Cranswick sees 8% sales increase

first_imgSandwich manufacturer and meat producer Cranswick has reported healthy sales growth during the last three months.The Hull-based meat supplying firm, which operates the Sandwich Factory business, known for producing and supplying a range of sandwich products for the travel, leisure and retail markets, revealed the news today in its latest financial results.During the company’s third-financial quarter, in the three months to 31 December 2012, Cranswick reported an 8% rise in total sales, with underlying turnover improving by 7%, which the group said was “underpinned by strong volume growth”.The firm said its new premium pastry manufacturing site, based in Malton, north Yorkshire, is on schedule with the first commercial production due to take place in late spring.Cranswick decided to focus on growing its pastry-products business following news that it has seen a 6% sales growth within this area during the first half of the financial period last year.Meanwhile development of its new pastry facility in Malton, North Yorkshire remains on schedule, with first commercial production from the factory expected in late spring 2013. In a company statement, the board said: “The business has a well-invested asset base, loyal and skilled teams, a great range of products and a strong financial position. The board looks forward positively to the rest of the year and the long-term development of Cranswick.”last_img read more

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Members may leave for better deals

first_imgThe Federal Reserve’s recent rate cut is an opportunity for credit unions–but they need to act or risking losing members to other FIs that recognize how consumers are shopping around, according to one person.Lou Grilli, AVP of product development and thought leadership at Trellance, reminded that when the Fed cut rates by a quarter-point in July it was the first such move in a decade.“That certainly has caught consumers’ attention,” said Grilli. “People who are reading the news or looking at interest rates for auto loans or credit cards are seeing rates moving down. So if you’re not doing something for your members to help them out, then they are going to look elsewhere. I know that several people I work with are asking if it’s time now to refinance their mortgage or look for a lower car loan rate.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Animals get alternative medicine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Whether they want a tofu diet for Tigger or a neck massage for Muffin, pet owners looking for nontraditional animal care are finding it with local veterinarians, animal experts and even those who also practice medicine on people. At Seco Canyon Animal Clinic, animals can get anything from homeopathic remedies to traditional pet care. Veterinarian Evelyn Vega, who owns the Saugus facility, learned about alternative pet care after graduating from Purdue University. Vega was making house calls with another veterinarian in the San Fernando Valley at the time she was building a client base and was surprised to learn how many clients wanted acupuncture for their pets. So she began taking acupuncture classes and then learned about other therapies for animals, from herbs to massage therapy. She offers these services to clients, many of whom don’t use alternative medicine themselves but are open to new therapies for their animals. “It’s a different thinking than Western medicine,” Vega said. “You have to think Western but think how they would make a diagnosis in Eastern terms.” Using between four and 14 needles per acupuncture session, Vega said there’s no way to know how an animal will react. She doesn’t use sedatives on them, but instead gives massages, which usually relax the animals. Many get the therapy to speed recovery from injuries or ease back pain. Most of her clients are dogs. SAUGUS – She’s tried everything for her bad back. Acupuncture. Acupuncture with electrode treatments. And now a chiropractor. Splash, the 13-year-old Dalmatian, has a condition that behaves like arthritis of the spine. And her owner, Terry Jones, is trying alternative medicines on her pooch to relieve the pain. “There are times that she stands still for one half-hour all hunched over because she can’t move,” Jones said. Eastern medicine, with its organic approach to healing, has challenged the Western way of practicing medicine in doctor’s offices for years. Now it’s reaching out to animal care. In some cases, acupuncture is used to stimulate appetite and is activated by a point at the tip of the nose. So when a mean cat with an aversion to eating came in, Vega had to get the fine needle in its nose. In the end, the feline consented. Chiropractor James Langford of Van Nuys treats dogs and cats with sore necks, jaw problems, bad backs and other alignment issues. Because cats stretch so much, they usually need fewer treatments than Fido, and can be on the mend in two to three weeks. But dogs need more time to heal. Langford sees his canine patients once a week for about a month. Sometimes longer. “It all depends on the situation,” he said. !dtpo st!Sue Doyle,(661) [email protected] s.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends For The Decade

