The Craft Bakers Association recently announced it will be issuing its 2022 Annual Report at its 134th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is taking place on Wednesday 14 June at 30 Euston Square, London, UK. The AGM is preceding the CBA’s Business Day, which this year’s theme is ‘Future Proofing Your Business’.
The Annual Report references all the key activity the association undertook on behalf of its members and the industry during 2022. This includes supporting members throughout the year to help them grow their businesses, as well as lobbying with the BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for stricter commercial energy regulations and guaranteed long-term support. The CBA also provided further assistance to its members by writing letters for bakers to send to their MPs, outlining the sector’s perilous position regarding energy pricing.
In addition, the CBA provides members with comprehensive online training for a range of key business issues, which are hosted on the association’s new website that was launched in 2022.
Additional support that is available free to members has included business-critical advice via a number of webinars, with recent topics such as “Natasha’s Law”, as UK foodservice businesses are now required to display clear on-pack allergen information which came into force October 2021, following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a baguette.
“The craft bakery sector is currently thriving. Our members and the wider industry have all shown tremendous resilience and innovation and have met the challenges arisen from the war in Ukraine and the subsequent rising energy prices and general inflation, head on,” commented Karen Dear, recently appointed Chief Executive of the Craft Bakers Association. “Supporting our members is at the heart of what we do, which is why lobbying the Government for better long-term benefits for craft bakers continues to be our top priority.”
“I am proud of the way the CBA had the ability to continue to support members, from dealing with an unprecedented number of queries to getting to grips with the ever-changing rules, HR issues, supply problems and much more besides. I have also watched with admiration how craft bakers responded to the challenges of the pandemic, Brexit and the rest,” stated Nick Harris, Chairman of the Craft Bakers Association. “There has been fantastic innovation, adaptability, and creativity, coupled with a determination to just get on with the job in hand – all of which I believe means that we are in a strong position ready to face whatever is next!”
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