Job retention

Warburtons is set to make no compulsory redundancies in the first phase of its £25m Bolton bakery redevelopment. Following the announcement in January that 121 jobs out of 234 on two bread lines at its Hereford Street bakery were at risk, Warburtons, alongside the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, has identified alternative positions within the firm. Forty-five employees have taken voluntary redundancy or early retirement.

Homeless support

A cupcake bakery and café, which creates training and job opportunities for homeless people, is part of a £10m scheme to improve a Birmingham-based housing and support centre. The Frost & Snow bakery will be based at the Snow Hill site of social housing group Midland Heart and is led by local baker Sarah Frost. It is due to open in 2011.

TV participant sought

TV production firm Wall to Wall is still on the look-out for a baker and their family to take part in a new programme for BBC1. Each family will run their shop across key eras of British history. They would be relocated for about eight weeks. Contact Michael Fraser on

100 years for Kelly’s

Kelly’s Bakery, in the south-east Ireland town of Wexford, is celebrating its centenary. Ten years ago, the company sold its original shop and bakery in Wexford, opening a new retail unit nearby and building a new bakery in a business park.

Muntons’ centre

Malt and malted ingredients supplier Muntons has opened its £500,000 Centre for Excellence at its headquarters in Stowmarket. It houses a bakery, NPD kitchen and sensory testing room.