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… On Jan. 6, 2011 we hosted our 64th free One Million by One Million (1M/1M) strategy roundtable for entrepreneurs, and the first for this year. We started this week’s roundtable with a discussion of all the resources we have brought together over the last three years to help entrepreneurs, including a comprehensive curriculum for entrepreneurship development on a large scale. This curriculum is based on the various questions entrepreneurs have asked me over these 64 sessions, spanning financing, positioning, customer acquisition, marketing, sales, channel, and various other early stage, startup-related issues. As usual, then, I worked with three entrepreneurs working on specific businesses..Mava ConsultingFirst up today was John Bertoni with Mava Consulting, who is setting up a part-time sales force for companies to use without having to invest the fully loaded cost of a direct sales rep per geography. John has rightly observed that many small companies, as well as foreign companies trying to get into the United States, have limited budget, and could use 25% of the time of a sales rep in each geography, say, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. So, effectively, at the cost of one full-time sales rep, they can access coverage in four different regions. I like the idea, and recognize the problem. John already has a couple of customers, and needs about 50 customers to get to $1M in annual revenue. I offered to help him market his services through 1M/1M, since his target customer base overlaps rather nicely with the 1M/1M community.Juju BandNext Julie Acevedo presented Juju Band, a newborn navel protection band to cover the umbilical cord for about eight weeks from birth. Drawing on traditions in the Latin American community, Julie and her partner are bringing to market a very specific product to address a very specific pain, and I believe she can build a very successful e-commerce business based on this idea. In 1M/1M, we have extensive expertise on bootstrapping e-commerce businesses, and will be happy to help her navigate the paths of customer acquisition, inventory, merchandising, and financing. To begin with, today, I gave her a set of immediate action items, including starting a blog, a PPC campaign with some ideas on how to position her keywords, as well as some guidance on merchandising.Ancient TomorrowThen J.J. Yosh presented Ancient Tomorrow, a concept for a TV show drawing upon ancient wisdom to unearth alternative energy innovations used by ancient cultures. Very cool concept, designed by an energy scientist, upon which J.J. wants to develop a mystery show. He has written a first season with nine episodes, and has built some relationships on the production side. He is looking for financing for the show. My knowledge of television show financing is limited, although a friend of mine was the COO of Magical Elves, a Hollywood production company that has produced Top Chef and Project Runway. I’ve had several conversations over the years on TV show financing, and the basic formula is that you have to get a network to finance your show. This means, you have to convince a network that focuses on your topic – in this case, A&E, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or perhaps History Channel – to buy into your concept, and agree to fund the production. And that is what I advised J.J. to pursue. In the Entrepreneur Journeys methodology, we focus on customer validation as early as possible. In the case of J.J’s business, the customer is the Network. Unless he can get a network to buy in, there will be no point in producing the show. Finally, I spent the last part of the session on the methodology that we teach in 1M/1M, as well as few minutes on Trends. In fact, in the discussion on JuJu brands is yet another validation of the verticalization and niche-ization of the Internet. This week, I published an article called The Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends where I have discussed this at length. I am pretty convinced that the Web will get increasingly more verticalized where appropriate and localized, and niche businesses will do very, very well. This is my core assumption on Web 3.0. In 1M/1M, we have a huge emphasis on helping today’s Web entrepreneurs navigate their ways into a Web 3.0 tomorrow. It is clear to me, after doing these strategy sessions for over two years, that entrepreneurs need a lot more training on positioning and go-to-market, financing strategies, including alternative financing besides venture capital. As such, I have created video lecture modules with case studies in the 1M/1M premium lounge on these topics with very specific guidance on what analysis to perform and how. The easiest way for me to teach a large number of entrepreneurs some of these basics is to have you spend 30-40 hours on the curriculum I have created, and then have you come work with me on refining your strategies and positioning at the private roundtables. I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by yirsh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img sramana mitra Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Additional Accommodation for Detainees

first_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague is reassuring the public that his Ministry continues to put additional measures in place, where needed, to protect the rights of all persons detained during the Public State of Emergency in St. James. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague is reassuring the public that his Ministry continues to put additional measures in place, where needed, to protect the rights of all persons detained during the Public State of Emergency in St. James.He said he is aware of the space constraints being experienced at the detention centre, which he said was due to the massive response by residents to appeals, to provide information on criminal activity via the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Tip line, which resulted in the detention of a growing number of suspects.As a result, he said additional accommodation will be provided for the detainees at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston and the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine.“We have designated a section separate from where other inmates and those who are on appeal at Horizon are – a totally separate space that meets the standards internationally, for holding persons,” the Minister said.“We have identified currently 50 spaces and we are working at Tamarind Farm…We have a brand new wing that can house 309. It’s not yet occupied and we are therefore moving in the furnishings and the fittings into that space, to take additional persons who have been detained,” he added.Mr. Montague was speaking to JIS News at the Carl Rattray Staff College for Human Resource Development/Training in St. Ann, on January 26.The Minister said he is hoping persons who were deemed “wanted” by the security forces, will turn themselves in.He said their safety is guaranteed as the soldiers and police were given special human rights and customer care service training before the operations began.“We are determined to respect the human rights of every Jamaican who has been detained and we will treat them with the dignity that a fellow Jamaican deserves. We have had but one report of any conflict with the public and the security forces and it has been dealt with,” Mr. Montague said.He added that the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal is in place and Legal Aid is available for those who feel that they may need redress.“We are monitoring the situation. It is still early days, but we are very pleased with what is happening and I know also that the good citizens of St. James are very pleased,” he said. He said he is aware of the space constraints being experienced at the detention centre, which he said was due to the massive response by residents to appeals, to provide information on criminal activity via the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Tip line, which resulted in the detention of a growing number of suspects. “We have identified currently 50 spaces and we are working at Tamarind Farm…We have a brand new wing that can house 309. It’s not yet occupied and we are therefore moving in the furnishings and the fittings into that space, to take additional persons who have been detained,” he added.last_img read more

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Doucoure is doubtful for the next two Watford matches

first_imgAccording to the team’s manager Javi Gracia, the French midfielder will not play against Newcastle United and is doubtful he will play against Tottenham Hotspur.Watford FC will visit Newcastle United in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday night.And then on Wednesday, they will play against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.Watford coach Javi Gracia has told the press that midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure will miss the FA Cup fixture and is doubtful he will play against the Spurs.“Doucoure, last week when I spoke with medical staff, they said he could be available but we need to wait,” Gracia said to Sky Sports.“He needs more time to recover his knee. I think he will be available in one week, but we will see.”“In this moment, I don’t know [if he will miss the Tottenham game]. It depends on his evolution,” he added.Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“I hear news about him, but in this moment he is here, focused on his recovery, and I’m sure he’s only thinking about the next game.”“I don’t want to say something about players that I don’t know anything about. I prefer to focus on our players and to do my job,” he added about transfer rumors.“It’s true in the last FA Cup game we changed a lot of players, but that was the best for us in that moment. We played a lot of games, five in 15 days.”“In this case, it is the same. We try to choose the best options. We are going to change some players, but in this moment I don’t want to say if we’re going to change 11, 10, eight, or two,” he commented.“We’ve played two games against Newcastle and we didn’t win. Now, with different players, maybe we can do it.”Watford is currently in seventh position thanks to a great start of the 2018-2019 EPL season.last_img read more

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