first_imgFlowrappers supplied by PFM PACKAGING MACHINERY (Leeds, West Yorkshire) are ensuring that McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow can capitalise on a major expansion in its core central Scotland wholesale market, which includes the foodservice sector, independent retailers, cash and carries, local authorities and education establishments. McGhee’s co-owner, Ian McGhee, explains: “Our new bakery is a huge development, with the most up-to-date bakery plant and processes. So it was vital that our packaging should be upgraded to reflect the image of the company that we are now portraying.”The company has bought two identical PFM high-speed Hurricane servo-controlled horizontal flowrappers in the last 10 months to add to the three it had already been successfully running. The Hurricane, PFM’s most versatile machine, achieves a maximum speed of 60 packs per minute.last_img read more

RHM buy approved

first_imgPremier’s £1.2bn proposed takeover of RHM was approved by The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on 5 February.The OFT announced that the acquisition, which would make Premier the UK’s biggest food producer with combined sales with RHM of around £2.6 billion per year, would not be referred to the Competition Commission. “We very much welcome this decision and look forward to completing the acquisition, anticipated to be in the middle of March,” said John McIvor, RHM’s director of investor relations and industry strategy.A decision of the Irish Competition Authority on the acquisition is expected to be announced on 9 February. McIvor said that he did not want to speculate on the outcome but added: “We take great comfort from the OFT’s decision.”Both companies have called an EGM on 15 February and the deal is expected to finalise on 16 March 2007.The OFT invited written representations about any competition or public interest issues raised by the deal towards the end of last year (see British Baker, 15 December, 2006, pg 12).last_img read more

Go with the flow

first_imgWell, another financial year has gone and trade has been pretty good. We could always have done with more, but we have eaten regularly. At this time of year, we now start thinking about how we will survive another year.The news is not really good, but, as bakers, we are relatively better-protected than most high street traders. After all, people have to eat and we are selling low-priced products they need and enjoy. But what support do we get from local councils?Recently, while speaking to a senior manager in local government, he asked me why so many people took an instant dislike to him. Well, I told him, it just saves us time. There is no getting through to them that we are the best judges on how to spend our money. While we all despair on how our money has been and will be wasted, there appears no way we can stop it, as the bureaucrats live in a different world and mind-set than the rest of us.Looking back on the past year, I find it incredible that I appear to arrive at the right answer, after trying all the wrong ones first. Where is the wisdom that is supposed to come with age?Change: don’t you get fed up with the word? I do, although I know we have to change constantly. Change requires a great deal of thought and very careful and detailed planning if it is to succeed.I have always found that if you write ideas down, rather than just discussing them, many flaws in the ideas invariably start to show. Writing everything down can be time-consuming, but the discipline of doing so is vital and often leads to disaster if one does not do so.So what is really the biggest problem facing us? I think it is to generate the necessary volume of trade to cover overheads, without losing profit margins. Market traders are the perfect example of how to run a business: they buy a product at 50p, sell it at £1 and, if it doesn’t sell, they will constantly reduce the price until they get rid of it – and then try not to repeat the mistake.Bakers, however, will often keep making a product that does not sell and tend to blame the customer for not having the good taste to buy it. Should the product show a continual fall in sales – and you are quite sure the quality is right – then drop it. Either tastes have changed or the product is unfashionable. So just go with the flow and give your customers what they really want, not what you think they want.This is particularly true of Christmas lines. For most of us, they are falling off drastically. Both taste and buying patterns have completely changed.Shopper s are busy people and shop for convenience; to them, that means the supermarket for Christmas food and often Easter, too.I always remember my mother going from butcher to baker to grocery shop and on and on. But those days are long gone. Now, the market is dominated by one-stop shopping. We no longer sell so many Christmas or Simnel cakes. And as for mince pies… well, we used to sell more on Christmas Eve than we now sell in nine weeks.Should you be one of the few who are still selling plenty of seasonal lines in your shops, good on you. But I’ll bet the majority are not selling anything like the volume you once did. So change is essential.last_img read more

Ireks brings in Vital line

first_imgAt the Baking Industry Exhibition, Ireks launched Avena Vital mix. With more than 60% of oats in the mix, it is designed to offer a healthy-looking and tasting loaf.Avena Vital is said to contain a high percentage of wholemeal oat flour, thick rolled oat flakes and coarse oats. Additionally, it also includes sunflower seeds and yellow linseeds, for goodness, plus aromatic brewing malt, made by Ireks at its own malthouse.Neil Woods, UK sales manager, said: “Avena Vital is a bread where you can really experience the full taste of oats. As well as their special taste and numerous valuable ingredients, they are now being rediscovered by more and more consumers.”Ireks specialises in mixes, improvers and brewing malts and supplies to over 70 countries.[]last_img read more

FWB puts on its gloves

first_imgFWB Products has launched a range of gloves for the catering and foodservice industries. The range includes nitrile, latex, temperature-resistant, chain mail and disposable varieties. The gloves have been designed to be compliant with all relevant food legislation and regulations.FWB Products distributes products for engineering, industrial and trade, with more than 45 years’ experience of supporting the food and catering markets through the provision of a full range of workwear.[]last_img read more

KP’s new look for nuts

first_imgUnited Biscuits’ (UBUK) brand KP Nuts is refreshing its image from July, with revamped packaging and new flavours. It will also be launching a new Clip Strip merchandising unit for its salted and dry roasted peanut. Two new flavours – MSG-free Salt & Vinegar and Spicy Chilli – will be available in 200g and 80g price-marked and non price-marked packs. On the back of the success of KP’s Baked & Seasoned Nuts, it has launched Baked & Seasoned Mixes, containing inclusions rather than just mixed nuts. These will be available in Chilli & Lemongrass with Sweet Fire Red Pepper Pieces, and Sea Salt Rosemary with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, in 110g packs.The new look packs will feature clear nutritional information, and the different varieties will be colour-coded from the middle of the pack upwards. The Clip Strips aim to provide a merchandising solution for independent retailers to display certain lines in a secondary site.”The redesign and new flavours encourage consumers to re-evaluate the brand and see what taste challenges are available, whether seeking an impulse snack or a premium treat,” said Nick Stuart, commercial manager at UBUK.MRRP: £1.89 (Baked & Seasoned Mixes)[]last_img read more

