British Baker rounds up the latest industry news from the past five days in its exclusive weekly picture gallery.Dragon backs new artisan bakery online: 11/3/2013Stockport-based Bramhall Bakery won the weekly Small Business Sunday scheme, run by star of BBC One’s Dragons’ Den Theo Paphitis, which saw the bakery firm being endorsed by the dragon on Twitter as well as through a dedicated website. “This boost from Theo will help us move the business to the next level,” said director Joanne Peters.Action for Children’s call to bakers: 11/3/2013Fancy being part of a record-breaking challenge and raising funds for more than 250,000 children across the UK? The national charity revealed it was looking to collaborate with a bakery business, as news and media relations manager Adrian Bradley explained: “We’re looking for a bakery that can think big and work fast.”Gluten-free brand Fria expands UK presence: 12/3/2013The Scandinavian bakery business revealed it was stocking its free-from products in a further 40 stores to help increase its presence in the UK market. Fria is currently being supplied via Goodness Foods, a wholesaler for the health food trade.Cocomaya to open Heathrow pop-up shop: 13/3/2013The London-based chocolatier and artisan baker said it was launching a temporary outlet in the airport’s Terminal 5 this Easter, with plans to operate until the summer. The 200sq ft shop will sell a range of food, including its Vienna-style pastries, cakes and sandwiches.CSM downgrades value of bakery business: 14/3/2013The Netherlands-based firm highlighted the value of its Bakery Supplies Europe (BSEU) business had fallen by €165m (£143.2m), as part of its latest financial update this week. During the full-year trading for 2012, CSM’s BSEU division saw sales volumes slide by 2%.Genius hires new manufacturing director: 15/3/2013Free-from bakery business has appointed Liam McHugh, who has previously worked for Warburtons and Unilever and has been tasked with overseeing the development of the manufacturing strategy for the Genius and Livwell brands.Fletchers Bakeries unveils new £7m facility: 15/3/2013The bakery firm announced it had invested £7m in a new production facility at its Claywheels Lane site in Sheffield, following a multi-million pound land sale to Sainsbury’s two years ago. “The new facility is part of the future and the growth of Fletchers Bakeries. It’s a great tonic to the staff here who can really see the progress that’s been made at the business,” said general manager Peter Williams.
This could be the year for lots of new judges Bills filed to create as many as 108 new jurists Gary Blankenship Senior Editor There are optimistic signs in both the Florida House and Senate that much of the Supreme Court’s request for new judges will be met by lawmakers this year.Certification bills have been filed in both chambers and key appropriations legislators say they are committed to a significant increase in the number of judges. The Supreme Court has asked for 110 new judges, after not getting any for the past two years.SB 600 in the upper chamber calls for 26 new circuit judges, but bill sponsor Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, chair of the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee, said that is only a start.He noted the bill is a copy of the one he prepared for last December’s special session when it looked for a time like the legislature might take up a bill to get part of the court’s certification done early.“It’s a placeholder,” Crist said. “I took the bill we were going to use during the special session and used it as a starting point.. . . Generally the way this process works is you come out of the starting block with something to work with and then you work to find money. We need the certifications. I don’t think the justices are far off in the numbers they are recommending at all. I view this as a foot in the door to start negotiations.”HB 263, filed by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, calls for108 new circuit and county judges.“The intent is to fill the complete 108 trial court certification,” Kyle said. “It’s complete certification, minus the two appellate judges, because I’m waiting to see what a committee from the Supreme Court decides on whether or not we need another DCA.”Noting it’s the legislature’s formula used by the court to certify the need for judges, Kyle said it’s hard to make a rational argument against funding them. “People realize the need is there, especially in the House, where two-thirds of members co-signed the bill in special session,” Kyle said.Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chair of the House Fiscal Council, said it has his full support.“My view is that the court system is a third and co-equal branch of our government and new judges are desperately needed throughout Florida,” Negron said. “I have a personal interest in making sure this happens in 2005 and there is strong support in both the House and Senate to accomplish this effort.”Negron noted that the House last year approved 55 new judges and the Senate also supported approving new judges. But the two chambers failed to reach an agreement because the House wanted to create a sixth district court of appeal and the Senate would not go along.The preliminary Senate bill created one new circuit judge in each circuit, and two each in the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, 11th, 13th, and 17th circuits.HB 263, as filed, actually called for around 118 new judges, but House officials said that was an error and there were supposed to be 108. Most of the certifications in the bill appeared to mirror the Supreme Court’s recommendations on where the new posts would be created.The House bill also phases in the new judgeships. The first set of circuit judgeships would be effective as of July 1, the next set would open up on September 5, and the remaining seats would be effective as of November 7. The first county judgeships would be created as of January 2, 2006, and the remainder would be effective as of March 6, 2006.The Supreme Court, in its certification, asked for in the circuit courts::• Seven additional circuit judges each for the Fifth, 10th, and 11th Circuits.• Six additional circuit judges each for the 13th and 17th circuits.• Five additional circuit judges each for the Sixth and Ninth circuits.• Four additional circuit judges each for the Seventh and 19th circuits.• Three additional circuit judges each for the First and 20th circuits.• Two additional circuit judges each for the Second, Fourth, and 18th circuits.• One additional circuit judge each for the Third, Eighth, 14th, and 15th circuits.For the counties, the court asked for the following:• Six additional county judges for Broward County.• Four additional county judges each for Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Brevard counties.• Three additional county judges for Orange County.• Two additional county judges each for Marion, Pasco, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Collier counties.• One additional county judge each for Duval, Hernando, Lake, Volusia, Manatee, Bay, Seminole, Martin, St. Lucie, and Lee. At the district court of appeal level, the court requested one new judge each for the Second and Fifth DCAs.For three of the past five years, the court has not gotten any of the new judges it requested, and the other two years only some of the certified judges were approved. This could be the year for lots of new judges February 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News read more