first_imgHe’s very handsome,” says Josephine Joy-Commons, who hand-crimps Cornish pasties every day. “He asked me, ’How do you know how much meat to put in each pasty?’ I replied, ’Keeping it clean, sir, a woman always knows how much meat to use.’”The Duke, as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, went to Crantock Bakery to unveil a plaque, marking the successful completion of a £1.1m investment programme, which will enable the bakery to produce up to 120,000 pasties per day.”It’s fascinating to watch people crimping,” says His Royal Highness, The Duke of York. “A photographer tried to persuade me to have a go, but it’s far too clever for me.”It has been a pleasure to come to Cornwall and see a prime example of a successful Cornish business. I’m impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of everyone. I wish Crantock continued success in developing new markets in the UK and abroad.”exports across europeOverseas sales account for 2.7% of Crantock’s £9 million annual turnover. The pasties, along with other baked products, are exported to seven countries across Europe – namely, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Ireland. Spain is the biggest market, so far, with nine outlets, including Benidorm and Alicante.In the UK, the pasties are mainly sold under the name The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Company and Cornish Bakehouse. There are 30 Oggy Oggy Pasty shops and 20 Cornish Bakehouse across the UK.”It was a very special day for everyone at the bakery and marks the completion of a large investment programme,” says Nick Ringer, managing director of Crantock Bakery.Of the £1.1m investment, £247,000 was a grant from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), administered by the Objective One partnership, together with another grant of £247,000 from Defra. Objective One estimates that pasties were worth £150m a year to the local Cornish economy.investment in local producersCarleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One partnership, says: “Objective One investment is being used to help businesses in the food supply chain to add value to primary produce, work smarter, increase profitability, maximise market growth and remain part of this region’s valued assets.”Crantock’s expansion is a prime example of this with the investment being used to increase the link between local producers and food processors, increase quality of employment and strengthen local supply chains.”Crantock’s pasties are made using traditional Cornish techniques, with a secret seasoning recipe, and every pasty is hand-crimped before being blast-frozen. They are then delivered to retail outlets, where they are freshly baked on the day. “The extension is mainly a larger freezing area,” says Matthew Hurry, operations director at Crantock Bakery.Nick Ringer and Matthew Hurry purchased the bakery in October 2002. Since then, the £1.1m investment at the 25,000sq ft bakery, has already safeguarded 85 jobs and created 30 new roles.The company also bought new machinery, including a new £100,000 sausage roll machine, made by Rondo, replacing a machine that was over nine years old. Made in Italy to a Swiss design, it is fully computerised and capable of producing over 10,000 sausage rolls an hour.protectING REGIONAL STATUSHurry says it would be great for Cornish pasties to received national geographical status protection because consumers are increasingly wanting to know the origins of their food.”Consumers want to know that what they eat is a genuine regional food, produced with ingredients sourced from the local area wherever possible. The stamp of authenticity is an important marketing tool, like Belgian chocolate,” he says.The factory claims to use nine tonnes of meat each week and 18 tonnes of potatoes.Hurry adds: “Since Nick and I took over the business in 2002, we’ve invested in the premises, in technology and in people. The business has expanded at a terrific rate, particularly into new markets overseas and across the UK.”The Crantock bake-off range of top 10 sellers includes: the Steak Pasty, Jumbo Sausage Rolls, Spicy Chicken Pasty, Beef & Stilton Pasty, Cheese and Ham Pasty, Chicken Pasty, Cheese Pasty, Lamb and Mint Pasty, Vegetable Pasty and Steak & Ale Pasty.”How do you bring innovation to a traditional product that is hundreds of years old?” asks the Duke. The answer: with innovative flavours. Crantock makes a range of speciality pasties, which include the Full English Breakfast, Beef and Stilton, Pork and Apple, Apple and Blackcurrant Pasty, and even an organic Dutch Apple & Sultana Pasty.Just before the Duke of York left the factory, he was presented with a hamper, full of Cornish pasties, Cornish ’Camel Valley’ Sparkling Wine, Cornish Mineral Water and a book called The Pasty. He wished the bakery success with its international sales and thanked the workforce for “all their wonderful smiles”. n—-=== Pasty facts ===l Historical evidence confirms some of the first references to the pasty appear in the 13th century, during the reign of Henry IIIl Superstitious miners, afraid of cave-ins and poisonous gases, left their crusts out to appease the malevolent spirits, the ’knockers’, that they believed inhabited the deep mine-shaftsl Each member of the family had their own pasty baked for them and marked with their initial. The correct way to eat the pasty is to start at the opposite end to the initial, so that, should any of it be uneaten, it could be consumed later by its rightful ownerl The pasty appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays: The Merry Wives of Windsor; All’s Well That Ends Well and Titus Andronicusl In the 2006 short film Shanks, actor Jackoby Flash ate his way through six pasties in the space of half of an hour to achieve 30 seconds of footagel Young Farmers in Cornwall hold the record for making the largest pasty known to man. Baked in 1985, it took seven hours to make, and measured over 32 feet in lengthl A giant pasty is lifted over the goal posts of the Cornish rugby team when they play an important match. This tradition started in 1908 and the original pasty is used to this dayl An estimated two million pasties are made every week in Cornwall and 90% of them are eaten outside the countyl The Cornish Pasty Association is a group of more than 40 of the county’s pasty manufacturers and bakers, who are applying for European protected status for the Cornish pastyl Cornish miner migrants spread pasties to the rest of the world and they can now be found in the United States, Mexico and Australial Over 68 million pasties are made in Cornwall each year, contributing more than £150m a year to the Cornish economyl The famous sporting chant ’Oggie, Oggie, Oggie, Oi, Oi, Oi’ has its origins in the shout of the Cornish tin miners, hungry for their lunchtime pasty.Pasties are still known as ’Oggies’ or ’tidy Oggies’ in Cornwalll Historically, the pasty was sometimes divided into two parts, so as to provide both the main course and dessertlast_img read more

