Businesses wanted for MP ‘buddy’ scheme

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is looking for small businesses to take part in the ‘Business Buddy’ scheme, recently signed up to by the likes of business secretary Vince Cable.

Pret takes on the homeless

Pret A Manger has recruited 25 homeless apprentices to mark its 25th birthday. The new recruits have been taken on its three-month scheme with a view to becoming permanent.

Finsbury sees cake growth continue

Finsbury Food Group has seen a positive sales turnaround in its Cake division in the past year, with group revenue also on the up following a decrease for the comparable period in 2010.

McCambridge and Brennans in court over bread case

In his opening statement at a court case in Dublin, the chairman of Irish bakery company McCambridge accused rival manufacturer Brennans of deliberately copying the packaging of one of McCambridge’s leading breads.

Get your BIA tickets today!

Don’t delay, make sure you book your place at this year’s Baking Industry Awards, hosted by TV presenter Richard Madeley.

Finalists revealed for National Cupcake Championships

British Baker, the organiser of National Cupcake Week, is delighted to announce the finalists of the National Cupcake Championships 2011.

Subway in O2 voucher partnership

Subway has teamed up with mobile phone network 02, so that consumers can automatically receive scannable vouchers through their mobile phones when they are near the sandwich retailer’s stores, which can immediately be redeemed in-store.

Bagel sales are on the up

Value sales at New York Bakery Co have increased 84% since the relaunch of its bagel brand in January this year.

Superquinn saved by Musgrave’s purchase

The Irish supermarket chain Superquinn, which went into receivership on Monday (18 July), was sold to the Musgrave Group yesterday, by the receivers KPMG.

Coffee shops top eating out popularity poll

Coffee shops are the country's most popular place to eat, according to Allegra Strategies, which organises UK and European coffee summits and symposiums. Its new survey shows 31% of British consumers admitted to buying at least a meal in one each week compared with 23% last year.

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