Robinson’s bakery, a family-run craft bakery from Failsworth, UK, faces an energy cost increase of GBP 250,000 per year. This increase would be a “suicide note”, the owners told Manchester Evening News, coming at a time when ingredients are increasingly more expensive.
The owners added that “serious intervention” from the government for them and similar businesses to make it through the winter. The bakery’s energy costs are currently around GBP 18,000 per year. However, when the contract is renewed in October, they expect it to become more than GBP 72,000, a 400% increase. If the bakery declines to sign this six-month contract, it is said to be then facing an increase to GBP 270,000, the local publication reports, quoting David Robinson:
“It can’t possibly go on like this, it’s ridiculous. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping the next Prime Minister and Chancellor will get together and do something to stop the prices from going up to these levels, but we’re not holding our breath.”
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