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Brexit set to cost 1,500 Scotland food jobs

The impact of Brexit is set to cost Scotland’s food and drink sector around £150m, which could result in around 1,500 jobs losses in the Highlands, according to researchers.

David Smart encourages children to bake

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday to encourage children to get involved in baking.

Brexit chaos? ‘Storm in a teacup,’ says David Smart

David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the impact of Brexit on small businesses.

David Smart: Clean eating is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books”

David Smart, president of the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) has claimed the clean eating movement is a “cutesy one-liner aiming to sell books.”

David Smart’s blog: Graduation class of 2016

david smartYou will be leaving college/university very shortly, and I wanted to be the first to welcome you all the ‘baking business’ - the industry for which you have been studying over the last few years. It is where everything you have been taught within the classroom becomes commonplace within the trade.

Nation takes CBA president to its heart

Yesterday, (11 May) Craft Bakers Association (CBA) president David Smart gave an impassioned defence of artisan bread on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV's This Morning, and the nation loved it.

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David Smart of the CBA and Greenhalgh's is one of a top line up of speakers
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BSB reveals conference speakers

There are just five weeks until the British Society of Baking (BSB) hosts its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Conference. 

The education of our youth

David Smart looks at the state of bakery education in the UK and feels that the industry is letting young people down.david_smart_blog.jpg

David Smart’s blog: the year ahead

Greenhalgh’s David Smart looks at the economy and assesses the year ahead in the light of the latest consumer shopping trends. david_smart_blog.jpg

Blog: what’s your excuse for not pursuing your passion?

Ok then, let’s get right to the heart of this question: what is stopping you doing what you’ve always dreamed of? The mere hint of it sets your heart racing and you daydream a thousand daydreams, in total abandonment. That’s your passion, that’s you, telling you what you want, that’s you saying to yourself that you are capable of fulfilling your life’s dreams – if only you have the courage to listen. So why don’t you?

David Smart: grammar is of paramount importance in job-searching
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Blog: Has it come to this?

I am now 56-years-old, and my own children like to continually remind me that if there was a hill to be over, I would be not only be over it...

David Smart of the CBA
David Smart of the Craft Bakers' Association
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Blog: And so it begins…

As I write, it’s 8:31am on Wednesday 2 July and I am aboard the ‘Virgin Pendolino’ from Wigan (God’s own country) to London for the first Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) board meeting after our conference...

David Smart’s blog: Daddy’s Little Girl

Family-owned businesses account for about 80% of all businesses worldwide, and about one-third of them are owned by women. Census data and recent research show that daughters and wives are increasingly taking over family firms.

Blog: Craft Bakers' Association looks to the future

The Craft Bakers’ Association promised a conference that would be business orientated, relevant to today’s business needs and which would create an ideal forum for bakery owners to meet and network with like-minded people. And that’s exactly what it did.

Value for money or money for old rope?

Honestly, just when are you going to learn, you half-witted, dumb-brained nincompoops? Flogging utter garbage for next to nowt is actually destroying our businesses.

Hundreds log on to Bakery Market Report webinar

Hundreds of baking industry professionals have already accessed British Baker’s new online discussion between leading bakers and analysts on the UK Bakery Market.

Blog: Smart counts the generational gaps

While you are having your morning coffee, just have a look around and say to yourself, “If I wasn't here for a multitude of reasons who would carry on the business?”

Blog: No parking please, we’re British

Politicians, especially local ones, often seem to have had a frontal lobotomy.  

Blog: why you should go to the conference

It's going to be one amazing conference.

Smart choice: the rural idyll of Burns the Bread

Do you remember the old story books that began with "Once upon a time"? Just sit back, for a moment, and relax… 

Blog: teachers trying yeast

A couple of years ago a request came from nabim for a baker to give a couple of presentations for a training organisation called Grainchain.

Blog: Smarter PR

Public relations - I would like, with your consent, to muse around this much-talked-about, almost sacred topic. It is something that no one can pin down, yet could cost a small fortune – or cost a little - depending on your take on it.