first_img== Gates boost for wheat ==Microsoft founder Bill Gates is throwing his considerable financial clout behind efforts to develop rust-resistant varieties of wheat. Gates and his wife, Melinda, have given Cornell University in the US a grant of $26.6 million (£13m) to screen for rust at facilities in Kenya and Ethiopia and help track the spread of new variants of rust. The UG99 strain, which originated in Uganda in 1999, has now spread as far as Iran.== Hain gets Daily Bread ==The New York-based Hain Celestial Group has acquired Daily Bread, the UK-based producer of branded freshly prepared products for foodservice. Daily Bread, which generated sales of around £12 million last year, is an accredited supplier to Buckingham Palace, museums and sporting venues.== Hiestand on the up ==Hiestand, the Swiss baker in which IAWS holds a 32% stake, has revealed a 31% increase in profits and sales growth of 44% in 2007. The company’s results were boosted by the operations of German baguette maker Fricopan, which it bought in 2006.== Greggs expands ==Greggs has invested £150,000 and created 10 new jobs in opening a new shop on the Fieldhead Business Park at Listerhills in Bradford. It will provide nearby businesses with a range of food and drink. The company now has a network of seven shops around the city.== Myers takes flight ==Myers Bakery, a family-owned business in Lincolnshire, has landed a one-year contract to supply 600 of its fruity plum loaves to inflight caterer Gate Gourmet, which provides food served on British Airways flights. Cabin crews will be briefed on the origins and ingredients of the plum loaf.last_img read more

first_imgWarburtons is kicking off a national promotion of its wholemeal range this September, in order to give the nation a ‘fibre boost’. It is also launching a mini online drama called ‘The Seeds of Love’ featuring its Seeded Batch Loaf. Warburtons’ Fibre Provider campaign follows on where its 2007 campaign, ‘Are you getting enough’ left off. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of fibre in peoples’ diets. The Nation’s Fibre Provider is running across its wholemeal range, and emphasising its recently launched Wholemeal Fibre Boost.The campaign will incorporate press ads, a sampling roadshow and the launch of a microsite The website will offer tips from a health expert as well as recipes and a fibre intake monitor. “The viral mechanic for the ‘Seeds of Love’ campaign is a first for Warburtons and allows us to engage with our target consumers of women aged 35-64 in a more interactive way,” said category manager, Katie Rowson. ‘The Seeds of Love’ mini drama series can be viewed at The campaign will be promoted on-pack, via a viral email and on-line.last_img read more

first_imgThe UK arm of Irish sandwich chain O’Briens, comprising 109 franchised outlets, has been put into administration in an effort to renegotiate rents and restructure the business.The company’s stores in the UK are still trading, as administrator Cameron Gunn of ReSolve Partners tries to negotiate a “significant” reduction in rents with landlords. He is also looking to sell the UK outlets’ property leases, which are owned by O’Briens, to a third party.Gunn told British Baker that he is currently in talks with several major food and drink retailers over the leases and expected the majority to be bought by a single buyer. The new lease-holders could either continue to operate the stores under the O’Briens’ brand – an option favoured by O’Briens in Ireland – or try to move franchisees on and rebrand the stores.”At present I believe it is likely that the vast majority of stores will remain branded as O’Briens. However, you never know until a deal is done,” said Gunn.Brody Sweeney, chairman of the Dublin-based group, which operates around 85 stores in Ireland, as well as international franchise stores in Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singa-pore and Thailand, said: “Our first priority is to secure jobs and the future livelihoods of our franchisees in the UK in the face of the very difficult trading conditions we have been experiencing. We are optimistic that a relatively small number of stores will be closed as part of the administration, and that the restructured group can overcome the worst downturn in our industry since we commenced trading over 20 years ago.”O’Briens’ stores in Ireland are not affected by the UK arm going into administration.last_img read more

first_imgWarburtons saw a respectable rise in profits last year despite an “unprecedented” hike in commodity prices.Pre-tax profits reached £62.8m for the 52 weeks ending 26 September 2009, up from £57.5m in 2008, on sales of £510m, up from £498m. The company said it had seen a “solid operating performance in a difficult economic environment” and that the results were satisfactory.The bread giant added that it had continued to focus on product quality and service, while recognising the need for an increased level of consumer support for customers.MD Robert Higginson said: “As Britain’s second-largest grocery brand, we remain focused on an uncompromising commitment to providing consumers with locally baked, great-tasting quality products every day. Our business is well placed to support growth going forwards.”He added that the business intended to grow its share of the bakery market and had further developed its national footprint, particularly through the opening of its Bristol bakery.Although 45 employees have taken voluntary redundancy or early retirement, following the first phase of its £25m Bolton bakery redevelopment, Warburtons said staff numbers had risen from 4,809 to 4,921 last year.Two lines at its Bolton Hereford Street bakery are to be replaced by a new facility, to be commissioned from September 2011 and it has insisted that no compulsory redundancies will be made.last_img read more

first_img Google+ (Photo supplied/Michigan News Service) Schools would get an extra $150-million next year under Governor Holcomb’s proposed budget, but other agencies would face a year of belt tightening.The Office of Management and Budget presented Holcomb’s two-year spending plan Wednesday to House and Senate budget leaders. The proposed budget would boost school funding by 150-million dollars — that’s a two-percent increase. But state spending on everything else would remain flat.Budget director Zac Jackson says the administration asked state agencies to cut their budget requests by 15-percent. Budgeters then went back and backfilled some of those cuts to make sure critical needs were covered.The proposal loosens the purse strings a little the second year, with another 77-million for schools and a 270-million-dollar increase for everything else.While the baseline budget remains nearly flat, the proposal calls for a billion dollars in one-time spending, using federal pandemic relief money and savings from emergency spending cuts imposed last year. Most of that spending will actually take place before the current budget ends, with the early payoff of 300-million dollars in bonds for the I-69 extension and a handful of construction projects. The governor’s office says that will save Indiana 66-million dollars in interest. Holcomb is also reviving a plan to pay down teachers’ pension liability to free up money for teacher pay.The new budget calls for 100-million dollars to expand broadband, 50-million to build a new swine barn at the state fairgrounds, and a 280-million-dollar reserve fund for emergency building projects. The administration also plans to increase a grant fund to help restaurants and other small businesses stay afloat amid the pandemic.The Indiana School Boards Administration calls the boost in school funding “promising.” But Gary Senator Eddie Melton (D) says he’s “deeply disappointed” the proposal doesn’t directly earmark money for teacher pay raises. Holcomb and Republican legislators have consistently said they want to encourage, not order, local school boards to steer more money to teachers.Legislators will use the plan as a starting point for the final budget, which will be passed just before the enc of the session in late April. Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Schools to receive $150 million as part of Gov. Holcomb’s proposed budget By Jon Zimney – January 13, 2021 1 126 Google+ Previous articleSen. McConnell says Senate will not reconvene before inauguration to consider impeachment voteNext articleIndiana’s top health official: “Stay the course. We will get to the other side.” 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. Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img naming by BEIS carries a risk of personal harm to an individual or their family there are national security risks associated with naming in this instance other factors which suggest that it would not be in the public interest to name the employer If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. As well as recovering backpay for 9,200 workers, the government also fined the employers a total of £1.3 million in penalties for breaking national minimum wage laws. The most prolific offending sectors in this round were retailers, hospitality businesses and hairdressers.It comes ahead of the next rate rise on 1 April, when the National Living Wage will go up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour. Apprentices under the age of 19 and those in the first year of their apprenticeship will benefit from a record 5.7% rise.Later this month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70 For more information about your pay, or if you think you might be being underpaid, get advice and guidance at Workers can also seek advice from workplace experts Acas. Low paying sectors Wagamama Limited, Westminster W1F, failed to pay £133,212.42 to 2,630 workers Marriott Hotels Limited, Luton LU1, failed to pay £71,722.93 to 279 workers Thursday (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Friday’s, Luton LU1, failed to pay £59,347.64 to 2,302 workers National Society For Epilepsy (THE), Chiltern SL9, failed to pay £55,251.37 to 26 workers Wright Leisure Limited, trading as Xercise4less, Leeds LS4, failed to pay £54,290.37 to 240 workers Ms Sarah Jane Bowman and Ms Annabel Garland Farnell-Watson, trading as Hazelwood House, South Hams TQ7, failed to pay £48,288.66 to 3 workers Seashells Limited, Conwy LL29, failed to pay £43,235.91 to 68 workers Bridge End House Nursery Limited, Calderdale HD6, failed to pay £41,938.73 to 2 workers Globebrow Limited, trading as Manor Adventure, Shropshire SY7, failed to pay £33,889.80 to 111 workers Moy Park Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, failed to pay £33,547.57 to 338 workers Daniele Petteno Ltd, trading as Daniele Petteno Architecture Workshop, Wandsworth SW15, failed to pay £28,410.25 to 12 workers Beautiful Spots Limited, trading as Benito Brow Bar, Islington B2, failed to pay £27,184.28 to 97 workers Threshold Housing Project Limited, trading as Threshold, Tameside OL6, failed to pay £26,033.75 to 41 workers Heather Park Community Services Limited, North Lanarkshire ML2, failed to pay £26,018.63 to 73 workers 1st Pizza Direct Limited, Highland IV3, failed to pay £25,668.15 to 87 workers 4Fashions Ltd, trading as Dress Decode, Manchester M8, failed to pay £25,616.56 to 24 workers Wilson’s Country Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT63, failed to pay £24,560.53 to 63 workers Lickfold Inn Limited, trading as The Lickfold Inn, Chichester GU28, failed to pay £23,754.87 to 37 workers North London Asian Care, Enfield N13, failed to pay £15,687.49 to 70 workers Witham Hand Car Wash Ltd, Braintree CM8, failed to pay £10,051.99 to 6 workers Karen Millen Fashions Limited, West Oxfordshire OX29, failed to pay £9,847.20 to 28 workers Mr Muhammad Adnan Safdar and Mrs Khadija Javaid, trading as Citi Dental Surgery, Glasgow City G51, failed to pay £8,733.33 to 2 workers Mr Akbor Miah, trading as Dil Indian Cuisine, Monmouthshire NP15, failed to pay £7,936.78 to 2 workers Albury Estate Fisheries (2008) Limited, trading as Albury Estate Fisheries, Hounslow TW8, failed to pay £7,511.32 to 1 workers Atkins Hotels Limited, trading as The Yorke Arms (previous ownership), Harrogate HG3, failed to pay £7,241.82 to 3 workers Adactus Housing Group Limited, Wigan WN7, failed to pay £7,098.96 to 9 workers Meejana Limited, trading as Meejana, Elmbridge KT13, failed to pay £6,488.88 to 6 workers Summer Lodge Management Limited, trading as Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant & Spa, West Dorset DT2, failed to pay £6,168.48 to 24 workers Davies Security Limited, Swansea SA1, failed to pay £5,914.48 to 1 worker Oakfield Caravan Park Limited, Denbighshire LL18, failed to pay £5,903.37 to 2 workers Pentlow Community Care Limited, Eastbourne BN21, failed to pay £5,725.38 to 36 workers Birmingham City Football Club plc, Birmingham B9, failed to pay £5,653.03 to 534 workers St Helens Rugby Football Club Limited, trading as St Helens R.F.C., St. Helens WA9, failed to pay £5,536.92 to 117 workers Mr David Wilson, Mrs Doreen Wilson and Mr Darren Wilson, trading as Wilson’s Deliveries, Erewash DE7, failed to pay £4,935.46 to 1 worker Smart Hand Car Wash Plymouth Ltd, Plymouth PL3, failed to pay £4,817.09 to 2 workers A1 Care Services Limited, Torfaen NP4, failed to pay £4,652.73 to 66 workers Jeta Car Wash Ltd, trading as Queensway Car Wash, Arun PO21, failed to pay £4,584.93 to 3 workers Cost Effective Catering Limited, City of Edinburgh EH4, failed to pay £4,559.11 to 23 workers SB Patel Ltd, trading as Porth Stores, Merthyr Tydfil CF46, failed to pay £4,454.29 to 2 workers Plymouth Car Wash Ltd, Plymouth PL4, failed to pay £4,122.92 to 3 workers Handy Andy Car Wash Ponteland Limited, trading as Handy Andy Car Wash, Northumberland NE20, failed to pay £3,932.55 to 3 workers Mr Lee Harris and Mr David Wilson, trading as The Barber Shop, West Oxfordshire OX28, failed to pay £3,894.77 to 2 workers Home Life Carers Limited, Mid Devon EX16, failed to pay £3,675.32 to 31 workers Simonstone Ltd, trading as Simonstone Hall Hotel, Richmondshire DL8, failed to pay £3,633.42 to 3 workers SSL Foodservice Ltd, trading as SSL Dairies, Luton LU3, failed to pay £3,576.88 to 8 workers A2 Car Wash Limited, Southwark SE1, failed to pay £3,553.65 to 3 workers Pink Innovations Ltd, Kingston upon Hull, City of HU4, failed to pay £3,482.83 to 5 workers The Blue Bicycle (York) Limited, trading as The Blue Bicycle, York YO1, failed to pay £3,479.46 to 2 workers The Care Bureau Limited, Warwick CV32, failed to pay £3,423.94 to 343 workers Box & Charnock Limited, Bedford MK44, failed to pay £3,387.55 to 1 worker Red Arrow Fulfilment Limited, Test Valley SO51, failed to pay £3,245.85 to 33 workers Foxlowe Trading Company Limited, Staffordshire Moorlands ST13, failed to pay £3,200.97 to 1 worker Hideaway Day Nursery Limited, Walsall WS2, failed to pay £3,184.11 to 18 workers Headromance Ltd, Havant PO9, failed to pay £2,959.64 to 9 workers QCS Contract Cleaning Ltd, Belfast