Living the dream

first_imgIt must have taken a lot of guts and a very understanding wife for a man to transform his home into a bakery in order to follow his dream. But in late 2006, that’s exactly what Patrick Moore did.Knocking through from his kitchen to his dining room and conservatory to make a large production area, Moore started baking pastries and loaves to sell at farmers’ markets and food festivals. With huge electrical costs, and a remortgaged house, he missed many a night’s sleep baking, before making his deliveries in the morning.Just over two years ago, he took on his first part-time member of staff, but as the initial 25 loaves required per day rose to 300, the need for a commercial bakery site was evident. He now employs 14 staff at his bakery and tea room More? The Artisan Bakery in Staveley, Cumbria and, last September, picked up the Baking Industry Award for Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by British Bakels, for his Lakeland Treacle Bread with Walnuts and Raisins.The past”My mother was German, and my father Irish, so there was a wide cross-section of food coming into the house,” explains Moore.Formerly a successful chef, Moore says his real passion has always been with bread and baking. His earliest ’bread memory’ occurred on a holiday to his uncle’s house in Germany, when he was around six years old. There, he was greeted by the smell of freshly baked rye bread and coffee probably not something that would excite most six year olds, but it made something in him click. After a long career working for other people, he decided he wanted to work for himself. “Baking was in my blood, so it had to be that,” he says.The presentMoore describes his business as a “destination bakery”; as he says: “People come from miles around for the products we sell, because they cannot get them anywhere else.” The shop sells a range of pastries, such as roast hazelnut and dark chocolate torte, and blueberry and almond tart, alongside its Great Taste Award grand champion-winning Muddees (a chocolate brownie). Pies include duck, plum and Armagnac, and honey chicken with parmesan and greengage, and he makes sandwiches such as hell-hot roast chicken, mayo and coriander leaf. It also boasts a wide selection of breads. “There are 63 different mix types on our bread list that’s massive for a bakery as small as ours,” says Moore. “We provide affordable luxury £2.50 for a loaf that is absolutely fantastic is not expensive,” he says. One lady, for example, comes in and buys 20-30 loaves to take down to her daughter in London, for her to store in her freezer, every time she visits.More? supplies a lot of farm shops, cafés, hotels and restaurants in the local area, as well as selling at farmers’ markets, food festivals and events. In terms of distribution, it only supplies within its local region as this ensures product freshness. Yet Moore says some items for example the treacle bread have a longer shelf-life, so he is now looking at the possibility of distributing these through a third party. Meanwhile, his online shop is doing a steady trade of 40-50 orders per week.The futureWork is due to take place at the Staveley site within the next six weeks to double the size of the shop. Moore wants it to have more of a “bakery and coffee shop feel”. The wall separating the shop with the current loading bay will be knocked through, and the loading bay moved to outside the building. He says increased space will also enable him to expand the product range available. “The win and the success of the treacle loaf has also encouraged us to bring it to a wider market. And we may go into large-scale production on a national level.”He says it’s important to think about how you are going to get to where you want to be. For Moore, the hope is to have several shops in different locations, targeted at the premium end of the market. In terms of finance, the business looks set to better his £600k revenue forecast by a further £100k. By the year after next, he is hoping for £1m.For anyone looking to enter the same BIA category this year, he says, “Don’t be afraid to be different. Entering something a bit more unusual is what gave us the edge. And it’s easy when you’re having fun.” The winning loaf “I invented this loaf about 20 years ago,” says Moore, adding that it has only been sold in the shop since June 2010. He used to make a couple of loaves a day, but it took a while for him to develop and perfect the recipe from a handful of loaves, to 100-plus a day. “The recipe, which didn’t contain raisins and walnuts initially, is quite heavy on treacle, so it needs a lighter bake on a lower setting. We use a very small amount of yeast for a wholemeal mix, which doesn’t always suit, but we found a fantastic flour from Carr’s, that works.” Moore says he then started thinking what could be added for texture, which is where the walnuts came in. “To add a softness and a background, we thought we’d add raisins. But then I thought how much flavour would normal raisins have? For some of our sourdough starters we begin with a grape-fermented raisin liquor, so I thought why don’t we use the raisins from that? People have said it’s a posh malt loaf, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s great with blue cheeses, cured meats, or used as a crispbread, for example,” he says. “Sales have gone up consistently since we launched it, but since the Baking Industry Awards, we must have seen a 40-50% increase.” The keys to success Moore’s chef-learned traits, such as absolute consistency, “have been paramount in our rapid expansion from three rooms of a house into a business that has seen year-on-year growth up 50% in the past two years”, he explains. Development and the willingness to try new things, is another, he believes. “We try to make a point of difference by looking at what’s on the market, and at how we can better it,” says Moore. “Development is key to what we do. If we don’t keep moving, it won’t be long before someone overtakes us in different aspects of the business. It might only be trying things such as 2C difference when the product is proving. There is no such thing as a bad idea.”Knowledgeable staff are also key to sales, he says. Although his staff don’t undergo formal training when they start, Moore says he tries to spend a lot of time in the shop imparting his knowledge to his team. The bakery also offers sampling trays and, if a customer comes in for a product that it is not currently making, Moore says he will make alternative suggestions for them; it’s all just about getting them to try it in the first place he says, adding that nine times out of 10 they’ll like it. Comment from the sponsor “Patrick’s success clearly shows the importance of speciality breads to the craft sector. People clearly are more discerning and are prepared to pay for quality, as the £3 he achieves for a 400g loaf testifies. As one of the judging panel, I was very impressed by both the quality and great taste of the bread.” Pauline Ferrol, national sales controller, British Bakels On winning the award Moore described winning at BIA as being tantamount to a lifetime’s achievement. “To be recognised in the industry to that extent, we were a bit aghast. It absolutely blew us away.”last_img read more

