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Plimsoll: all change for top bakery jobs

first_imgA wave of new appointments at senior management level among bakery companies in the UK is set to prompt a radical change in their behaviour, says Plimsoll.A new report from the industry analyst says there have been 722 new appointments at director level among the top 980 companies in the last 18 months, in an industry with 2,153 directors in total.This new blood will change the industry, says senior analyst David Pattison: “Companies don’t do business with companies – people do business with people. But people are changing and firms will lose business simply because they took a customer, competitor or supplier for granted based on an older management style.”Plimsoll investigated each company’s financial performance and found the challenge for 180 of the new appointments was to keep the company afloat. For 542 others it was to improve performance.Pattison said: “The reasons for the appointments are varied. Some have been taken on to find a buyer for the company, while others have been appointed to see through a management buyout. A quarter of directors are over the age of 60 and we will see more evolution in the near future.”The report says the average director’s salary in the baking industry was £70,566 last year.To obtain a £50 discount on the £300 report quote the code PR02 online at: [http://www.plimsoll.co.uk]last_img read more

Strike at Warburtons averted

first_imgWarburtons and the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have reached a pay agreement following the threat of strike action.The union, which called off planned strike action before Christmas over what it saw as a low pay offer, confirmed on 11 January that an agreement had been reached.No pay figure was available but Warburtons described it as “an extremely competitive offer in the context of the food industry” and pronounced themselves pleased with the resolution of the dispute.last_img read more

Greggs sees third year at head of Top 50 league

first_imgGreggs has topped British Baker’s Top 50 Bakery Retailers’ league table for the third year running, keeping closest rival Subway at bay.The 2009 list shows Greggs opened 50 shops last year, bringing its tally to 1,403 at the end of the year, and making it the biggest bakery retailer in the UK.Subway was the fastest- growing chain in the UK, opening 264 units over 2008. It is at number two on the latest list, with 1,284 franchise outlets at the close of 2008.Greggs’ new chief executive Ken McMeikan, who took over last July, commented: “It is a great honour on behalf of all the great people at Greggs, and its long-serving leaders Sir Michael Darrington and Ian Gregg, to receive this accolade. They have built an incredibly strong business since 1964, with incredible growth prospects. The challenges to see that business grow and accelerate its growth are very exciting and we have a great team in place to do that.” McMeikan also recently spoke of “significant opportunities” for new shop locations.The British Baker Top 50 includes all types of retailer of bakery products, modern and traditional, from craft bakers to café chains, ranked by number of units. The top 10 of 2009 includes Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Pret A Manger.Leigh-based Waterfields is a notable climber on the new list, with 49 stores, following its acquisition of 10-shop Liverpool-based John Pimblett & Sons in December. Patisserie Holdings, which owns the Druckers and Patisserie Valerie brands, also opened eight shops during the year, bringing its estate to 59 outlets.Missing from the new list is Welsh chain Ferrari’s Bakery, number 19 in 2007, which went into liquidation in November.Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers said bakery retailers were facing the most challenging times in the industry that he had ever experienced. “The big question is, what will the high street look like in 2009, with Woolworths closing, and fashion houses going into administration?” he said. “We, as bakers, need supporting businesses on the high street.”last_img read more

Martins Food Group

first_imgNewton Heath and Radcliffe, ManchesterMachinery: two 4m downflow booths, designed to contain dust, such as flour, over large areas of emissionWhy installed: to control flour and ingredient dust at the point of weighing in preparation for onward bakingHow it came about: after discussions with Flextraction, the company decided to invest in a 4m booth because it fitted into the size of the Newton Heath operationsWhat it does: Louvred grilles in the lower rear wall capture the airborne contaminants; the booth operates using continuous recirculation of the air within the booth, meaning no airborne contaminants can escape into the external environmentTech spec: 304 stainless steel downflow booths with an acoustically enclosed fan to minimise overall noise level operate on a re-circulatory airflow principle with a clean, evenly distributed down-flow of air at 0.5m/second. Extraction is via low-level primary roughing filters and secondary bag filters. This then provides down-flow via ceiling-mounted 99.95% filtration efficient HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arrestor) filters, suppressing any dust downwards away from the operator’s breathing zone. Pressure indicating devices continually monitor the extraction performance, while automatically controlling the 2 x 2.2kW direct-driven, variable speed fans to maintain optimum operating conditionsProblems solved: dust emission checks found that the employees weighing up and tipping flour or ingredients into removable bowl mixers had the lowest emission levels of anywhere in the bakery, so Martins decided to invest in another booth for its Radcliffe operations with exactly the same results, says the firm Supplied by: Flextractionwww.flextraction.co.uklast_img read more

