Tower redundancy

Rising fuel prices have forced Scottish craft firm Tower Bakery to make one of its bakers redundant for the first time in its 30-year history. While some firms have been forced to raise prices, the Perth-based chain said the fuel tax rise meant it had also put some production staff on a four-day week.

Bako’s honorary head

Bako North Western has announced the recent retirement from the board of its longest-serving director, Derek Grimshaw. He had served on the board since 1983 and, in recognition of his long association with the business, has been appointed honorary president of the company and its management team.

Call for cupcakes

Bakers on the south coast are being invited to a Cupcake Camp to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. To be held at The Lighthouse in Poole on 2 April, the event aims to get at least 1,000 donated; each cupcake will cost only £1 on the day, with all proceeds going to charity. Full details are on

Royal visit to school

The Artisan School of Food had a visit from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were given a tour around the butchery and bakery training rooms at the school, based on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate their visit.

Closure for Fitzbillies

Cambridge cake shop Fitzbillies in Trumpington Street has gone out of business after 90 years in the city. Cambridge’s colleges traditionally used its cakes when catering for special occasions and some of the 25 staff had worked there for more than 30 years.