Video: FDF pledges to recruit young talent

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation’s Attracting Talent to Support Growth event highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent, with the need for 137,000 new recruits to join the UK food industry by 2017.Representatives from key industry associations and global food company General Mills, addressed issues surrounding the sector, with only 15% of 14- to 18 year-olds considering a job in food manufacturing.The Federation has pledged to double the number of apprentices working in the industry by the end of 2012, with over 2,000 apprentices currently working in food and drink manufacturing.last_img

Indiana, Michigan squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to COVID…

first_img Facebook Indiana, Michigan squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to COVID restrictions By Tommie Lee – June 9, 2020 0 435 WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDowagiac home catches fire after child plays with lighter, sets pile of clothing ablazeNext articleIndiana BMV to resume walk-in service in mid-June Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Indiana National Guardsmen, local law enforcement and civilian personnel, partner together to conduct COVID-19 testing throughout north east Indiana on April 27, 2020. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton) It turns out Indiana and Michigan are right in the middle of the road among states when it comes to coronavirus restrictions.A number of different considerations went into the report, posted at WalletHub and using data reported through Monday.Both of the Dakotas and Wisconsin had the fewest public restrictions, with California and New Hampshire having the most.Indiana and Michigan were ranked 24th and 25th, respectively.The data included considerations like whether child-care programs and restaurants were reopened in the state, and the details of any shelter-in-place orders.You can view the full report here. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

South Indiana prosecutors help take down huge drug cartel run out of Tijuana Mexico

first_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 16, 2020 1 559 Google+ (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A drug cartel run out of Tijuana, Mexico has been dismantled but federal investigators in southern Indiana.U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Tuesday a grand jury that sits in Evansville has indicted nine people from across the country on charges to distribute meth and fentanyl in America’s heartland.“This group threw the kitchen sink at this drug cartel,” said Minkler. “Their goal was to disrupt and dismantle this organization. The seizures in the case have been impressive. As impressive as any case ever prosecuted in this district.”Minkler said 123 pounds of methamphetamine is now off the streets along with 114 fentanyl pills, which carry over 769 grams of the potent drug. He said that equates to 384,500 lethal does of fentanyl. 500 oxycodone pills and 345 grams of heroin were also seized.Those arrested include:– Juan Tellez, 44, Phoenix, AZ– Alexus Ortiz, 21, Clarksville, TN– Rayvin Yates, Aka “Ray,”26, Dayton, OH– Cesar Castro, 45, San Diego, CA– Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, 30, Los Angeles, CA– Maria Castaneda-Villabolos, 33, Los Angeles, CA– Ruby Hernandez, 37, Federal Way, WA– Tania Gervacio, 30, El Cajon, CA– Angelique McCleary, 31, Carlsbad, CATwo others involved in the drug cartel, Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, 48, and Juan Guzman 33 are still fugitives and believed to be in Mexico. Minkler said those who are in custody will be extradited to Evansville where they will be prosecuted.Everyone indicted in the case faces between ten years to life in prison if convicted, according to Minkler. WhatsApp WhatsApp South Indiana prosecutors help take down huge drug cartel run out of Tijuana Mexico Facebook Previous articleNotre Dame Police develop equity statementNext articleFootball Fridays tailgate event to take place on the Gridiron in DTSB 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.last_img read more

Press release: Appeal Decisions during the election period

first_imgThe Planning Inspectorate always aims to issue decisions promptly after the event. However, in the run-up to Local Elections we are always concerned to ensure that appeal decisions concerning proposals which have raised particular sensitivities or interest in an area cannot be deemed to have influenced the election or have been used to electoral advantage by any interested body. Accordingly those decisions are not issued until the election results have been announced.The types of cases likely to be affected are where a proposal:i. is claimed to represent inappropriate development in the Green Belt (other than domestic extensions) orii. represents major green field housing oriii. involves any case where an emerging Neighbourhood Plan is referred to in the evidence oriv. is any other case where there is a reason to believe that the outcome may be electorally sensitive.Each decision as to whether an appeal decision should be held back is taken on the circumstances of the case by senior managers in the Planning Inspectorate.We shall of course ensure that any such decision delayed for the reasons above is issued promptly after the election results are announced.last_img read more

