The association has today announced that Alan Clarke, who has been chief executive for seven years, will leave Scottish Bakers in June.Clarke will leave the organisation at the end of June to take up the role of chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland.Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers, said Clarke was leaving the association “in a much healthier position than when he joined”. During Clarke’s time as president, McPhie said Scottish Bakers “had built on the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and established the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards, making a positive impact to each of the winning businesses.” He added that the association had also won Conference of the Year twice in a row, at the UK Association Awards.In conclusion, McPhie said: “I would like to thank Alan for everything he and his team have achieved and we sincerely wish him well for the future as we look to fill some very big shoes.”Scottish Bakers told British Baker that a recruitment process is underway.
A few weeks ago, Spotify announced that they surpassed 40 million subscribers; this growth rate doubles over the streaming service’s rival Apple Music. While SoundCloud recently launched a paid subscription service, they haven’t made enough profit to sustain their once-free music streams. Now, it seems as though Spotify is currently seeking to formally acquire SoundCloud, according to The Financial Times. The plot continues to thicken, as the streaming wars ensue.SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, losing upwards of $70 million over the last two years, according to a report from February. Earlier this summer, the company considered selling their online streaming service for $1 billion. The report made it clear that, while the company had “adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future,” SoundCloud was heavily reliant on “further capital investment” to continue operating in 2015.Now, we see another potential – for the Spotify giants to step in and take over SoundCloud. If they were to successfully do so, the company would acquire all 200 million SC users. This would be an interesting turn of events, as both companies started in October of 2008. The details remain unclear of how the transition would navigate paid subscriptions versus free memberships, but Spotify’s acquisition of SoundCloud would be an undeniable win for Spotify.Let’s see how this one pans out…[H/T CoS]