BT15, failed to pay £2,952.19 to 237 workers Mr Nigel Birch and Mrs Sarah Shotton, trading as Oasis Hair & Bodycare, Mansfield NG18, failed to pay £2,818.99 to 16 workers Trinity Pre-School, trading as Trinity Children’s Centre Nursery & Out of School Club, Kirklees WF14, failed to pay £2,612.06 to 3 workers Mr Wayne Gray and Mrs Margaret Gray, trading as Jackson Gray, Dundee City DD3, failed to pay £2,514 to 4 workers Busy Bee Montessori Nursery School Limited, trading as Busy Bees Nursery School, Forest Heath IP28, failed to pay £2,488.29 to 19 workers SBDP1 Limited, Great Yarmouth NR29, failed to pay £2,275.03 to 67 workers Tayto Group Limited, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon BT62, failed to pay £2,236.14 to 50 workers Impact Call Centre Limited, Test Valley SO51, failed to pay £2,095.14 to 15 workers 4th Generation (NW) Limited, Stockport SK6, failed to pay £2,086.41 to 1 worker A Johnson Construction Limited, Cheshire East CW1, failed to pay £2,033.45 to 2 workers Thurlestone Estates Limited, trading as Thurlestone Hotel, South Hams TQ7, failed to pay £2,028.14 to 4 workers Lakemere Green Limited, trading as Neville Hair & Beauty, Kensington and Chelsea SW1X, failed to pay £2,023.29 to 1 worker Universal United Commerce Limited, City of Edinburgh EH6, failed to pay £2,009.88 to 2 workers Patisserie Patchi Limited, trading as Patchi, Brent NW10, failed to pay £2,007.92 to 7 workers Mr Mahendra Davda, trading as M M Davda, Birmingham B10, failed to pay £1,902.35 to 1 worker Stef and Stan Ltd, St Albans AL2, failed to pay £1,900.59 to 2 workers I Can Day Nurseries Limited , trading as Scamps Day Nursery, Cheshire East SK11, failed to pay £1,891.75 to 2 workers Holbrook Academy, Babergh IP9, failed to pay £1,862.05 to 2 workers Nath Stores Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS17, failed to pay £1,823.69 to 1 worker Vickers Construction Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £1,809.35 to 1 worker Manor House Hotel (Oakehampton) Limited, trading as The Manor House Hotel, West Devon EX20, failed to pay £1,776.33 to 31 workers Extra Care for Elderly People Limited, Antrim and Newtownabbey BT41, failed to pay £1,775.79 to 6 workers Rootcroft Limited, trading as West House Residential Home, Southend-on-Sea SS0, failed to pay £1,774.39 to 13 workers Little Footprints Nursery Limited, Leicester LE5, failed to pay £1,760.15 to 1 worker Marcandi Limited, trading as, Westminster SW1P, failed to pay £1,743.48 to 1 worker Clean as a Whistle Super Hand Car Wash Ltd, Plymouth PL5, failed to pay £1,706.26 to 2 workers Lyndhurst School, Surrey Heath GU15, failed to pay £1,696.21 to 3 workers Ms Lorna O’Donnell, trading as Snowdons Hairdressing Salon, Solihull B36, failed to pay £1,675.71 to 1 worker Twinkles (Leeds) Limited, Leeds LS2, failed to pay £1,617.87 to 8 workers Ritcin Limited, trading as Starbucks, Belfast BT1, failed to pay £1,592.79 to 79 workers Cedar Tree Care Home Ltd, Derby DE23, failed to pay £1,531.99 to 11 workers Dan Skelton Racing Limited, Stratford-on-Avon B49, failed to pay £1,520.19 to 3 workers Fast Car wash Ltd, trading as Waves Hand Car Wash, Basildon SS15, failed to pay £1,444.16 to 3 workers G.Purchase Construction Limited, Walsall WS2, failed to pay £1,392.55 to 8 workers Dr Baber Ghafoor and Dr S A Abbasi, Rochdale OL11, failed to pay £1,355.98 to 6 workers Feather and Black , Chichester PO19, failed to pay £1,333.25 to 31 workers ADI Hand Car Wash Ltd, Epping Forest CM5, failed to pay £1,304.77 to 6 workers Independent Community Care Management Limited, Kettering NN15, failed to pay £1,301.82 to 14 workers Crystal Knitwear Limited, Mansfield NG18, failed to pay £1,144.48 to 6 workers Georgie Porgy’s Pre-School Ltd, Havering RM12, failed to pay £1,142.13 to 6 workers Stoke City Football Club Limited, trading as Stoke City F.C., Stoke-on-Trent ST4, failed to pay £1,102.62 to 7 workers Parkers Mini Buses (Ellesmere Port) Limited, Cheshire West and Chester CH65, failed to pay £1,092.56 to 5 workers Fosters Bakery (Staincross) Limited, Barnsley S75, failed to pay £1,074.93 to 1 worker James Ritchie Clocks (established 1809) Ltd, City of Edinburgh EH3, failed to pay £1,064.66 to 2 workers Poppies WL & S Limited, trading as Poppies, West Lancashire L39, failed to pay £1,061.70 to 69 workers Rudan Knightsbridge Limited, trading as Daniel Hersheson, Kensington and Chelsea SW1X, failed to pay £1,060.55 to 4 workers Achieving Excellence UK Ltd, Tameside SK16, failed to pay £1,031.19 to 1 worker Focus Food Services Limited, Chesterfield S43, failed to pay £1,007.73 to 6 workers Mr Peter Watts, trading as 3ccc, Birmingham B44, failed to pay £1,006.67 to 2 workers Days Poole Limited, trading as Day’s Restaurant, Poole BH12, failed to pay £1,001.34 to 19 workers Europa Foods Distribution Limited, Causeway Coast and Glens BT51, failed to pay £976.55 to 2 workers Grade House Limited, Brent HA0, failed to pay £951.75 to 1 worker Alison Margaret Smith, trading as A.M.S Hair & Beauty, City of Edinburgh EH12, failed to pay £935.21 to 1 worker Mrs Angela Fox, trading as Café Express, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £870.21 to 1 worker Redhill Service Centre Limited, Gedling NG5, failed to pay £825.24 to 1 worker Shoe Zone Retail Limited, Leicester LE1, failed to pay £804.88 to 15 workers Arcadis Consulting (UK) Limited, Cardiff CF3, failed to pay £796.72 to 2 workers RPP Wood Green Ltd, trading as Roosters Piri Piri, Haringey N22, failed to pay £779.39 to 3 workers Mrs Lisa Chakir, trading as Chairs Hairdresser, West Lothian EH49, failed to pay £774.86 to 1 worker Mrs Jacqueline Young, trading as The Forum (previous ownership), Northumberland NE63, failed to pay £770.01 to 1 worker Mr George Hanson and Mr James Hanson, trading as Punycode Riding Stables, Shropshire SY10, failed to pay £747.9 to 4 workers Express Vision (UK) Ltd, Birmingham B18, failed to pay £727.35 to 1 worker Sanjay Foods (UK) Limited, Leicester LE4, failed to pay £719.18 to 6 workers Indulge Me Limited, trading as Indulge, Harrow HA5, failed to pay £718.1 to 1 worker Mr Christopher James Hill, trading as D&A Sheds, Aylesbury Vale MK18, failed to pay £701.37 to 1 worker Bush House Pembroke Limited, Pembrokeshire SA71, failed to pay £686.92 to 6 workers Miss Zoe MacDonald, trading as Unique Hair & Beauty, Na h-Eileanan Siar HS1, failed to pay £686 to 1 worker VF Cash & Carry Limited, trading as Variety Foods, Newham E7, failed to pay £667.86 to 19 workers MRN Recruitment Limited, South Holland PE11, failed to pay £628 to 265 workers Gloss Hairdressing Limited, Harrogate HG5, failed to pay £618.57 to 4 workers Rainbow Brite Cleaning Services Limited, Newport NP20, failed to pay £585.95 to 9 workers The Urban Chocolatier Limited, Newham E7, failed to pay £578.01 to 1 worker Edworthy Computing Limited, Mid Devon EX17, failed to pay £548.45 to 1 worker Mumtaz Leeds Limited, trading as Mumtaz, Leeds LS10, failed to pay £540 to 1 worker East Lancashire Services Limited, Rochdale OL10, failed to pay £539.49 to 28 workers Plaistow Broadway Filling Stations Limited, Basildon CM12, failed to pay £535.53 to 1 worker Limited, Swansea SA7, failed to pay £492.17 to 1 worker Mr Ali Qerimi, trading as Olympic Hand Car Wash, Newham E15, failed to pay £475.5 to 2 workers Moulsham Residential Home (Chelmsford) Limited, Chelmsford CM2, failed