Press release: Inward investment brings 1,500 new jobs a week to the UK

first_img Wales attracted 57 projects with 3,107 new jobs created in Scotland 4,148 jobs were created as a result of 141 projects Northern Ireland secured 28 projects, which created a total of 1,251 jobs the Northern Powerhouse attracted 315 projects, creating 10, 691 new jobs the Midlands Engine attracted 243 projects which resulted in 13,138 new jobs being created in the South, 487 FDI projects created 11,126 new jobs in London, there were 740 new projects, resulting in 17,478 new jobs Figures from the Department for International Trade published today (Tuesday 26 June) show 2,072 projects recorded, 75,968 new jobs were created and that 15,063 were safeguarded, amounting to nearly 1,500 new jobs per week across the country.Overall the UK remained the number one destination for inward investment in Europe, with the wholesale, food and drink, electronics, and infrastructure sectors all seeing an increase in the number of new jobs.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: The increase in new jobs result from investment from across the whole globe, with jobs from German investment up by over 60%, increasing to 9,357. New jobs from Indian investments increased from 3,999 to 5,659 and from US investment, jobs surged to 26,570 – an 8% increase on the previous year.Looking across the UK, inward investment continues to spread to the regions and nations: The department records wider types of inward investment projects including mergers and acquisitions and those that are not publicly announced by foreign investors. Therefore, the FDI projects figures reported are different from those reported by external organisations, such as EY and FT, who track FDI project flows mostly based on investment announcements.These external organisations report on calendar year, while the department’s statistics are for financial year. Two years since the EU referendum, the UK has record employment and seen an increase in new jobs as a result of inward investment. We remain the top destination in Europe and third in the world for foreign direct investment. As an international economic department, we continue to promote the strengths of the UK as a great inward investment destination, with an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and business-friendly environment. the full DIT statistical release EY’s UK Attractiveness Survey 2018 which ranked the UK first for FDI in Europe BackgroundRead:last_img read more