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m to grow business

first_imgLanarkshire-based Border Bis-cuits hopes to boost business by 50% with a £2.5m investment.Sales reached £9.5m last year at the 25-year-old family-owned firm, which now plans to increase manufacturing capabilities and plant capacity over the next 18 months. It has already spent £2m on a new production line, which helped to develop the new Gourmet Goodness range, as part of an ongoing growth strategy.Sales director Ewan Anderson said: “The launch of the new range follows an investment in the capacity and capability of the plant, a new production line, an advertising campaign on STV and an extensive redesign of the packaging and website.”There is a real opportunity in the premium biscuit category and we’re looking to expand the business throughout the UK and abroad by continuing to produce the best quality biscuits that we can possibly bake.”The Gourmet Goodness range includes fruit, seeds and nuts, combined with slow baked oats. Six varieties include Pecan & Maple Syrup Granola Cookies, Blackberry & Apple Crumbles, Tropical Fruit Crumbles, Red Berry Rascals, Yogurt Cranberry & Pumpkin Seed Crumbles, and Raspberry White Chocolate & Pistachio Crumbles.last_img read more

Pukka links with ale firm for new pie

first_imgPukka Pies has joined forces with Marston’s Pedigree to launch a new steak and ale pie. The 227g pie, which contains 14% Marston’s Pedigree ale, is to be launched in chip shops this month.Pukka Pies marketing controller Peter Mayes said: “We have had a great deal of fun creating this new line and have developed a product with a balanced flavour and great aroma. We think consumers will love it and that it will quickly become one a top-selling lines.”The new steak and ale pie will initially be available in a frozen baked format, and will be available from Pukka Pies distributors and wholesalers from October. New point-of-sale material and posters have also been developed to support the launch.last_img

Latest coronavirus totals for Indiana and Michigan

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – April 23, 2020 0 403 Twitter Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Latest coronavirus totals for Indiana and Michigan Facebook A mural describes the fear of the novel coronavirus in the district Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Indiana confirmed 612 new positive coronavirus cases on Thursday, putting the total over 13,000.An additional 45 Hoosiers have died, bringing the total to 706.Michigan now has more than 35,000 confirmed cases, reporting another 1,325 posititve COVID-19 test results across the state Thursday afternoon.More than 160 new deaths are being reported, putting the state’s total number of people who have succumbed to the virus at just under 3,000.Indiana latest: latest: Google+ Previous articleNavy’s Blue Angels to appear over Indy to honor essential workersNext articleTri-Way Drive-In Theatre denied in effort to reopen on Friday Tommie Lee Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

