Review of the Year: Part 1

first_imgThe past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the year.Good YearThe past year has produced plenty to celebrate for our industry, with strong investment in production equipment, moves to propagate the next generation of bakers and, to cap it all, the best British wheat harvest on record. British Baker looks back over the top 10 successes of the yearApprenticeships – Fiona Kendrick, president of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), pledged to triple apprenticeships in the food and drink industry by 2020. This came on top of Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery pledging to take on 12 apprentices a yearoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350The Bread Factory – On top of reporting 25% revenue growth from £36.1m to £45.1m for the year ending 28 February 2015, The Bread Factory entered into a partnership with gluten-free foodservice company Wild Thexton and bought retail bakery Bread Rollflash 9cameramake Canonheight 350orientation 1camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14originaldate 8/2/2013 3:16:00 PMwidth 550cameramodel Canon EOS 5D Mark IIBritish Baker – Not only did British Baker fight the good fight for bread by taking its #WeLoveBread campaign all the way to 10 Downing Street, it also successfully launched its Christmas Stars awards to find the very best in festive producecameramake Canonheight 350orientation 1flash 16originaldate 2/6/2015 5:15:17 PMwidth 550cameramodel Canon EOS 700DBritish Wheat – British wheat had a great year, delivering the largest harvest on record at an estimated 16.68 million tonnes despite a reported decrease in the area plantedoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 350width 550orientation 1camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14Délifrance UK – Délifrance UK announced a £30m investment in its London bakery, including a state-of-the-art stone-baked bread line. The first in the UK to use robotic scarification, it allows the company to produce large-scale ranges of rustic breadflash 15cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 350orientation 1camerasoftware GIMP 2.8.14originaldate 10/2/2015 4:12:39 PMwidth 550cameramodel NIKON D700Finsbury Foods – Finsbury Foods exceeded expectations as revenues grew 45.8% to £256.2m for the year to 27 June 2015. The company also bought of foodservice cake maker Johnstone’s Just Desserts from administratorsoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350Irwin’s – Irwin’s Bakery had a strong year of revamps and expansions, including rebranding and expanding its sweet Howell’s Homemade range and expanding its Softee bread range. The bakery said it expected turnover to hit £40m in the next five yearsoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350Organic Food – The Soil Association reported a 4% growth in the sale of organic products, including a 4.2% growth in organic cereals and a 7.2% growth in organic biscuitsoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350Roberts Bakery – Roberts Bakery opened a £2m-plus upgrade of the former Aldreds the Bakers bakery in Derbyshire in October. This came on top of the bakery launching its first TV advertising campaign, promoting its white bread as “soft and fluffy”originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350Warburtons – Warburtons had a great year, opening a £20m sandwich alternatives plant in Burnley and launching its Giant Crumpets with a help from The Muppets. The Muppets campaign was crowned best Christmas advert by market researchers Millward Brownoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 550height 350last_img read more

The importance of website compliance

first_imgWebsites play a key role as credit unions communicate with both prospective and current members. The website is a virtual front door, the online equivalent to walking into a physical branch.In the same way that a credit union would strive to make sure that all of its promotional and advertising materials in a branch, from posters on the wall to handouts and forms, are fully compliant with all relevant rules and regulations, it needs to make sure that the website is equally aligned.The question a credit union – of any size – needs to be asking itself is this: If a regulator visited our website today, are we 100 percent confident that our credit union would pass the advertising compliance test?When it comes to website compliance, there really aren’t that many compliance rules and regulations that specifically mention websites, but that can be deceiving. All the rules that apply to credit unions’ advertising also apply to their websites.Assessing compliance is especially important when a credit union revamps its website, updating the site’s style and adding the latest information about all the products and services that it offers.Two credit unions that recently redesigned their websites would agree.A $175 million community-based credit union in Pennsylvania, for instance, recently invested in redesigning its website to update content and make it easier to use and more accessible to members. Its final task before unveiling the website was a deep dive into compliance.At the credit union, compliance is the responsibility of several departments, under the general guidance of a director of risk management. That setup highlighted the need for consultation with an outside compliance expert.PolicyWorks reviewed the website thoroughly for compliance risks and responded quickly with a final report indicating any areas that needed polishing.The credit union AVP of Marketing, underscored the value of the review by explaining that “Since we don’t really have a compliance person in-house, there are some things that we just never would have caught.”A Moline, Illinois based credit union with $1.1 billion in assets performed a thorough review of its website, then followed that up with another review about a year later when it launched a new site.Leveraging its ongoing relationship with PolicyWorks, the credit union called on the compliance experts there to thoroughly review the site on both occasions.For any size credit union, regardless of the compliance expertise of its internal staff, it is worthwhile to have an outside analysis performed, to make sure the site is reviewed with the same rigor that a regulator would apply when examining it.For example, there are several key elements that must be on a website to ensure compliance. The elements range from the NCUA official advertising statement or sign – and its size – to proper use of the Equal Housing logo, Regulation Z disclosures, and Truth-in-Savings compliance. To help you review your website, download this handy compliance checklist containing the most common issues found during a website compliance audit. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Adkisson As Compliance Officer, Jennifer assists credit unions with their marketing and website reviews. Her expertise in advertising compliance helps credit unions reach their marketing goals while staying compliant with the … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