to pay £474.82 to 2 workers Blaxills Fitted Furniture Limited, trading as Blaxills, St Albans AL2, failed to pay £472.46 to 1 worker Miss Tracey Henry, trading as Valentinos Hair Salon, Southampton SO15, failed to pay £472.33 to 1 worker Cragwood International Limited, trading as Cragwood Country House Hotel & Restaurant, South Lakeland LA23, failed to pay £467.78 to 3 workers Step Up Security Services Ltd, Knowsley L33, failed to pay £462.42 to 28 workers Mr Shahzad Iqbal Kiyani, trading as Aprana Café, Birmingham B8, failed to pay £452.5 to 1 worker D K Leisure Ltd, trading as Bushtown Hotel, Causeway Coast and Glens BT51, failed to pay £448.13 to 2 workers Clear-View Fife Limited, trading as Clear-View Cleaning Specialists, Fife KY6, failed to pay £431.63 to 1 worker Saramago Ltd, trading as Saramago Café Bar, Glasgow City G2, failed to pay £425.63 to 4 workers Capital (Hair and Beauty) Limited, Brighton BN1, failed to pay £421.53 to 78 workers McClarance Services Limited, trading as Elliot McClarance, Trafford WA14, failed to pay £416.17 to 2 workers Entier Limited, Aberdeenshire AB32, failed to pay £403.07 to 1 worker DSM N.E. Ltd, County Durham DL5, failed to pay £395.57 to 1 worker Darren Dickie, trading as Darren Dickie Roofing & Building Contractor, Barrow-in-Furness LA14, failed to pay £392.22 to 1 worker Biddall Leisure Limited, trading as The Vine Hotel, East Lindsey PE24, failed to pay £389.77 to 1 worker Legal Square Ltd, Manchester M12, failed to pay £370.13 to 1 worker Neath Road Car Sales & Car Wash Ltd, Wiltshire SA1, failed to pay £348.69 to 5 workers Mr Shakil Shah, trading as Town Fryer, St. Helens WA10, failed to pay £347.31 to 3 workers Jackson Gray Limited, trading as Jackson Gray, Dundee City DD3, failed to pay £343.38 to 3 workers Mrs Elaine Phillips and Mr Mitchell Phillips, trading as Studio 57 Clinic, Brighton and Hove BN3, failed to pay £339.03 to 2 workers Maxine Adams, Kensington and Chelsea SW3, failed to pay £312.45 to 1 worker 4TheHouse Limited, Leeds LS14, failed to pay £288.1 to 1 worker Ari Pizza Ltd, trading as Marmaris Pizza, Ashfield NG17, failed to pay £287.8 to 2 workers Hales Group Limited, Peterborough PE1, failed to pay £285.08 to 6 workers Mariner Travel Limited, Warrington WA13, failed to pay £281.72 to 1 worker P&P Duff (Scotland) Limited, trading as Patrick, Renfrewshire PA1, failed to pay £280.15 to 1 worker Grand Union Company Limited, Lambeth SE11, failed to pay £271.28 to 6 workers Mr Ahmed Faalzada, trading as Pizza on Broadway, Kingston upon Thames KT6, failed to pay £266.25 to 1 worker Ducati Manchester Limited, Trafford M33, failed to pay £246.88 to 1 worker Ms Fiona Latham, trading as The Wellington Hotel, Halton L24, failed to pay £233.55 to 1 worker Tsang’s Kitchen Ltd, Wiltshire SN10, failed to pay £221.1 to 1 worker Mr Nicholas Tsaroullas, Mr John Yiamokis Tsaroullas and Mrs Kyriacou Tsaroullas , trading as Mentone Hotel, North Somerset BS23, failed to pay £209.44 to 4 workers GAF Foods Limited, trading as Subway, Haringey N4 1, failed to pay £200.81 to 5 workers Tanna’s Limited, Brent NW10, failed to pay £194.54 to 1 worker P&A Food Management Services Limited, Hambleton DL8, failed to pay £186.39 to 11 workers Mr Tino Cernera, trading as Da Vinci, Dacorum HP23, failed to pay £183.83 to 2 workers Mrs Carole Bentley, trading as Tenford Kennels, Staffordshire Moorlands ST10, failed to pay £182.12 to 1 worker Yeovil Football & Athletic Club (The), trading as Yeovil Town F.C, South Somerset BA22, failed to pay £174.18 to 2 workers Casa Bianco Limited, trading as The White Rooms, Southampton SO14, failed to pay £171.2 to 1 worker Ms Karly Skerman and Mr Ray Booth, trading as Billy Rays Store, East Riding of Yorkshire YO15, failed to pay £161.67 to 1 worker Orchard Care (South West) limited, trading as Restgarth Care Home, Cornwall PL13, failed to pay £161.27 to 7 workers Always Cleaning Limited, Oldham OL9, failed to pay £154.58 to 2 workers Mr Hamid Noori, trading as Valley Road Hand Car Wash, Plymouth PL7, failed to pay £153.3 to 1 worker London Irish Scottish Richmond Limited, trading as London Irish, Spelthorne TW16, failed to pay £131.73 to 1 worker Mr Sean Hornby, trading as The Queens Hotel, Bury BL2, failed to pay £129.45 to 1 worker SM News Limited, Wigan WN7, failed to pay £120 to 1 worker Riverside Pizza Company Limited, trading as La Figa, Tower Hamlets E14, failed to pay £100.83 to 1 worker Notes to editorsNotice of Underpayment (NoU)Under this scheme the government will name all employers who have been issued with a NoU unless employers meet one of the exceptional criteria or have arrears of £100 or less. All 179 cases named today (9 March 2018) failed to pay the correct national minimum or living wage rates and owed arrears of more than £100.Employers have 28 days to appeal against the NoU (this notice sets out the owed wages to be paid by the employer together with the penalty for not complying with minimum wage law). If the employer does not appeal or unsuccessfully appeals against this NoU, BEIS will consider them for naming. The employer then has 14 days to make representations to BEIS outlining whether they meet any of the exceptional criteria: The employers named today are listed below and in this spreadsheet: Bryan Sanderson, Chairman of the Low Pay Commission (LPC), said: MS Excel Spreadsheet, 45.9KB As the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates rise on 1 April, it is vital that workers understand their rights, and employers their obligations. The Low Pay Commission is pleased to see the government maintaining the momentum of its minimum wage enforcement. The recent announcement that all workers will have a right to payslips stating the hours they have worked – an idea originally proposed by the LPC – is a positive step.center_img Request an accessible format. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. The world of work is changing and we have set out our plans to give millions of workers enhanced rights to ensure everyone is paid and treated fairly in the workplace. There are no excuses for short-changing workers. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught – not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed. Today’s naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on 1 April. Employers named for NMW underpayment National Living and Minimum Wage rates Date 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice This 14th naming round comes after the government published its Good Work plan last month, which announced the right to a payslip for all workers. The new law is likely to benefit around 300,000 UK workers who do not currently get a payslip.For those paid by the hour, payslips will also have to include how many hours the worker is paid for, making pay easier to understand and challenge if it is wrong. The move is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future by helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK.Since 2013 the scheme has identified more than £9 million in back pay for around 67,000 workers, with more than 1,700 employers fined a total of £6.3 million. The government has also committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018.Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker. April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50 £1.1 million identified for 9,200 workers underpaid minimum wage rates 179 employers named and fined £1.3 million after underpayment naming round comes before minimum wage rates rising on 1 April Hospitality: 43 employers named for underpaying 5,726 workers a total of £460,459 Hairdressing: 19 employers named for underpaying 152 workers a total of £43,938 Retail: 18 employers named for underpaying 85 workers a total of £27,332last_img read more

