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Will the Royal Mail share price keep dropping like a stone?

first_imgWill the Royal Mail share price keep dropping like a stone? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Over a month or three months, a year, three years, or five years, whichever timeframe you look at, you see the Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) share price falling like a stone. Results out this month will have done little to convince most investors that the postal operator is anything other than a terrible investment. There are a number of reasons for investors to be concerned. Highly unionised workforceOne of the big challenges Royal Mail is always likely to struggle with is the prospect of its workforce – in the UK at least – going on strike. Even now, trade unions are planning strikes. The workforce is highly organised and unionised, unlike in many UK companies today, and management seems unable to find a way to keep its workers happy. I think it must be a massive reason why the shares aren’t recovering – but it’s far from the only one.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Barely a boost from e-commerceIt’s a positive that Royal Mail is looking to use more automation. Many successful companies do it to cut costs. But the firm is saddled with a long history and isn’t as nimble on this front as some newer rivals. Change is needed though. Revenue at its UK Parcels, International & Letters business (UKPIL) for the nine months to end-December rose 1% on the prior year, growth that’s anaemic, especially given booming e-commerce that should mean a parcels bonanza for the firm.Chief executive, Rico Back has called the outlook for 2020/21 “is challenging” and with no recovery in letter volumes and the lingering business uncertainty, the board has downgraded its expected volume decline for the coming year to 7%-9% from 6%-8% and “increased the likelihood” that UKPIL will be loss-making.Big debtAnother problem for the share price is the firm’s ballooning debt – which is especially a concern given the lack of growth or productivity at the group. Its borrowing has increased as management has tried to get the business into better shape. Net debt was £1.4bn at the end of the company’s last reported period, whereas back in 2016 net debt stood at just £244m. This increase must be a massive concern as it can become a company’s undoing – the collapse of Carillion is an example of this.One positive Investors can cling to the hope that the international business will save Royal Mail and eventually lift the plummeting share price but I’m doubtful. GLS is the overseas parcels operation and arguably the best part of the business. Its most recent figures showed it grew revenue 11.1% – and no doubt it’s where management should put most cash and investment. But I believe it won’t be enough to offset declining UK letter sending and small parcels growth. The shares may appear cheap with a P/E under six, but I think it’s a value trap. There’s still plenty of potential for the shares to fall further – and that’s exactly what I expect them to do. 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Huge Juan Smith handoff on Francois Louw

first_imgMonday Apr 21, 2008 Huge Juan Smith handoff on Francois Louw From last weekend’s intensely physical derby match between the Stormers and the Cheetahs in Cape Town, we bring you this superb handoff that had young Francois Louw possibly questioning his tackling technique.After a storming run from young talent Brussouw, Springbok and Cheetahs hardman Juan Smith gets the ball and lays into Louw, knocking him to the ground emphatically with a powerful handoff.A little push and shove afterwards illustrates the intensity of this match, which the Stormers came away with by 34 points to 22. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Huge Juan Smith handoff on Francois Louw | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Reporter gunned down in Balochistan

first_img Help by sharing this information June 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter gunned down in Balochistan to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Faiz Muhammad Sasoli, a reporter based in Khuzdar District, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, was killed in hail of submachine-gunfire yesterday. Sasoli, who worked for the Aaj Kal daily newspaper and the Independent News of Pakistan agency, had escaped two previous murder attempts. His death brings to six the number of media workers killed since the start of the year in Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous country for the media.“The Balochi insurgent groups that have chosen to carry out targeted murders of journalists are doing their cause a dramatic disservice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge all Balochi leaders to condemn such criminal behaviour, which must stop at once. We also call on the federal and provincial authorities to investigate Sasoli’s murder.” The press freedom organisation added: “In the space of less than two years, Balochistan has become one of the most hazardous regions in the world for journalists, who are coming under attack from both the insurgents and the security forces.”Sasoli was killed when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle in which he was travelling with members of his family near the Faisal Hotel in Khuzdar District. A former president of the Khuzdar press club, he died on the spot.He had often received death threats and had been the target of two murder attempts. A Balochi nationalist group had accused him of being one of the leaders of the Baloch Defence Armed Group, a pro-government militia that fights Balochi armed separatist groups.Aged 27, Sasoli was due to have been married in a month’s time.Journalists in the provincial capital of Quetta told Reporters Without Borders that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for Sasoli’s murder. At least four journalists have been killed by Balochi separatists since they resumed armed struggle in 2006. Journalist Wasi Ahmed was killed by gunmen in Khuzdar District in April 2009.In an unrelated incident on 12 June in Khuzdar District, reporter Munir Noor of Samaa TV and the Daily Messenger newspaper was beaten by members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, who tried to stop him covering the funerals of several Balochi students. A Frontier Corps official later apologised for the incident. News News Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img News Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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The Angeles Chorale Welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as New Executive Director

