Data from the Office of National Statistics reveals there were 170 mills in the UK in 2006, operated by 105 companies.The statistics point to a 6% year- on-year decrease in the number of mills, down from 180 in 2005.The number of companies operating these mills also dropped from 110 in 2005.Of the companies registered, 45 had a £5m plus turnover in 2006, down from 50 in 2005.The figures, gathered by the Office for National Statistics on March 17, 2006, give details of turnover and location of all companies which classify themselves as manufacturers of grain mill products.National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh commented: “These figures include other grain mills such as oats, rice, maize and even animal feed. We think there are 60 flour mills in the UK.”The flour sector saw a disproportionate number of the 10 closures he said, as the sector went through a burst of consolidation.During the course of 2006, Rank Hovis closed four mills and ADM Milling closed a site in Tewkesbury. On 13 April (pg 4) British Baker revealed a 5% annual decline in the number of bakery retail businesses while the number of bakery manufacturing companies was down 0.8%.The figures reveal there were 2,880 bakery retail businesses in the UK in 2006, operating a total of 6,405 units.There was also a total of 1,740 bakery manufacturers in the UK, down 15 on the previous year.The coded data, available from the ONS, also show the number of takeaway outlets in 2006 totalling 61,935, a figure that includes sandwich bars, coffee shops, pizza parlours, fish and chip shops, kebab houses and burger joints.
Skip Ad Read More Read More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother has questioned Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother does not appear to be happy with Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.Metro.co.uk understands that Arsenal are confident of reaching an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the Spaniard after Manchester City’s 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Arsenal had more experienced candidates on their shortlist including former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham last month.But the Gunners are now ready to hand Arteta his first managerial role with the 37-year-old set to leave Manchester City after spending three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Read More Full Screen Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother unhappy with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta move / About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Advertisement PLAY SPONSORED Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip 1 min. story However, Arteta’s imminent arrival at Arsenal has not gone down well with Aubameyang’s brother, Willy, who has questioned the decision.Responding to a post on Instagram which claimed that Arteta will be in place as Arsenal’s new manager before their match against Everton on Saturday, Willy Aubameyang replied: ‘Ljungberg Arteta is the same, no experience.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, is already being linked with a move away from Arsenal next summer.The 30-year-old, who replaced Granit Xhaka as the club’s captain in November, will have just one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal at the end of the season.Arteta was on Arsenal’s original shortlist when they wanted to replace Arsene Wenger last year but the Gunners hierarchy opted for Unai Emery who was sacked last month.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s decision to target Arteta has also been heavily criticised by their former midfielder Paul Merson.‘To ask someone with no managerial experience to take charge in the current circumstances at Arsenal is a big ask,’ Merson said.‘But there are also massive question marks over his credentials, massive questions.‘One of the major factors with Arteta being linked with the job is that he’s worked closely under Guardiola, and he used to play at Arsenal.‘Other than the fact he won’t get lost on the way to training, I don’t know what else he brings to the table.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares