No subscription rise

There was no increase in member subscriptions to the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB), for the fourth year in a row.

Plea for support

Joe Coleman, a young baker from Oxford, told NAMB conference delegates that he and other young bakers would welcome more support from the trade, including sponsored time to work at other bakeries.

Scottish changes

Former SAMB chief executive Kirk Hunter has departed after nine years for a full-time position with Dairy UK, with a new chief executive yet to be appointed. Head of skills training Arthur Rayer also announced his retirement.

SAMB rebranding

Outgoing Scottish Bakers president Alister Asher told the first conference following the rebranding of the SAMB: "The logo and name was in need of change to make it clearer what we were and what we did for external PR, image and marketing purposes. We have a new look which, we’ve had very positive feedback about."

ABST conference

If you haven’t already booked your place at the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST) Annual Conference, then do so now. The event, held at the Alton Towers Hotel, Alton Towers, from 11-13 June will also play host to the qualifying and selection rounds for the 2011 UK SIGEP Bread Cup Team on 12 June. For details on attending contact

New FoB chairman

Mark Fairweather, CEO of Allied Milling and Baking, has been elected as the new chairman of the Federation of Bakers. He takes over the role from Joe Street.