Union calls for maximum temperature in bakeries

first_imgBakeries are under pressure to do more to reduce workplace temperatures after the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) launched a campaign to get a maximum working temperature enshrined in UK legislation.As part of the Cool It! campaign, which is also supported by the TUC, the BFAWU has put forward an Early Day Motion (EDM), sponsored by Labour MP John McDonnell, calling for clear legislation on the issue, with the introduction of a maximum working temperature of around 30C and 27C for those doing strenuous work. As British Baker went to press, 32 MPs were supporting the EDM.According to the BFAWU, current guidelines on workplace temperatures are unclear, with employers taking an ad hoc approach to the issue. National president Ian Hodson told British Baker that some of his members had been forced to work in temperatures as high as 45C, with temperatures of between 36-38C commonplace.”This is an issue for bakeries of all sizes right up to the big plant bakers,” he said. “While modern bakeries have technology, such as air conditioning, to regulate temperatures, in long-standing workplaces, there has not been enough investment.”Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers (FoB), which represents plant bakers, said his members had updated their factories “wherever possible”. “Health and safety assess-ments are taking place all the time in bakeries. These are risk-based assessments and if there is a problem which is certainly not all the time, as it’s more of a hot weather issue then there are measures that can be taken, such as different types of clothes and different break patterns.”He said the FoB did not back calls for a maximum working temperature. “The view has been taken that there is sufficient health and safety in place. We don’t think it’s necessary.”Bakers looking to get involved in the campaign should email: [email protected]last_img read more

NCAA to allow limited number of fans during March Madness

first_img Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2021 0 161 Previous articleIMS President: Still too early too tell about fans at The 500Next articleMishawaka restaurant suffers damage from invading mob 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. WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Pinterest Facebook By Batistaya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including all rounds and the Final Four. The decision to allow up to 25% capacity with physical distancing was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The event capacity will include all participants, essential staff and family members of each participating team’s student-athletes and coaches and a reduced number of fans. All attendees must wear face coverings and physically distance during the event. Thorough cleaning, disinfecting and safety measures will be a priority in all venues.“This year’s tournament will be like no other, and while we know it won’t be the same for anyone, we are looking forward to providing a memorable experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at a once-in-a-lifetime tournament,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “After the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, we are happy to welcome some fans back to all rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.”The entire Division I tournament will be played in Indiana, at Purdue’s Mackey Arena and IU’s Assembly Hall, along with Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Lucas Oil Stadium. Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter NCAA to allow limited number of fans during March Madnesslast_img read more

News story: Director appointed for Faraday Battery Challenge

first_imgLearn more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Innovate UK has also invested £40 million across 27 battery research and development projects.Independent institute HSSMI are one such project to get funding. It will conduct research into batteries at the end of their life and look at how these could be reused, remanufactured or recycled.Faraday Battery Challenge HSSMI video With 200,000 electric vehicles set to be on UK roads by the end of 2018, investment in car batteries is a massive opportunity for Britain and one that, through our flagship Industrial Strategy and the Automotive Sector Deal, the government is committed to seizing. To realise our grand ambitions we need great leadership, which is why I am delighted that someone as talented and respected in the sector as Tony Harper will be spearheading our efforts to make Britain the ‘go-to’ destination for the development and deployment of this game-changing technology. Innovate UK Chief Executive, Ruth McKernan, said: This is a unique opportunity to maximise the advantage for the UK from the shift to the electrification of transport by creating a high-tech, high-value, high-skill industry in battery technology. Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Engineering Research, Tony Harper has been appointed as Director, Faraday Battery Challenge.Tony will join UK Research and Innovation in April 2018 to lead the Faraday Battery Challenge. This is government’s £246 million investment to develop safe, cost-effective, durable, lighter weight, higher performing and recyclable batteries in the UK. It is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.He will work across Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), who will jointly deliver the challenge, and work closely with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Work so farThe Faraday Battery Challenge has already made strong progress.This includes the multi-million pound Faraday Institution to speed up research, innovation and scale-up novel battery technologies, and a £80 million investment through the APC for the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development facilityFaraday Battery Challenge CWLEP Video He will have an important role to play in ensuring the UK is a world leader in the development of automotive battery technologies.center_img Business Minister Richard Harrington added: Tony’s long-standing experience and expertise in automotive research and development means he is the ideal candidate to lead the ground-breaking Faraday Battery Challenge. Leading industry experienceTony has been working as Director of Engineering Research at Jaguar Land Rover since 2006. He is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an honorary fellow of the University of Warwick.In addition, he is an elected member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and sits on a number of industry advisory councils.Tony said: Read the Ministerial announcement. It is also a very exciting time to be joining UK Research and Innovation as it sets out to become the best research and innovation agency in the world. Innovate UK is inviting applications in a second round of collaborative research and development funding under the Faraday Battery Challenge. Find out more and apply.last_img read more

