Stuart Gibbs of Oliver Adams and Lucy Williamson of Janes Pantry both enjoyed an all-expenses paid, one-week placement with a member company of the British Confectioners Association (BCA) in January for winning scholarships under its Baking Excellence scheme.

Mr Gibbs completed his placement at Waterfields (Leigh). He spent the majority of his time there studying the production of pastry and savoury goods.

Ms Williamson, an experienced confectioner, widened her knowledge of other bakery processes, particularly fermented products, at Simmons (Bakers) in Hatfield.

Both were commended for their enthusiasm and willingness to broaden their experience on returning to their respective employers.