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Jeffrey Shapiro. Photo courtesy The Angeles ChoraleThe Angeles Chorale is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as their new Executive Director. Shapiro comes to the Angeles Chorale with over 30 years of experience in both nonprofit and arts management. Notably, he served as Executive Director of the CalArts Alumni Association and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts at MacArthur Park, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and the Jewish Life Foundation.Shapiro is a true friend to the arts, and has dedicated his professional life to helping organizations like the Angeles Chorale succeed. Says Shapiro “I have a love for the arts and a passion for music. The opportunity to help sustain and advance the Angeles Chorale will be both fulfilling and rewarding.” He is committed to the mission of the chorale, and continues to say “how wonderful it is to be part of this amazing volunteer organization—100 individual voices coming together to literally create beauty.”The Board of Directors is delighted to add Shapiro to their team, says Board President, Felicity Palmer: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jeffrey into the Angeles Chorale family. With his extensive background as a nonprofit leader, including at some of our region’s most esteemed arts organizations and institutions, Jeffrey brings deep experience and innovative ideas to the position of Executive Director. Along with the entire Board of Directors and Artistic Director John Sutton, I look forward to working with Jeffrey to help the chorale continue to grow and thrive in the future.”About the Angeles ChoraleThe Angeles Chorale is an all-volunteer, professional-level, auditioned group of 100 Angelenos from all walks of life, aged 21 to over 80, brought together by our shared passion for great choral music. Our mission is to engage, enrich and inspire our audiences, singers, and our diverse community by performing great choral music with a passionate commitment to excellence, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music in greater Los Angeles. Recent Angeles Chorale performance highlights include A John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil at Disney Hall in 2014, and Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012. In 2014 the chorale appeared with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in An Evening of Chinese Splendor and in 2015 the Angeles Chorale performed in Distant Words: Music from Final Fantasy at the Microsoft Theater. In December 2015 the Angeles Chorale released An American Christmas, recorded live in concert and featuring works by Morten Lauridsen, Morten Lauridsen, Daniel Pinkham, Alfred Burt, Randol Alan Bass, and other traditional holiday music. http://www.angeleschorale.org/2016-2017 Concert Season: Made in AmericaIn its 42nd season, Made in America, the Angeles Chorale brings to life the diverse musical tapestry of America with works both familiar and new. In December, we explored homegrown holiday music by local composers with An L.A. Christmas. The cornerstone piece of our performance included Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and our annual candlelight sing-along, a crowd favorite full of the most beloved holiday carols and tunes. Then, in March, we celebrated the American Heartland with Sounds of the Smoky Mountains featuring early American folk music like Shenandoah, and a contemporary bluegrass interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. Finally, we close out the season with A Musical Bite of the Big Apple. We’ll perform notable pieces by Leonard Bernstein, including Chichester Psalms and selections from West Side Story, as well as other crowd-pleasing Broadway selections. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * People The Angeles Chorale Welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as New Executive Director From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 7, 2017 | 3:33 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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FF move private members motion on agriculture

