Apprenticeship funding of £10m made available

first_imgThe baking industry could benefit from new government plans to make over £10m of funding available to businesses, with the launch of a trial to develop Apprenticeship Expan-sion Programmes.The trials will be delivered through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and funding of £10m will be available over the next three years, to large businesses and groups of small and medium-sized businesses, which currently run high-quality apprenticeships. It is hoped this will increase the number of apprenticeship vacancies available.”Given the current economic slowdown, it is important that companies continue training their staff to maintain produc- tivity and a competitive edge,” said David Way, national director of apprenticeships.Interested bakeries should contact the LSC on tel: 024 7682 3668 or visit [http://www.lsc.gov.uk]. The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 January, 2009.last_img read more

A colourful existence

first_imgAs phoenix from the flames stories go, a cupcake cases supplier being plucked out of administration and landing plonk in the middle of a boom in muffins and cupcakes is one of the more positive stories to come out of the recession-hit bakery sector.A well-known name and a cupcake case supplier to craft bakers, coffee shops and supermarkets, Chevler Packaging filed for administration earlier this year, largely caused by an expensive final salary pension scheme that the business couldn’t afford and a pressured market in carton packaging. With the recession in full flow, the bank got twitchy and pulled the plug on its investment, meaning uncertain times for the Hengoed-based business, which traded for two weeks in administration. Luckily, the management stepped up and bought out the profitable cupcake casing business from the family owners and left the plastics and carton side. Following loan capital assistance from Finance Wales, an organisation set up by the Welsh Assembly Government to help businesses struggling to find credit, along with investment from the new owners, Chevler is back on an even keel. In fact, the outlook is so positive they’ve managed to create 12 new jobs without losing any.Pretty good news, then, for nearly half the bakers in the UK that use Chevler cases, especially as it has only one rival supplier in the UK and another in Italy. “It wasn’t in any way, shape or form a pre-pack buy-out. We were the first ones that [administrators] Deloitte made redundant,” recalls MD Stuart Whelan. “There were competing bids. We put everything into our bid, we put our own money in and we got it. We were delighted. We knew we were getting a strong business that did not need any major surgery and customers saw very little disruption.”Sponsors of the inaugural National Cupcake Week in September this year, alongside ingredients supplier Puratos, Chevler has been busy fuelling the cupcake craze ever since. It has launched a range of coloured cases, available in small pack sizes for craft bakers; previously these were the reserve of the big guys, who bought up to 100,000 cases at a time. There are eight separate colours in the range of 51mm x 81mm cases, which are offered in cartons of just 360. The new colours join the Chevler range, which already includes gold and silver foil cases, known for their icing holding properties. It’s a simple idea, but one that can improve a coloured cupcake range display at a stroke. “Smaller bakers might only use 1,000 a year. So we listened to our customers, packaged them in small quantities and sell them through wholesalers,” says Whelan. The last major breakthrough for Chevler was the tulip case, first developed for Costa Coffee, before it caught on throughout the industry.It has also developed cases for all the main special occasions on the calendar, from Christmas to Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween and birthdays. A forthcoming launch will be unbleached, grease-proof products, with a more rustic look, targeted at the artisan side of the industry. “If anything, we’ve had too many good ideas and have had to hold ourselves back to get the business right,” says Whelan. “We turn around a phenomenal amount of samples at great expense; we have all the equipment here on-site, which means we can set up print runs. That gives us flexibility and quick reaction times, and we don’t have the burden of outside printing costs.”Now the business is in solid growth, Chevler can focus on innovative case ideas, says Whelan. “The business is in good shape,” he says. “We have four owner managers, which is a good blend of experience. We’ll be focusing on the business and customers will see more from us going forward.”last_img read more