News story: Three Trustees Appointed to Sport England

first_imgSue JamesSue James has over 30 years’ experience working in the media industry. She was a senior executive of Time Inc UK for over 20 years and until September 2017 she was the Editorial Director of woman&home, the UK’s leading consumer title for 40+ women. Sue received widespread recognition for her work there earning numerous industry awards and establishing a strong commercial reputation for understanding and meeting customer needs as well as delivering and managing behavioural and organisational change. Sue now runs her own media brand consultancy advising clients from all sectors on Strategic Brand Marketing, Content Creation and Customer Engagement.Her passion for wellbeing and desire to help all women ‘lead their best life’, led Sue to develop long standing partnerships with some of the UK’s biggest health charities. For Breast Cancer Care she created the game-changing Pink Ribbon Walk initiative in 1999 and she was the driving force behind Walk for One Million for Target Ovarian Cancer. These, plus her recent work with the Alzheimer’s Society, have resulted in more than £10 million being raised for health and wellbeing charities.Sue is a consummate communicator and has an astute understanding of the needs and aspirations of women globally, having herself worked in the USA, Europe and South Africa. She is passionate about supporting and mentoring and has, during her career, helped, encouraged and inspired women of all ages. She has also worked on youth and graduate inclusive physical activity initiatives through her involvement as a Trustee with the National Centre of Circus Arts.Natalie Ceeney CBENatalie is a non-executive Director and strategy consultant. She was appointed to the board of Sports England from 1st June 2018, and her other roles include Chair of Innovate Finance, non-executive director of Board of Countrywide PLC, and a business advisor on technology driven transformation. Her previous executive career includes three CEO roles, of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, The National Archives and the Financial Ombudsman Service.Natalie has always been passionate about sports, initially just as a supporter of elite sports and more recently as a regular cyclist and gym user. Her own experience of ill health, including breast cancer, has made her a strong believer in the power of activity and exercise for physical and mental health. Natalie is also a digital evangelist, with a career history of using digital technology to widen participation and access, and excited by its potential in sport.Mohamed ElsarkyMohamed Elsarky is a seasoned executive with wide experience in industry, sport, and not for profit organisations. Most recently he served as Global President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier where he was also a member of the Board. Previously, he was operating partner at Lion Capital, a leading private equity firm; President of United Biscuits Northern Europe; CEO Jacobs Bakery (Danone) UK and Ireland, and Chairman / CEO Kellogg Australia and New Zealand.Mohamed’s involvement in sport include major sponsorship of Rugby League, Netball, and Surf Life Saving Iron Man and Iron Woman competitions in Australia where he was Vice Patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland. More recently he was Chair of British Canoeing overseeing improved governance and developing relationships with funding bodies and key stakeholders. Mohamed is currently Chair of British Equestrian Federation.Mohamed hold a number of non-executive board positions including NOMAD Foods (NYSE) and the East India Company. He also served on several not for profit organisations focussing on children including Kids Help Line, Children’s Hospital Council, and Australian Council for Children and Parenting as well as the New South Wales Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Board.The roles are remunerated at £218 a day. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Natalie, Sue and Mohamed have declared no such political activity.last_img read more