Speech: Minister Fairhead: speech to launch the Export Strategy

first_imgRead the government’s Export Strategy. Our country is already an exporting power.We’re pretty good at it! Last year our exports grew over 10% that makes us more than 30% of the economy comes from exports but as the Secretary of State said that still leaves us in the middle of the G7 pack – and just to put it in context if you look at Germany, less than 20 years ago, Germany had exports as a percentage of GDP at 30%. Today it is 47%.Our ambition is to move the UK nearer the top – and the first step is to get to 35% of GDP.As the Secretary of State has said, rather than being an exporting power, we aim to be an exporting superpower!And that’s why we’re launching this Export Strategy today.Some government strategies are about solving problems – social or economic. Some are about mitigating risks.This I am pleased to say, is about building on our strengths and rising to the challenge, and rising together.We do have some awesome businesses in this country. The world has shown that it is ready for our goods and services.We now have an Industrial Strategy, and I’ve seen it on the ground – these sector deals are really resonating, not just in the UK but they are resonating in overseas markets where the focus on particular sectors is really starting to be noticed.So we see it as my department being the international wing of that industrial strategy.We have so much potential.But I think what it needs is businesses and government across government, private sector providers, all working together, adopting a collaborative approach, that the Secretary of State mentioned, and I think if we do, the change can be utterly transformational.For, someone like me that has come from the private sector I am really clear that it is businesses that export and the people that we should be listening to are businesses so this is very much a business led strategy, so it is companies like yours or businesses you represent.So this strategy has to be business led.We’ve undertaken massive – and continuing – engagement with businesses – exporters, business organisations and associations who represent them as well as private-sector providers of export support; we have had over 25 roundtables all across the country.I myself have been in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and all across the UK and I would like to say thank you to all of your for taking part – the CBI, IoD, British Chambers, FSB and many of you who helped make sure this is what business wants because from my perspective if we can serve business needs that will help us export more.This strategy is developed with you and for you.We started to try and understand what the barriers are that businesses face and that’s what we’ve based out focus on.And companies have also been clear that government can play a very fundamental role particularly by focussing on ‘doing things that only government can do’. And by being clearer and prioritising more.So this strategy doesn’t duplicate private sector export advice – or its export financing. We are targeting where the government can add genuine value.And what have businesses told us? What you’ll see in the strategy is that we’ve focussed on 4 main areas :Firstly – encouraging more companies to export, for the reasons outlined by the Secretary of State and for more countries to look at UK goods and servicesSecondly – to help inform our companiesThirdly – using the connecting and convening power of government in a significantly enhanced way.And finally, providing finance in areas of market failure.Let me take each in turn.Firstly: encouraging firms to export. Many new exporters told us that, once they did start exporting, it was less difficult than they’d thought – they wished they’d started sooner!But businesses were clear that they are much more likely to listen to – and benefit from their peers, government telling business this is how you export doesn’t work, talking to a peer about a similar product in a similar market really has impact.So we will build up a national network of UK Export Champions – we are starting with the good practice of the Midlands Engine and the Northern Powerhouse who are at 500 Export Champions now and we will expand that right across the UK.We’ll also develop an online community so that we can have interaction in a much more time efficient way because that’s what businesses told us “we’re time poor, we want to export but we don’t have time so help us have a time efficient way to go forward”.We’ll also deploy our resources to encourage overseas buyers to buy British products and services.This activity will encompass large expos – such as Dubai 2020, or the Great British Festival of Innovation and Creativity held in Hong Kong in March this year; we will continue to use the PM’s Trade Envoys, who are incredibly valuable to us in opening markets – I see that Lord Poppat is here – there may be others too – the Trade Envoys network is powerful. And also focussed missions.I went on a trade mission on augmented reality and gaming capability to Mumbai and Bangalore with a small group of British companies – the aim was for them to identify some suppliers – one company who accompanied, called Spearhead, an augmented reality company, not just found suppliers but also was spotted by a large energy company who said they would like to use their technology.These trade missions really work so we will do more.Secondly: informing. Many businesses, especially small ones, said they didn’t have the expertise to export: lacking knowledge about local business cultures, regulations, or consumer needs.So they need help in understanding where the opportunities are.We believe that, alongside support from our trade advisers, we can use our website – one-stop-shop for digital advice for companies entering overseas markets.Central to that plan is our desire to improve over the next 2 months – the number of opportunities listed on our site, currently 1750 – we aim to increase that to the tens of thousands. So that firms can understand, do they have the capacity and the capability.In the future we will aim to apply machine learning and big data for companies who opt in – so that we can prompt them if we identify opportunities that might be of interest to them.We also need to harness the extensive support that is available from other sources.So we are working with private sector providers to help us signpost more because that’s another message from business – “all of this support is available but who do I go to?” so what we are trying to do is find ways to signpost and there will be no wrong door.Thirdly: connecting. I was struck by how much firms said to us during our consultation that that ability to connect – just by holding an event at one of our posts overseas – how it brings in those local potential customers and that is where we can step in.Government is already acting to help support consortia of UK firms to bid on foreign contracts.Many other nations have a concept of Team-whatever their country is, we need to have ‘Team-UK’ approach.At the forefront of this we have Infrastructure Exports: UK, where we have pulled together a group of businesses to identify specific opportunities and we’re going out with an offer to overseas markets.In similar fashion, the Department for International Trade, including UK Export Finance, is working with other government departments to organise supplier fairs, where foreign buyers can bring specific opportunities directly to UK businesses, an initiative which has already seen astonishing success.As well as convening businesses, we also plan to make even more effective use of those attributes only government has. For example, we have a huge overseas network – 108 countries worldwide – and we are able to more efficiently understand where opportunities are and connect back better with our team to make sure companies are aware of them.We recognise that in many countries, UK-government backing is seen as a seal of quality – so we will be focussing more on our government-to-government offer. And our trade policy arm will be actively working to improve market access and regulation. It’s a real benefit of having DIT – with trade policy, investment and exports all in one department so we can work together.To assist this activity, we will be setting up a new digital service to help companies report trade barriers, to help us target ourwork more effectively.All of this work will be supported by the new network we have of our 9 new Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners, that is government signalling that business really matters overseas and to elevate to Trade Commissioners who have real heft in overseas markets to help with those plans.Fourth and finally: finance. Many companies say that finance is something that stops them competing on a level playing field to win contracts, or to fulfil those contracts, and make sure they get paid at the end.At the moment, many firms say they aren’t getting that – or that by the time they get it, the opportunity has already gone.So we have put finance at the heart of the Export Strategy.The mission of UK Export Finance – the world’s oldest export credit agency– is for no viable project will fail due to lack of finance or insurance.We have a £50 billion capacity, we provide multiple export finance products, including working capital and political risk insurance. We also offer the ability to ‘buy British pay local’ now in over 60 currencies.This is a service, for those who might not know about it, which has been radically improved over the last few years.It is now ranked as one of the top Export Agencies in the world. For those companies who use it, they say it is a ‘game-changer’. So where, you might, sensibly, ask is the problem?And the problem is this, it is one of the best kept secrets – big companies know about it, SMEs do not. So part of our plan is to build awareness of UKEF and we have also put more UKEF advisers into overseas markets so we have that connection there too.We will also continue to develop a suite of products to make sure that they stay at the top of the rankings. This is a strategy which is not just in England, it is right across the UK and the Department for International Trade operates right across the UK.Another piece of good news: we’re not beginning from a standing start. Businesses already say time and again through our consultation, “don’t rip our everything that you’re doing and throw it out because this is a new strategy – keep what’s working and build on it” so that’s what we’ve done.And let me say one last thing before I conclude.Clearly our role is to take the lead on supporting businesses to export. If we are to achieve our aim we have to work right across government because all almost every government department has businesses inside their portfolio that have the capacity to export.Through our overseas networks, we naturally work very closely with the Foreign Office and DFID.And as the international part of the Industrial Strategy I’m very pleased we are increasingly working with BEIS.In fact one of the real impacts of industrial society is that opportunity and exports are really starting to hit the national conversation and my hope is that that conversation, like the conversation now on productivity, becomes a national one – a national conversation about exporting.But it requires joining up right across government and that’s why I’m particularly pleased, as the Secretary of State said that this has been developed in collaboration with our partners partners at the Department for Transport, Her Majesty’s Treasury, and the Department for Health, among many others.And that’s why I’m confident this has a really great chance of beinga success – it can be a catalyst that transforms lives, businesses,their workers and creates businesses that can be handed down through generations,Now, I’m a businessperson, strategy is one thing but it doesn’t get implemented if it becomes a report that gatehers dust.It’s the implementation that matters most – this strategy was designed with that in mind.I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint some great people in our department and we have brought in 2 Director Generals – John Mahon who will be answering your questions today alongside Liam and myself – he was a senior business executive at Barclays – he will be leading this strategy and operationalising it.As we said at the beginning, this is just the first step. We aim to implement this successfully and then build on Export Strategy 2.0 to turbocharge that performance.So my request for you today is simple let’s start that national conversation today on exports – we do have an exciting national challenge.Let’s rise to it – government, and business together and become that exporting superpower so that we can hand over truly great heritage to generations to come.Thank youlast_img read more