Pun in the oven

first_imgEverybody loves a pun. Puns have been keeping journos at The Sun in gainful employmnent for years, especially when there’s a bread-related story to write and they have to ’RISE TO THE OCCASION’ and ’USE THEIR LOAF’. And so it is that we applaud the organisers of the Real Bread Campaign for continuing this fine tradition with a Twitter competition to find the best bread-themed song title. Here’s the shortlist (you’re not allowed to groan).l Another One Bites The Crust Queenl Bread Bread Wine UB40  l Ciabatta Out Of Hell Malt Loafl Achy Bakey Heart Billy Ray Cyrusl Knead You Tonight INXSl It’s a Naan’s World James Brownl Hit Me Bagel One More Time Britney Spearsl Muffin Compares 2U Sinead O’Connorl I Put a Spelt On You Nina Simone/Screamin’ Jay Hawkins  l Rye Do Fools Fall In Loaf? Frankie Lymon and The Teenagersl Crumb Together The Beatlesl Crust the Way You Are Barry Whitel Oliver’s Sarnie Hovis Costellol Never Baguette Bake ThatMark McKellier can bathe himself in glory after coming up with the winning Ciabatta Out of Hell.last_img read more

Seasonal sortie

first_imgRaymond Blanc’s bakery and patisserie chain Maison Blanc has unveiled a host of new products to tempt consumers for the remainder of 2011.Its autumn/winter range will see the addition of a ’moelleux’ a chocolate sponge infused with orange, with a rich chocolate centre available in both small or large formats. Its seasonal cupcakes include cinnamon, blood orange and apple and blackcurrant varieties. Its Halloween range will feature a pumpkin tart and a Haunted Cake, complete with crumbled brownie and chocolate sable biscuit tombstones.Looking further ahead, its Christmas range will include an ’Xmas Pressie’ sponge cake, cupcake pudding cupcakes, a Maison Blanc Christmas cake, a yule log, and mince pies.last_img read more

President Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

first_img Previous articleSuspect arrested after double shooting, crash at Hickory & EdisonNext articleReward offered for suspect arrest after deadly hit-and-run in Michigan City Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNews By Jon Zimney – September 26, 2020 0 475 Twitter Pinterest Google+ President Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Rachel Malehorn / CC BY ( President Trump has officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The president made the announcement during a White House event on Saturday, Sep. 26.Barrett currently serves as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.The announcement is certain to ignite a bruising election-year confirmation battle, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to put up Trump’s nominee for a vote.So who is Barrett? News 8 in Indianapolis talked to three of Barrett’s fellow law professors from Notre Dame, and they all said that they think she would be the best person for this Supreme Court seat.“She is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. In addition to her legal intelligence, which would make her an unbelievable selection for the court, she is also one of the warmest open-minded people that anybody could meet,” said Daniel Kelly, a professor of law at Notre Dame.So far, Barrett is the only potential pick President Trump has interviewed. If chosen it could mean another Republican-appointed justice on the Supreme Court. There are already five, so this would far outnumber the current three Democratic appointees.Barrett’s colleagues said judges must interpret the law without political bias and she would do that. They said she has the support of former students, professors and co-clerks.“I think everyone should feel better if Amy Barrett is on the US Supreme Court because you will never find someone who is more fair-minded, more honest, more disciplined, more just than Amy Barrett,” said Carter Snead, a professor of law at Notre Dame and the director of the Center of Ethics and Cutler at Notre Dame.“She is so sincere and direct and transparent. You know what you are getting with her. There aren’t any hidden agendas or playing games, she is honest about what she thinks about the law,” said Pablo Carozza, a professor of law at Notre Dame and the director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.For some background, Barrett began her career as a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. She went on to become a law professor at her alma mater, Notre Dame.Fellow law professors said her education diversifies her from the rest of the court, who are mostly Harvard and Yale-educated judges.“Her philosophy of the judiciary and of what judging requires does not permit a person to integrate and import their own personal views or their own politics into her work as a judge and that should give everybody comfort,” said professor Snead.However, she has been criticized. Back in 2012, CNN reported that Barrett signed onto a public letter protesting that abortion and contraception coverage of the Affordable Care Act were “an assault on religious liberty.”Barrett’s Catholic faith was also a major focal point during her 2017 confirmation hearing for the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court. However, her colleagues say that her religious beliefs shouldn’t be a consideration.“In the United States, we don’t have a religious test for any kind of office, right? And, so the fact people would try to make a big issue out of this is completely shameful and should be condemned,” said Professor Kelly.Now that Senator Mitt Romney has said he is on board with moving ahead with a vote, before the election, it all but ensures any nominee put forward will be confirmed.“If it were to go forward, if it does, Amy is the best person I could imagine in to be nominated and so if there is going to be a process. I am very happy she is in the mix for it and hope it ends up being her,” said Professor Carozza. WhatsApplast_img read more

Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk

first_img By Network Indiana – April 10, 2021 3 246 Twitter Previous articleGov. Whitmer recommends high schools close to in-person learning, take-out only to battle COVID surgeNext articleIndiana legislators won’t adjourn when they adjourn Network Indiana Google+ By Charles Edward (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that would allow the state to withhold money from cities that fail to protect monuments and memorials from vandalism and destruction.The bill also instructs State Police to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of any person who “damages, defaces, or destroys religious property” and says funding for cities and counties “may be withheld” if it is found that they have failed to protect such monuments.Last summer, protesters spray-painted the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Also, up to 80% of the war monuments and memorials in Indianapolis were damaged the weekend of May 29-31 of 2020 during two nights of riots.The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 36-10, with Republicans voting for it and Democrats against it.It also makes it easier to charge rioters with a felony by classifying riots as a felony if they cause at least $750 of damage and at least five people are involved.Sen. Greg Taylor is one of many Democrats who oppose the bill. He says it focuses on protecting property, not people.It was sent to Governor Holcomb’s desk. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Press release: PM call with President Trump: 4 March 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said, The Prime Minister had a telephone call with President Trump earlier today. They discussed Syria, and the appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta. They agreed it was a humanitarian catastrophe, and that the overwhelming responsibility for the heart-breaking human suffering lay with the Syrian regime and Russia, as the regime’s main backer. They agreed that Russia and others with influence over the Syrian regime must act now to cease their campaign of violence and to protect civilians. The Prime Minister raised our deep concern at the President’s forthcoming announcement on steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that multilateral action was the only way to resolve the problem of global overcapacity in all parties’ interests.last_img read more

