Cooks consolidates stores as it chases profitability

first_imgRetail bakery chain Cooks, formerly Three Cooks, has reduced its estate to 180 stores as it focuses on boosting profitability. The chain, which is the UK’s third-largest retail bakery chain after Greggs and Lyndale Foods, has closed around 60 stores over the last 18 months. It is refurbishing those stores which it believes have a long-term future and closing those that don’t, chairman Geoff Peppiatt told British Baker. The company will also close any more stores that become unviable – perhaps reducing the estate to 160 stores – but will also open new stores as suitable opportunities arise, he said.Smaller traditional stores, which were not increasing their turnover, could not survive as costs – such as energy, rents and rates – rose, he said. Energy prices alone had risen 50% over the last year.“The strategy is that if we have an unprofitable store we will close it,” said Peppiatt. “We only have one priority – to improve the quality of the estate, by closing, opening or refitting stores. I would much rather protect the jobs of 1,200 staff than continue to fund loss-making stores.”However, the company is refitting and refurbishing those stores which it does believe to be viable, he said, and is rolling out the new “Cooks” fascia. Some 20 stores have been refurbished over the last year, and the project is set to take around another 18 months to complete.The store refit project is often delayed by local authority planning issues, he added. You may want to open the new store in August and have to wait until October,” he said.But he is confident about the future of the company and is investing “millions” in the refit project, and in rolling out new Electronic Point of Sale tills and internet systems to stores, he added.last_img read more

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first_imgNOVEMBER21-22 Bakery ScienceCampden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA). Contact the training department tel: 01386 842104 email: [email protected] The BBC Good Food ShowConsumer Show The NEC, Birmingham See [http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com]27-28 Introduction to Plant BakingFederation of Bakers. Thomas Danby College, Leeds. Contact Caroline Ford; tel: 020 7420 7190; email: [email protected] bakersfederation.org.uk29-30 World Food MarketTrade show. ExCel, London See [http://www.worldfoodmarket.co.uk]29-30 Understanding Wheat, Milling and Flour QualityCCFRA. Contact the training departmenttel: 01386 842104email: [email protected] Bread Matters FundamentalBread Matters, Cumbria.Contact Andrew Whitleytel: 01768 881899; email: [email protected] – 12 Advanced Practical Biscuit TechnologyCCFRA. Contact the training department, tel: 01386 842104email: [email protected] Chocolate Displays, Decorations and Centre PiecesThe Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester.Contact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston.Contact: Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston. Contact Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Advanced Skills for working with ChocolateThe Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester.Contact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston. Contact Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Easy-to-Make ChocolatesThe Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester. Contact: 0161 7679303 email: [email protected] Half Day Chocolate Workshop The Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester.Contact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Half Day Chocolate WorkshopThe Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester.Contact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Sugar Craft – Human Figure ModellingThe Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester.Contact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Sugar Craft – Advanced Human Figure ModellingThe Slattery School of ExcellenceContact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston. Contact Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston. Contact Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Master Class Sandwich & Specialist Bread EventBako North Western, Preston. Contact Andrew Brierleytel: 01772 664326email: [email protected] Essential Skills For Working With ChocolateThe Slattery School of ExcellenceContact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Chocolate Wedding and Celebration CakesThe Slattery School of ExcellenceContact: 0161 7679303email: [email protected]last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn Bakery companies Walkers Shortbread and Honeytop Speciality Foods have been short-listed for the Food Exporter of the Year award and Small to Medium Business Food Exporter of the Year award, respectively, in the Food from Britain Awards 2007.Now in their 11th year, the Food from Britain Export Awards bring together export companies to celebrate success from across the UK’s food and drink industry.n Supplier Kate’s Cakes has launched an on-line shop, Kate’s Shop, in time for Christmas.Available from the Kate’s Cake website – [http://www.katescakes.com] – are four assortments of hand-finished slices, individually wrapped and packaged in Kate’s Cakes branded boxes, priced at £19.99, plus £4.99 delivery.n Members of the international Richemont Club will tour Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford stadium as well as visit to innovative local bakeries when they attend next September’s international meeting in the city.Also on the provisional itinerary for the meeting, scheduled to take place from 27 to 29 September 2008, are visits to bakeries Waterfields, Chatwins and Slattery’s.n Bakery and ingredients supplier Dawn Foods recently celebrated 15 years at its Evesham site with a grand celebration and a series of 15-year awards.Carrie Barber, chief executive of the firm, was the main speaker. Gifts for loyalty and service were awarded to nine members of the Evesham team, who were celebrating 15 years with the US-based company.last_img read more