first_img Pinterest FF move private members motion on agriculture AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Fianna Fáil have brought forward a private members motion in the Dáil today to highlight what the party says is the downward spiral in beef prices which has resulted in farmer protests, factories closing, and workers being laid off.While welcoming the deal struck over the weekend, Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says it is now important that space is given to farm organisations to advocate all aspects of the deal to their members and that Meat Industry Ireland and the Minister for Agriculture ensure that all agreed actions are implemented promptly.The Fianna Fail Agriculture Spokesperson, speaking in the Dail a short time ago, told Minister Michael Creed that it’s about time farmers received fair treatment:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/beefdebate.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Previous articleCar stolen in Strabane located in DonegalNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday September 18th News Highland By News Highland – September 18, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Just In: Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana Dies at Age 87

first_imgFormer U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana Dies at Age 87APRIL 28TH, 2019 AMANDA DECKER INDIANA Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana has died.The 87-year old longtime Senator passed away at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.Lugar was a foreign policy expert and Rhodes Scholar who spent 8 years as mayor of Indianapolis before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He served in the Senate from 1977-2013, after losing his reelection bid to Richard Murdock in the primary. Murdock went on to lose to Sen. Joe Donnelly in the general election that year.Many political pundits believe Lugar’s reputation for working with Democrats likely caused him to lose that election.He collaborated with Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn on a program under which the U.S. paid to dismantle and secure thousands of nuclear warheads and missiles in the former Soviet states after the Cold War ended.Lugar was also a supporter of gun control, and has supported gun legislation and weapons bans and even received an F rating from the National Rifle Association of America.To read more about Sen. Lugar and his legacy, click here:CBS News takes a look back at the life and legacy of Sen. Lugar FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Raising awareness about plastics pollution

first_img× JERSEY CITY – It was a day of environmental advocacy at Liberty State Park as environmental volunteers turned out for a shoreline cleanup at the park’s Caven Point Beach.The Sept. 16 event, sponsored by Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park (FOLSP) and NY/NJ Baykeeper, featured internationally acclaimed businessman-turned-environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, founder of global environmental initiative The Thames Project, which he created to raise awareness about plastics pollution in waterways.Boruah, who flew in from London, cycled on the Hudson River Estuary on his cycle and picked up plastics and debris from the waterway, later joining the volunteers at the beach for the shoreline clean up.“It was a great day cleaning up Caven Point with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and NY/NJ Baykeeper,” Boruah said. “It was wonderful to see the community engagement, sad to be collecting so much plastic, but very motivating to hear everyone’s promise to not just rethink their purchasing behavior but also to inspire their family, friends and colleagues to take action and think about solutions. We should not be cleaning up – we should stop this at its source. Awareness is great, but we need to find solutions to stem the plastic tide.”“We had a great group of volunteers come together to donate their time and help improve the amazing Caven Point Beach Habitat at Liberty State Park,” said Lori Garth Resource Interpretive Specialist with Liberty State Park. “We had young children exploring the shoreline and participants of all ages and backgrounds working together to remove plastics and other debris from the sandy beach and upland vegetation. We got to meet Dhruv and learn about his innovative projects and efforts in the battle against plastics in our waterways, we got to see amazing wildlife, and we made new friends.”Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park, praised the volunteers.“Our volunteers reflect the diversity of those who use and love our inspiring urban state park behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island,” Pesin said. “I’m delighted with this first time cleanup collaboration, initiated by the London environmentalist Dhruv Boruah, with the Friends, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Liberty State Park staff, which helped beautify this unique remnant sandy beach in our densely populated estuary.”“NY/NJ Baykeeper was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Liberty State Park, Friends of Liberty State Park and Dhruv Boruah,” said Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO. “The shoreline cleanup was a great way to bring people together to help raise awareness about the issue of plastics pollution in our waterways. Liberty State Park is a cherished natural resource and we are grateful to all those who turned out.”last_img read more