Press release: Search begins for a UK 5G city of the future

first_img Doctors and other health care professionals using real-time video consultation and remote treatment for those less able to travel Digital Minister Margot James said: Expressions of interest can be made from 30 March with a closing date for applications of 5 June. DCMS will then work with the selected local authority to choose delivery partners for infrastructure and network services, who can bring the 5G technology into service and operate them through the trial period. Further information is available here Local authorities and industry will both have the opportunity to participate in workshops for the project commencing from the end of April 2018 and running until June 2018. Earlier this month, the government announced six winning projects from across the UK to test 5G technology. Also this month was the launch of UK5G, a new national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK. Interested parties can apply to join the network at This is a huge opportunity for an urban area to become the flagship of our ambitious programme to make Britain fit for the future and a world leader in 5G. Trialling 5G at scale across an entire city is a chance to prove the economic benefits predicted from this new technology, test different methods of deployment and boost the connectivity of ordinary people working and living there. The Urban Connected Communities Project, a key part of the Industrial Strategy and the next step in the government’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme, will develop a large-scale, citywide testbed for wireless 5G infrastructure.This will include testing how new technology can make urban communities inherently safer, greener, more efficient and more attractive places to live. It is expected the winning bid will be trialling a variety of initiatives, which could include: The 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, aimed at continually driving the UK’s connectivity, telecommunications and digital sectors, and investing in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.The NPIF is designed to bolster UK productivity, which is crucial to raising living standards. Through the NPIF, the government is investing in the vital infrastructure needed to make it easier for people to connect with others, and work remotely and flexibly.Following a competitive process, the government expects to select a location in summer 2018. The urban project will be followed in the summer by a large-scale Rural Connected Communities Project.ENDSNotes For Editors Revolutionising the way visitors experience tourist venues through the use of augmented and virtual reality technologies Funding for the project will come from the £200 million assigned so far to develop 5G technologies as part of over £1bn investment in next-generation digital infrastructure, including through the £31bn National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is now seeking expressions of interest from local or combined authorities with a coverage area in the region of 500,000 people to be the public sector partner and lead the delivery of the project. Interest from large cities below 500,000 population but with very strong, clear digital leadership and vision will be considered.As well as enhancing connectivity for residents and businesses the urban testbed will trial 5G applications across multiple sectors including public services, industry, transport, healthcare, media and entertainment, and allow different deployment models to be explored.The project will specifically target ‘pinch-points’ of poor connectivity in cities, including areas of high demand such as mainline stations or city centres where heavy usage rather than a lack of signal leads to not-spots.Robert Driver, CEO of Cambridge Wireless on behalf of UK5G said: Maintenance of manufacturing assembly lines through use of robotics and augmented reality would enable millions of measurements per second to be taken to predict when parts need replacing or rerouting to improve productivity. Following the successful launch just this week of UK5G, the new 5G innovation network for the country, we are delighted to see the government announcing such ambitious plans to fund a large scale 5G testbed within an urban environment. This, along with the other projects being funded, will accelerate the development and adoption of 5G in the UK. We look forward to working with Government to make this a success. Making traffic jams and disjointed journeys a thing of the past through widespread use of sensors and real-time monitoring and management of traffic and public transportlast_img read more

Speech: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster speech to CBI Scotland

