Premier set to close site in Hampshire

first_imgPremier Foods is to close its Hovis distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, due to a reduction in volumes of supermarket own-brand bread.The company has entered into consultation with staff and their representatives at the site, which employs around 60 people. A spokesman for Premier told British Baker that the proposed closure was due to a drop in sales of own-label bread.”As well as making the Hovis brand, we also manufacture a range of retailer-branded bread and other bakery products. During 2010, we continued to grow sales of Hovis. But we saw a decline in these other areas. The impact of this has been a reduction in volume, which has prompted a review of our distribution arrangements.”Value sales of own-label products in Hovis’ bakery division fell 22.1% (year ended 31 December 2010). Branded sales rose 1.7%.>>Hovis profits increase as wheat cost pressure riseslast_img read more

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Sunday trading laws to be relaxed?

first_imgPrime Minister David Cameron has revived plans to allow shops to open for longer on Sundays, despite opposition from MPs and trade unions. The plans were shelved last October, following a backlash from the retail industry, but yesterday, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, confirmed he was pressing ahead with the move, which will allow councils to extend Sunday opening hours in their areas, if they believe it is the best approach.At present, in England and Wales, stores that are over 280 square metres are allowed to open for six continuous hours, between the hours of 10am and 6pm (for example 10am–4pm) on a Sunday. Small stores (those under 280 square metres, which is roughly the size of a doubles tennis court) do not have any restrictions on Sunday opening hours.Javid told MPs: “Central government will not be dictating how to use this power. The decision will be entirely local, reflecting local preferences, shopping habits and economic conditions.”As the idea is being introduced through an amendment to the Enterprise Bill, there will be less opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny.In response, John Hannett, general secretary of the shopworkers’ union, Usdaw, said the plans were a “betrayal of shopworkers and all those who regard Sunday as a special day”.Religious clauseIt was also announced that a special religious clause would be included – an employer would be legally obliged to remove an employee from Sunday shifts if they gave a month’s notice. It is unclear how it would be proven that the time off would be for religious reasons.There is a Keep Sunday Special campaign, which is against the proposals. Some smaller shops are also worried, fearing the proposals will benefit out-of-town retail parks rather than high streets.last_img read more

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AEG Live Is Buying Bowery Presents To Corner The NYC Market

first_imgAfter Governors Ball sold themselves to Live Nation, another of the major independent groups in New York has gone corporate. According to sources reporting to Billboard, the beloved Bowery Presents promoters just finished a three-year negotiation and will be sold off to AEG Live.Bowery owns and operates a number of venues in the Northeast, including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade and Music Hall of Williamsburg. They also put on shows at various venues, ranging from Brooklyn Bowl to Madison Square Garden. Furthermore, they also have expanded outside of NYC, putting on shows in Albany, Boston, Philadelphia, and Portland, ME. They also have a Bowery South division that works in Atlanta, Birmingham, and New Orleans.Bowery was founded in 2004, and is operated by both former Live Nation president Jim Glancy and co-founder John Moore. Their business model has focused on establishing relationships with smaller acts, as opposed to the aggressive bidding wars of the major event producers. Since they have built up so many strong relationships, it will be difficult to see them go.While the deal has not been officially announced, Billboard’s report says that it will be by the end of the month.last_img read more

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Take Us Back To New Orleans Jazz Fest [2017 Photo Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Marc Millman Photography It’s only been about a month since the beloved New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival captured our hearts, but we’re already counting the days until next year! For the 47th year in a row, Jazz Fest took over the Fair Grounds Race Course on the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May to celebrate the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The tradition is to invite every style of music associated with the city to gather in celebration of the blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass, and everything in between — a musical gumbo that satisfies well beyond the bowl.In A Perfect World: A Look Back at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017The 2017 lineup was headlined by Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings Of Leon, Usher & The Roots, and Harry Connick Jr.. The seven-day event was completed with Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, NAS with the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, George Benson, Irma Thomas, The Revivalists, and so many more.Beyond the amazing musical tastes, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival keeps the experience authentic with their plentiful artisanal offerings (we miss you, Crawfish Monica), second line parades, gospel and blues tents, and traditional Mardi Gras Indians.Photographer Marc Millman was on site both weekends, capturing the glory that is Jazz Fest.center_img Photo: Marc Millmanlast_img read more

