizza
This 12” sweet pizza sits on a chocolate brownie base infused with delicious chocolate orange. Smothered in crunchy white chocolate and topped with Reese’s Pieces and an Oreo. It’s our most popular sweet pizza toppings on one special sweet pizza making it the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.
The best bit, it could be yours for free!
Head over to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sweetpizzas and ‘Like’ AND share the top competition post to enter the draw. The reason we need you to do both is down to Facebook’s strict privacy settings when it comes to sharing. Facebook sometimes tells us there has been a share but doesn’t tell us who shared it. However it does tell us who likes our posts so if you lay down a ‘like’ alongside the share we know you have entered! Long winded we know!
A winner will be drawn on Wednesday 11th February and delivery or collection will be arranged. Due to the dessert’s delicate nature we are unable to post therefore this competition is only open to people in Leeds.
What a crazy first year for Sweet Pizzas. What started out in May as a crazy idea quickly became reality and I still can’t believe how far the idea and brand has come in such a short space of time. It only feels like yesterday when I created the SP Facebook group and invited 100 close family and friends to thrash ideas about. At the time I was really nervous about starting a business and it still is super daunting but with all the securities, qualifications and insurances in place it’s a lot easier to operate and I’m looking forward to what 2015 has in store!
So what has Sweet Pizza achieved in 2014?
In July myself and my sister (who has been a constant star) headed down to London on the coach (8 hour round trip) to #BloggersFestival, a gathering of the UK’s best fashion bloggers to promote Sweet Pizzas. The pizzas were greatly received and we gained a lot of exposure on Twitter and a lot of the bloggers wrote about the Sweet Pizzas which did wonders for our website in the search engines. Working in SEO I always had this in the back of my mind and made sure I contacted as many bloggers as possible to secure a mention on their blogs. I received a fair few emails after the trip to cater for similar events in the capital, but most wanted them free in exchange for exposure. It was hard to decline but after working out the cost of getting to London and making pizzas for free it proved too expensive. At least I know there’s demand in London which is exciting for the future.
Shortly after #BloggersFestival I received my first HUGE order off Twitter. Twitter has been amazing in developing the brand and I use it daily without fail. The organiser of the Plus North event contacted me with an order of 20 large pizzas! After working out a suitable deposit I booked the day off work, enlisted my sister and we worked an 18 hour day to prepare the order. It was collected early the next day. It completely exhausted me but it was a good indication to what I was letting myself in for. I learnt a lot from that order and it allowed me to iron out any flaws in time for the next big event.
The next event was my favourite so far. The Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen in Leeds is a favourite haunt of mine and I regularly attend the Belgrave Feast’s there every month. I knew someone who traded there and after she kindly shared her contacts with me I bagged a pitch for the November feast. Cheers Abi. The next task I faced was how many sweet pizzas to make. I knew I could make 20 from the Plus North event but would 20 (160 slices) sell? I originally settled on 12 pizzas, but after much encouragement from my friends throughout the baking process I upped my production to 18 pizzas. I’m so glad I did, they all sold out with two hours to spare! The day was great, everyone trading was so friendly, it was like a little family and I can’t wait to trade there again with some new flavours. Being my first event I needed a suitable stall. Nicola of Pure Design Consultancy was on hand to design me a great stall and advise me on suitable props and Phil of Mucky Pup Murals designed me a great banner. Thanks to them both for all their help!
Corn Exchange Christmas Fair and my first café debut
December was a very busy month in terms of development. I created a few new festive pizzas and refined existing ones. I also had two positive meetings with local cafes that 1. Lead to one of the pizzas being sold in a local coffee shop in Chapel Allerton and 2. Saw an order placed for the New Year from a University. I also traded the sweet pizzas at my second stall in the Corn Exchange in Leeds. I knew from Belgrave that the fruit pizza struggled to sell (too healthy apparently) so I subbed that for the new Chocolate Orange Sweet Pizza that proved to be as popular as the Oreo Medley Sweet Pizza. The pizzas didn’t sell out this time but I still broke even for the day and really enjoyed the experience.
Just before Christmas I received an impromptu visit from the local food authorities that I passed with flying colours. I just need somewhere to display my 5 star award now.
Also just before Christmas I was awarded a #SBS award from Theo Paphitis (the highlight of the year) of Dragons Den fame. The competition runs every Sunday on Twitter and he hand picks the best entry. The week after the win the Sweet Pizza Twitter feed went crazy and gained over 100 new followers. I highly recommend any small business to enter as the exposure is brilliant. In January I am heading down to the ICC in Birmingham to pick up my award and meet Theo so check the Sweet Pizza social channels for news and photos from the event.
So what does 2015 have in store?
Well I’m glad you asked! In just under two weeks’ time my Sweet Pizzas will be found in the Hidden Café at Leeds University and I am working on a few more outlets before spring too. I also hope to get a stall at a Belgrave Feast again and a few other fairs and events in the area.
Finally I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support they have provided this year. I would like to single out the following for being extra ace:
My family (especially my sister), Chris Blyth for the stellar advice, Chris Browne for the constant lifts and all round help, Ozzie Laura L + Laura G, Andy U, Mike T, Frank T (for listening to constant SP stuff on Whatsapp), Zoe H and M, Phil M, Rich W, Carly H, Lucy H, and Abi B. Apologies if I have missed anyone off! Here’s to 2015!
Being monthly visitors to the food extravaganza that is the Belgrave Feast we were ready for a busy day but a tad nervous as it was our first event, the culmination of the last 7 months and we didn’t know how the paying public would perceive us. As it turns out they loved us!