How rising costs took their toll on Waterfields bakery chain

first_imgCraft bakery chain Waterfields (Leigh) has said a combination of cost increases and disappointing summer sales prompted its recent decision to place the company into a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).Creditors of the company agreed to accept the voluntary arrangement at a meeting on 20 December by a majority of 81%, according to papers posted at Companies House.Under a CVA, a limited company agrees to pay creditors over a fixed period while continuing to trade.The business  announced at the beginning of December that it was starting a consultation on closing 11 of its 45 shops in and around the Wigan area. It said the restructure would enable it to make the changes required to bring the company back to profitability.Waterfields’ latest annual report, filed on Monday (23 January), showed the company recorded a profit in its most recent financial year and had secured additional wholesale business to complement its retail operations where sales were marginally down.Turnover for the year to 5 April 2016 was £14.87m (down from £14.94m the previous year), with pre-tax profit of £134,483 for the year, down from £356,427 the year before.However, since the end of the financial year, the outlook had worsened. Waterfields said it had recently experienced difficult trading conditions due to increased costs in all areas, which could not be passed on to customers, as well as disappointing sales throughout the summer months.These factors combined with a high level of depreciation charges associated with significant historic capital expenditure, the report said.A CVA was seen as the best solution to protect creditors and restore a profitable trading position.Waterfields, which employed 618 staff in 2016, was founded in 1926, and is in the hands of the fourth generation of the family, with the fifth generation also working in the business.WHAT IS A CVA?A limited company can use a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to pay creditors over a fixed period and continue trading.An insolvency practitioner works out an ‘arrangement’ covering the amount of debt to be paid and a payment schedule within a month of being appointed.last_img read more

Watch The Claypool Lennon Delirium Cover King Crimson, Beatles & Primus In LA

first_imgThe Claypool Lennon Delirium brought their wild and psychedelic tour to The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA last weekend, hitting the storied venue for a Friday night performance on July 29th. The band recently released their debut album, The Monolith Of Phobos, after titular members Les Claypool and Sean Lennon teamed up after a fall 2015 tour and created new music. The result is an album that’s potently psychedelic yet marvelously melodic, as if The Beatles had continued to take LSD and delve deeper into the realms of weirdness.The band opened with their two-part original, “Cricket and the Genie,” and worked in covers from each of their respective bands (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Primus) throughout the set. The band also covered King Crimson, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, while also finding time to play every original song from the Monolith album. Weaving from one song to the next, the band was clearly having fun on stage, and their light display only added to the psychedelic overtones that permeated the performance.Watch breathtaking renditions of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King,” and Primus’s “Southbound Pachyderm” below, courtesy of Brian James on YouTube. Load remaining images The Fonda’s excellent acoustics only enhanced the concert, but the brilliant bass work of Claypool fits with Lennon’s musical melodies perfectly. The two are a musical match made in heaven, and fans can only hope they work on more new material soon.Check out the full setlist below, as well as a gallery of images by Justin Zangerle of Shutter & Cut.Edit this setlist | More The Claypool Lennon Delirium setlistslast_img read more

Watch Gregg Allman Perform Little Feat’s “Willin’” In New 360-Degree Video

first_imgThe loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. In early September, Gregg Allman’s final album, Southern Blood, was posthumously released. The album—produced by manager and friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was—very clearly served as Allman’s final statement to fans, with the album coming after the Allman Brothers Band icon’s ongoing fight with liver cancer following a liver transplant in 2010. Thus, Southern Blood is a ten-song collection of primary covers that reflect what was in Allman’s heart and soul during his final months.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’Today, the Gregg Allman camp has released a music video for the second single off the album, a cover of “Willin’”, which was originally penned by Little Feat’s Lowell George. The video for the hopeful tune is made all the more special by its unique format; the interactive 360-degree video lets viewers get a glimpse inside the studio and see the Gregg Allman Band in its full glory performing the song. You can check out the video for yourself below. [Photo: Phierce Photo]last_img read more

PBK inducts Class of 2012 members

first_imgThe Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), Alpha Iota of Massachusetts, will induct 24 juniors at a formal ceremony at Leverett House on April 25.PBK was first established under a charter in 1779. Shifting from a social and debating club in its early years to an undergraduate honor society in the 19th century, PBK is known as the oldest academic honor society in the country.Phi Beta Kappa’s national mission is to foster and recognize excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and election to Alpha Iota of Massachusetts signifies that an undergraduate has demonstrated excellence, reach, originality, and rigor in his or her course of study. The honor society recognizes students whose course work shows not only high achievement, but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding, and intellectual honesty. Twenty-four juniors are elected each spring, 48 seniors each fall, and a further number sufficient to bring the total membership to no more than 10 percent of the graduating class in the final election shortly before Commencement.Elected juniors include:Adams House: Robert Newell, human evolutionary biology; and Antonia Peacocke, philosophy.Currier House: Jennifer Xia, applied math.Dunster House: Nathaniel Hipsman, applied math; Matthew Tung, chemical and physical biology; and Michael Velchik, classics.Eliot House: Peter Bozzo, government; and Abigail Modaff, social studies.Kirkland House: Madeleine Schwartz, history.Leverett House: Aditya Balasubramanian, history; and Danielle Drees, English.Lowell House: Francis Deng, human development and regenerative biology.Mather House: Annabel Beichman, organismic and evolutionary biology; Eva Belmont, mathematics; Michael Lim, economics; and Riva Riley, organismic and evolutionary biology.Pforzheimer House: Jane Choi, applied math; and Philip Mocz, mathematics.Quincy House: Alex Palmer, social studies; Tyler Runge, social studies; and Marieke Thomas, chemistry.Winthrop House: George Huang, biomedical engineering; Spencer Vegosen, East Asian studies; and Victor Yang, history of science.last_img read more