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Rufus Sewell & Oliver Chris Will Get Closer in London

first_img Sewell garnered a Tony nomination for Rock ‘n’ Roll and has also appeared on Broadway in Translations. His film and TV credits include Dark City, The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale, The Holiday, Parade’s End, Eleventh Hour and The Last King. Chris appeared on the Great White Way in One Man, Two Guvnors. He is currently starring in the National Theatre’s much buzzed-about Great Britain and is set to appear in the upcoming Kings Charles III in the West End. Carroll won the Olivier for After the Dance, which also starred Benedict Cumberbatch. Her other stage credits include The Duck House, The Magistrate, Twelfth Night, House of Games and Arcadia. Closer received its world premiere at the U.K.’s National Theatre in 1997 and ran on Broadway in 1999, receiving a Tony nod for Best Play. The film adaptation was released in 2004 starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen. Broadway alums Rufus Sewell and Oliver Chris, along with Oliver winner Nancy Carroll, will star in Closer at London’s Donmar Warehouse. According to the Daily Mail, Patrick Marber’s play will begin a three-month engagement in February 2015. David Leveaux will direct. Closer examines betrayal and modern love. Set in London, it follows four people whose lives interconnect over four and a half years. Sewell will play Larry, a doctor who visits sex chat rooms; Chris will appear as Dan, an obituary writer, and Carroll will play Anna, a photographer who has love affairs with both men. View Commentslast_img read more

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Beer Blog: Shower Beers

first_imgMy wife thinks I’m a little weird because I like to drink beer in the shower. It’s not like I head to the shower every time I crack open a beer—that would be weird bordering on compulsive. But every once in a while, after a bike ride or a long run, I like to spend an inordinate amount of time in the shower drinking a beer. If it’s winter, and I’m fresh off the slopes, it’s a hot shower. If it’s summer, it’s a cool shower. She doesn’t understand why I can’t just wait until I’m done with the shower to open the beer. I tell her I’ll never understand someone who can’t fathom the joy of drinking a beer, a whole beer, while taking a shower. It’s luxurious. It’s decadent. It’s about as close as I’ll ever get to having a spa day. The only thing better than drinking a beer in the shower after a big ride, is drinking a beer in the middle of a cold river after a big ride. Or hot springs after a powder session. I was at the beach recently and went for a long run in the sand and on the way back to the hotel I found this interesting looking English style IPA, which basically means the malt hits you heavy up front before the hops can sucker punch you on the backend. I believe that’s what beer critics call “balanced.” The beer is called FCA, which is short for F&*ck Corporate America. It’s what the two founders of Railhouse Brewery (Aberdeen, N.C.) decided to name their flagship beer after leaving their corporate gigs to start a brewery. Cue Mel Gibson screaming “freedom” in face paint. It was like 90 degrees that day at the beach. I had sand all over me and a fresh IPA. Naturally, I hit the shower. The beer itself was a force to be reckoned with—7.5% ABV and 74 IBUs—that’s nearing Imperial IPA status, but the beer critics were right—this thing was balanced, all sweet upfront with a big, full mouthfeel. It’s about as far from a West Coast IPA you can find while still staying within the IPA style guidelines, and that’s okay with me. I love variety. So I had two of them there with the water washing away my run. The shower was glorious too, but I’ll spare you those details.last_img read more

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Chick-fil-A on Long Island? Developer Eyes Port Jefferson Station

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, popular for its chicken-only menu, may be coming to Long Island.Chick-fil-A, the fast-food restaurant famous for its chicken-filled menu, may soon be serving a hearty helping of white meat on Long Island.Jericho-based real estate developer KOR, which plans to build a 10,000 square-foot drive-through and restaurant in Port Jefferson Station, is set to lay out its plans at a public hearing on Dec. 3 at Brookhaven Town Hall. The developer has already spoken with individual members of the town council and people in the community regarding its proposal.KOR has also scheduled a meeting with the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association Wednesday night, said the firm’s attorney Tim Shea.“We think that we have burgeoning support for this application and that once everybody gets a full look at it that we will be successful,” Shea said. He declined to say how long the proposal has been in the works.Long Island in recent years has welcomed several out-of-state fast food restaurants to Nassau and Suffolk counties, such as Dairy Queen, which had its grand opening in June, and Sonic Drive-In in North Babylon, which opened two years ago with much fanfare.Rumors first began swirling about Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A joining the fast food invasion in March.The proposal that will go before the public next month calls for a 5,000 square-foot drive-through and 5,000 square-foot restaurant on Route 347 at the site of a former auto dealership.A change of zone application was submitted August 5 and architectural plans November 6.Edward Garboski, president of the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association, said he could not offer an opinion because he has yet to see the proposal. But he did note that “anything would be an improvement at this point.”“From what I understand it’s supposed to be a beautiful design, beautiful landscaping, [but] I can’t really give an opinion yet,” he said.“It depends what the community wants,” Garboski added.Chick-fil-A last year found itself in the middle of the political debate regarding same-sex marriage when its president, Dan Cathy, made remarks against gay marriage. His statements sparked boycotts among gay and lesbian advocacy groups, but also triggered supporters to come out in droves during “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” created in response to criticism levied against the fast-food chain.The controversy is already on the minds of some inside Brookhaven Town Hall, said a source who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak about the proposal.“I think a couple of the council people are using that as a way to stop this or fight this,” the source said.The Brookhaven Town Council will have the final say on the proposal.last_img read more

