Almost three-quarters (73%) of small businesses have been paid late in the last 12 months, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Seed pricing

Pine nuts: Prices from China have stabilised for now, as the positive news on the developing crop takes effect. Buyers are currently able to cover additional requirements at more attractive prices than those seen at the end of 2010. The view is that the combination of both Chinese and Russian optimal crops should secure stable and possibly easier pricing for 2012 deliveries. However, we cannot count on the weather.

Support CLIC Sargent during Cupcake Week

To all those bakers, coffee shops and retailers getting involved with National Cupcake Week (NCW) this autumn, British Baker is urging you to support our partner charity CLIC Sargent to raise money for children with cancer.

More students enrol on college bakery courses

Bakery colleges report that increasing numbers of students are signing up for courses this year due partly to increased publicity and a raft of bakery-related TV programmes.

Look ahead to SIAB 2013

SIAB exhibition, the Italian bakery, machinery and confectionery show will take place in Verona in May 2013. Supported by Fippa, the Italian Federation of Bakers, the show will major on international innovation, while attendees will have the opportunity to discuss raw material prices and their impact on the baking industry.

Baking Industry Awards finalists revealed

British Baker is delighted to announce all 31 finalists for the Baking Industry Awards 2011.

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Cupcake finalists

Twickenham seeks artisan baker for town

The powers that be in Twickenham are on the hunt for an artisan bread baker to join their current line-up of shops.

Original Cake steps out beyond fruit

The Original Cake Company is to break from its fruity roots with a new range of cakes, developed with the help of funding from Food and Drink iNet (Innovation Network).

Trailer heights to be limited?

Bakery transport companies are concerned that European Commission proposals to limit the height of UK trailers could mean a big change to their working practices.

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