REDBLACK Software, the award-winning York-based company has launched CyBake Core, a new pay-as-you-go version of its CyBake business management software for bakers.

The new offering, demonstrated for the first time at the Bakery Industry Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham which ended yesterday is aimed at smaller bakers who will be able to take advantage of CyBake Core’s fully-featured capabilities for £125 per month on a rental contract basis.

Jane Tyler is managing director of RedBlack Software, which earned the 2006 Science and Technology Business Of The Year title in The Press Business Awards.

She said: “Our aim is to democratise information technology in the baking business.

“While most of our customers will have at least a handful of staff using CyBake as their main workday interface, we get inquiries from bakers who only need systems for one or two users.

“Very often, they struggle with spreadsheets and mismatched systems or they have software that is antiquated and suffers from low-levels of support from its original designers.”

RedBlack Software’s research into the UK’s smaller bakery market suggests many firms rely on paper-based systems or IT applications that are coming to the end of their useful lives. If suppliers of such software fall victim to uncertain economic conditions, their customers would be left entirely exposed.

RedBlack Software, started by Jane 15 years ago, has more than 60 CyBake customers and operates from Kings House in King Street, York.

It recently released CyBake 3 which includes modules for e-business, customer relationship management and the kind of traceability and compliance functions all bakers now need.