Our Marshmallow Home –by Oonagh Simms


Oonagh Simms is the owner of The Marshmallowist, the UK’s first gourmet marshmallow company. The Marshmallowist handcrafts soufflé marshmallows from fruits, organic herbs and boutique alcohol from their bespoke unit in Hill Top Mill. Combining classic confectionary with unexpected flavours and bold design they are now stocked by leading luxury retailers throughout the UK including Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.


We never expected to find our dream working space so easily, and even when I first visited Gaunts Ltd site at Hill Top on a wet Thursday morning, I was unconvinced. “We can customise the space to exactly how you want it, give you the room you need, bespoke for your needs” Hmmm. I’ve heard this before, landlords promising the earth only to be left out of pocket, in a unsuitable space and scanning my lease for an exit strategy.


Well, never have I been so wrong. Lovely Property Manager John Giles, spec’d out my perfect kitchen, designed to achieve the most stringent of food safety certifications He advised on how to make my office area flow better and over cups of tea, has given us helpful nudges towards storing out overflowing packing area a little better.


And everything just fell into place. Since picking up the keys 8 months ago, our team of staff has doubled- because we now have a gorgeous working space with potted plants, neon signs and a break away area. We’ve befriended our fantastic neighbours who (to name just a few) have created us bespoke fire pits for our Toasting Marshmallows Experience in Kew Gardens, dropped us in fresh loaves of Sourdough (Ta very much Roops Bakery) and even fix our marshmallow van when it’s exhausted from all the deliveries. We’ve gone on to win contracts we  had only dreamed of (Nationwide with John Lewis this spring ) and even started selling throughout Europe. All because we had found the space to grow.


I’m not sure I ever realised how intrinsic it was to a developing business that you had the right environment and physical capacity for growth. I, naively, assumed I could find a kitchen and just get on with it. But it takes so much more than that. I want to feel happy and safe going into work, know there is a friendly ‘that’s not a problem’ at the end of the line if I need something fixing. I want to have brilliant neighbours and landlords that want you to be happy. How many businesses can say that? We spend more time a week in this bakery than we do anywhere else. And what an absolute pleasure!  

11 April, 2018




It’s not often you get to spend an hour or so through the week getting pampered.

But that’s exactly what you will get if you call into our new lease holders shop in Ilkley.

The shop is situated right between Costa Coffee and Vision Express.


THE UNIQUE BARBERS SHOP in Ilkley is truly aptly named, for Ali Yazdi and his team,

Yashar and Kamiar make you feel right at home from the moment you walk in.


Yashar makes the best cup of hot Persian tea I ever had.


It’s a bright, clean and well kitted out barbers, which caters from short back and sides to the latest fashion craze to beard treatment and shaves. I can highly recommend the close shave.


We wish Ali and the team all the best of luck.


Check them out on at

or ring Ali on 07448 466 307



24 January, 2018

The Loft Coffee shop under new management 

Its a sad farewell to Jill and Karl who have gone onto pastures new, we wish them all the very best.

But a BIG HELLO to Jane, Marjorie and Gerrard who have taken over. 

Jane says - "All our food is lovingley created, we take great pride in producing high quality food, that we hope you will enjoy"

You can take a seat in the comfortable WIFI FREE seating area, or telephone your order through for take out on 0113 257 3914

They also do food for meetings and staff training they can provide exactly what you need.

Give them a try I am sure you wont be disappointed 

Good luck from all the team at Gaunts 

23 January, 2018

Wishing a Happy 17th Birthday to Leeds Karate Academy

Karate for everyone.

Leeds Karate Academy was formed in January 2001 by Nick Heald and Matt Price, both of whom are graded to 6th Dan.

Since 2001 it has established itself as one of the most successful clubs in the country & currently boasts over 250 members including 80+ Black Belts. 

The Academy is currently taking new members and if you have an interest in taking up Karate, improving yourself at another club or just in the keep fit aspect then why not contact us.

The club teaches all grades and just expects people to try the best that they can.

Interested contact :-

Farsley Hombu Dojo

Unit 25(1) Springfield Mill

Sensei Nick Heald

Email : [email protected]

15 January, 2018

Hi All,

During this festive period we can be contacted by telephoning the office on 0113 23 63 555 and this will direct you  to the person on call

May we take this opportunity to wish every one of you A Merry Christmas & Prosperous New year

Best wishes From all of us at Gaunts Ltd 

Tracey Chris John Jamie Ian and Simon 

21 December, 2017