A very big

’congratulations!’ to the winners and finalists in the Baking Industry Awards and, importantly, a huge ’Thank You’ to all the award sponsors who made it possible.

In the following pages, we celebrate all those who made it to the final three in each category.

While we only give a brief summary, it is a tremendous accolade and recognition by the whole industry of what you have achieved.

This year there were more entries than ever and I hope many of you will take the trouble to visit each other’s businesses, if you are not a direct rival, because those who do tell me there is always something to learn.

But now it’s time to celebrate! So in the pages ahead we look at the winners and finalists.

Most bakers put their heart and soul into what they do, but you also need a keen mind for business, a drive for quality, an instinct for innovation and sheer stamina for all the hard work that it takes to get to the top.

Well done! We look forward to profiling many of you over the coming year.

Sylvia Macdonald