first_imgIt’s great to see you all today and to see such engagement with this the Civil Society Strategy.This is a good venue for it. Methodism was one of the great social movements of modern times. It was democratic, egalitarian, radical – a new model of organisation which empowered ordinary people to challenge established power, and to find meaning and purpose, and to serve their communities.One of the reasons we are here today is because I believe we’re in need that radical community spirit once again. I want to argue today that we face a concatenation of change, which is forcing us to think hard about the country we are becoming – and the country we want to become.And you all have a role in that.Times of great change bring great opportunities, but they also challenge our social fabric. They risk us pulling apart as a society.And these changes are begetting a great yearning in our country, I think, a yearning for belonging, and or place, and for connection.The same goes for two more topical and immediate changes which I wrestle with every day – the twin phenomenon of Brexit and tech.And my view is that we have an imperative to seize the upside of these developments – an upside which is undoubtedly there – to become a more connected, not a less connected society.And when I talk about these connections – I mean not the connections over the ether, however important, I mean these connections human is through civil society.Not through our trade policy, our economic policy, our industrial strategy. Vital as they all are, I want to subversively suggest that the real action isn’t there – it’s here.The real work of connecting our society, of creating the country we want to be, rests with you, with civil society in all its forms.The futureLet me start with a starker assessment of the challenge of Brexit plus tech. We see how Brexit is dividing us politically – but we know the vote to leave the EU was itself the outcome of a divided society.Despite its enormous benefits, too many people feel globalisation is leaving their communities behind, and that they can’t do anything about it.We need to make sure that the independent UK that we are creating responds to that feeling. Deliberate action is required to help people take back control, not just of our national borders or our global trade, but of their own communities. This is a central theme of our strategy.The downside of technology is, of course, obvious to all of us every day – especially those of us with children old enough to swipe a finger across a screen. But I am also a massive believer in the power of technology to transform our society for the better.Crucially, though, tech will not bring progress simply by creating a more efficient system, some kind of utilitarian algorithm to calculate the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Tech will bring progress by enabling what it can never create: the radical reforming human spirit that created the Methodist movement, sparked social reform across the UK, and built this hall to the glory of God.The future is taking form all around us. New movements are emerging to build stronger communities and challenge social injustices.Take community sponsorship – a remarkable model of social generosity where groups of people come together to host a refugee family in their community. They are organised through faith groups and among friends and neighbours, but also they are using the convening power of Facebook or Whatsapp.Or look at crowdfunding, the paradigm of tech-enabled, disintermediated association which is transforming the opportunities for charities and social enterprises. Or the myriad of ‘tech for good’ platforms that are hacking deep-rooted challenges for individuals and communities. I’m particularly impressed by the brilliant work of Zinc, a VC firm targeting the developed world’s toughest social issues using new technology.This is the future. The new technology, which is so discombobulating to old structures, is powering a new generation of little platoons. I want the UK to lead the world in the development of this new social model, just as we led the world in the development of capitalism in the 19th century and of state welfare in the 20th century.And DCMS is working to bring together digital and civil society – both to improve the systems which manage local life, but also to empower local people to direct and own those systems. One move has been to open all government grant-making to the maximum standard of transparency: a first step towards genuine local accountability for public spending.But there is much, much more to do.IndependenceOf course, I recognise that the greatest resource that civil society has is its oldest, and in many ways its defining characteristic: independence. The essence of civil society – one reason it has such strong roots in this country – is freedom.I want to preserve and extend the independence of the sector in two ways.First I want to see it develop a more sustainable operating model. The strategy which Tracey is leading is focused on supporting charities and community groups to become better capitalised and more resilient.We are working closely with many of you on this. I particularly want to acknowledge the work of Julia Unwin who is developing the voluntary sector’s own response to the challenges of our time.Second, I want to see civil society recover its confidence to speak into our public life. The greatest social and political changes in our history have come about because independent people formed associations to press for change. If that means respectful criticism of government, so be it.And I say that very deliberately. It’s true that like most ministers I don’t want charities spending their time – or even taxpayers’ money – pursuing a narrow ideological or political crusade against the Government. That would be wrong. It’s natural for me to say that. But I don’t think you should stick to your knitting either – if indeed any of you know how to knit..The business of civil society is society, and within the limits of charity law, you have the right to campaign, to persuade the public, and to press for change in the systems which affect the life of this country.But I also think – there is a flip side. If civil society is entitled to its views, so too is government. You need freedom – and you also need clarity on what government wants to do, and how we intend to work with you.And that is what the Civil Society Strategy will set out.Social foundationsAs this suggests, the independence comes with responsibility. I believe in the role of government – and I have seen for myself how it turns lives around – but its job is to lead and to enable, not to supplant the natural functions of society.This is an argument, which comes easily to Conservatives when we talk about the economy. But surely the same goes for civil society too. Our role in government is to boost growth, enterprise and