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Mayor’s Update 8-26

first_imgDear Friends,On Tuesday, Bike OCNJ held its annual public forum on bicycling in Ocean City. The private nonprofit group is made up entirely of volunteers from the community, and I’d like to thank them for all the work they do in advocating for safe streets in Ocean City.The forums are designed to let the public know about new bicycle-friendly amenities in Ocean City and to solicit feedback for new priorities. The information is a great resource as the city team works to make improvements.I’m proud of the many projects the city has completed related to safer streets, and I think it’s important to make accommodations for bicyclists, not only for recreation but as an easy way to get around town. I look forward to continuing to work with Bike OCNJ in the coming years.I’d like to remind everybody about a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Senior Center. The purpose of the meeting is for Michael Baker International Company to discuss final plans for road and drainage improvements in the area from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue.Finally, I’d like to remind everybody that Labor Day Weekend is almost here. Get out for a Mummers Night, Family Night or any other boardwalk or downtown event before the summer is over.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorCheck on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.last_img read more

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Speech: New Towns: launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group

first_imgGood evening and thank you, Lucy. It’s a pleasure to be here.Now, we all know the jokes about roundabouts, concrete wastelands and ring roads.The references to eternity looking like Milton Keynes.The people who make these jokes have no idea what they’re talking about.If they want to know what eternity feels like, try being a politician waiting for the call from No.10 on reshuffle day!But, seriously, as the launch of this APPG shows, New Towns have got a lot to offer.That we need to do more to ensure they’re fit for the future.And that we have an ambitious vision for the New Towns of the 21st century.One man who certainly wasn’t lacking in vision was Ebenezer Howard, the pioneer whose garden cities inspired the New Towns.But it’s fair to say that not everyone bought into his dreams of marrying the best of city and rural living.Even the progressive Fabian News said rather sniffily:“His plans would have been in time if they had been submitted to the Romans when they conquered Britain…But Ebenezer Howard’s achievements; as an urban planner whose influence can still be felt, here and abroad, speak for themselves.They’re all the more remarkable considering that his day job was as a Hansard short-hand copy-taker right here in Parliament.So maybe I need to look a little closer to home for solutions to the housing crisis!And it’s especially pleasing to have the Town and Country Planning Association……the organisation Howard founded……supporting this APPG and represented here today.Your input, and the history behind it, underlines that the challenges Howard sought to address are just as relevant today.Not enough good quality affordable housing.Overcrowding.The belief that everyone deserves to live in a strong, vibrant community.Of course, the bleak industrial backdrop that spawned Howard’s garden cities has long gone.But the desire for people to live somewhere they can find work, build families, get about easily, and enjoy green space has not.It’s the most basic of desires – the desire for a place to call home.And it’s this issue of place……how to build not just more homes, but strong communities……that goes to the heart of the challenge we face as a country.A challenge we’re determined to meet – as underlined by the recent change in my department’s name……to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.And the launch of a new national housing agency, Homes England.A challenge that the important work of this APPG has an opportunity to inform.Because there’s little doubt that there are valuable lessons to be learned from New Towns.Many, like those represented by my honourable friends here today,..… are home to successful companies…offer affordable homes…and job opportunities that attract inward commuters.But the downsides of the rapid development and, in particular, centralised planning, that underpinned New Towns are all too evident.Dated, often identikit housing, infrastructure and town centres that, too often, look like everywhere and nowhere.That don’t just make these towns the butt of lazy jokes……but make it harder for them to be seen as truly aspirational and attract the investment they need to grow and thrive.Like you, I want this to change.And I can see that many new towns are stepping up to the challenge.Some, like Bracknell, are making intelligent use of their existing assets……and making a virtue of the need for massive regeneration to offer investors and developers scale of opportunity.Others, such as Crawley, are introducing a richer mix of shopping opportunities and development……by breaking down the original blocky zoning and the inner ring roads.And we’re seeing high quality and better design informing the development of Lightmoor Village in Telford.A development that, fittingly, is being driven by a partnership between Homes England and Bournville……one of the first and still most successful New Towns.And I see partnerships; between central and local government, between local government and the private sector, as very much the way forward.For regenerating existing New Towns and driving the delivery of new ones.Again, Lucy’s constituency, is showing just what’s possible through initiatives such as the Telford Land Deal.A partnership between: the government Homes England the local council and Marches LEP …that will deliver 2,800 new homes and 8,500 new jobs.The key thing with this Deal, is that it’s led, not centrally, miles away from the communities concerned……even if that approach had worked previously, it wouldn’t be right for the times we live in.Instead, it’s led locally by those who know Telford best – the people who live and work there.This shows that government and New Towns can work innovatively to power further growth.And that we’re open to other New Towns coming to us with ideas.We’re already supporting 24 locally led garden cities, towns and villages……ranging in size from 1,500 new homes to over 20,000, from Cornwall to Cumbria.Some are being built on land where there are few or no houses at the moment.Others will provide transformational growth to existing settlements.All reflect their particular local circumstances and share a focus on quality and good design……echoing the commitments in our Housing White Paper.The recent Budget……the biggest and boldest for housing for decades……built on these commitments to back five new locally led Garden Towns in places where demand is high.A million new homes in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge corridor by 2050……a hugely ambitious project which I was delighted to appoint my honourable friend, Iain Stewart, to champion.And also the first of our ambitious Housing Deals……with Oxfordshire, to deliver 100,000 homes by 2031, backed by £215 million of funding for infrastructure.We all know that the right infrastructure is absolutely vital for New Towns.So the Budget’s doubling of investment in the Housing Infrastructure Fund to £5 billion can only be good news.As are our legislative changes to reboot New Town Development Corporations – the vehicle for the post-war New Towns.So you can count on our support.But I won’t pretend that we have all the answers.Which is why I am keen to learn from the important work you’ll be undertaking; to better understand the challenges and opportunities for New Towns.To consider how can we do more to support the people and places you serve.And deliver the next wave of garden towns and villages.So congratulations again on today’s launch and all the best for your work ahead.As a government, we’ve made some great strides, having delivered more than a million homes since 2010.And helped over 255,000 households buy their own home through Help to Buy.But there’s clearly a long way to go to deliver the 300,000 homes a year on average we will need by the mid 2020s.New towns have an important role to play in helping us fix our broken housing market.But I know we’ll really have succeeded when the joke isn’t on New Towns, but those who knock them.Thank you.last_img read more

