British Baker’s BB75 Lunch provided the perfect opportunity for members of the baking industry to reflect on their own businesses and what lies ahead in the future.

The invite-only event, which took place at the Avenue in central London, attracted a number of key directors and executives from the UK’s bakery sector to network and watch a programme of stage presentations led by BB’s editor Martyn Leek.

One of the speakers included Paul Flatters, chief executive of the Trajectory Partnership, who told British Baker about the variety of opportunities that UK bakeries can maximise in the year ahead, including social media.

As part of the event, Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, was presented with an award for the high street bakery retailer topping this year’s BB75 league table, which ranks UK operating businesses based on store count.

McMeikan said he was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the company, and outlined the succcess of Greggs’ shop opening programme during the last 12 months.

British Baker also caught up with a number of bakery and food firms to ask what their plans were for the next 12 months, including Jason Danciger, head of hospitality and counters at Marks & Spencer, as well as Graham Nash, director of Oxon-based Nash’s Bakery.

Read more about the BB75 Lunch and report in the 8 March issue of British Baker.