British Baker is delighted to announce the finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards.

TV presenter and producer Esther Rantzen CBE will host the circus-themed black-tie event at the Park Lane Hilton, London, which takes place on Wednesday 8 September.

Rank Hovis marketing manager Sara Reid, one of the judges for the Craft Business Award, which the company sponsors, said it had received some interesting entries from companies that had not previously taken part. "We have seen some different and quirky businesses, which was really nice; it was good to see the spread of the craft around the country," she said.

This year’s awards will be attended by key players in the industry and it is a good opportunity to network. The evening begins with a drinks reception, followed by a three-course meal, entertainment, and the announcement of the Award winners.

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BIA 2010 Finalists:

Baker of the Year
Sponsored by: Vandemoortele
André Sarafilovic, Wm Stephen (Bakers);
Paul Gray, Betty’s Bakery;
Robin Jones, The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth)

Confectioner of the Year
Sponsored by: Rich’s
Mark Legg, Dunn’s (Crouch End);
Chris Bachmann, Bachmanns;
David Lee, DA & W Lee Family Baker

The Craft Business Award
Sponsored by: Rank Hovis
Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery;
M Ray;
Cinnamon Square

The In-Store Bakery Award
Sponsored by: Dawn Foods
Tesco, Huish, Yeovil;
Sainsbury’s, Fosse Park, Leicester;
Morrisons, Riversway, Preston;
Asda, Hunts Cross, Liverpool

The Customer Focus Award
Sponsored by: CSM (UK)
Kensey Foods;
Halls Food Group;

Bakery Supplier of the Year
Sponsored by: Sainsbury’s
Nicholas & Harris;
Warburtons Bakeries;
Mono Equipment

Speciality Bread Product of the Year
Sponsored by: Bakels
Janes Pantry – Pumpkin & Raisin Seeded Bread;
More? The Artisan Bakery – Lakeland Treacle Bread with Walnuts & Raisins;
Bachmanns – Olive Bread with Thyme

Celebration Cake Maker of the Year
Sponsored by: Renshaw
Rachel Hill, Planet Cake;
Amelia Nutting, Shuga Budz;
Caroline Occlestone, The Cake Shop Liverpool

Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by: ADM Milling
Honeytop Speciality Foods;
Park Cakes

The Innovation Award
Sponsored by: Asda
Swissôtel The Howard – TLSee Afternoon Tea;
Hobbs House Bakery – The Online Store;
Puratos UK – Cryst-o-fil

Trainee Baker of the Year
Sponsored by: Improve and The National Skills Academy
Kyle Hendry, Macphie of Glenbervie;
Pamela Ellis, Blackpool and the Fylde College;
Daniel Smith, J & I Smith