Keeping it in the family with David Smart...
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Blog: Ability over birth right

It seems that every country in the world has a similar saying when it comes to family businesses.

Blog: Viva Las Vegas

You really do have to get out of your back yard to see what’s out there, and I`ve wanted to see the Vegas bakery exhibition for some time now so, this year was the year.

Can you keep a secret?

I don’t want to startle you, or gives you a shock that sends you into a mind-melting breakdown, unable to cope, but... I have a secret that I need to share with you, so ssshhh! Nobody is listening? Are you sure? Yes? Ok here goes – Christmas Day is on the 25th of December!

Have we over-commercialised Christmas?

A few years ago, on one very cold Sunday morning, my daughter and I promptly reported to the mince pie department to lend a hand. I wanted to show my face and let them know the boss actually does know how to put lids on the pies. 

Blog: Sorry boss! How to deal with staff absence

“Sorry boss, I can`t make it in today!” How many times have you heard that dreary comment especially early in the morning and they should have been on shift, half an hour ago? Or worse still, you`ve been woken out of bed, because they have not turned up for their shift.

Blog: salt - the devil's in the detail

Stop demonising our products. It’s so easy to openly criticise and demonise when you have no involvement – but when you are involved – that’s a different story.

Blog: Let’s teach the next generation

How many of you have some cherished youngsters in your businesses? 

Blog: We all share the same dream

Many years ago I decided to go to a Manchester National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) branch meeting at the Hotel Piccadilly.

Blog: Postcard from the USA

I really like to travel and I like to go walkabout, just to see what’s out there. My dad always said that you never learn anything in your own back yard and how true that is.

Smart on business succession

You’re all going to die. Or go Ga Ga. Either way Mother Nature will get you in the end! I hope that caught your attention, it was meant to and for a very good reason.

At long last, he’s here!

Many bakers and owners of businesses with either sons or daughters do relish the thought of their children coming into the business… maybe one day, hopefully. On 4 February this year, that day arrived for me, as Stephen Paul Smart started working with Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery.

Blog: Profit before the nation

Before I begin, let me apologise to the entire population of faint-hearted, economically unaware, naïve shoppers about the crippling effects that the major retailers have inflicted on us and the high street. And, these changes are so profound that they are culturally changing the way we live and eat - and it’s all by their design for maximising profit.

Blog: A great night had by all

It is fair to say - and I am sure my own wife will loudly agree - I am not the world’s most sociable person.

It is now the time of “the real bakers”

May I draw your attention to a brilliant article entitled, “A tale of two breads”, by Vanessa Barford, who was writing for the BBC News Magazine recently. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20527294

Shop local, before it’s too late

For one brief moment, let me introduce you to the Shetland Islands, a beautiful archipelago of Scotland which lies just of its north eastern shores. They are situated about 50 miles to the northeast of Orkney and approximately 170 miles southeast of the Faroe Islands. The total land mass is 567 square miles and its total population is 22,210 in 2009.

John Reynard 17th October 1931 – 28th October 2012

The last time I saw John was five years ago at our own 50th anniversary of being in business which was held at Bolton School in their very impressive corporate function suite. Even then, confined to a wheel chair and in poor health, he still managed to entertain his table and maintain his very warm charm and charisma which many people in the baking industry had come to know and love so well.

Spare me please from reality television

The Great British Bake Off is only the latest offering amongst a plethora of challenging, and public orientated programmes that pit contestants against each other for the coveted title of, “whatever of the year”.

Let's all celebrate the creators of worth

In life, I think, people can be separated into two sorts. There are the spenders of worth and there are the creators of worth – or maybe I should say of value.

What makes a baker?

OK it’s not a Monday morning teaser or one of those mind-melting puzzles that have no answer, just a simple question, what is a baker? What amazing powers have been bequeathed from above, or bestowed on that personage, ‘The Baker’?

Bakers' Blog: with David Smart

David_Smart_web.jpgDavid Smart is the managing director of family company Greenhalgh’s, a position he took over from his father in 2003. He has grown the business from 23 shops to 63, and has customers among the leading supermarkets, foodservice companies and BHS.

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