A former head teacher from Newcastle and son of the founder of the baker Greggs will go on trial next year faced with 26 historical charges of indecent assault.
Colin Gregg, 73, did not enter pleas at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court but his defence team said he denies each of the alleged offences.
A six-week trial is to be held in front of Judge Robin Mairs and will start on April 11.
He was granted bail following the short hearing.
The defendant, from Gosforth, has been a director of the bakers, has worked in social services and teaching, and was also a charity administrator.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini visited a Greggs in Newcastle city centre this morning to launch a new chocolate bar to raise money for Cheryl's Trust. The limited edition Belgian Chocolate Crunch bar is available from today.
so cute that Cheryl bought her own chocolate bars then gave them out to people?
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North East-based Greggs has credited its decision to focus on the needs of ‘food-on-the-go’ customer for their strong sales over Christmas.
The bakery giants like-for-like own shop sales increased by 8.2% in December compared to 3.1% last year.
For the financial year the company's total sales grew by 5.5%, with like-for-like sales, which exclude any effects of expansion, acquisition or any other event that artificially enlarge a company's sales, up 4.5%.
Their full year results, due out on the 4th March, are expected to be higher than previously estimated.
Since our last update on 15 December we have experienced a very strong level of trade through the Christmas and New Year period. Customers have clearly responded to the improvements in our product offer and service, designed to meet the needs of the food-on-the-go consumer, during this busy period.
This has been a year in which we have made good progress with our strategic plans and seen a welcome improvement in financial performance. We remain clear on our priorities and are confident that we can make further progress in the year ahead.”
Greggs have 1,650 shops trading across the UK as of 3rd January 2015 and their estate improvement programme has led to 213 shop refurbishments.
Greggs profits fell by 19.1% during 2013 and the bakery chain said it expects "challenging market conditions" to continue during 2014.
The firm, which is based in Newcastle, posted a drop in like-for-like sales of 0.8%, although total sales rose by 3.8%.
The company announced last year that it would change strategy, focusing on food-to-go units rather than cafes, and refitting hundreds of its stores.
Today in its annual results, the firm said it was "making good progress" with that plan.
The bakery chain Greggs will close around 40 shops and give its existing stores a makeover, after a £2m drop in profts. The Newcastle-based company, which currently has nearly 1700 outlets, blamed the fall on the summer heatwave.
One of the North East's biggest businesses have announced a shock profits warning today, causing a marked drop in its share value - and raising more fears about the pace of the country's economic recovery.
Greggs the Bakers blames bad weather on a drop in like-for- like sales for the first four months of the year.
The company has warned it now expects profits for the whole year to be lower than first forecast.
Greggs the Baker has reported much lower profits than expected - as a result, the company's share-price took a nose-dive this morning.
The Newcastle-based sandwich chain is blaming the bleak winter for a 4.4 per cent drop in sales in the last 17 weeks.
It has triggered a fall of more than seven per cent in the company's share price.
A spokesman says they do not expect any significant improvements in the short-term.