NewsLocal NewsPeriod of stability key to region’s recoveryBy admin – November 25, 2010 487 Twitter Linkedin LIMERICK people are afraid to part with their money ahead of Budget 2011 as they don’t know how much will be left in their pockets, but with a general election on the horizon, hopes have been expressed by the local business community that such an eventuality could spark increased growth and stability in the region. Maria Kelly, CEO Limerick Chamber, insists it is “most important that the Government gets its budget and four-year plan through to meet the conditions of the IMF and the EU”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her comments came after Taoiseach, Brian Cowen declared on Monday he will call a general election early in the new year, “as soon as the budget process has been seen through”. Noting that the within the next two years, a declining Limerick city centre and indeed, the economic picture as a whole, could see a return to growth, Ms Kelly told the Limerick Post that the reaction to the IMF has been somewhat peculiar.“We have been in free-fall for some time and we have never hit the bottom, but maybe now we have hit the bottom, and I hope that the political parties recognise the importance of seeing this process through and then let the people have their say in the new year”.However, Ms Kelly, adopting a positive stance, revealed she had spoken to many business owners who had acknowledged a substantial increase in their turnover, and she expressed confidence that 2011 could see a return for the majority of those that suffered at the front-line of the economy.This sentiment is echoed by Graham Byrnes, regional director at CPL, who says that he would welcome the announcement of the general election as he feels that Limerick is in need of representation at the Cabinet table. “We need stability here, and potential investors crave certainty if multinationals are to set up in the region, while allowing exporters to avail of opportunity.“Companies are hiring and we have seen an increase in demand to fill jobs, but this needs to grow once the size of this financial bail out is identified. Ireland and indeed, Limerick, has seen an increase in competitiveness as salaries and costs have fallen.“Now is the time for direct foreign investment to pick up an educated workforce. It is two years now since the Dell closure and with the support of grants and training stimulus packages, Limerick is getting back on its feet”.Commentators and the business community are embracing the announcement of a general election on the whole, citing a period of stability as the key to recovery. Facebook Advertisement Print WhatsApp Email Previous articleCar reg gives sneak offender awayNext articleCouncil denounces ‘scurrilous’ local newspaper report admin
Hollywood Cocktails 124 Walton St (01865) 511 668 As you come to the end of the Jericho “bar crawl” from the north of Oxford into the centre of town, you are likely to decide to omit one new addition to the scene from your drinking schedule, on the basis of its unpromising exterior. Hollywood Cocktails is situated on the corner of Little Clarendon Street, opposite the more aesthetically pleasing peppermint green façade of Raouls, and seems to promise a pretty seedy experience. Maybe, however, this is simply a result of the permanent dirtiness of its windows: bar owners take note: these things do get noticed. I strongly advise that you give Hollywood Cocktails a closer, more penetrating look and venture inside. This bar is a welcome new addition to the Jericho bar scene, providing an oasis of calm and a sense of groundedness amidst the sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of those more fashionable and well-known jericho bars. It plays vintage ‘30s and ‘40s jazz and boasts a collection of posters of film noir & classic stars alongside the standard huge mirrors & luxury leather seating. Hollywood Cocktails is run by a couple who decided to take the ethos for their new venture from their favourite cocktail recipe book, and it has certainly paid off – there is a unusual and wide selection of dinks, including non-alcoholic versions of old favourites – ones to try include the cinammon daquiri and the raspberry tart. Snacks and table service are also available. Part of the charm of Holywood cocktails is the fact that it is as yet relatively undiscovered, so it will be well worth a visit before it becomes (as it is bound to do) more popular. The only down side is the lack of outdoor seating, but come the winter this will matter less. Above all, Hollywood Cocktails has something different to offer, cocktails with a twist, and should definitely be visited at least once.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004
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The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy that should never have happened. Our highest priority has been to ensure the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy receive the support they need. We have always been clear that we will do everything we can to make sure that relatives who are required to provide evidence in person, or need to be in the UK to participate in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry are able to do so. That is why we have published this revised guidance today, to ensure those with Core Participant status are able to extend their stay. Revised policy guidance for Grenfell relatives published today states that people with core participant status or those called to be a witness at the Inquiry who are already in the country, will be able to extend their stay in the UK for a further 6 months.This is to provide certainty for relatives that they will be able to remain for the anticipated period of the Inquiry’s oral evidence sessions.Family members who