Worshipful Company of Bakers

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Worshipful Company of Bakers's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Worshipful Company of Bakers is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.bakers.co.uk

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services and speaking-up forums,
have enabled us to support people
with learning disabilities into training,
education and employment. We have
resolved conflicts between service
users and their support services,
supported people to achieve the
housing accommodation of their
choice and prevented many individuals
from entering, or progressing through,
the criminal justice system.
In order to maintain this momentum
and continue to develop our offering,
we are working in partnership with
Bath University’s research department
to complete an ongoing in-depth
analysis of our interventions, which will
include outcomes and cost analysis.
Our knowledge and understanding in
this area lead us to believe that this
early intervention work will enable
people with a learning disability and
associated conditions to be more in
control of their lives and to build up
crucial networks of emotional support.
We think we will also be able to act as
a conduit between the voluntary sector
and mainstream mental health services,
ensuring that we are able to support
all those who require our services,
including those who have been left
behind by mainstream provisions.
Extending our work to all
One of the challenges we have faced,
and something we are considering
when rolling out our new service, is
people not attending our services and
the underlying reasons for this. Those
with social care packages are more likely
to attend, but we have worked hard to
determine the reasons why some remain
absent. In order to support people to
attend, we have created a transport
budget. While this does support some
individuals, it is the people that are not
receiving services, or who have only
recently been referred to us, that are
the trickiest to find and support.
We receive a substantial number of
referrals for people who are currently not
receiving any support and it is our duty
to ensure they are able to attend, and
benefit from, the services we are able to
provide. As we grow, and begin to offer
our services to a wider group of people,
ensuring we can support individuals to
attend will become more difficult. We
regularly send out reminders, but in
order to adapt to this growing network
of attendees, we are developing new
methods to ensure regular attendance.
As we grow, we are also targeting
new ways to collate and present the
qualitative data that demonstrates our
benefit. Although we are currently
supported by National Lottery funding,
this is time limited. Therefore, we will
begin to approach CCGs to discuss long-
term plans for this service. Collecting
this data is essential to demonstrate the
benefits of the work we do and secure
the funding to support it into the future.
There are many areas of life that can
have an impact on our overall sense of
wellbeing. By providing the range of
services that are included in A Better
Life, we believe that we will be able to
support people to make meaningful
changes in their own lives and
positively impact the lives of others.
Early
intervention
work will
enable people
with a learning
disability and
associated
conditions to
be more in
control of their
lives and to
build up crucial
networks of
emotional
support
Using nature to develop
friendships and mental
wellbeing
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Paul Morrow, Master 2019
The Master and Wardens
in WCB livery taking part in
the Lord Mayor’s show
The Worshipful Company of Bakers has been involved with
the baking profession for more than 800 years. Having paid
a mark of gold to the King’s Exchequer in the year 1155,
it has since represented bakers and associated traders. In 2020,
the company’s work includes scholarships and prizes for young
people in the baking industry, and other similar endeavours that
encourage and celebrate the profession.
The origins of the Guilds and Livery Companies in the City of London go back more
than 1,000 years. The early guilds controlled the provision of services as well as the
manufacture and selling of goods, including food in the City. The term “livery”
originally referred to the distinctive clothing and badges of guild members.
A distinguished past
The Worshipful Company of Bakers, of which I had the honour of being the Master
in 2019, can trace its origins to a tax bill, dated 1155, from King Henry II. By the
time of the Great Fire of London in 1666, we were well established. We have
owned the freehold of our hall site since 1506 and since that time, four different
halls have been constructed. The current hall, which is in regular use by the WCB, is
also available to hire as a meeting or dining venue.
In 1815, Parliament repealed the Assize of Bread Act. This deprived the WCB of
our monopoly over baking bread in the City. Before that, we were, in effect, the
Trading Standards Office and had the power of expulsion for dishonest trade. For
example, the risk of selling underweight loaves could be reduced by applying the
bakers’ dozen of 13 items – a term still in use today.
FACTS ABOUT
WORSHIPFUL COMPANY
OFBAKERS
»Established in 1155
»Based in the City of London
»Services: Livery company
providing charitable support
and venue hire
»No. of members: 225
Worshipful Company
of Bakers
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We operate under the rules of our
Articles of Association contained in
our fourth Royal Charter, signed by
King James II on March 19, 1686. In
line with that Charter, the company
is controlled by a Court of Assistants
from whose number Wardens and the
Master Baker are elected. We have
an unbroken record of Master Bakers
since 1481, and I was the 538th to
hold that office.
Diversifying our membership
The WCB is open to members from
all walks of life and not exclusively
to people associated with the baking
trade. We have 225 active Liverymen,