News story: New Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Commissioner appointed

first_imgSir Stephen will take over from Sir Craig Mackey, who is due to retire from policing in December.The Home Secretary made his recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen following an open competition and with regard to the recommendation of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Commissioner.Sir Stephen was interviewed for the post by a panel chaired by the MPS Commissioner. The panel also included the Mayor of London, who is responsible for oversight of policing in the capital.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: The role of Deputy Commissioner is one of the most challenging in policing, so I am delighted that someone with the experience and expertise of Sir Stephen House is taking up the task. Sir Stephen has demonstrated his leadership qualities, he is the right choice to help steer the country’s biggest force – particularly in its work tackling violent crime in the capital. I would also like to thank Sir Craig Mackey for his dedication and unstinting service to policing. His career has been truly distinguished and I wish him all the best in his retirement. The role of Deputy Commissioner requires the ability to lead this huge and complex organisation through ongoing significant change whilst ensuring we are tackling the challenges of keeping the capital safe. London needs someone with a proven and extensive track record operating at this level and the passion to make a real difference. The Deputy Commissioner is also a highly influential role in nationwide police leadership. Steve combines both immense operational and leadership expertise and experience with a passion for policing and for London. I am confident he will be a superb Deputy Commissioner, and look forward to working with him in his new role. He will be a worthy successor to Craig who has been a brilliant deputy for the past seven years. I believe this appointment will mean we have an exceptionally strong management board team to give the Met the support and clear direction needed, and to give London the service it deserves.center_img Sir Stephen has worked in policing for almost 40 years. He served as the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police before taking over as the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland in 2012.Sir Stephen is currently an Assistant Commissioner of the MPS.MPS Commissioner Cressida Dick said:last_img read more

News story: Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership

first_img The United Kingdom is a valued partner that has supported Ukraine’s Armed Forces for the last four years in the face of Russian aggression. As we fight to defend our territory, the offer of extended support from the UK Armed Forces is vitally important and gratefully received. The UK and Ukraine will continue to strengthen their defence partnership in the face of intensifying threats and aggression, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed today.In a meeting with the visiting Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises that will see the two countries’ Armed Forces continue to work together in defence of the international rules-based order.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said: As long as Ukraine faces Russian hostilities, it will find a steadfast partner in the United Kingdom. By continuing to work together, whether through training programmes or military exercises, we help Ukraine to stand up for our shared values. Those values of freedom and democracy cannot be traded. I have witnessed on the frontline the effects of the conflict in the East and this has completely reinforced my support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. The Defence Secretary announced at the meeting that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea in 2019 to demonstrate the UK’s support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.It was also confirmed that, in January and February next year, training teams – made up of personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Army – will deploy to Ukraine as part of the extension to the UK’s military training operation announced by Gavin Williamson on his visit to the country in September.The UK and Ukrainian Armed Forces will gain another opportunity to develop capability and share expertise when UK contributes to the US-Ukrainian led Exercise Sea Breeze next year.While visiting Ukraine in September, where he visited the east of the country to see first-hand the effects of the ongoing conflict, the Defence Secretary announced that the UK would be extending its military training programme, delivered through Operation Orbital, until 2020.Since the start of 2015, British personnel have trained over 9,500 of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.last_img read more

