Feeling a bit insecure?

Some of the most common anxieties among bakers concern their I.T. systems. Are they secure? Are they backed up? What if hardware breaks or gets stolen? Bakers, by their very nature, tend to be good with systems and technology. But things can, and do, go wrong. What happens, for example, if the server running your bakery management software … [Read more...]

Why struggle with spreadsheets?

Did you know that spreadsheets can be bad for your bakery? How many tabs do you have on your main spreadsheet right now? Are you confident that every formula is correct? How much cut and pasting does it take to produce your delivery notes and invoices? What about repeat orders? New bakeries often start off with spreadsheets to manage … [Read more...]

How can bakers keep control of costs and maintain margins?

  At a time of rising prices and market uncertainty, Jane Tyler looks at ways to weather the storm with Cybake bakery management software. Britain’s bakery firms face stiff challenges. Sterling’s fall and a tightening of worldwide supply have led to increased prices for ingredients. There is pressure on wages and sales of traditional … [Read more...]

RedBlack Software fills e-commerce gap for wholesale craft bakers with Cybake Inbound online ordering system

RedBlack Software has launched Cybake Inbound, a new cloud-based online ordering system for wholesale craft bakers. With Cybake Inbound, bakers get their own online product list branded with their logo and livery. Bakery customers then access this online catalogue via any web-connected device (phone, tablet, PC) to place their orders. Each … [Read more...]

Former EPOS Group managing director Steve Boyes joins RedBlack Software as lead business strategist for Cybake

RedBlack Software has appointed industry veteran Steve Boyes to the new role of lead business strategist. Boyes, 52, was previously managing director of EPOS Group, one of the UK's most successful suppliers of computerised till technology to the food retail and hospitality sectors. He sold the Ramsgate, Kent-based company, which is now called … [Read more...]

Three famous bakers sign up for Cybake

We are proud to announce three famous additions to the Cybake user family: J Grodzinski & Daughters, Bryson’s of Keswick and The Cake Shop Bakery. The Cake Shop Bakery is the oldest business in the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. The site on which it is located has been used as a bakery pretty much continuously for over 150 years. The Cake Shop … [Read more...]

Major Welsh brand and Scottish artisan choose Cybake; Yorkshire wholesaler installs Infood

Pembrokeshire’s Tan y Castell and Edinburgh’s Bakery Adante have chosen Cybake bakery management systems and Wakefield’s CFC Food Partners has installed our FIR compliance solution, Infood. Tan y Castell is one of Welsh bakery’s most instantly recognisable brands. The firm is the brainchild of owner Paul Mear who started off producing Welshcakes … [Read more...]

Time for a 21st century upgrade?

Martin Coyle explains why so many bakers are still trading like it’s 1999. In recent weeks, we’ve had a flurry of calls about computer systems that are a bit, well, creaky, to say the least. Business software, and particularly bakery-specific software, that once did an adequate job now seems clunky, restrictive and even error-prone to its … [Read more...]

Why spreadsheets are bad for bakers

Spreadsheets can be bad for bakeries. In fact, they have been a cause for alarm within the wider business community for years. As far back as 2008, studies found that around 94% of spreadsheets contained errors. An oft-cited UK survey from 2011 found that 57% of spreadsheet users had no formal training on the package they used. An amazing 72% … [Read more...]