n The Scottish-based Baguette Express sandwich bar has opened its first English outlet in Halifax, taking its number of outlets to 16. Billy Stenhouse, and his brother, Robin, launched the Baguette Express franchise last year. It plans to opens its second English sandwich bar in Carlisle, Cumbria, and predicts having a total of 30 sandwich bars throughout the UK by the end of the year.
n O’Briens Sandwich Bars has opened its latest Scottish store, a 104-seater circular mall café at the new £40 million Antonine Shopping Centre in Cumbernauld. This is the 43rd outlet for the brand in Scotland and the first of four new stores planned to open by autumn this year throughout Ayrshire.
n Foodservice supplier Brakes is upping its Corporate Social Responsibility activity, with a set of environmental and social programmes. Brakes, which is a leading supplier to caterers in the UK and France, has launched a new brochure and web-based CSR area to highlight the importance of the community and environment.
n Website [http://www.bakersfair.co.uk] is now live, for registration for free tickets to the Bakers’ Fair. The regional roadshow will be held at Bolton Arena on 14 October, with the Richemont Club holding its annual competitions at the event.
The William Reed-organised fair aims to inspire the progressive and professional independent baker in the north-west region.
n Paul, the French family bakery and patisserie, has set up shop in Shanghai. With 330 top bakeries and pastry-makers across France, the firm also has 16 sites in and around London, including a flagship store in Covent Garden.