A total of 105 new entrants - a record number - have entered the Baking Industry Awards 2008, which will take place on Monday, 15 September.

The awards, to be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, has attracted a total of 229 entrants, 67 more than last year. The judging process is now underway and the awards ceremony looks to be a fantastic evening for the industry.

“The 2008 awards has been faced with its toughest judging yet. We have been overwhelmed with the level of entries received for the awards this year, the standard of which has been exceptional, with an abundance of new and innovative companies entering for the first time,” said Stephanie Smallwood, events executive for British Baker.

British Baker can also announce that Kate Thornton will be our celebrity presenter for the awards, which will be attended by 900 people from across all sectors of the baking industry.