British Baker is delighted to announce the launch of the 2009 Baking Industry Awards, to be held on Tuesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton in London.

The evening, which features many different awards categories, will be a celebration of the industry’s achievements over the last year, as well as being a great night out for all. There are new categories this year, inclu-ding The Innovation Award, so there should be something suitable for all businesses to enter.

The awards - in their 22nd year - will be as big as ever, featuring key figures from the plant and craft baking industries, millers, major supermarkets, bakery trade bodies and suppliers. Last year’s Las Vegas-themed ceremony was hosted by celebrity presenter Kate Thornton, so watch this space to find out who will be this year’s host as well as other news on what will be happening on the night.

As we all know, times are tough, so the awards are a great opportunity to sing about your business’ talents from the rooftops. Anyone can enter, from one-shop craft bakeries to large plant manufacturers, and entrants do not need to be a customer or supplier of any of the category sponsors to take part. A company may enter more than one category, but different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category.

The winners of each category will receive a trophy and the finalists will be presented with a certificate.

The deadline for entries is Friday 1 May, so make sure you don’t miss out. For more information or an entry form contact Helen Law at William Reed Events on 01293 846587 or email or check out the awards website at

l See pages 17-28 for our awards launch special.