first_img and for us to conduct our own trade policy and sign free trade agreements that will benefit businesses and consumers here in Scotland, as well as those in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland too Thank you Paul for that kind introduction – and thank you everyone for that very generous welcome.Before I start, and on behalf of everyone here, can I pay tribute to Paul, your tenure with the CBI, and for everything you have done on behalf of the thousands of businesses across the UK.Leading this organisation through two general elections and a referendum on our membership of the European Union would be a tall ask for anyone, but you have kept the CBI at the forefront of our national debate – and it is fair to say you have kept the UK Government permanently on our toes.And so for that I thank you, and wish you all the success in the future.It is a pleasure to be with you today, and to have the great privilege of addressing CBI Scotland. And it is also a pleasure to be back here in Edinburgh.Whenever I visit this great city, I am constantly reminded of the weight of history that is all around us.Edinburgh isn’t simply a thriving, modern capital within our United Kingdom.It is the cradle of so much that our country, and indeed Europe, can celebrate in terms of philosophy, literature, architecture, poetry and political thought.It is the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment, a period in our history when pragmatism, reason and freedom of thought rose to the fore.And so it is the proud home of many of our finest intellectual figures, such as Adam Smith, whose statue stands proudly just a few streets away from here, and whose legacy continues to remind us of that virtue of choice that is so integral to our economic way of life and wellbeing.That is what I want to touch on very briefly with you this lunchtime: the importance of making choices – not just in the economic sense, but in the political sphere too.The choice to leave the EUBecause politics is ultimately about having preferences and making choices.Left or right; conservative or socialist; liberal or protectionist; Unionist or Nationalist; I guess Hearts or Hibs; even Celtic or Rangers – it is the virtue of having different choices which makes democracy something we must always cherish and respect.I am sure there are many of you here who voted to Remain in the European Union nearly two years ago. As many of you will know, I also fought hard for such an outcome.But on June 23rd 2016, the British people made a clear choice to leave the European Union and forge a new and different path for ourselves in the world.Now it is incumbent all of us, both individuals and governments, not just to accept that choice as democrats – and not merely to understand why the British people made that choice – but to minimise the risks and seize the opportunities that this choice presents.Now there will be those here in this room who, for perfectly understandable reasons, have concerns about the challenges we face – and want nothing more than certainty and clarity as negotiations proceed.But you should be in no doubt of the resolve of the UK Government to respond to those concerns and deliver a Brexit that prioritises certainty and clarity for businesses and consumers in all four parts of our union.Update on negotiationsAnd as negotiations proceed, that is precisely what we are doing.We have already agreed a fair deal on citizens’ rights, ensuring that EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals can get on with their lives broadly as they are now.We’ve agreed a good financial settlement for British taxpayers, made in the spirit of our future partnership with the EU.We’ve agreed a Joint Declaration with the EU that makes clear our mutual determination to preserve the Common Travel Area, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and uphold the totality of relationships embodied in the Belfast Agreement, both East-West and North-South.And we’ve reached agreement with the EU on an implementation period, providing that certainty and clarity for people and businesses so they will only see one change when we enter into a new relationship with the EU in the future.So while these are real achievements we have made in the interests of businesses and individuals across our country, we must now look to build our future economic partnership with the European Union.In her speech at Mansion House in March this year, the Prime Minister set out her aim for a deep and comprehensive partnership in which: for trade at the UK-EU border to be as frictionless as possible And I am pleased to say that, despite what you may have read, this work is now nearing completion.So as negotiations continue, these are choices that will have the best interests of Scottish businesses and consumers at their heart, and the need to provide clarity and certainty as soon as possible for you all.Importance of the UK common marketBecause this is a long road that has many different twists and turns, as we together journey out of the European Union.But as negotiations continue on that future deep and special partnership we all want to see, we must not forget the need for certainty and clarity here at home as well.It is why the UK has a responsibility, through our modern industrial strategy, to improve living standards, spread prosperity and promote growth around all parts of our country, and ensure we are match fit for the next wave of technological change that is fast approaching.For example, our Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is providing £795 million for potential innovators, and we are working to ensure as many Scottish bidders as possible are successful.And we are investing in new City Deals – which have been committed to or agreed for all seven of Scotland’s cities – as well as a Borderlands Growth Deal to help secure prosperity in southern Scotland. We have also opened formal negotiations for the Ayrshire Growth Deal.But it is also why the UK has a deep-seated responsibility to maintain the integrity of our union.When I spoke in North Wales earlier this year about the value of our union, I emphasised the importance the UK Government places on preserving the common market of the United Kingdom – what many of you may refer to as the “internal market” or the “UK single market” that comprises Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.I also emphasised why it is so crucial that our businesses and consumers face no new internal barriers to conducting their business on the day of our exit in March next year.For it is only by maintaining the coherence of that common market – and keeping barriers to trade within it to an absolute minimum – that businesses and consumers in all parts of our union can continue to benefit.Preserving that common market is exactly what the EU Withdrawal Bill, currently making its way through Parliament, will do.It will make sure that, as we carry out the delicate process of transferring European Union law back onto the UK statute book, we do so as smoothly as possible…The current regulatory and legal framework will remain in place, but on a UK rather than an EU legal footing.If and when we wish to move away in future from the current rules, we can do so in a considered and deliberate fashion, taking account of consultation with business.So it will make sure that when we leave the European Union in March next year, we do so in a way that avoids a damaging cliff-edge for businesses, firms; factories, industries and consumers alike – so that businesses have certainty from day one of our exit.And on devolution, the Bill will make sure that, as this process is carried out, we retain the ability to keep common and temporary UK frameworks where necessary, while we work on the long term solution – such as one set of package labelling and hygiene rules, instead of four different ones.The Bill respects the devolution settlement – but stops short of giving any part of the UK a veto over that temporary mechanism.This has always been a red line for us.For if one part of the UK has a veto over the ability to establish a common framework across the rest of the UK, it could be used to undermine this common market we all, everyone in this room, prospers from.And the message we have from business is that the UK common market is vital to their growth and prosperity.For Scottish businesses trade four times as much with the rest of the UK as they do with the EU.And as businessmen and women you want to be sure that your factories in Paisley and farms in Perthshire will be able to continue selling their goods freely to customers in Preston and Swansea and Londonderry.And not only will the temporary preservation of common frameworks guarantee certainty for businesses trading within the United Kingdom – it will mean that, with a clear set of commonly-recognised standards, we can agree those new trade deals with the global growth markets of tomorrow as well.Indeed, when I visited China just last month, I saw first-hand how hard our network of embassies around the world work to promote both UK and Scottish exports, such as the finest Scotch Whisky, of which 61 per cent of exports go to countries outside the EU.I even had the pleasure of seeing the First Minister during my visit to China, who was also using the network of UK embassies to promote Scottish goods overseas.And just this morning I was visiting Diageo here in Edinburgh hearing about the breadth of ambition the industry has to reach new and emerging markets and build on the strength of the internationally renowned quality of Scottish food and drink.And during my last visit to Scotland in January, I also visited a Marine Harvest factory in Rosyth, specialising in salmon sales and learned that not only do they sell to every part of the UK, but export the fish heads to China and the skins to Thailand, where they are made into crisps.That is why having a successful domestic market and competitive global markets are complementary to one another, and why the UK Government is committed to delivering directly for Scottish businesses and consumers.Put simply, respecting and preserving the United Kingdom common market is to uphold one of the fundamental expressions of the constitutional integrity that underpins our existence as a union.But put even more simply, any attempt to undermine that common market would represent a self-inflicted blow to the thousands of firms who owe their prosperity to its success.Clause 11 negotiationsNow I am well aware from the conversations I have had with Scottish and Welsh businesses that what they care about is what all this means for business – and whether it provides the certainty they need.That is why all of us – Westminster, Cardiff and Holyrood – have worked hard to identify only those absolutely essential areas where we agree that UK-wide frameworks are needed.And of course it is worth underlining that we already have UK-wide frameworks in all these areas right now.Our approach as we leave the EU however, is to see the vast majority of powers returning from Brussels bypass Westminster entirely.Indeed, we have moved a considerable distance in the spirit of compromise and collaboration so as to ensure we reach a deal with the Scottish and Welsh Governments that not merely respects the devolution settlements and improves upon them, but also upholds the Sewel Convention and provides the certainty that businesses require.That is why I was pleased that the Welsh Government, in this spirit of pragmatism, recently agreed to our approach, and to recommend the Welsh Assembly give legislative consent to the Withdrawal Bill.As the Welsh CBI, the Federation of Small Business in Wales, and the Farmers Union of Wales have all made clear, this deal is very good not only for the Welsh economy and its people, but for the whole of the UK too.And as the First Minister for Wales himself said this week: “the nature of an agreement is that you come to ground that you believe to be common ground”.I am glad that thanks to the joint work of the three governments there is now far more common ground between all.The door is still openBut it is also why it is disappointing that the Scottish Government still does not feel able to sign up to our proposals and deliver that certainty for businesses.Of course, it is now for the Scottish Parliament to decide what view it wants to take on the compromise we have reached, and that we have now agreed with the Welsh Government.So that is why I say to the Scottish Government – and to the Scottish Parliament – the door is still open.At a stroke, they can join the Welsh Government – who have also put so much into getting us to this stage – and recommend to the Parliament here in Holyrood that we should end any lingering question of legal uncertainty for businesses in all parts of the UK.Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, the Food and Drink Federation Scotland, Scottish Bakers, and the Scottish Retail Consortium all emphasised the importance of the UK common market.How it benefits Scotland’s businesses enormously by lowering costs and increasing efficiency and how it also benefits Scotland’s consumers by providing more choice and keeping prices down.And as the Scottish Government themselves have agreed, it makes sense for there to be frameworks applying across the UK in some areas.But no matter what the Scottish Government decides, I want to reiterate that the UK Government is committed to acting in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement that – even now at this late stage – is open to the Scottish Government to sign up to.Scottish businesses can see this in black and white: our Intergovernmental Agreement is public for all to see.You can have that certainty and clarity that we will work to agree the approach needed to protect our vital common market, and that we will respect – in full – the devolution settlements as we do so.ConclusionSo as we all face choices, the Scottish Government also faces a choice.But I am confident that, if we work together, we can and will forge a path that fully respects the democratic choice the United Kingdom made two years ago while maximising clarity and certainty wherever we can for our families and businesses not just here in Scotland, but across our whole country.For our union is strongest when each of its constituent parts is strong and working together.As I have said before, the unity that exists between our four nations gives us a scale of ambition that none of us could possess alone.But this ambition can only be realised if we do work together, and make those choices that are truly in the national interest.For together, we are a union that is greater than the sum of its parts.A country that can remain a strong, global leader.A United Kingdom at home.And an active, force for good in the world.Thank you very much. trade between the UK and the EU would be as frictionless as possible She also made clear that one important objective in building that partnership would be to seek a new customs arrangement with the European Union.At Lancaster House in 2017, the Prime Minister said that we will be leaving the EU’s customs union, its Common Commercial Policy, and the Common External Tariff.But she also said that we do want to have a customs agreement with the EU. As she said, we have an open mind on how: it is not the means that matter, but the ends.And that is why last year, we set out two potential options for what this new customs arrangement might be.Option one was a customs partnership between the UK and the EU, in which the UK would mirror the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world, applying the same tariffs and the same rules of origin as the EU for those goods arriving in the UK and intended for the EU.The other option was a highly streamlined customs arrangement, in which we would jointly agree to implement a range of measures to minimise frictions to trade.This would include waivers for goods moving between the UK and the EU, “trusted trader” schemes, specific exemptions for small businesses, and online systems – such as for customs declarations to be made far from the border, as is already the case with VAT declarations when VAT regimes between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are different.But whatever option we are discussing, our objectives remain the same: and in which there is no hard border on the island of Ireland with no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland UK regulatory standards remain at least as high as the EU’slast_img read more