David Smart: Mr Daddy Longlegs

first_imgAs the saying goes, “if you live your life on social media, one day it will bite you” and, of course, we are no exception to that rule. Our Facebook account is updated almost daily, depicting new products and new promotional ideas. We also have Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of other strands of techno wizardry to push the Greenhalgh’s name out there.A short time ago, a legitimate complaint (as we thought) was phoned through: a crane fly (a daddy longlegs to you and me) dared to fly into the bakery, through the van bay, dispatch area, the packing area, and into the dough room, navigate itself past six or more fly zappers and squeeze itself into a practically fully encased machine. I mean this little guy was determined to end up on the bottom of one of our rolls. I am sure it wasn’t pleasant to witness – especially when you are going to take a bite out of it – but sadly it does happen, thankfully very, very rarely indeed.Like most companies out there, we have rigorous procedures in dealing with and trying to appease otherwise loyal customers, as naturally we wish to keep their business going forward. We don’t bribe, we don’t lavish gifts of one form or another in order to placate their alleged hurt feelings. We simply apologise sincerely and try to replace their lunch with Greenhalgh’s product tokens, to the value of around £5. Normally, the general public does see sense and accepts our apology, and we keep their custom, with thanks.Before the advent of the internet, disgruntled customers would try to frighten us with suggestions like, “Getting the health after you!” Little did they know that we have an amazingly enviable association and reputation with our local authority.This customer in question, however, demanded £250, he said, “or else I`ll push the button”. He thought this was a very acceptable form of behaviour as he professed that a fast food business had paid twice that to a colleague of his – we have since found out that this was untrue. We also learnt that he uploaded a video of said daddy longlegs to a ‘cash for news’ website, so that every time a network took the story, he got a commission (I wonder if the tax man knows that one). His main objective, it seems, was solely to discredit us, while gaining money for himself. What kind of malicious, vindictive behaviour and self-pitying, spiteful actions motivate this person? And all because a company stood up to back-door intimidation or blackmail!It is social media that is unrestricted, unregulated by nature and a media for all. What isn’t always obvious is that it is a tool for anybody to spread all kinds of hurtful content – whether it be true, semi-true or just their impressions and whether you like it or not. And there’s not an awful lot you can do about it either.The best way to deal with cyber thugs, we have found, is to have a robust policy and stick to it. Never enter into a war of words via the net, as that’s just cheap entertainment for the uninterested. Don’t retaliate unless they have criminally crossed the line; just hold your head high, believe in your accredited excellent standards and support all those who work hard within every department to produce quality 24 hours a day. 52 weeks of the year. Let’s face it, that ‘news’ is tomorrow’s chip papers and, after a while, it becomes boring, uninteresting and the perpetrators go away.last_img

UB boss steps down

first_imgUnited Biscuits’ chief executive, Jeff van der Eems, has stepped down with immediate effect.Van der Eems took over the role last April, when Martin Glenn left to become chief executive of the Football Association. Van der Eems had formerly been in charge of UB’s international business, and has spent a total of 11 years at the company.Jim Zaza, executive chairman at UB, will assume the responsibilities of chief executive for the foreseeable future.Van der Eems said: “It has been a distinct pleasure to lead United Biscuits during a period where we re-established our presence on the world stage.“Having secured the sale and transition to Yildiz Holding, it is an opportune time for me to step down and pursue other opportunities.”Murat Ülker, chairman of Yildiz Holding, said: “I thank Jeff personally for his tireless commitment to revitalising United Biscuits and ensuring a smooth integration with Yildiz Holding during his tenure. I wish him all the best with his future endeavours.”Trio barMeanwhile, United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched a campaign to find the new voice of its relaunched Trio bar.The company announced the relaunch of the toffee- and biscuit-filled chocolate bar in February, heralding its return to shelves for the first time in 13 years.Entrants are being asked to post films of themselves singing Trio’s classic jingle on the McVitie’s Facebook page, or on Twitter with the hashtag #iwantatrio. The winner will receive £3,000 and a day in a recording studio to record the song, as well as the chance to hear their entry played on Capital FM.Sarah Heynen, marketing director of Sweet Biscuits at UB, said: “As soon as people hear the name Trio they start singing the jingle – and it’s this sonic nostalgia that we want to celebrate. The fact that Trio is coming back was exciting enough in itself, but launching our competition makes it even more so, and we’re all looking forward to seeing what the country comes up with.”last_img read more