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Bakels Confirms New Technical Sales Manager for Scotland

Posted By Keith Houliston, 25 June 2019
Updated: 24 June 2019

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Black as Technical Sales Manager to give support to Scotland and the North East of England in the Craft Sector.

Michael joins us from Ireks and he has also worked previously with McPhie & Company. His heritage is a well-established family craft bakery in Dunoon where he learned his trade.

Michael’s excellent relationship and his technical sales experience will add value to Bakels work across Scotland and the North East of England in the Craft Sector. Join me in wishing Michael a long and successful career in the future.

Michael can be contacted on:


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Watching out for Modern Day Slavery

Posted By Maxwell Bruce, 02 May 2019

15 years ago the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) was set up in the wake of the Morecombe Bay tragedy. One of the authority’s key objectives was to protect workers from cases of abuse and exploitation. This month, the GLAA has teamed up with more than 100 construction firms and six top fashion brands from Marks & Spencer to John Lewis to tackle labour abuses and slavery in their respective industries.

The agency has made more that 100 arrests of people suspected of labour exploitation between May 2017 and the end of 2018. They have launched more than 200 investigations and identified at least 3,000 workers suffering from some form of labour abuse.

These numbers are likely to rise and more possible victims should be referred to the government for support as the GLAA seeks to tackle the more serious end of the spectrum.

This is all great news for our industry, but the GLAA need to continue listening to workers and being tough on those who wish them harm.

Personally, I feel we need to more engagement with the British public. One in five people in Britain is unaware of modern slavery, which is based on a survey carried out by the Co-op, despite the fact that about 136,000 people are estimated by the Walk Free Foundation to be living as slaves across the country.

Be aware. Be curious. If you’re concerned a worker may be a victim of modern slavery call the GLAA intelligence team on 0800 432 0804.


Tags:  employment law  exploitation  good practice  labour abuse  slavery 

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ZEELANDIA at MacLeans Highland Bakery: Thursday 2nd May 2019 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Posted By Zeelandia, 26 April 2019

The clock is ticking and time is running out for you to book your place at this specially organised event for Highland Bakeries to be the first to witness some ‘world-beating’ breakthrough techniques in sourdough. 

Irrespective if you are currently nurturing your own ‘mother dough.’ or thinking about making some sourdough products, this is a ‘Must Not Miss’ event.

  • When? Thursday 2nd May 2019 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Macleans Highland Bakery, 16 West Rd, Forres IV36 2GW

As we had to move dates for the event, please contact me, letting me know how many people will be attending from your bakery.

This will allow us to manage catering numbers and also bring some great samples for you to take away on the day

Sourdough is NOT new! It is an ancient bread with thousands of years of bread-making history behind it; it has a distinctive growing taste, a complex structure. It is a product that is patiently made by a long fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and wild yeasts in comparison with bread made quickly with cultivated yeast.

Beautiful, great tasting breads which are good for you!

Up to now, however, sourdough and the painstaking preparation time has limited bakeries in offering larger production runs to meet the growing public demand, but Zeelandia has changed all of this.

Why limit your bakery to using sourdough, in bread and Zeelandia will demonstrate to you how our fantastic new technology can enhance your sourdough offering to, biscuits, shortbread, oatcakes and a wide range of other products.

On the day you will have the chance to try these exciting sourdough concepts and take some samples away with you to try in your bakery.

This showcase will leave you with tremendous knowledge and experience with Zeelandia's Taste and Texture offerings; all made using authentic sourdough methods re-engineered to match larger customer requirements.

I hope to see you there as together we can create bakery success! 

Kind regards.

Noel Hawkes

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Allied Trades - Invaluable Support

Posted By Alasdair Smith, 26 February 2019

Our wonderful bakery trade relies on a diverse network of suppliers and allied trades covering every conceivable business, manufacturing and distribution requirement. Scottish Bakers has a long-standing relationship with many of these supplier businesses and we are proud to have them as part of our wonderful Scottish Bakers Family. 

This blog section is a dedicated space where each and every one of our associate members can engage directly with our wider membership: through these posts, we encourage helpful content, useful advice and guidance, announcements, offers, trends and market intelligence and much more.  

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