News story: Prime Minister takes Welsh firms on first visit to Africa

first_img This visit offers the chance to highlight how the best of British innovation, technology, manufacturing and construction can address the toughest challenges of the developing world in an efficient and impactful way. Having witnessed the transformative effect on Hydro technology on the lives of some of the most disadvantaged in the world, the prospect of doing so on a much larger scale with such strong partners and the financial clout of the U.K. government would be extremely exciting, and I hope this trade mission will help identify some immediate opportunities. Pioneering Welsh firms will join the Prime Minister on her first visit to Africa as she sets out the opportunities available for UK businesses to grow in emerging markets across the continent.Cardiff-based company Sure Chill will be one of 29 representatives of UK business from across the country representing the very best of British business in technology, infrastructure and financial and professional services.Their revolutionary cooling technology is already used worldwide, including in 20 African countries. Products such as their vaccine fridge can stay cool during a power outage for over 12 days without power in temperatures of 43C. They are working with organisations such as UNICEF and the World Health Organisation as well as world leading brands to develop solutions for homes and businesses.Also joining the Prime Minister is Carmarthenshire water technology company Hydro Industries who develop, design and operate state-of-the-art solutions for water purification and the processing of industrial effluent, delivering clean technology to a global market.Visiting South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya over the course of the trip, they will meet with leading businesses, policy makers and entrepreneurs in order to build new investment, trading and export ties between the UK and these emerging markets.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join the Prime Minister in South Africa to meet with a range of businesses to discuss trade and investment opportunities with Wales and the UK.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Africa is a very important market for Sure Chill, from our life-saving vaccine refrigerators to our life-changing off-grid domestic refrigerators, and also for the future application of our energy shifting green technology. It is always a privilege to visit Africa to see our pioneering work first-hand and an honour to be here on this occasion with Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK strengthens its ties with the fast developing continent. Nigel Saunders, CEO of Sure Chill, said: The Welsh companies I am taking to Africa are leading examples of how UK innovation is transforming the technology sector on a global scale. The ambition and commitment to driving change that both Sure Chill and Hydro Industries showcase is exactly what I want to see from British businesses, and I am pleased they are joining me on this important visit as the UK looks to deepen its partnership with Africa.center_img Wayne Preece, CEO of Hydro Industries, said: Africa is developing fast; more than half of the anticipated growth in global population between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa, and according to the International Monetary Fund, African economies are amongst the fastest growing in the world, making it a significant trading and investment partner for the UK.During the visit, the Prime Minister will set out how new partnerships between the UK and Africa can add value to the UK economy, create new market opportunities for British businesses, and boost jobs and prosperity for the benefit of all.Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said: The African market presents so many opportunities for Welsh businesses looking to grow and to find new audiences outside of the EU. Companies like Hydro Industries and Sure Chill have already experienced significant success when taking their products around the world. I have no doubt that this visit will help to open more doors for them, and will be a real source of inspiration to other businesses from Wales looking to make waves in markets overseas.last_img read more

News story: Secretary of State meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar: 26 September 2018

first_imgSecretary of State Dominic Raab said:“I was delighted to welcome the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo for a discussion about the shared opportunities that lie ahead as the UK and Gibraltar leave the EU together.“We had a productive conversation about the importance of UK-Gibraltar ties and the vital work going on to deepen and strengthen these into the future.“The UK is fully involving Gibraltar as we negotiate our departure from the EU, and this meeting was just one of the many ways in which we are ensuring that their priorities are taken into account.“I look forward to working together to secure a prosperous future for the UK and Gibraltar outside the EU.”last_img read more

Press release: Regulator publishes Sector risk profile 2018

first_img ensure that sales activity is underpinned by an understanding of local housing demand and the mitigations available if sales and staircasing do not match expectations be clear about their health and safety responsibilities, both for stock that they own and stock that they manage, to ensure that tenants are safe in their homes and staff are safe at work The regulator’s Sector Risk Profile 2018 is available on the RSH website.Further information The Regulator of Social Housing promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. For more information visit the RSH website. This year’s publication also emphasises risks to specialist providers, including the particular risks inherent in lease-based providers of supported housing, on which the regulator will be issuing a further report in due course.Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive of RSH said: The Sector Risk Profile 2018, published today (11 October 2018) by the Regulator of Social Housing, highlights health and safety issues, failures to meet stakeholder expectations and reliance on sales as significant potential risks for social housing providers to manage.The report, now in its sixth edition, sets out the range of strategic and financial challenges facing the social housing sector. It is designed to help registered providers, board members and others to understand the operating environment and to think strategically about how their organisation can manage its risks.Whilst the sector continues to have to manage a range of issues to ensure that it remains viable and well governed, the regulator has highlighted 3 key areas for boards to consider. Boards should:center_img The risks facing each organisation will depend upon the scale and nature of that business. It is important that boards understand the specific issues that they face, carry out adequate stress testing and plan meaningful mitigations. We will look for assurance from providers that they have robust stress tests, internal control systems and appropriate risk management. We will also continue to monitor the exposure that sales risks have on the sector as part of our quarterly review of providers’ overall financial strength. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen unprecedented scrutiny of the social housing sector, landlords’ relationship with their tenants, and public interest in the sector’s wider social role. In this context providers must show how they are delivering on their social purpose and objectives, and meeting their promises and commitments. Where things go wrong providers should be open and transparent and look to put the issue right as quickly as possible. Failure to do so could not only undermine stakeholder confidence in individual providers but also affect the reputation of the sector as a whole. The regulator’s annual Sector Risk Profiles are available on the RSH website. See our Media enquiries page for press office contact details. For general queries, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. consider their stakeholders expectations in their decision making, including tenants and residents; lenders and investors; and central and local governmentlast_img read more