Top toasters: The Glide Toaster

first_imgNo, this is not a skeleton fashioned as a toast rack. It is in fact an award-winning toaster designed by student George Watson of Northumbria University, made with slip-moulded bone china. The bread glides through heating plates and drops onto the rack. Comments from Watson show him to be nothing less than a toaster philosopher: “This toaster is designed to engage the user, re-invigorating the social context of toasting by questioning everything about what we toast with today.”last_img

Dear Member

first_imgOur annual conference takes weeks of organising, so it is always good to hear members go away saying the best ever! The AGM covered a possible change of name for the NAMB and you will soon receive a letter asking for your thoughts it is your association and your views count.There was healthy debate, first-time attendees and the return of an old member. It was lovely to see families, with 13 children attending a fantastic fun night.We do encourage members to bring the next generation of bakers to these events, thereby ensuring a flow of new people and ideas on to the board. Our oldest regional president, 84-year-old Arnold Brown, brought some light-hearted humour to the AGM, especially when he was introduced as “Gordon Brown”.Sunday morning saw two excellent speakers: Kevin Binns from Puratos on ’Bakery and it’s Guiltiest Pleasures’; and John Slattery from Slatterys of Whitefields, Manchester, who showed the audience a quick way to ensure the windows were full of different products every day, with quality that most bakers envy and prices most bakers can only dream of. For those who went away with just one idea to help their bottom line, the event was worth it.To our sponsors, on behalf of our new president Clive Williams, a big thank you for your support.I look forward to seeing you at the lovely Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, 4-6 May 2012.Gilllast_img read more

Holcomb announces small business assistance in COVID-19 response

first_img (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb, delivering his 4th annual State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2020. INDIANAPOLIS (Press Release): Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).This declaration is in response to a formal request Gov. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on Tuesday, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana.“Small businesses play a critical role in driving Indiana’s economy forward, with more than 512,000 employing 1.2 million Hoosiers across the state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These disaster loans will provide much needed financial support to small business owners who are weathering the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.”Under the program, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and nonprofits across the state are eligible to apply for low-interest loans up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills incurred during this public health emergency. The loan interest rates for small businesses and nonprofits are 3.75% and 2.75%, respectively, with terms up to 30 years.To qualify for disaster loans, applicants must demonstrate credit history, the ability to repay the loan, and proof of physical presence in Indiana and working capital losses. Additionally, the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has 10 regional offices throughout the state, will provide free business advising and application assistance for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit SBA.gov/Disaster. Contact 1-800-659-2955 or [email protected] with additional questions. The deadline to apply for the disaster loans is Dec. 18, 2020. Holcomb announces small business assistance in COVID-19 response WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaNews Previous articleCass County Sheriff looking for thieves that posed as utility workersNext articleThe Better Business Bureau says the coronavirus scammers are already hard at work Carl Stutsman By Carl Stutsman – March 19, 2020 0 320 Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