responsibility.There is a parallel here, for instance with the work Michael Gove is doing at DEFRA: boldly framing regulation, to be sure, but most of all exhorting society itself – producers and consumers, the stewards and users of our countryside and oceans – to act morally, sustainably, sensibly.Our social environment needs the same approach. For in fact the foundations of a strong economy are a strong society. As Adam Smith knew, the wealth of a nation is founded on its moral sentiments – the way people behave towards each other.So while the Industrial Strategy focused on productivity and economic growth, the Civil Society Strategy focuses on community and social growth.These are the things whose value can’t be measured in GDP – the arts and culture and the sport, the social clubs and faith groups. The individuals and groups – often in areas of significant disadvantage – who hold their communities together, doing everything from visiting the elderly to running the youth club.These are the things that strengthen our social fabric. And they can’t be measured in simple GDP but they are the things that make life living. They also make our economy succeed.I’m delighted the latest Treasury Green Book, which is the bible of government’s assessment of value for money – now acknowledges the contribution of social factors like these.We need a strong independent civil society because without it, we’ll have no economic growth. It is the enabler of enterprise; the strong base from which the bold ventures of innovation can set sail.And I also want to lift our eyes to the horizon beyond our shores because I believe in Global Britain – but to make it happen we need Local Britain to be strong, and that means we need a strong infrastructure of independent social institutions to hold us up. Our national life needs deep institutional roots.Now, let’s be very honest about this. This includes the institutions of private wealth – the banks and pension funds where people keep their money. There are growing calls for people to have more power to direct their investments to support good causes; and I welcome this.Indeed I would suggest that unless we can find a way to make capital responsible, and put power in the hands of ordinary people, the crisis of trust in our economy will deepen. I believe strongly in business as a force for good. But we need business to adapt to a new, more empowered, more values-driven age. This is how we will save capitalism from itself.Public fundingOf course government – central and local – government is itself a major funder of civil society.But I don’t think we spend nearly enough on the small or local organisations – whether for or not-for profit – which are often the best people to deliver a local service.Something is seriously amiss when in some markets 60 per cent of public procurement goes to just five huge companies. I want to see a far more plural supply of public services – with a lot more mutuals and other value-adding innovations. In this context we are investing in a great expansion of social impact bonds, and also exploring how to ensure the Social Value Act to deliver on its revolutionary promise, which has not nearly been met yet.I also want to see more effective co-ordination of different public funding streams, and especially the streams, which flow directly into local places. Conversations are underway across Whitehall – both with Treasury and with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government – to bring greater focus on this. I’m pleased that Big Society Capital is looking at how local approaches to finance, mixing public and private money, can be used to support some of our deprived communities.And while I believe in commissioning and payment by results, I don’t think they are the answer to everything. Tracey and her team are looking closely at whether we can deliver a new era of public sector grants – Grants 2.0, let us call them – without sacrificing the efficiency and focus on outcomes that contracts are designed to achieve.YouthThere are two final issues which are high on the agenda of DCMS, and which are fundamental to the work we’re discussing today.The first is young people.This runs through everything we’re doing in the Civil Society Strategy. I want to give young people a meaningful stake in society and a meaningful role – a job to do.I don’t see young people as somehow the victims, but as contributors to the future of Britain. We need their ideas, the creativity and their commitment to help build the society we want. So we have backed an alliance of youth organisations to deliver the #iwill campaign to encourage social action by young people.There is an amazing enthusiasm and we need to use it.And of course it’s why we’re proud to support the National Citizen Service, which this year reached its 400,000th participant. We are working with the NCS Trust to secure their future and embed the programme in the wider youth sector, supporting local youth services and giving more young people the opportunity to make a contribution to society.LonelinessThe final issue – and perhaps the one I feel most keenly we need to deliver in this area – is loneliness. I don’t know whether any of you were involved in the Prime Minister recent appoint of Tracey to lead on this. The fact her appointment was so spectacularly well-received reflects on the enormous respect that people have for Tracey – and frankly how brilliant she is – but just how strongly people feel about this agenda.Civil society – Tracey’s ministerial responsibility – is a big part of the answer to the challenge of loneliness.It is, indeed, the answer to so many of our social problems. We are a disconnected society, divided by age and geography and class and ethnicity and religion. Civil society, supported by digital technology and by government action, but most of all by the compassion and commitment of people across the land, is the way we will heal these divides.ConclusionLet me finish with a word about my own motivation, and the job I want to do at DCMS.In the Soviet Union life was organised around economic production. In support of this, the Kremlin created a department called the Everyday Life Administration. It managed the people’s leisure in the dormitory towns that surrounded the great factories.I want to say this. DCMS is not the Everyday Life Administration.Economic production is not the purpose of life. Instead we are the Department that makes life worth living, places we live and raise our families in are not an adjunct to the real business of the community, a liability on our national balance sheet. They are the assets that deliver our nation’s success.Enriching the places we live in is central to the work of my department. I am in politics because I care about making the country a better place. I find that profoundly fulfilling. And I want to do my bit to build a country where others can find fulfilment too.Now I will admit that charity policy wasn’t my first calling in politics.But I believe very strongly that this agenda and that the role of civil society in the 21st century is at least as important as anything else I do, including the vast responsibilities of retaining the digital world.I hope you will continue to work with me and my brilliant team to develop the great opportunities of the future – to make our great, diverse, rumbustious country, a place where everyone belongs.Thank you very much.last_img read more