Press release: UK energy statistics: statistical press release – December 2018

first_img If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. UK energy statistics: statistical press release – December 2018 Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications are published today 20 December 2018 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The publications cover new data for the third quarter of 2018. Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. Energy Prices covers prices to domestic and industrial consumers, prices of oil products and comparisons of international fuel prices.center_img Request an accessible format. PDF, 574KB, 16 pageslast_img read more

Press release: New partnership unlocks land for development across England

first_imgA new partnership has been announced by Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation today to develop land being released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).The partnership brings together the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), combining its own in-house expertise with the skills, people and finance of Homes England to help unlock the constraints, create greater certainty and speed up the construction of homes.Nick Walkley, Chief Executive from Homes England and Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have sealed the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England said: “This partnership provides another great opportunity to intervene in the market – and the sites will contribute towards the 300,000 homes needed each year to meet the growing demand. We are pleased to be using our skills and resource to work closely with DIO on the delivery of these brownfield sites.“Through the Memorandum of Understanding we will be able to work with local authorities and communities to progress schemes faster and more efficiently providing homes where they are needed.”The land will remain in the ownership of MoD throughout the project whilst Homes England prepares the site for development through planning and investment with governance from DIO.Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation said: “DIO and Homes England have agreed to work together to develop sites for housing in an arrangement that will maximise value for the public purse.“We are pleased to be entering into this partnership with Homes England for the benefit of local communities. The combined expertise will ensure sites no longer needed for Defence can be developed into much needed housing while delivering value for money.”#The first seven sites under the new partnering agreement have also been announced today. These are: Claro & Deverell Barracks in Ripon, North Yorkshire; RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire; MOD Site 4 in Stafford, MDPGA Wethersfield in Braintree, Essex, Swynnerton Training Camp in Stone, Staffordshire, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham, Lincolnshire and Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.ENDSFor more information contact Kate Hall, Communications Officer at Homes England 0115 852 6900 or 07967 782252 [email protected] to Editors:About Homes EnglandHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.For more information visit our main page or follow us on Twitter.About Defence Infrastructure OrganisationThe Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), part of the Ministry of Defence, plays a vital role in conserving and maintaining the Defence estate as well as supporting our Armed Forces to live, work, train and deploy on operations.For more information visit the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) website. or follow on Twitter @mod_diolast_img read more

News story: Residents encouraged to have their say to improve building safety

first_img Twitter – – – The Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in a century. It shattered the lives of many people and shook the trust of countless more in a system that was intended to ensure the most basic human need of having a safe place to live.Following research into building safety culture across the industry, it became apparent that too many in the building industry were taking short cuts that could endanger residents in the very place they were supposed to feel safest – their own home. That’s why the government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt, an engineer and former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, to review the system and find out how it can be improved.Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety made it clear that there needs to be a culture change in the industry, underpinned by changing how homes are designed, built, maintained and managed in the future.Following the review, the government began analysing Dame Judith’s recommendations to understand what needed to be done to overhaul the system. To make sure residents are safe and feel safe in their homes, it became evident that the government needed to take forward all of Dame Judith’s recommendations and go further.Having your sayIn December 2018, the government published its plan to make building regulations stronger and more effective. The plan, Building a Safer Future, committed the government to ensuring that high-rise residential buildings are safe to live in.The government intends to bring forward new laws to improve building safety. Before doing this, it has launched a consultation (see the quick read) on the details and invites your views over the next 8 weeks.What the government is doingThe consultation launched today proposes a stronger voice for residents of high-rise buildings to ensure their concerns are never ignored. This includes better information regarding their buildings so that they can participate in decisions about safety, as well as clear and quick routes of escalation for their concerns if things do go wrong.Clearer accountability for building safetyDame Judith recommended the creation of a system of ‘dutyholders’, people who will have responsibility for keeping residents of these buildings safe, and making sure building regulations are followed. Dutyholders will be responsible for keeping vital safety information about how the building was designed and built and is managed. This is known as the ‘golden thread’ of information and will be kept electronically for the entire life of a building, from its design to its place as a home for residents. The people responsible for this information will have to make sure it is up to date and that the right people can access it, including residents.Powers and sanctionsIf the people responsible for a building ignore their responsibilities, a new building safety regulator will have the authority to take enforcement action against them. This could include criminal and civil sanctions, like fines or imprisonment.The building safety regulator will be responsible for overseeing the safety of new and existing buildings. Their strong focus will be on checking that safety is being properly considered and necessary safety measures are put in place when new high rise residential buildings are being designed and built, and that robust safety measures are in place for existing buildings.The intention is that, as a result, the regulator and people responsible for a building’s safety will be working towards the common goal at the heart of the new regime – the safety of residents.The government is also consulting on new ways of ensuring that construction products are safe and used properly.Implementing clearer standards and guidanceFor the building safety regulator to work effectively, clearer standards and guidance need to be produced. For construction products and systems standards, the government proposes creating a new standards committee to provide it with impartial advice on the new standards and guidance.The government has also consulted on a full-scale technical review of the building regulations guidance on fire safety, known as Approved Document B. The intention is to improve accessibility and usability of the guidance by publishing a single, online searchable document of all the approved documents and guide to the building regulations so everyone in the industry is clear on how to use them.Taking actionFollowing the Grenfell Tower fire, the government committed to reforming the building industry to make sure a tragedy like this does not happen again. The aim is for these building safety reforms to work together to improve safety by creating a culture change in the building industry.The safety of residents is of the greatest importance and steps are already being taken to strengthen the power residents hold and ensure their views and concerns are listened to by those responsible for managing their buildings. This includes through the Social Housing Green Paper, New Homes Ombudsman and the recent call for evidence on how residents and landlords can work together to keep their building safe, and the Social Landlords Best Practice Group, capturing and sharing effective ways for residents and landlords to work together on building safety.The government is funding the replacement of unsafe aluminium composite material cladding, like the type used on Grenfell Tower, from high-rise residential homes and has introduced a ban on combustible materials on the external walls of new high-rise buildings.Residents, building owners, the construction industry and the fire safety sector are all encouraged to make their voices heard by participating in the consultation and helping shape the future of building and fire safety to make sure residents are safe and feel safe in their homes.The Home Office has also launched a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England. The call for evidence is the first part of a process to ensure that the Fire Safety Order is fit for purpose for all buildings it regulates. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Media enquiries Email [email protected] Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit… Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.last_img read more