Mixed injury news for Tipp ahead of Clare clash

first_imgJason Forde – who hasn’t featured since last month’s Division 1A opener against Dublin – is in contention for selection having recovered from a hamstring injury.However, Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher won’t be available for the Cusack Park clash owing to a knee problem.Tipp boss Michael Ryan says it’s pleasing to see the likes of Seamus Callanan returning to the fold.last_img

Ovoke Puts Wolves to the Sword

first_imgBernard Ovoke’s second half strike condemned Warri Wolves to their first home defeat of the season as Rivers United claimed the spoils in a tightly-fought Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest yesterday.Ovoke’s goal against Wolves at the Warri City Stadium, his third in two games, was the end product of good work by Chinonso Okonkwo and Godbless Asamoah for the visiting side following a devastating counter attack.The home side had their moments, particularly in the first half but poor marksmanship from Uremu Egbeta and particularly King Osanga, let them down.United however had the best chance of the half and it arrived on 24minutes when Obomate Frederick’s goal bound effort was cleared off the line by the Wolves captain, Goodluck Onamado.Auxiliary striker, Chigozie Ihunda hurt his left knee in the build-up following a clash with the Wolves goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye and had to be stretchered off.The Wolves attackers continued to pour forward in numbers after the restart but found the two United centre halves, Festus Austin and Olalekan Gabriel in uncompromising mood.The visitors continued to look menacing on the break and finally got their reward through Ovoke who tapped home Asamoah’s cross from the right from close range, ten minutes after the break.Ovoke almost scored a second for United in the 72nd minute but drew his shot marginally wide off Ajoboye’s left hand post, after taking the entire Wolves back line to the cleaners.The electrifying winger was given a standing ovation by the home fans when he was eventually substituted in the 80th minute-a just reward for a barn storming display.United held on for the win-their second on the road this season-and match winner, Ovoke was understandably pleased with the accomplishment.“I was pleased to have received a standing ovation from the Warri Wolves fans.“Right now, I am doing well, but I am still not yet back to my best. I was playing a lot better when I was at (former club) Bayelsa United but slowly, I am getting back there,” Ovoke told Rivers United moments after the game.Rivers United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma also took the time to assess the performance of his charges.“Beating Wolves was not easy but this is not the time to celebrate.“We have other games to play. We will continue working hard until we achieve our set objectives,” Eguma said.The Wolves assistant coach, Tosan Blankson cut a forlorn figure after the contest but advised fans of the club to remain steadfast ahead of upcoming matches.“Football is just a game where you win, draw or lose.“Today, we have lost but we can also win tomorrow.“We can go to Ibadan and win (our next game against 3SC) so we are calling on the fans not to lose patience with us,” he said.Sunday’s win for United-the only away win in the NPFL on match day 15- sees them climb one place to fifth on the log with 25 points from 15 games.Wolves dropped three places as a result of the reverse and are now in 12thplace with 19 points from 14 matches. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more