the term applying equally to men and
women. In addition to those connected
with the baking trade, among our
ranks are members from many diverse
fields including finance and the law.
We are fortunate because although
we are open to members of all walks
of life, we still have a trade, relevant
to everyone, to support. My own
background is as a bakery ingredient
manufacturer. For the past 35 years,
Ihave worked in that sector, primarily
for the international Bakels Group
where I am Group Technical Director
and Chairman of our UK company,
British Bakels Ltd.
In common with the other livery
companies, we are actively engaged
in charitable and educational
programmes. Funds from our separate
charity are used to support bakery
students as well as giving grants to
community charities which use baking
as a means of assisting disadvantaged
people. These include:
»Lessons in Loaf, which delivers
a programme to primary school
children in inner London schools. The
children plant and harvest wheat;
this is then milled into flour and
baked into bread. This gives them
their first real understanding of the
“field to fork” concept.
»The Shoreditch Trust, with whom we
are developing and supporting two
programmes. The first is for 14–16-
year olds in intervention and referral
units. The second is for 16–25-year
olds not in education, employment
Introducing students to
baking
The current
hall, which is
in regular use
by the WCB, is
also available
to hire as a
meeting or
dining venue
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40 | WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF BAKERS
We operate under the rules of our
Articles of Association contained in
our fourth Royal Charter, signed by
King James II on March 19, 1686. In
line with that Charter, the company
is controlled by a Court of Assistants
from whose number Wardens and the
Master Baker are elected. We have
an unbroken record of Master Bakers
since 1481, and I was the 538th to
hold that office.
Diversifying our membership
The WCB is open to members from
all walks of life and not exclusively
to people associated with the baking
trade. We have 225 active Liverymen,
the term applying equally to men and
women. In addition to those connected
with the baking trade, among our
ranks are members from many diverse
fields including finance and the law.
We are fortunate because although
we are open to members of all walks
of life, we still have a trade, relevant
to everyone, to support. My own
background is as a bakery ingredient
manufacturer. For the past 35 years,
Ihave worked in that sector, primarily
for the international Bakels Group
where I am Group Technical Director
and Chairman of our UK company,
British Bakels Ltd.
In common with the other livery
companies, we are actively engaged
in charitable and educational
programmes. Funds from our separate
charity are used to support bakery
students as well as giving grants to
community charities which use baking
as a means of assisting disadvantaged
people. These include:
»Lessons in Loaf, which delivers
a programme to primary school
children in inner London schools. The
children plant and harvest wheat;
this is then milled into flour and
baked into bread. This gives them
their first real understanding of the
“field to fork” concept.
»The Shoreditch Trust, with whom we
are developing and supporting two
programmes. The first is for 14–16-
year olds in intervention and referral
units. The second is for 16–25-year
olds not in education, employment
Introducing students to
baking
The current
hall, which is
in regular use
by the WCB, is
also available
to hire as a
meeting or
dining venue
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or training. They are potentially
vulnerable young people for whom
bakery training can provide a route
to mainstream employment.
»The Veterans Charity is our most
recent venture. WCB Liverymen give
time and ingredients to teach army
veterans the life skill of baking.
Liverymen also support the trade
through involvement with young
people who may be considering
careers as bakers. Collectively, the
City’s livery companies operate the
“Livery Schools Link”. Our members
act as mentors, careers advisors and
governors. Finally, we have strong links
with the National Bakery School, part
of London South Bank University.
In common with most livery
companies, we have links with military
units. These include the 815 Naval Air
Squadron, The University of London
Officer Training Corps, The University
of London Royal Naval Unit, 45
Squadron RAF and The City of London
School CCF.
Rising to future challenges
Studying the history of the WCB gives
us confidence. Having recovered
from the Great Fire in 1666, another
catastrophic fire in 1722, the loss of
our regulatory role in 1815 and the
destruction of our third hall by enemy
action in 1940, we are certain we can
weather any future storms.
We are, however, aware that we are
now in the 21st century and that
the world is changing quickly. We
are a membership organisation and
one of our challenges is attracting
new members who will become
future leaders. We also have to avoid
being perceived as a club for the
alreadyprivileged.
I am confident we will meet these
challenges by ensuring relevance,
transparency and inclusiveness.
These are topics which, coupled
with succession, are common to any
enterprise whether it is a 900-year old
organisation or a recent start-up.
Ultimately, of course, the success of
an organisation depends upon the
people within it. In our case this is
primarily our members, who give their
time, support and expertise voluntarily.
As long as we remain aligned with
their interests, as well as those within
our trade and wider community,
our traditional after-dinner toast will
befulfilled:
“The Worshipful Company of
Bakers, root and branch, may it
flourishforever.”
The WCB is
open to
members from
all walks of
life and not
exclusively to
people
associated
with the
baking trade

www.bakers.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Worshipful Company of Bakers. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development