Myroslava Goncharova, director of the Croydon-based Passion Bakery, agreed to enter the court order preventing the company from future misuse of bread baskets and other equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its members.
Passion Bakery is not a member nor has ever been a member of the Bakers Basco scheme, so was using someone else's property for their own commercial purposes without permission.
The court order follows the recent restraining injunction filed by Bakers Basco against New Tasty Bakery and its sole shareholder and director Dler Abbas Ismail, who is Goncharova’s partner or common law husband.
The unauthorized use of the equipment cost New Tasty Bakery more than £6k in costs and damages.
Goncharova could face similar financial costs, as well as a possible custodial sentence should she fail to return the equipment by April 20, 2018.
The defendant will also be subjected to impromptu inspection site visits by Bakers Basco operatives.
“Bakers Basco was set up to allow the members of our scheme to transport bread safely, cost-effectively and in an environmentally-friendly way. When people divert them for their own use, it has a knock-on effect on the bakers that pay to license them,” said Steve Millward, GM of Bakers Basco.
Bakers Basco was set up in 2006 to manage and licence a pool of four million Omega bread baskets and dollies for use by its 25 members around the UK, which include Allied Bakeries, Fine Lady Bakeries, Frank Roberts & Sons, Hovis and Warburtons.
The company employs a dedicated asset recovery team tasked with recovering misappropriated equipment.