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A4E speaker makes headlines again

29 January 2010

Charles Baughan, MD of Westaway Sausages, who will speak at Appetite for Engineering in April, has featured in a Sky News headline story about the affect of the recession on the UK

As one of the most-anticipated speakers at this year's conference, to be held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 29 April, Charles is no stranger to the media spotlight and in fact proved a hit in the media when his battle against bureaucracy came to light.

As MD of Westaways Sausages based in Newton Abbot, Devon, Charles employs 25 people with £3m sales. In the past 18 months he has addressed the issues of increased raw material costs and significantly improved profitability.

When asked by FP Express about his thoughts on the recession, Charles said: ''In the past eight weeks, we've seen sales up by more than 10%. Labour and raw material costs are fairly stable but we're concerned about the possibility of interest rates rising and the increase in utility bills, rates and NIC. We have plans to invest to double production but are holding off until we're more confident.''


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