Bako London gets set to boost buying power

first_imgBakery supplier Bako London has revealed it is overhauling its business, to make it more competitive on price, service, availability and range. The £20m turnover regional wholesaler, which serves 2,000 customers in the south east, plans to boost its buying power, focusing on markets which do not compete with its core bakery business, chairman Stuart Earl told British Baker. He said: “We are adding products to our foodservice range – targeting public bodies such as schools and prisons. We are looking at new areas of business we can trade in to make sure our prices remain competitive.”The news follows recent investment by Bako London in logistics, computer systems and staff training and upgrading its premises. It has bought a £2m delivery fleet of 16 temperature controlled vehicles. And a night shift has been introduced to boost efficiency. Some £80,000 has been spent on introducing mechanical handling at its warehouse in Wimbledon. And computer systems have been upgraded, allowing timed deliveries. Bako London also now boasts Investors in People and EFSIS accreditation. Chief executive Andrew Price, who was brought in to manage the changes 18 months ago, revealed last month’s sales growth was 8% exceeding targets by 3.5%. He said: “It’s a million and one things we are doing, analysing and pulling together and making things happen.” Bako London is one of five regional co-ops in the £100m Bako group. Other regions are also developing foodservice business, purchasing and marketing executive Keith Miller told British Baker.last_img read more

New video is ‘Thank You’ card for post-Irene help

first_imgA new video, released by the Vermont Community Foundation, says thank you to everyone who has contributed to Irene relief and recovery on behalf of all Vermonters. The short message is drawn from storm footage as well as recent interviews with flood victims, local heroes, and state leaders. The Community Foundation is distributing the video to share this message of gratitude with people across the state and beyond who have helped heal Vermont. While Vermonters continue to recover, the remarkable response from near and far has already had an enormous positive impact. Long before the water receded, people started donating their time, materials, and money. Since the storm struck, the Community Foundation has collected more than $3.8 million in charitable contributions and has been an active partner in post-Irene relief and recovery efforts, working closely with donors and other organizations to create and manage a number of Irene-related charitable funds.‘We felt that this holiday season was an appropriate time to stop and reflect on what these contributions have made possible and to express our gratitude to the many who stepped forward to help,’ says Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘Our hope is that this short video reaches every last person who has given ‘ and who continues to give ‘ in one way or another.’Visit www.vtfloodresponse.org(link is external) to learn more about the video and see extended interviews. The website was established by the Community Foundation to provide detailed, updated information about the Foundation’s Irene recovery efforts, including grants available and grants awarded. It also has a useful resources section with a comprehensive list of flood resources and information about Irene recovery work being done by other organizations.The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. It is Vermont’s largest homegrown grantmaker. Together, its family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information. After Irene: Vermont Thanks You is available online at www.vtfloodresponse.org/thankyou(link is external).last_img read more

France, Spain move toward reopening as global virus cases top 4 million

first_imgFrench health officials have warned that “the epidemic remains active and is evolving”, and that social distancing must be kept up even as restrictions are eased.In Spain, about half the population will be allowed out on Monday for limited socialization, and restaurants will be able to offer some outdoor service as the country begins a phased transition set to last through June.Fears lingered, however, of a resurgence, and authorities excluded Madrid and Barcelona — two COVID-19 hotspots — from the first phase.Belgium is also easing some restrictions on Monday, and in some parts of Germany, bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday with further easing set for Monday.Overall, the situation in Europe was still far from normal.Britain is reportedly planning to announce on Sunday that all overseas visitors will face a mandatory two-week quarantine, and the European Union warned against opening borders to travelers from outside the bloc.Across Europe, commemorations marking 75 years since Nazi Germany’s surrender were cancelled or scaled down.And Poland’s election on Sunday will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the pandemic — the presidential ballot is formally neither postponed nor cancelled because the government and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.’Phenomenal’ recovery? South Korea’s capital Seoul shut all bars and clubs on Saturday after a burst of cases were tracked to one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts.Even as the country eased virus restrictions, officials warned against carelessness after the new cluster of infections, highlighting the challenge of containing the spread of the deadly disease while pursuing an economic revival.Global economic figures are pointing to the most acute downturn in nearly a century with businesses forced to shut and supply lines badly disrupted, and pressure is growing on leaders around the world to find a way out.In the United States, the country with the world’s highest death toll, President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama, who said on a leaked tape that Trump’s handling of the crisis was an “absolute chaotic disaster”.Facing re-election in November, Trump has insisted that next year would be “phenomenal” for the US economy, urging reopening in a country where the virus continues to claim well over 1,000 lives daily.The United States lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, driving the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent — the highest level since the Great Depression.’Life costs money’ Health experts have cautioned that while the growth of cases may be slowing in some European and Asian countries, other nations — many of them impoverished — are only in the first phases of their outbreaks.In Iran, the Middle East’s virus epicenter, many were taking advantage of loosened restrictions despite worries about a spike in infections.”Life costs money,” said Hamed, a 22-year-old out on the streets of the capital Tehran without a mask. “People have to go to work since this virus has been with us for about three months now.”And in neighboring Pakistan, the world’s fifth most-populous country, the government ended the lockdown on Saturday and locals streamed into markets and shops, despite still-high infection rates.Tehmina Sattar, shopping with her sister and sons in Rawalpindi, said: “We are happy with this decision, but at the same time I have a fear in my heart that if this disease spreads it could be devastating.”Topics : Amid the barrage of deaths, some European countries have cited signs of progress that they said justified cautious steps towards a sense of normality.Officials in France on Saturday said the day’s death toll of 80 was the lowest since early April, while nursing home fatalities also fell sharply as the nation prepared to relax curbs on public movement imposed eight weeks ago.The easing, to begin Monday, has brought mixed reactions.”I’ve been scared to death” about the reopening, said Maya Flandin, a bookshop manager from Lyon. “It’s a big responsibility to have to protect my staff and my customers.” The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped four million as some of the hardest-hit countries readied Sunday to lift lockdown restrictions, despite concerns about a second wave of infections.Governments around the world are trying to stop the spread of the disease while scrambling for ways to relieve pressure on their economies, which are facing a historic downturn with millions pushed into unemployment.But with the death toll already past 277,000, nations are keen to avoid second waves of infections that could overwhelm their healthcare systems, with a new cluster of cases in South Korea raising fears about the virus hitting back rapidly.last_img read more