Vermont state e-cycles program provides free drop-off

first_imgThe Vermont State E-Cycles Program provides free drop-off for the collection of computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and computer peripherals (e.g., mouse, keyboard, scanner) from Vermont Households, 501c3 Charities, School Districts and Small Businesses with 10 or fewer employees.As of today, over 85 collection sites and special collection events have partnered with the Program, with more expected to sign up  to offer a convenient set of collection locations as required by the State Standard Plan. To date, the Program has collected more than 1.5 million pounds of recyclable electronic devices, with a goal of collecting over  three million pounds by the end of next June.Prompted by legislation, this on-going collection Program has permanent, year-round collection locations statewide. The free service is available for Vermont covered entities to drop-off any of the specific covered devices listed above at any one of the existing locations across the state. For an up-to-date list of the locations and collection events accepting electronics under the Free Program, please visitwww.vtecycles.org(link is external) and look for ‘Where Can I Recycle?’The Northeast Resource Recovery Association and its partners, the Association of Vermont Recyclers and Good Point Recycling in Middlebury were selected from a competitive State RFP process in late April based on their ability to provide oversight and transparency to a very detailed tracking process required for the State of Vermont’s Manufacturer-funded E-Cycles Program. Many recyclers are providing data destruction services to covered entities. However, it is the responsibility of the owner of the electronic device  to ensure  the security of any personal data on the device.  To learn more about how to keep information on your computer safe before you drop it off at a collection location, general questions about the program, or for list of permanent collection locations  visitwww.vtecycles.org(link is external) or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.last_img read more

Smart watches and your credit union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Larry MeadorBanking with Wearable TechnologyThe introduction of wearable technology is rapidly changing the way society operates. The impact of wearable devices, however, goes beyond just social behavior – it’s intended to change and improve everyday lives, healthcare and personal finances. A new and significant game changer in the wearable devices market is the Apple Watch, released to the public in April 2015. Smart watches are anticipated to lead the market in wearable technology with Generator Research, a digital technology research firm, projecting 214 million units to be sold by 2018.For financial institutions, wearable technology is an opportunity to provide your customers with immediate access to financial data, inquiries and personal account information in a whole new way. Consumers want immediate access to their data and expect their service providers, including their credit union, to provide it as soon as they need it, regardless of where they are or what they’re doing.The idea behind smart watches is that everything you could possibly need is just a glance away and it’s literally “hands-free.” Your wallet, phone, GPS, entertainment, finances and more are available at any given moment through your watch – and it still serves the traditional purpose of timekeeping. The graphic below, courtesy of Luke Wroblewski, does a great job of showcasing the multi-functionality of this technology. continue reading »last_img read more

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Tiger cubs Covi, Vivid welcome Semarang Zoo visitors on reopening day

first_imgSemarang Zoo in Central Java has reopened its gates to the public after being closed for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions.Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi inaugurated the zoo’s reopening on Wednesday as part of an effort to revitalize local tourism. Amid the excitement, Hendrar called on the sector’s stakeholders to implement strict health protocols and limit the number of visitors.“Once again, I shall stress that the activities […] must be done in compliance with [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s] procedures,” he said during his visit to Semarang Zoo as quoted by tribunnews.com.Read also: Indonesian zoos to implement ‘new normal’ protocolsTo mark the significance of the occasion, Hendrar named a couple of newborn tigers Covi and Vivid, in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the animals were born.“This serves as a reminder that two tigers were born at Semarang Zoo amid the pandemic. Let us pray that they will grow up to become big and healthy tigers,” he said.With the arrival of the 3-month-old cubs, Semarang Zoo is now home to a total of 286 animals of 68 different species.As of Wednesday afternoon, Central Java had recorded 6,346 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 543 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more