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Scotmid trials food-to-go in-store

first_imgScottish co-operative Scotmid has opened its first food-to-go provision at Ratho Station near Edinburgh as the first of three trial stores. Arlene Stuart from the Forth One breakfast show officially opened The Kitchen, which offers fresh food with both ‘grab and go’ and ‘made to order’ sandwiches available. Other options include porridge, salad pots as well as hot meals and pizzas.The Breadwinner Bakery bakes many of the artisan breads and rolls for the filled sandwiches and rolls on offer and Stephens the Baker supplies the group with pies and savouries.The Breadwinner Bakery has been supplying to the convenience store chain for two years, in 15 different stores, but expects to add 30 more across Scotland through the year.Stephen Brown, Scotmid’s bakery and local sourcing manager, said: “Following extensive customer research on further provisions that could be offered in-store, the feedback we received overwhelmingly requested a range of meal offerings available throughout the day, from breakfast through to evening meals.“Most importantly, customers asked us to ensure they could get served and pay as quickly as possible and therefore we have installed a dedicated food-to-go section, distinct from the standard counter area.“The product range offers daily specials to keep the range interesting for customers and will evolve with the seasonality of the products.”Stuart said: “The Kitchen is a wonderful idea and will provide extra value for customers and a way for them to enjoy really healthy and appetising produce from well-known local suppliers which is freshly prepared, allowing them to grab food on the go.”Further trial sites at the Carrick Knowe and Kingsknowe Scotmid co-operative stores will open in the next five weeks.last_img read more

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