Newcastle bakery finds buyer

first_imgEighty-five jobs have been saved after Tindale & Stanton’s Newcastle bakery was sold as a going concern. The bakery has been acquired by new company, Star Cottage Bakery, made up of a consortium of four former managers.The administrator, The P&A Partnership, was called in earlier this month when Bakery Products, which acquired the Tindale & Stanton bakery last year, went into administration. Bakery Products had also acquired the bakery and 11 shops from Woodhead Bakery when the firm went into administration last April.In a separate deal, two bakery shops in Harrogate which were owned by Bakery Products, Scarborough, have been sold to a new company, Howards Bakery, saving a further 16 jobs. Star Cottage Bakery bought the Tindale & Stanton bakery on Friday 22 June. Joint administrators John Russell and Andy Wood had continued to trade Tindale & Stanton in a bid to find a buyer.Said Wood: “We are pleased to have been able to sell the business as a going concern, particularly as the buyers are former employees. The quick sale of Tindale & Stanton is an endorsement of the rescue process that an administration enables.”He said the employees had been supportive of the administrators throughout the process, as had its key secured creditors, “who gave us their backing to keep the business trading”.>> Bakery Products fails to find buyer>> Second bakery saved by Bakery Products>> Woodhead Bakery in double acquisitionlast_img read more

Dickinson & Morris launches new lines

first_imgDickinson & Morris is looking to drum up more business during National Baking Week (15-21 October) by launching an eclectic range of European breads and confectionery.The bakery firm, based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, said the new products will land on shelves at its Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe next Monday.Ten confectionery products will be introduced, including florentines, coconut madeleines and a range of Bandolino cakes, along with seven new bread varieties such as Pia Do Crescent and Pia Twists, Pumpernickel and a light rye bread.Steve Fogo, bakery manager at Dickinson & Morris, told the Melton Times: “We’re launching the new products in line with National Baking Week. We’re recognised for our pork pies, but to complement that we want to introduce quality traditional breads from around Europe and confectionery lines to match.“We felt we hadn’t been doing justice to the rest of our products and realise that our confectionery and bread range haven’t really been updated for about four or five years. I was invited to go to Germany with two companies and ingredients suppliers in May and, from there, we developed some new products.”last_img read more

Unions call for urgent talk with Premier

first_imgUnite has called for urgent talks with the bosses of Premier Foods following the announcement it will cut 900 jobs from its bread division.Unite, the country’s largest union, has more than 2,500 members across all divisions of Premier FoodsUnite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby said: “The joint trade unions are calling for an urgent national meeting with Premier Foods’ management to discuss the implications of today’s announcement which is a devastating blow for the 900 workers, their families and the local communities in west London and Birmingham.”She added: “This is just another stage in the disaster story that has been Premier Foods over recent years, which has consistently struggled ever since its decision to buy Hovis in 2006.“At the time, this strategy was described as ‘doomed’ by some analysts and it has resulted in the company being saddled with massive debts. “Management claims the job losses are as a result of ‘competition and wheat prices’, but the reality is that our members are continuing to pay the heavy price of Premier’s failure to make a success of the business and we remain extremely concerned about the future of the remaining business.”last_img read more

Hovis job losses a “slow, lingering death”

first_imgA 90-day consultation period involving 900 Premier Foods employees who will lose their jobs has been described as a “slow, lingering death” by the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).It comes as Unite has called urgent talks with the firm’s bosses following the announcement of job cuts being made from its bread division, as a result of the closure of two of its bakery sites in Birmingham and Greenford, west London.Steve Finn, regional officer for BFAWU’s London region, told British Baker that all employees from Premier Foods’ Greenford site, believed to be around 196 employees, will be affected by the move and could working up to 10 months before leaving their positions at the company.“All I can describe this consultation period to, which begins tomorrow, and the following months is a slow, lingering death – it simply isn’t all over in 90 days. All 196 employees working at Greenford are affected by this move and it is devastating that it could take so long to make any sort of decisions, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.”John Higgins, organising regional secretary for BFAWU’s Midlands region, who is representing more than 500 Premier Foods employees in Birmingham, said: “Employees are still in shock. The first briefing was held nationwide this morning around 7am, but some workers would have woken up to the news on the television or radio.“The loss of The Co-operative contract should have been planned for by Premier Foods, they knew it was under threat about four or five weeks ago.”Both Higgins and Finn said they were unsure whether employees from across the company would ballot for strike action to take place regarding the job losses.“I’m not sure whether they will want to fight, or will be able to,” explained Finn. “Will strike action stop the company from making the closures? Who knows?.”Unite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby said: “The joint trade unions are calling for an urgent national meeting with Premier Foods’ management to discuss the implications of today’s announcement which is a devastating blow for the 900 workers, their families and the local communities in west London and Birmingham.“Management claims the job losses are as a result of ‘competition and wheat prices’, but the reality is that our members are continuing to pay the heavy price of Premier’s failure to make a success of the business and we remain extremely concerned about the future of the remaining business.”last_img read more

American bakery week proves a success

first_imgThe first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.Dawn Foods organised the week with California Raisins as demand for American bakery products continues to rise and to give bakers the channel to maximise sales. Dawn provided free POS material to the first 100 bakers to register and updated its online American recipe collection to inspire bakers during the week.Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager, Dawn Foods, said: “We’ve had a really positive response from UK bakers for our first ever National American Sweet Bakery Week. With the activity having just finished, we’re now going to analyse the performance, but the feedback we’ve received so far has been fantastic.“Bakers have told us that the POS packs we provided brightened up their bakeries and, along with the competition packs and California Raisin samples, encouraged a new wave of customers and a rise in sales of its American-style baked goods across the seven days.“A number of bakers have already told us how much they’re looking forward to joining us again next year and we hope to see as many bakeries as possible taking part in what is sure to be an even bigger and better National American Sweet Bakery Week in 2015.”last_img read more

Bakeries get creative for Afternoon Tea Week

first_imgA number of UK venues have launched their own versions of afternoon tea for Afternoon Tea Week, running from 11 to 17 August.Chocolate fudge beach huts, mini ice-cream cones and golden eggs will be featured in various afternoon tea offerings across the UK.According to Keith Newton, founder of Afternoon Tea Week and managing director of, the online home of afternoon tea, the week offers bakeries the chance to increase footfall through showcasing products.He told British Baker: “Afternoon tea is a great British tradition. It offers bakeries the opportunity to not only show off classic British recipes, but also to get creative and come up with exciting new patisserie. Afternoon Tea Week is a great way to attract customers as it appeals to both tourists and locals looking for a special treat.”London chocolatier Paul A Young will launch his cream teas topped with salted caramel sauce and served with an award-winning truffle, as part of the week-long event.Other afternoon tea themes to be featured in the week include a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style event at One Aldwych, and a ‘Gentlemen’s’ afternoon tea at Sanctum.last_img read more

