CRAIG McPhie, of McPhies Bakery in Glasgow, has been installed as the president of Scottish Bakers – taking over from John Gall for a two-year term, during which time he will take a leading role in helping to promote and steer the sector internationally, nationally and locally.
Now in its 125th year, Scottish Bakers is recognised as the only association that supports and promotes the interests of Scottish bakers across the country.
McPhies Craft Bakers was established in 1973 by Jim McPhie and Craig joined the business in 1985. As a partner and master baker himself, Craig is passionate about the industry in Scotland and was keen to take up the role as president of Scottish Bakers at this challenging time for the sector.
In an emotional inaugural speech, Craig thanked his father Jim and his wife, Lesley, for their support and advice over many years.
He said: “I have been passionate about our industry since the day I can remember.
“Even before I started primary school, I was going into the bakery to see dad, taking the empty glass bottles out the milk create then turning it upside down so I could stand on it to reach the old wooden table. I’d take my special wooden pin (which was not quite as thick as the others, allowing my wee hands round it) and I’d help dad pin out that day’s roll production. Happy days indeed – and cheap labour for my dad.
“I was involved in our association relatively early in my career and started going along in the late 80’s early 90’s to our marvellous 40 Group events. They had business meetings and social functions all over the place. My first foreign study tour was Switzerland in 92. What a visit that was. That was a real-eye opener for me. We visited this bakery where a husband and wife ran it with practically no other staff.
“So it is with real delight that I am stepping up at this challenging and exciting time to be president of Scottish Bakers. I am looking forward to working with the Scottish Bakers team and my peers to support our sector and bring growth and prosperity to us all.”
Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and, since then, it has represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland. Scottish Bakers aims to be an integral part of each member’s business operation by providing a range of specialist support services for bakers of all sizes. It provides a valuable source of advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.
Most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, it is there for their benefit and it is proud of its motto, ‘for the good of all’.
Our vision and mission is to be recognised by the Scottish bakery trade as a world-class trade association, supporting our members to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their customers and to be recognised by all stakeholders as the authoritative voice of the bakery trade in Scotland.
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