Press release: Car parts boss banned after failing to deliver customers’ orders

first_img During the period between February 2015 and October 2015 Mr Cakirgoz caused and/or allowed the company to trade with a lack of commercial probity in that it failed to provide goods to the value of at least £58,065 paid for by at least 58 customers Ali Cakirgoz had a total lack of regard for his customers. But thankfully his bogus sales activities finally caught up with him and we have been able to put the brakes on his deceitful activities. Mr Cakirgoz failed to maintain, preserve and/or deliver up adequate accounting records for the period February 2015 to October 2015 and as a result it has not been possible to fully ascertain: Notes to editorsTotal Engine Replacement Limited (CRO No. 094600350) was incorporated on 26 February 2015 and was registered at 10-12 Marshgate Lane, Marshgate İndustrial Estate, London E15 2NH.Details of Ali Cakirgoz’s disqualification undertakingOn 6 April 2018 the Court made a Disqualification Order against Mr Cakirgoz, effective from 27 April 2018, for a period of 12 years. The matters of unfitness which Mr Cakirgoz did not defend in the disqualification proceedings were that: Ali Cakirgoz, 61 of Waltham Abbey, is subject to a disqualification order which prevents him from acting as a director for 12 years.Total Engine Replacement Limited was incorporated in February 2015, advertising replacement engines on numerous websites that were all registered to the company.But Trading Standards and the Insolvency Service began to receive complaints from customers who said they hadn’t received their products and couldn’t get hold of anyone at Total Engine Replacement.The Insolvency Service carried out an initial investigation into the company’s activities before gathering enough evidence to place Total Engine Replacement into compulsory liquidation in September 2016 after a petition was presented by the Secretary of State.Investigators found that despite accepting payments from their customers, Total Engine Replacement failed to deliver any of the products they had promised. Customers who then attempted to complain were left frustrated as the company left emails unanswered and disconnected telephone numbers.In little over a year, Total Engine Replacement failed to provide goods to the value of at least £58,000 to around 58 customers.The director, Ali Cakirgoz, did not co-operate with the enquiries and when asked, failed to maintain adequate accounting records. This meant investigators were unable to establish exactly how much money was received, where the money was paid into and what were the company’s current levels of assets and liabilities.Following the disqualification, Ali Cakirgoz is now prevented from acting, directly or indirectly, as a director of a company having allowed Total Engine Replacement to trade with a lack of commercial probity and failing to maintain adequate accounting records.Irshard Mohammed, Investigation Supervisor with the Insolvency Service, said: DisqualificationA disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: LinkedIn Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service (England and Wales)The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7596 6187 or 020 7637 6498 How much money has actually been received by the company and the full details of all of its customers Which bank accounts the funds have been paid into What has happened to the known funds of £86,691 paid to the company What the current position with regards Assets & Liabilities is You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Both the winding-up proceedings and the subsequent disqualification action show that we will use the full weight of our powers to take firm action against both companies and individuals that operate in such an unscrupulous way.center_img Press Office Email [email protected] This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Engines were marketed for sale through a number of similarly named websites and orders taken either over the phone or by email Quotes were provided and sales invoice raised in the name of the company Quotes were provided and sales invoices raised in the names of unconnected 3rd party companies The engines were not delivered as promised and customers were unable to contact the company as their websites were taken down, email addresses unanswered and telephone numbers disconnected The company was not registered at the registered office address Between 26 February 2015 and 28 October 2015, at least 59 complaints totalling £58,065 were made to Action Fraud by customers who had not received the goods that they had paid for YouTubelast_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary statement on military action in Hodeidah

first_img Following the start of military action by Coalition-backed forces to take Hodeidah port back from Houthi militia, I call on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and prioritise the protection of civilians. We are in regular contact with the Coalition about the need to ensure that any military operations in and around Hodeidah are conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law, including on the protection of civilians, and do not disrupt commercial and humanitarian flows through the port. The Coalition have assured us that they are incorporating humanitarian concerns into their operational plans. It is vital to maintain the flow of food, fuel and medical supplies into Yemen. For their part the Houthis must not compromise port facilities or hinder the humanitarian response. The ongoing Coalition intervention in Yemen came at the request of the legitimate Government of Yemen after Houthi rebels took the Yemeni capital by force in 2014. Houthi forces have consistently failed to adhere to UN Security Council Resolutions, including by launching missile attacks against Saudi Arabia and shipping in the Red Sea. They have obstructed access for humanitarian supplies leading to significant suffering among civilians. It remains imperative to resume work towards a comprehensive political settlement. Lasting peace and stability in Yemen will require dialogue and negotiation. UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths is due to update the Security Council soon on his proposals for a negotiated settlement. We call upon all parties to throw their weight behind his efforts, for the sake of the Yemeni people and the security of Yemen’s neighbours. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Notes to EditorsThe UK is working with the UN, NGOs and the Coalition to respond to the humanitarian situation. The UK has committed £170 million to the UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Appeal for the financial year 2018/2019, making the UK the 4th largest donor.Further information Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Email [email protected]last_img read more