British Baker regretfully announces that Ken Glennon has passed away, following a long battle with leukaemia.

Colleagues at The Ulimate Bakery Company, a new venture Glennon had been focused on, said he was a great character and ambassador for the industry.

“Ken, who worked through many areas of the industry in both production and sales, came into his own in the mid-’90s as sales director in the development of the La Fornaia business, and subsequently as sales director of Maple Leaf,” said the firm.

“Ken’s passion and enthusiasm had recently been focused on a new venture, The Ultimate Bakery Company, which, despite his illness, he got up and trading successfully.

“He leaves behind a wealth of friends in the industry. Competitors, clients and colleagues past and present have all said how much they will miss his optimism and infectious good humour.”

The firm said it offered its condolences to his wife of more than 40 years, Brenda, his children and grandchildren.