British Baker is thrilled to announce that acclaimed comedian Ronnie Corbett is to host this year’s Baking Industry Awards, on 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

Corbett’s first outing on stage was aged 15, playing The Wicked Aunt in a panto at his local church youth club in Edinburgh. He went on to work in the late-night revues at Danny La Rue’s Club at Hanover Square in the late ’50s, before keeping BBC audiences entertained for 16 years alongside Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies. He also has an understanding of the baking industry, as his father was a master baker, based in Edinburgh.

We are also delighted to announce that equipment supplier Scobie & McIntosh is to sponsor The In-Store Bakery Award. In-store bakery (ISB) is an integral part of a supermarket’s offering and an important category at the Baking Industry Awards. Entries are invited from all ISB managers who can demonstrate a well-tailored range, good availability and ideas for maximising sales and promoting growth.

Other categories at the awards include: The Craft Business Award, sponsored by Rank Hovis; The Achievement in Bakery Training Award, sponsored by Rich Products; Bakery Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Sainsbury’s; and Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Morrisons, as well as six other categories.

To book a place call Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email

The entry deadline has also been extended to 15 May. For entry forms contact Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email or check out the awards website at