News story: Government spend on digital services passes £3bn mark

first_imgThousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now signed up to provide their digital, data and technology services to government, and public bodies are utilising their expertise to drive the UK’s digital transformation.And this quarter’s newly published sales data shows that we’re having an impact, with sales reaching £3.2 billion, with 48% of this being spent on SMEs. This means that £1.43 out of every £3 is going to SMEs.The latest figures arrive not long after the 3rd birthday of the Digital Marketplace – created in 2014 by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Government Digital Service (GDS) to make government procurement easier and more transparent.The platform hosts CCS frameworks including G-Cloud, Digital Outcomes and Specialists and Crown Hosting Data Centres.Niall Quinn, Director, Technology Strategic Category for CCS says: In 2016/17 frameworks available through the Digital Marketplace contributed towards CCS delivering £725 million in savings including commercial benefits for taxpayers.The Digital Marketplace website recorded over 1 million visits in 2017, compared to the same number in the whole of the preceding two years. We’ve started to bring the tools, techniques, technologies and culture of the internet to public procurement and contracting. What we’ve achieved so far is testament to an amazing team and the importance of user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches, but we’ve only scratched the surface. The next 3 years, to 2020, will see a step-change where these approaches are mainstreamed across government. Warren Smith, Director, Digital Marketplace says: In the three years since Digital Marketplace was launched, we have overhauled the public sector procurement landscape, harnessing the expertise of innovative companies and giving thousands of SMEs the opportunity to supply to government for the first time. We’re now planning the next steps of our journey, making the platform and processes more commercial, more flexible and better tailored to the needs of users – both buyers and suppliers.last_img read more

News story: Third party puppy sales: Michael Gove launches call for evidence on ban

first_img We need to do everything we can to make sure the nation’s much loved pets get the right start in life. From banning the sale of underage puppies to tackling the breeding of dogs with severe genetic disorders, we are cracking down on sellers who have a total disregard for their dogs’ welfare. This is a further step to raise the bar on animal welfare standards. We are also introducing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses and increasing maximum prison sentences tenfold for animal abusers. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: The Kennel Club welcomes Defra’s announcement as a crucial step forward to tackle the cruel puppy farming industry. The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers. Third party sales are an underhand practice designed to protect puppy farmers with terrible consequences for dog welfare. Puppy buyers unknowingly purchase a puppy from a seemingly nice dealer in pleasant surroundings, who would in fact have purchased the puppy from a backstreet dealer who has given no thought to their health and welfare. There is simply no way that a responsible breeder would ever sell a puppy to a pet shop or a pet dealer and we are delighted to see this issue getting the attention that it deserves. Good breeders, such as Kennel Club Assured Breeders, always insist on speaking at length to potential puppy buyers to ensure their pups will be given good homes. Launching the call for evidence on a ban, Environment Secretary Michael Gove invited all interested parties to share their views by 2 May 2018 on how this could best be introduced.The government recently consulted on plans to increase maximum prison sentences for animal abusers to five years and recognise animal sentience in domestic law. The consultation closed on 31 January and we are now considering the responses. We will set out next steps in due course.Background We are really pleased today to hear that there will be a call for evidence on banning third party sales of animals. It is a real issue that animal welfare organisations are very concerned about. Getting a dog or cat is not a commercial business and these big puppy farms have no regard for their health or welfare. Owners are being duped into buying animals from these places and the resulting sickness and poor treatment means there is also an additional burden on animal welfare charities that are mopping up the problem. A ban on third party puppy sales is to be explored by the government as part of a package of reforms to drive up animal welfare standards, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced today.A call for evidence is launched today seeking views on a possible ban on third party sales, which would mean anyone looking to buy or adopt a dog will either deal directly with the breeder or with one of the nation’s many animal rehousing centres.A raft of measures to crack down on unscrupulous puppy breeders set out by the Prime Minister in December have also been laid in Parliament today.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Introducing compulsory licensing for anyone in the business of breeding and selling dogs; We are delighted that Defra is considering a ban on third party sales of puppies. We believe that cracking down on unscrupulous traders, who put profit ahead of animal welfare, will provide much-needed protection for prospective pet owners and puppies. We have always said that an end to third party sales alone would not be enough to end the puppy trade crisis and we are pleased that this is being looked at alongside enhanced licensing conditions for breeders which will come into force later this year. Together, we hope these moves will offer better protection to puppies and their parents and also reduce the number of families duped by rogue traders in this illegal multi-million-pound trade. Insisting licensed dog breeders can only sell puppies they have bred themselves. Mayhew rehoming centre’s CEO Caroline Yates said: Ensuring that licensed dog breeders show puppies alongside their mother before a sale is made; These plans have been widely welcomed by charities.RSPCA deputy chief executive Chris Wainwright said: The legislation being put before parliament today will come into force later this year, including: Tackling the sale of weak underage puppies and the breeding of unhealthy dogs and dogs with severe genetic disorders; Banning licensed sellers from dealing in puppies and kittens under the age of eight weeks; Requiring puppy sales to be completed in the presence of the new owner, preventing online sales where prospective buyers have not seen the animal first; For further information on this press release, please contact the Defra press office on 020 8225 7318.last_img read more

