== Richemont places ==


Four places are up for grabs on an expenses-paid trip to Switzerland’s Richemont School from 19-23 October, which will include a two-day course on breads, cakes and slices. Three places are available to students over 18 (including mature students) under the Piero Scacco Award and the ABIM Award, while a fourth place is open to a mature applicant from the UK baking industry under the Joseph Travelling Award. Contact sas@bakers.co.uk for an application form.



== Lewis’s Spanish deal ==


Swansea-based Lewis’s Pies has signed a deal to supply a newly opened Kwik Save store on the outskirts of Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Peter O’Toole, a former Kwik Save regional manager, who acquired the rights to the Kwik Save Discount Stores brand after the business went into liquidation in 2007, has relaunched the retailer in Spain.



== Data detail ==


Some William Reed Business Media/IGD bakery figures printed in the last issue were incorrect. The total number of bakeries stands at 6,473 compared to 6,563 last year - not 6,733 in 2008 as stated. This is a decrease of 1.37%. The number of bakery multiples rose from 3,248 in 2008 to 3,255 in 2009 (+0.2%), while independents fell from 3,315 to 3,218 in 2009 (-3%).



== Real Bread grant ==


The Real Bread Campaign has secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, enabling it to appoint a full-time project co-ordinator to work over the next four years with independent bakers, public institutions and local community projects including food co-ops. The Real Bread Campaign aims to stimulate consumption and local production of ’real’ bread, made with all-natural ingredients.