first_img It is my pleasure to award the Pollinator Champion Award to St Albans Primary School in Havant and the Trythall Community Primary School from Penzance. I would like to thank these young people and their teachers for their exceptional work in helping to protect these vital pollinators and their dedication in raising awareness of bees’ needs. Bees’ Needs Week is about celebrating the fact that everyone can get involved by growing more flowers, leaving patches of garden to grow wild, cutting grass less, not disturbing insect nests, and thinking carefully about using pesticides. Bees and other pollinators are vital contributors to the beauty of our landscapes, our economy and our £100 billion food industry. It is inspiring to see such a wide range of organisations celebrating these essential creatures for this unique Bees’ Needs campaign – showing us that all of us can play a part and help pollinators to thrive. The Government is developing a Nature Recovery Network in England to provide 500,000 hectares of additional wildlife habitat, more effectively linking existing protected sites and landscapes, thereby improving access to habitat for pollinating insects; In November 2017, the Environment Secretary announced that the Government supported further restrictions on the use of three neonicotinoids due to their harmful effects on bees and other pollinators, and the UK voted in favour of the EU Commission’s proposal in April 2018; Since 2015, nearly half (47%) of new Countryside Stewardship agreements included the Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package. The package ensures that a minimum of 3% of the farm is converted to habitat for farm wildlife including pollinators; Defra has funded new research by the University of Exeter which has found a way to track the invasive Asian hornet back to the nest. The hornets prey on honeybees so tracking the predator back to the nest will enable inspectors to take swift action and destroy them; Defra has provided a home for the rare Black Bee to the hives on the roof of the department’s London building. This particular species was on the verge of extinction a few years ago. Recent actions Government has taken to protect bees include: Two schools, St Albans School in Hampshire and Trythall in Cornwall, received a Pollinator Champion Award from Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner. The award recognises their invaluable work in helping pollinators thrive.Presenting the awards at Carnaby Street, Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, said: Shaftesbury is delighted to support the launch of Bees’ Needs Week, on our very own ‘Carnabee’ Street, which is also being backed by many of our occupants in the area. There has been an alarming decline in the pollinators across the UK, which play a vital role and are the unsung heroes in our ecosystem. We can all play our part in helping to boost the population, even in urban environments. If you take a closer look around our areas of London’s West End you can see we’ve introduced pockets of pollinator friendly plants wherever possible. With hanging baskets and window boxes, green walls and roofs, and even the introduction of rooftop beehives adorning parts of the area, it offers a much-needed oasis for our pollinating friends. The London Honey Company are offering free honey tasting; Simon Quayle, Director, Shaftesbury, said: A swarm of activity is taking place in the world-famous shopping destination to raise awareness of Bees’ Needs including: Wildflower Turf – the company behind creating the idyllic countryside landscape for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics – have stepped in to decorate the Hive and showcase some of the most beneficial native wildflower habitats for pollinators. Defra’s annual Bees’ Needs Week got underway today (Monday 9 July) with an official launch on London’s Carnaby Street – renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ for the duration of the campaign which runs to Sunday 15 July.Defra has partnered with Carnaby London, the leading West End shopping and dining destination to promote bee and pollinator action from government, conservation groups, industry and retailers and to raise awareness of what people can do to help bees.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: The campaign also celebrates the efforts of a wide-range of organisations that will be present in The Hive – a discovery center dedicated to pollinators on Carnaby Street, London: The Royal Horticultural Society are handing out pollinator-friendly seed: Blooms for Bees; Carnaby Street has been renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and the iconic arch has undergone a bee-themed makeover; A pop-up ‘Hive’ will open at 3 Carnaby Street which will host educational and fun games, installations and talks in partnership with Defra alongside charities, universities, businesses and landowners; Visitors to Carnaby will be able to follow an art trail around the area’s 14 streets, with illustrated bees by London based artist Lizzie King on the windows of participating shops and restaurants; Shops and restaurants located in the world-famous shopping destination have created bespoke bee themed products, menus, cocktails and offers to raise awareness of the Bees’ Needs campaign. Reading University are showcasing their leading research and a Bumblearium has been installed offering people a window into the secret lives of bees; Last year’s Pollinator Champion, Rebecca Twigg, will be in the Hive with her fascinating augmented reality bee trail;last_img read more

first_img It’s amazing how HMCTS projects have progressed compared to last year. So many active discussions going on – people were so engrossed that they were forgetting to move round to see other projects! We hosted our second public event today (6 November 2018), inviting those who represent public court users to see first-hand the progress public user organisations have helped us to make over the last year.The event itinerary was influenced by what attendees told us last year, offering longer activity sessions for guests to immerse themselves in our latest project developments. With both market stalls and hands on activity sessions available, over 160 participants were given the opportunity to engage with 27 project teams, attending across all jurisdictions.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said: I was delighted to welcome so many stakeholders today and thank them for their invaluable contribution to our reform programme so far. Their expertise and insight is vital as we continue to build a modern, world class justice system fit for the 21st century, and this was an opportunity for them to see the difference their time and commitment has made – even interacting with some of the products they have helped design. There was lots of good discussion around vulnerable defendants. I’ve gained a wider understanding of their access to services and how they access online plea. Some of the attendee quotes included: Everyone that came to the Crime room really embraced the challenge questions that the projects were posing. There were some really great suggestions which the projects will take back and feed into their services.last_img read more