Thrill-seeking Greggs staff, young and old, have raised thousands of pounds for this year’s BBC Children in Need.A total of 65 people, including Marion Bellingham who dressed as Pudsey Bear, are expecting to raise £6,614 from a fundraising abseil they completed down the business’ Enfield bakery site. Included in the activity was the oldest abseiler, aged 73, and the youngest who was nine years old.Bellingham said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and we’re really proud of everyone who took part and helped us raised an outstanding amount of money.”Other activities, such as a bouncy castle, gladiator inflatable and face-painting, have helped to raise an additional £890.53.
Alan Hardie and Ian Appleton, owners of Paterson Arran Limited, which produces shortbread, oatcakes, jams, chutney and relishes, are to sell the business and retire.After 21 years in charge, Hardie and Appleton will step down. The sale is being managed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and shareholders are currently speaking to potential buyers. Paterson Arran employs about 160 people at its Livingston bakery and headquarters, and around 28 staff at Lamlash, on the Isle of Arran.It has invested over £2.7 million in plant and machinery over the last four years. A total of 11m packs of Paterson’s Shortbread were bought in 2015, which is 940,000 more than in 2014, according to market analysis expert Kantar Worldpanel.Hardie, owner and managing director, said: “I am very proud of what we have accomplished since we bought the company in 1995, and the way we have preserved the traditions of Paterson Arran, while modernising the company and taking the company into new markets both for products and geographically.“Our primary objective is to find a buyer who offers the best opportunity to secure the future of the company. In the meantime, it is business as usual.”