Press release: Motorists receive millions of pounds in automatic refunds for vehicle tax

first_img While some of our digital services have over 90% take-up there are still millions of motorists who tell us they’ve sold their vehicle by post. This means that they will have to wait longer for their automatic refund of any unused tax. My advice is the next time you sell your car – tell us online. Email [email protected] Motorists can also go online to put a personalised registration on a vehicle or to take one off – this service is proving popular with the majority (more than 85%) choosing the online route rather than posting paperwork to DVLA.Notes to editorsThe online service is available on GOV.UK seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.Since it was launched the service has been used over 12 million times. Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407 Press office When you tell DVLA that you’ve sold your car, you’re eligible for a refund of vehicle tax for any unused months.While the quickest and simplest way to tell DVLA that a vehicle has been sold is online, the latest figures from DVLA show that more than 60% do not use the service. This means they will be waiting longer for their refund.The online service only takes a few minutes to complete, the seller will get confirmation instantly that they are no longer the vehicle keeper and the refund will arrive within 3 to 5 working days. Further information is available in the following video.Tell DVLA about a sale of a vehicle online.DVLA Vehicles Service Manager Rohan Gye said: DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL last_img read more

Press release: Dalí’s Champagne Standard Lamps at risk of leaving the UK

first_imgArts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on ‘A Pair of Champagne Standard Lamps’ by Salvador Dalí and Edward James to provide an opportunity to keep them in the country.The lamps are at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £425,000 + £15,000 VAT.They are a collaboration between Dalí, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and Edward James, Dalí’s patron and a keen promoter of the Surrealist movement. In the view of the Committee, the lamps were arguably the most original and important examples of modern lighting designed in the UK.The pair are one of two designed for Monkton House, Sussex, which was built in 1902 – 03 for James’ parents and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was home to the most important and influential Surrealist interior ever created in Britain.One pair of lamps were made to flank the marble fireplace in the dining room at Monkton and would have stood adjacent to the Mae West Lips sofa, recently acquired by the V&A after a temporary export deferral was placed in November 2017.The other pair of lamps is still owned by the Edward James Foundation.Arts Minister Michael Ellis said: The lamps are everything one would expect of Dalí. Witty, erotic – the champagne cups can be read as female breasts – the lamps are also strikingly sculptural, standing about the height of a person, with the line of vertical cups resembling a spinal column: a brilliant example of fantasy lighting. The RCEWA made its recommendation on the grounds of the lamps’ close connection with our history and national life, their outstanding aesthetic importance and their significance for the study of furniture history, as well as the history of design and Surrealist art.The decision on the export licence application for the lamps will be deferred until 31 August. This may be extended until 30 November if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase them is made at the recommended price of £425,000 + £15,000 VAT.Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the lamps should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.An image of the lamps can be downloaded via our Flickr site.ENDS Notes to editors The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by The Arts Council.RCEWA member Richard Calvocoressi said: For media information contact:Faye JacksonCommunications OfficerDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and SportTel: 0207 211 6263Email: [email protected] Salvador Dalí is one of the great artistic pioneers of the 20th century. These lamps were created in the UK by Dalí and it is important that we keep them here.center_img The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria. Details of the lamps are as follows:Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and Edward James (1907-1984)A pair of Champagne standard lampsmodelled as stacked champagne glasses with tray bases decorated with ivy, some ‘glasses’ with removable half-section insertsgold-painted and lacquered brassHeight: 63 in. (160 cm.) Provenance:Made for Edward James by Green & Abbott in 1938. At Monkton House, West Dean Estate, West Sussex, until 1986, and then moved to West Dean House, West Sussex.The Edward James Foundation, West Dean, West Sussex. I was delighted that the V&A was able to acquire the Mae West Lips sofa and I hope that we are able to find a buyer for the lamps so that they too can be saved for the nation. The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. www.artscouncil.org.uk.last_img read more