Lola’s Cupcakes boosts sales with new website

first_imgLola’s Cupcakes has seen sales rise thanks to the relaunch of its website.The London-based cupcake company has revamped and expanded its online presence, and has introduced a new range of children’s birthday cakes, as well as a wedding range.Meanwhile, the brand has now opened its 14th location in Canary Wharf.A spokesperson from Lola’s said: “We decided that our old site could do with a facelift, so we spent a long time designing, building, creating and, most importantly, tasting for our new website.“The new design is much more user-friendly and offers our customers a variety of options that were never available before. We’ve also developed brand new products, including a fantastic range of children’s birthday cakes, a new wedding range and selection of edible numbers.“Not only this, our customers can now create their own bespoke designs by handpicking their flavour of sponge and icing, as well as choosing their own decoration. So far the response to our new website has been incredible. Sales have increased since its launch and we’ve had fantastic feedback on the new designs.”last_img read more

Hunt for ‘ultimate crisp sandwich’

first_imgBurts Chips has launched a digital drive to seek out the nation’s ‘ultimate crisp sandwich’. The artisan potato-crisp maker has teamed up with TV chef Dean Edwards to kick off the eight-week campaign, which is running across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and aims to engage two million social media users.Each week, fans will be encouraged to vote for their favourite sandwich combinations featuring crisps from Burts’ core range of premium flavours, including Spicy Chorizo and Firecracker Lobster, until a final recipe remains.One voter will be chosen at the end of the competition to receive a box of each of the eight core flavours, enabling them to create their own ultimate crisp sandwich.Edwards, who is the resident chef on ITV show Lorraine, said: “I’m particularly excited about this partnership, because both Burts and I are from the south west and we’re both passionate about big, bold flavours – all the right ingredients to liven up dull lunches.”Simon Knight, Burts Chips sales and marketing director, added: “With the wide reach of this campaign to engage around two million social media followers, we’re expecting it to create quite a buzz and lots of debate around what exactly makes ‘the ultimate crisp sandwich’.”last_img read more

Roberts Bakery partners county show

first_imgCheshire-based Roberts Bakery sponsored the food halls at the Royal Cheshire County Show this month, and used the opportunity to present an educational programme. The family-owned bakery sponsored the Roberts Bakery Food Halls for the 11th consecutive year.The halls at the 300-acre showground at Tabley, near Knutsford, accommodated more than 90 producers and purveyors during the two-day event. Each took a stand to showcase their fine foods and drinks to the 75,000 visitors, traders and exhibitors.The Roberts Bakery Food Live Theatre programme saw Karol Roberts, last year’s show patron, showcase how to make the ultimate burger with Roberts’ Ultimate Brioche Rolls.She was joined on stage by a number of well-known local and celebrity chefs, who entertained the crowds while talking about regional talent and produce.The Roberts Bakery Baking Education Stand gave showgoers the opportunity to learn more about bread and baking while supporting the great amount of educational work already undertaken by the bakery within the community.Mike Roberts, deputy chairman of Roberts Bakery, said: “It’s one of the many community engagements, environmental and educational programmes that we undertake within our heartland.”This month Roberts was recognised in the 2016 North West Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community (BITC).last_img read more

Technician who filled propane tank prior to LEAP explosion fined, suspended

first_imgFARMINGTON – A propane and natural gas technician has been fined $1,300 and had his license suspended for 15 days for reportedly failing to perform a leak check on a propane tank three days prior to the Sept. 16, 2019 explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People Inc. office building that killed one firefighter and badly injured several other people.The technician, George Barker, signed a consent agreement with the Maine Fuel Board, part of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, and Attorney General’s Office. In that agreement, which was finalized on June 9, Barker admitted to not checking the piping system for leakage after refilling the propane tank on Sept. 13, 2019.According to the state Fire Marshal’s Office investigators The building exploded three days later as a Farmington Fire Rescue team and LEAP maintenance supervisor Larry Lord were investigating a report of a gas smell. One firefighter, Capt. Michael Bell, 68, was killed in the explosion and Lord and several firefighters were injured.The consent agreement indicates that Barker was employed by CN Brown Energy, who dispatched the technician to 313 Farmington Falls Road on the morning of Sept. 13 after receiving a call regarding an empty tank. According to attorneys representing Lord, LEAP employees reporting to work on the evening of Sept. 12 discovered that the building had no hot water. Lord and another employee learned of the interruption the next morning and checked the building’s propane tank, with Lord then calling CN Brown.According to the consent agreement signed by Barker and representatives of the Maine Fuel Board and AG’s Office, Barker refilled the tank but did not check the piping system for leaks. That is an alleged violation of a Maine Fuel Board rule adopted from the 2012 National Fuel Gas Code of the National Fire Protection Association, which reads:Leak Check. Immediately after the gas is turned on into a new system or a into a system that has been initially restored after an interruption of service, the piping system shall be checked for leakage. Where leakage is indicated, the gas supply shall be shut off until the necessary repairs have been made.According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, the line leading from the tank to the building was severed by the auger head of a bollard – a post used to direct traffic – on Sept. 10. Investigators previously indicated that bollard, one of four installed by Techno Metal Posts of Manchester to protect an external air conditioning unit, was drilled into the paved parking lot and severed the line.The consent agreement indicates that Barker acknowledged that were the matter to proceed to an administrative hearing before the Maine Fuel Board, the evidence presented could be sufficient to support a finding of a violation of the rule. The agreement includes a civil penalty of $1,300, a reprimand for not performing a leak check and a 15-day suspension of license.Previous state and federal action relating to the explosion include fines levied against LEAP and Techno Metal Post by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for alleged violations of the general safety and health provisions of the agency’s regulations. Inspections opened by OSHA on CN Brown and another company, Cornerstone Plumbing and Heating, were both closed without any citations. Maine Department of Labor also issued a preliminary report on the explosion as it relates to the town of Farmington, including violations of equipment and training standards.Attorneys representing Larry Lord have indicated that they intend to file a civil suit that could involve Maine Techno Post and CN Brown. Daniel Kagan and Steven Silin, both of the firm Berman & Simmons, indicated Wednesday that they are in the process of compiling the long-term consequences of the explosion for Lord.Silin said that Lord, who suffered burns over 85 percent of his body, was dependent upon his wife and home care and that he remained in contact with doctors at Mass General Hospital. Complications relating to his injuries necessitated surgical procedures, Silin said, calling both Lord and his wife, “extraordinary people.”The explosion occurred because Techno Metal Post had not followed laws relating to excavations around utility lines, Silin said, while the technician employed by CN Brown did not perform the required check that would have discovered the leak.“They’re both clearly factors,” Kagan said.Responding to a question from a reporter regarding the fine and suspension included within the consent agreement signed by Barker, Silin noted that the Maine Fuel Board was addressing their own regulations and requirements, not invoking punishment in relation to the explosion itself.Barker was a former firefighter, Silin said. “I know Mr. Barker felt terrible about what happened,” he said Wednesday.Silin and Kagan represent Lord, while the family of Bell and firefighters injured in the explosion are being represented by Walter McKee of McKee Law. Silin said that he anticipated that a civil suit filed in relation to the incident would be filed jointly by all of the parties.last_img read more