After spending all day Friday (and we mean all day) baking sweet pizzas we packed the car with our wares and headed to the Belgrave to set up our stall that was brilliantly designed by Nicki Moxon of PureDC who also designed the recent refit of Friends of Ham in Leeds. You can follow her excellent work on Twitter at @PureDC_. We decided to hang our excellent new hand-painted banner by local mural doer Phil of Mucky Pup Murals behind our stall. We approached Phil after seeing his handy work for the likes of @The_Greedy_Pig and Afrikhokho. Hit him up on Twitter @MuckyPupMurals for any banner, mural or chalkboard work. After a quiet start due to the nature of our food, a sweet pizza isn’t the ideal snack pre-11am we steadily picked up after lunch until we sold out of all our sweet pizzas at 6pm. Sarah even had time to speak at length to a local student radio station about the sweet pizzas and the buzz they have generated. We will post the link to the podcast as soon as we can!
We noticed early on that the Strawberry and Banana sweet pizza, although delicious could not compete against the mighty Oreo Medley (our top seller) and the Reese’s Pieces so after a quick topping run into town we transformed the bases reserved for future Strawberry and Banana pizzas into Oreo Medleys and they were greatly received, in fact we couldn’t top them quick enough.
The feedback we received was excellent, the yummy noises people made as they tucked into their slices was amazing. We even had one gentleman (our first customer of the day) return around 3pm with his friend to grab another slice. The atmosphere was electric all day and our neighbouring stalls, the amazing PopaBall and our lunch and dinner @DoughBoysLeeds were delightful to work alongside.
To say it was our first event we were largely mishap free. We learnt so much for future Belgrave Feasts too such as creating a gluten free and a vegan sweet pizza, provide small bags or pizza trays so dessert seekers can take their purchases away and most importantly make more pizzas as we had to turn people away at 6pm!
We have already begun work on the aforementioned GF and vegan pizza and it will feature at our next event. We have also created a few festive pizzas, a Chocolate Orange sweet pizza and an After Eight Sweet pizza so expect to see one of these join the GF/Vegan pizza in place of the fudge & jelly bean and fruit pizza at our Christmas event.
Speaking of Christmas we are hoping to grab a pitch at the Corn Exchange Christmas Fair at the end of November, we shall keep you all updated on our FB page and via our Twitter feed.
We would like to thank everyone who came along to our stall at the weekend; we couldn’t have done all this without your support. See you at the next event!
As you are well aware we nipped down to London at the start of the month to attend Scarlett London’s Blogger Festival but what do we have on for the rest of the month?
Well, did you know we are featured on the About My Area website here and now have a cool little advert on there for the next couple of months too. We also plan to hit the airwaves over in Bradford on BCB Radio this month as well (we had to cancel our August slot due to pizza commitments).
We are currently working on a gluten-free sweet pizza which should be available in time for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas we have taken stock of a heap of Roses and Quality Streets to start creating some special festive sweet pizzas that we plan to gift wrap; making them the perfect Christmas present for any sweet tooth.
We have also tweaked our brownie recipe slightly; it’s now a lot fudgier and gooier than ever before, we know you will love it!
Now we are in a position to trade we have contacted a few local markets, delis and cafes about trading/stocking our Sweet Pizzas so watch this space for future developments, we are super excited. Oh and next month we are down in London (again), twice! #londonlovesus
Lastly if you have a few minutes spare time please review us on our our Free Index page to boost our Google score.
Stay classy SP lovers
On Saturday Sweet Pizzas made the trip back to London after the success of the Battersea Boat Party last month. This time we supplied Sweet Pizzas at Scarlett London’s #BloggersFestival on the 31st floor of the iconic Paramount building, the views were breath-taking.
The event brought together over a hundred fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers from around the UK with many top brands showcasing their wares and giving away lots of freebies, with of course ourselves providing the desserts.
We emerged at 5pm and flooded the room with the sweet smell of butter cream and brownies. As a crowd started to build around our table we began to dish out our creations to which we received some amazing feedback:
Thanks to Angie X for this one over at Chocolate and Lipstick. Read more here
Thanks to Emsy Pickle for this brilliant write-up, read more here
Thanks to Lauren of Britton Loves for this amazing photo below. You can read more of her post here
We also featured on Captain ChARGH-ley’s blog, thanks Charlotte! Read what Charlotte had to say here.
Finally big thanks to the organiser Scarlett Dixon over at Scarlett London for this little mention too, read more of the post here
The Sweet Pizzas only lasted 30 minutes and we don’t think we missed out many people but if we did we apologise but don’t despair as we are back in London very soon!
A big thank you to Scarlett for inviting us to her amazing event, we met lots of great people and will look forward to chatting to you all on Twitter and meeting you again very soon!
Sweet Pizzas have some pretty big gigs coming up in the next 7 days starting this Saturday at the Plus North event in Leeds. Hundreds of fashion bloggers are joining together in Baracoa bar to talk fashion and lifestyle. Sweet Pizza are supplying the event with 20 12” Sweet Pizzas, the biggest delivery to date and I plan to work through the night to complete the order.
Next Monday Sweet Pizzas will be making their live debut on radio. I have a 6 minute live phone chat on Radio Bradford BCB 106.6 FM to talk about our delicious desserts during their drive time radio show. Make sure you tune in at 5.45pm on the 1st September to hear me waffle on about brownies and the like. In case you forget I will post the link to the podcast on Twitter and Facebook after the show
Sweet Pizzas visit London once again, Sweet pizzas in tow to provide sweet treats for 160 guests at #BloggersFestival organised by beauty and fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon at the iconic Paramount Soho in central London.
It’s all getting rather exciting at the Sweet Pizza HQ and I would like to thank everyone for their continuing support and enthusiasm. Keep an eye out for a sneaky little look at something very festive very soon!
We are also currently looking for reviews to boost our Google ranking so if you have ordered and were suitably satisfied please help us out on our Facebook page.
Love and sweet pizzas