June

Bakeries hope for a buyer as D&G 'runs out of time'

Almost 60 jobs have been lost after D&G Food Group called in administrators and put its four bakery companies up for sale.

Don your creative caps for cupcake challenge

Think you're the cupcake king or queen? Now's your chance to let your cakes shine, as British Baker launches its search for Britain's Best Cupcake Baker 2010.

Rich to open new factory for toppings

Rich Products has announced it is to spend over £1m on a new toppings and icings factory in the UK, marking a "significant investment" for the firm.

Waitrose revamp merges bakery with food-to-go

Waitrose has restructured all of its buying teams, with food-to-go and bakery merged under one head of department.

In Short

Retail bakery teams revised

Sainsbury's and Asda have welcomed several new faces to their bakery teams in recent weeks.

Union to ballot staff at Maple Leaf for strike

Staff at the Maple Leaf bakery plant in Walsall are to be balloted on industrial action, following a breakdown in negotiations over pay rates.

Businesses see positive reaction to Bakers' Week

Patrick McGuigan

'I'm just nipping out for five minutes...'

When an employee is at work, that's your time, not theirs. So if they have any personal matters to attend to, then they should deal with them on their days off, or during breaks for example, lunchtime. But occasionally, something will happen that simply cannot wait. If it is a genuine emergency, which can easily be resolved they won't be gone for hours then you may not mind them popping out for a few minutes.

Retirement: the price is high

According to recent research by Age UK, 120,000 workers were forced to retire in 2009, when they reached the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65. This, it says, cost the economy £3.5bn, plus employers lost the benefit of experienced staff.

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