are overseas with core participant status, who are required to attend or are called as a witness who apply for a visit visa, should also be assured that these applications will be considered quickly on a case by case basis, taking into account the compelling and compassionate circumstances.Core participants are people or organisations, who have applied for that status because they have a significant interest in proceedings or could be subject to scrutiny. A core participant can be invited to participate during the Inquiry, for example by making statements or suggesting lines of questioning to be pursued.The Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes said: Today’s announcement builds on the Grenfell survivors’ immigration policy which was introduced in July last year to allow individuals with insecure immigration status who lost their homes in the fire to regularise their status and access support.Later that year, it was announced that those qualifying under the policy will be able to apply for permanent residence in the UK after 5 years’ lawful residence.You can read further information relating to the fire at Grenfell Tower and the full Grenfell relatives’ policy guidance on GOV.UK
Lesley Foottit reports from the 127th annual Craft Bakers’ Association’s annual conference, which saw plenty of industry insight and advice on making it in retail in the current economic climate.Clare Rayner: 10 steps to make it in retailLeading retail expert Rayner founded Shop Local Campaign, which champions the success and sustainability of smaller independent retailers and suppliers to retail.1 Goal and missionGet a clear idea of your goal with the business you are starting and what you want to achieve with it.2 PositioningMake sure you know how your business compares against competitors including price; product; presentation; and service.3 Ideal customerHaving a clear idea of your target audience is vital in order to best tailor your offer.4 Range planningThe product is a major part of the company’s positioning so it is important to categorise you range and not cannabalise it with similar offerings.5 Price and positioningAgain, it is important to know your market and choose your prices and position in the market carefully to suit your audience.6 Channel and locationThis is all about how your customers shop from in-store to online ordering and those who identify with companies’ social media pages. Rayner says a multi-channel customer is worth 130% of a single-channel customer.7 Customer engagementFour aspects to consider: Attraction: knowing your ideal customer and tailoring the price, product, promotion and place for themVisibility: availability, product information, staff competencyRentention: keep your promises, stay consistent in your offer, make sure you tell your customers about offersReferrals: inspire customer trust in your brand to encourage word of mouth recommendations8 Supply chainCarefully select suppliers and manage your relationship with them. Define your criteria early on from your ethics of business to your values, reputation and flexibility.9 Planning and controllingThis spans cash flow, sales and margin data. It is vital to keep your eye on the details.10 Back officeAgain, essential for efficiency of business. Keep on top of HR, legal, finance and IT issues to ensure the smooth running of your business.Stephen Spicer: advice on allergen regulationSpicer, head of regulatory affairs at Campden BRI, advised delegates of the best ways to prepare for new allergen regulation coming in this December. It will apply to all food served in establishments including pre-packed, which it is estimated will cost an average of £3,260 per business. Spicer warned of ‘capacity issues’ with booking in for menu and labelling changes and advised business owners to book jobs at the printers early.Other changes coming into force include changing the minimum font size to 3mm as well as highlighting any allergens in ingredients. Fourteen allergens must be clearly labelled, though business are free to decide how they should be flagged on packaging. Spicer recommended bolding up the font of the allergen in question in lower case to make reading accessible. Guidance on this can be sought from the British Retail Consortium.The fortification of bread and flour is still required and forticants now need labelling. DEFRA is conducting research into this.Elsewhere, the list of mandatory nutrition information has changed. The fibre content is no longer required, while sodium content is, as is the KJ and KCal content.“Allergens are the only piece of mandatory information and must be declared,” said Spicer. “The ‘how’ is flexible and information can be put across via booklets, menus or staff knowledge.Andre Sarafilovic: maintaining innovation, sales and quality in bakingSarafilovic, director of Stephens Bakery in Dunfermline, was on hand to help delegates keep their businesses relevant for changig consumser preferences and tastes as trends move on. He advises business owners to focus on innovation and marketing to ensure success.Stephens Bakery operates at a turnover of £10m with 185 staff across 14 retail branches and more than 100 convenience store units, six snack delivery vans, a catering and buffet service and 40 wholesale customers.Rolls, the Scottish bakery favourite, account for 38% of the business while savoury pastries take 34%, together accounting for the bulk of sales. Confectionary sales come in at 17%.