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3 lessons learned from Amazon Prime program

first_imgAmazon celebrated 20 years of business this July with “Prime Day”. This one-day sales event has been touted to offer shopping discounts to rival those of Black Friday. The only criteria needed to participate in this event — you must be an Amazon Prime member. For a $99 annual fee, Prime members enjoy expedited shipping, unlimited streaming of movies, TV and music, free e books, cloud storage and early access to special shopping events. While loyalty/reward programs have been around a while, Amazon Prime is probably one of the best, and could be considered the template for creating the ultimate loyalty program for credit unions.Here are 3 Amazon Prime program features to consider when creating a credit union member loyalty program.DataAmazon is successful at building incredibly detailed profiles on its users. This data not only comes from static information, such as age and where they live, but their purchase behavior and preferred delivery channel. Currently, credit unions have this information and more. Credit unions typically collect enough information to predict members’ needs for a new car, home, college tuition or retirement. With additional strategic insight and data analytics they could likely predict lifestyle changes, such as marriages, divorces and births of children.To fee or not feeYes, Amazon has a payment threshold. While part of the annual fee probably covers hard costs like two day shipping, they probably make it up in increased volume. What would your credit union like to see its members do more, and would they pay for it? One recommendation is offering a hassle-free credit card that should it ever be breeched, the credit union will personally transfer over recurring payments to a new card.Continually modify the programAmazon continues to test new ideas on its Prime members using the incredible amount of data they currently have on each member while also continuing to gather more. They also add new services based on consumer needs as well as purchases. What are members currently doing repetitively and what would your credit union offer them as a new service or offering? The most frequent payments members make monthly is to their cell phone provider. What could your credit union offer them that could reduce that cost? Is there a partnership that can be formed with cell phone providers that would give your members benefits for being a member of your credit union? The question here is, how to does your credit union carve out value like Amazon?The obvious criteria to building an Amazon-like loyalty program is to have access to member’s data. Luckily, you work for a credit union, and not just a retailer, so this information is at your fingertips!If you need any guidance on how to access, or leverage this data, feel free to reach me at [email protected] 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Detailslast_img read more

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Following the purchase of a new home, Jessica Rudd has sold her Fairfield property

first_imgAlbert Tse and Jessica Rudd have sold their Fairfield home.HOT on the heels of their purchase of a new home at Chelmer, Jessica Rudd, author, online retail business woman and daughter of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has made another property transaction.Ms Rudd and her husband Albert Tse have now sold their Fairfield family home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoProperty records reveal a deal was done April 6, for $1.18 million through Place — New Farm, which was involved in the couple’s acquisition of their Chelmer home. The Fairfield home sold by Jessica Rudd and Albert Tse. Picture: realestate.com.auThe four-bedroom Fairfield home has been restored and sits on a 809sq m site. It’s listing described it as having a colonial facade, while inside original features including VJ walls and polished timber floors.It has a wraparound veranda and French doors.The main bedroom with ensuite is on the top level of the home. It is close to the Fairfield train station and Fairfield Garden shopping centre.No details yet on who the buyer is.last_img read more

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Coronavirus in Korea forces ITTF to postpone draw for 2020 World Team Table Tennis event

first_imgInternational Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has just been informed of the first confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease in Busan, Korea Republic, the host city for the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held between March 22 to 28,  2020. Following breaking news of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Busan, the ITTF has decided to postpone the First Stage draw for the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday 22nd February 2020 in Busan. On Saturday there will be an emergency contingency meeting between the ITTF Senior Management, the Korea Table Tennis Association (KTTA) and the city of Busan representatives to further discuss the extraordinary situation. Following the meeting, the status of the event will be discussed by the ITTF Executive Committee. The ITTF has been conducting a site inspection this week in Busan, including discussions with KTTA on how to safeguard everyone’s health and safety at the world’s biggest international table tennis event.Advertisement Loading… The ITTF and KTTA are taking advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and working with the Korean government to put in place the most robust health and safety measures. Japanese teenagers top seeds at 2020 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open The ITTF and KTTA are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will provide further updates when more information comes to hand. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

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