This week’s issue of British Baker contains a reader research form and I would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill it in. It will tell us what you want to see more of, less of and any new directions you want us take the magazine in or whether you would rather we leave it pretty much as it is at the moment. We really do value your readership and your opinion.I am very fussy about personal details not being passed on and I have been completely assured that they will not be, so thank you in advance; I look forward to receiving your comments about last week’s issue, which I hope has arrived between the postal strikes.Just to prove we do listen, over the years, many people have told me that there is no point in advertising a £150 piece of bakery equipment in the classified section of the magazine, when the classified advertisement can cost more than that. Instead, you had to use catering magazines.So, please do turn to page 28 – and tell all your colleagues to do the same – as we now have lineage ads for new, used or second-hand machinery. Please support this so we can keep it going. If no one uses it, it will have to stop.’Support’ is, in fact, the theme of this week’s Viewpoint and I would like to thank all those who supported our Bakers’ Fair in Bolton last weekend (pg 4). Exhibitors had effective stands and the Richemont Club of Great Britain put on some superb competitions. They made one feel so proud of the talent in this industry – and the Tameside students were fantastic with their entries and enthusiasm. There will be more news and pictures of the Fair in next week’s issue.But I would like to end by asking for your support in one other area. The government has once again shown blatant disregard for small businesses on the tax regime. It is appalling, and just gets worse.Look at the list of measures designed to hit small businesses, detailed by Paula Tallon on page 14. Do they so loathe independent entrepreneurs and businessmen that they sit down and think of ways to penalise them even more? It is merciless. So if you are a craft baker, ingredients or equipment supplier do please support the Forum of Private Business and sign its petition. Details are on page 5.
US equipment supplier United Bakery Equipment (UBE) has become an associate sponsor of the Federation of Bakers.UBE describes itself as the largest supplier of bread and bun slicers and baggers in the US and sells to customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.The California-based firm supplies slicing and packaging machinery for products including bread, buns, rolls, bagels, tortillas, and pitta bread. Its range includes slicers, baggers, wrappers, decrusters, dicers, heat sealers, conveyors and other custom machinery.“We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the UK’s largest baking companies, with the opportunities that our membership of the Federation of Bakers will bring for us as we continue to expand our business in Europe,” said Tom Sheffield, vice-president of sales and marketing.UBE is following in the footsteps of NFU Mutual, which became an associate member of the Federation of Bakers last month.The other associate members of the Federation are: AAK (UK), AB Mauri UK and Ireland, ADM Milling, Baker Perkins, British Bakels, Bühler, CCFRA, Cereform, CSM (UK), Edme, Energy Management LLP, GB Ingredients, Kaak Group, Kwik Lok, Lesaffre Group, Puratos, Spooner Industries, Taste Tech, Zeelandia and Zeppelin Systems.
A successful Donegal man who rose to the top of the BBC is at the centre of a political controversy after it was revealed he received an astonishing €1Million redundancy payment.MPs in London say they will investigate how Donegal native Patrick Loughrey left the BBC with a cool Stg£866,000 package.The broadcaster’s former director general Mark Thompson will be grilled in the House of Commons next week about the huge payout to Mr Loughrey and other retiring executives. The Irish Post reports that Mr Loughrey was given an £866,000 redundancy settlement by the corporation, including 12 months’ pay ‘in lieu of notice’ despite claims he agreed his leaving date 14 months previously and worked out his notice.The Public Accounts Committee says Mr Thompson “is likely to be questioned about the significant severance packages that he approved while in office”.Mr Loughrey is referred to as “Case study 1” in a repoort and was the BBC’s Director of Nations and Regions before departing in 2009.He says his severance payments were “made in fulfilment of longstanding entitlements” and “approved at the highest level”. The National Audit Office report states that the £300,000 Mr Loughrey was given in lieu of notice as one part of his settlement was “inconsistent” with BBC policy and criticised Mr Thompson for approving it.“This case provides an example of a departing senior manager receiving their maximum pay in lieu of notice (£300,000), despite the fact that they worked their notice,” it added.Mr Loughrey, who is now the Warden of London’s Goldsmiths University, secured a further £300,000 in redundancy payment and £266,288 “pension augmentation” as part of his “early retirement”.Mr Loughrey declined to respond to The Irish Post and instead re-issued an earlier statement.“As you will be aware from the National Audit Office Report, certain staff names were anonymised by the BBC in order to comply with data protection law,” it stated. “You will also know from the report that there are clauses in their employment contracts which prohibit those individuals from disclosing details about their severance payments.“Given this, I consider I am unable to respond to the specific questions you have raised.“I would however like to make clear that any severance payments I received when I left the BBC after many years’ service were made in fulfilment of longstanding contractual entitlements and approved at the highest level.”INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT was last modified: August 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT