September

When the maternity cover is pregnant

When recruiting a temporary replacement to cover a period of maternity leave, most employers are careful to stipulate that the person engaged needs to be available for the duration of the contract. But where do you stand if a woman hired for this type of role turns out to be pregnant and knew that she wouldn't be able to complete the job at the outset? As she has clearly lied to you about her availability, can you cut your losses and sack her?

Schultz: Be bold or be left behind

Those companies that are not bold in the face of the global economic crisis and don’t have the courage to take risks, may be left behind, according to Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive Howard Schultz.

Permanently lower prices at Tesco?

Tesco looks set to launch a new price offensive next week, with a possible switch in emphasis from promotions to permanently low prices, according to sister title The Grocer.

Edme to distribute malt extract through joint venture

Essex-based grain and bakery ingredients supplier Edme has joined forces with Dutch brand CereX in a deal that will enhance its product range, with the addition of malt extract ingredients.

New research highlights gluten-free shopper habits

New research has revealed that consumer spending on gluten- and wheat-free products is heavily based on trust, rather than price, promotion or advertising, according to Dr Schär UK.

Warburtons consults on Pennine Bakery closure

More than 170 jobs could be lost at Warburtons as it consults on plans to close its Pennine Bakery near Oldham.

Swipe and pay at Greggs

Greggs, the high street bakery chain, is to accept payments using new contactless technology – just months after it moved over from a cash-only business.

Bakers urged to contact CLIC Sargent

Bakers who raised money for CLIC Sargent to help children with cancer during National Cupcake Week are being urged to get in touch with the charity.

Bakery software firm scoops tech accolade

Fourth Hospitality, a leading software supplier to the likes of Subway, Baker & Spice, Le Pain Quotidien and Krispy Kreme, has made it into the list of Britain’s fastest-growing technology firms.

Sales jump 21% at Real Good Food Company

The Real Good Food Company, parent of sugar supplier Napier Brown plus Renshaw and Haydens, has this morning revealed a 21% increase in total group sales to £109.8m.

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