“We are passionate about quality and value for money,” said Sarafilovic. “Continuous investment in business is necessary and you must embrace new technology. It is all about strengthening the brand – we have spent a lot on branding this year.”The company commissions daily quality reports with regular mystery shopper visits with a spotlight on standards.Sarafilovic champions new product development for increasing market share as well as lengthening trading hours to suit current trends where people no longer fit the traditional 9am to 5pm shopper profile. The bakery has also introduced made-to-order filled rolls and sandwiches to stand out from competitors. Around 10% of orders are done online since adding that option to encourage more business.Business advice: protect your profits, discipline and grievance procedures and auto pension enrolmentLouise Camilleri, key account manager at Lodge Services, discussed security specialists, loss prevention, security of personnel, screening and vetting, audit assessment and how to maximise a return on your investments in business.Since the resession hit, Lodge has noticed a sharp increase in staff theft. The company offers affected businesses options including mystery shopper visits to assess staff behaviour. Camilleri suggests that while alarm systems can be expensive, sometimes a simple ‘CCTV’ warning sign can be deterrent enough to burglaries.Meanwhile, Mike Hornsby, partner at Gisby Harrison Solicitors, advised delegates on how best to discipline staff and sort out grievances without crossing any boundaries or breaking any laws. Business owners must ensure that their procedures and actions are in accordance with the law.Pension law is changing and Robert McGregor, managing director at Beaufort Corporate Consulting, was on hand to help delegates through the fine print. For businesses employing people, there are new laws to learn regarding pensions and owners will have new duties to help them save for retirement. Employees are required to save a minimum 5% of their salary, although there is an option to opt out.New Craft Bakers’ Association presidentThe 127th annual conference saw David Smart, managing director of craft bakery chain Greenhalgh’s, installed at president for the next two years, replacing Anthony Kindred of Kindred Bakery in Herne Hill, south London.Smart will be the first president to hold the position for two years as the post is normally just for one.And President Elect is Janet Carr, managing director of Warings Bakery, which retails across Berkshire and Hampshire.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has not received any recommendations for the award of new central contracts for the coming year, chief executive Johnny Grave has said.Attempting to put to rest speculation on social media that West Indies Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite had not been issued a retainer, Grave said CWI had not yet approved a list for the new period starting July 1.“The Board is waiting on the recommendations from the Financial Strategy Advisory Committee before deciding on when new contracts will be issued,” the Englishman told Barbados Today online here.“All current contracts expire on the 30th of June 2020, with new contracts due to start on July 1.”A social media post from a senior Barbados Cricket Association official earlier this week sparked debate over Brathwaite’s future, especially in light of his poor form with the bat over the last 18 months.The obdurate right-hander, the most senior player in the current squad with 59 Tests, has averaged 12 in his 10 Tests dating back to 2018.He also struggled in the recent domestic first class championship, garnering just 468 runs at an average of 33, without a single hundred, and three half-centuries from 15 innings.In fact, Brathwaite averaged 25 at the start of the eighth and final round but struck 48 and an unbeaten 84 against deposed champions Guyana Jaguars, to improve his record for the season.The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who made his debut as a 19-year-old nine years ago, has emerged as West Indies’ leading opener but has now seen his Test average plummet to a modest 33.Grave said under CWI policy, senior team players not awarded an international contract would not be left in the cold.“If any international contracted players lose their contract, they are automatically offered a grade A contract for the next year, which is the highest level franchise contract,” Grave explained.A similar situation arose four years ago when Darren Bravo rejected an international contract, after being downgraded to a ‘C’ grade retainer.At the time, then CWI president Dave Cameron rejected seniority as a basis for the award of high-grade contracts, pointing out that it was up to players to determine their contract based on the quality of performance.“All we are saying is that you write your own contract. At the start of the season you are told what averages you need to have, volume of runs, volume of wickets, behaviours, whatever. It’s up to you,” Cameron had said at the height of the Bravo controversy.
There are four matches down for decision, all beginning at 7 o’clock.The fixtures are:Roinn 1 Group 1 – Upperchurch-Drombane V JK Brackens, The Ragg Roinn 1 Group 2 – Borris-Ileigh V Roscrea, Moneygall Eire Og Anacarty/Donohill V Thurles Sarsfields, Pairc Ciocaim, DundrumRoinn 1 Group 4 – Kilruane McDonaghs V Lorrha-Dorrha, Borrisokane.
Four police officers were killed in a knife attack at Paris police headquarters by a man who was then shot dead, say French reports.The event appears to be a case of workplace violence.The assailant was an administrative intelligence employee at police headquarters who was “death and dumb.”French reports say the assailant went on the rampage with a ceramic knife, stabbing several colleagues in his office and the surrounding area before being shot dead by an officer.Police sources said the assailant was “in conflict” with his superiors.The police headquarter’s on the île de la Cité has been cordoned off and emergency services and interior minister Christophe Castaner and prime minister Edouard Philippe, have arrived at the scene.