Casino to commercial: Hornsletten makes EveryMatrix move

first_img Submit Share Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Stian Hornsletten, formerly Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CasinoEngine division at EveryMatrix, has taken on a new role across the company’s commercial teams.Hornsletten has been appointed as Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to drive the company’s commercial strategy and bring new operators on board, as well as oversee the sales, marketing and account management teams.A co-founder of EveryMatrix, he has been a prominent figure within the company for the last 12 years. More recently, he has helped CasinoEngine to sign and launch over 30 new casino clients in the last two years, including highly successful operators such as Tipico and the Norwegian state-owned Norsk Tipping. In fact, under his lead CasinoEngine reached over 230% year-on-year (YoY) gross gaming revenue (GGR) growth at the beginning of 2019, and is now processing over one billion game rounds per month.Ebbe Groes, Group CEO at EveryMatrix, said: “I’ve known Stian for a long time now and I am thrilled that he accepted to take over EveryMatrix’s commercial growth across all business units, from sports betting, payments to affiliate and, of course, casino. Stian is both my business partner and trusted friend and having him in this commercial role is a great win for EveryMatrix.“Thanks to Stian’s technical skills, passion for this business and comprehensive expertise, I believe we can reach the commercial objectives we have set and prove once more that EveryMatrix is a leading B2B company within the iGaming industry.”Hornsletten added: “This is a very exciting time to be joining the commercial teams, and I look forward to working together with my colleagues to ensure that the company’s commercial strategy, products and service level are robust in today’s business environment.“Our goal is to continue to increase market opportunities for partners and clients by focusing on providing our specialised technology and modular solutions alongside excellent service.” Related Articleslast_img read more

UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid C.F. will treat 15th European Cup final like a first, says Sergio Ramos

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said his side will leave their illustrious European history to one side in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and try to imagine they are vying to win the trophy for the first time.Real won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1956 and 1960 and are in their 15th final, bidding for a record-extending 12th crown and for the honour of being the only team to successfully defend the trophy in the Champions League era.Juventus meanwhile are competing in their ninth final, having lost in six of their previous eight appearances, beating only Liverpool in 1985 and Ajax in 1996.Ramos is gunning for his 18th winner’s medal for club and country and is far from alone in the Madrid dressing in room in having a lengthy honours list. Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth Champions League final.Ramos, however, said his side were still as hungry as ever to win Europe’s biggest prize.”Tomorrow we have a date with history, with ourselves and we have to all forget about the things we have won and think about it like our first trophy,” Ramos told a news conference on Friday.”In that sense we’re motivated and excited about being the first team to win two Champions Leagues in a row.”Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equaliser in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, leading to a 4-1 extra-time win which ended a 12 year Champions League barren spell. That started a cycle of three finals in four years, as they also beat Atletico on penalties in the 2016 showpiece in Milan.advertisement”After so many years without winning the Champions League you never know when the cycle might end and we’re proud of what we’ve done and are enjoying the moment,” Ramos said.”What we’ve done is unbelievable – no-one could have predicted it. The numbers speak for themselves and we’re going to try to bring the cup home again.”Juventus defender Dani Alves, perhaps inspired by his many years spent with Real’s arch rivals Barcelona, did look into the past as he dragged up the 1998 final between Real and Juventus which was decided for the Spaniards by a hotly-debated Predrag Mijatovic goal.”This isn’t Alves v Real Madrid, this is Real Madrid v Juventus, and the last time they won with an offside goal,” said the Brazilian, who has never shied away from controversy.Real defender Marcelo refused to be drawn into his Brazil team mate’s mind games, however.”It’s a Champions League final and they are trying to get at us in various ways but we need to think about ourselves and remember what we came for and what we have to do,” Marcelo said.”Their words wont bother us at all, we have come here to defend Real Madrid.”last_img read more