South Bend Mayor James Mueller got married this weekend

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ South Bend Mayor James Mueller got married this weekend Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) The Mayor of South Bend, James Mueller, got married over the weekend to his fiance, Kellye Mitros, in a private ceremony.The ceremony was outdoors, socially distanced with a small number of family and close friends in attendance and wearing masks, said a spokesperson for the mayor.Former mayor and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg officiated the ceremony.Mueller is the second Mayor of South Bend to get married while in office.Buttigieg married his husband Chasten Glezman in 2018 while serving his second term.The City of South Bend released the following statement about the Mayor’s wedding:“Mayor James Mueller and Kellye Mitros were wed on Saturday at Island Park at the Century Center, with former South Bend Mayor and friend Pete Buttigieg officiating. The ceremony was small, with 20 immediate family members and 4 close friends in attendance. The event was outdoors, socially distanced, and masks were required when distance could not be maintained. The couple will have a larger celebration and a honeymoon at a later date. The Mayor won’t be taking any time off this week as it’s currently City budget season and there’s a Common Council meeting tonight.” Pinterest Facebook Facebook Pinterest By Jon Zimney – September 28, 2020 4 1930 Previous articleGasbuddy: Pump prices slowly trickle downward in IndianaNext articleThor reports a full-year profit rise 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

Overdose deaths on the rise in St. Joseph County

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook (“Meds” by Charles Williams, CC BY 2.0) The number of overdose deaths is rising in St. Joseph County as COVID-19 takes toll on mental health.Overdose deaths in the county dropped to just over 60 in 2018, and dropped to 35, last year.But already, this year, St. Joseph County reports nearly 50 deaths.Local health leaders tell The South Bend Tribune, thanks to social distancing and other restrictions, community mental health services have suffered.To help, the 525 Foundation has planned several events as part Substance Abuse Prevention Month throughout October. Many events are virtual, but a socially-distanced trick-or-treat event called “Say Boo To Drugs” is taking later this month at Howard Park. Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook By 95.3 MNC – October 7, 2020 0 316 Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNews Overdose deaths on the rise in St. Joseph County Previous articleNew app tracks how many people are masked up, how many aren’tNext articleMan arrested in Cass County for stolen motorcycle, drug possession 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitterlast_img read more

Man arrested following suspicious apartment fire Monday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews TAGSapartmentarrestedfirehickory village apartmentsIndianaMishawakasuspicious Pinterest WhatsApp (Source: License: A man has been arrested following a suspicious fire in Mishawaka early Monday morning.Fire crews were called to the Hickory Village Apartments just after 4:30 in reference to an apartment fire.At the scene, they found a building engulfed in flames with multiple people stuck on the second and third floors.Police officers and firefighters were able to evacuate all residents to safety.Witnesses told police they saw a man leaving the scene of the fire, and he was eventually detained, interviewed and arrested.The fire is being investigated as suspicious by the State Fire Marshall and Mishawaka Police Department.Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Mishawaka Police Department Detective Bureau at (574) 258-1684. By Brooklyne Beatty – December 14, 2020 0 410 Pinterest Google+ Facebookcenter_img Man arrested following suspicious apartment fire Monday WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleThe Price is Right Live! rescheduled for Sept. 2021Next articleCommission recommends pay raise for Indiana teachers Brooklyne Beatty Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: Asia-UK collaboration awards winners announced

first_img It is a great honour to announce the winners of the GREAT Innovation in Action Awards following the success of the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong. The winners, like the festival itself, highlight the brilliant cutting-edge collaborations between UK and Asian companies that will help create the products and services which will change the way work, live, play or learn in the future. I want more UK companies to develop ambitious business partnerships across the Asian Pacific region. That’s why, as an international economic department, we are helping UK companies forge new business ties that will boost exports and investment to every part of the country. The GREAT Festival of Innovation is part of the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign which aims to generate jobs and growth by promoting Britain as a world-class destination for trade, tourism, investment and educationAbout Department for International TradeThe UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy.We are a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.About the GREAT International Trade CampaignThe GREAT International Trade Campaign works to promote the strength of UK industries to overseas buyers, forging new business partnerships through DIT Trade experts across the globe.Whether its celebrating close UK-US ties in the creative industries, or the use of UK technology across the world, the campaign creates an online presence through which exceptional UK companies are promoted on a global stage. Over 1,600 people attended the GREAT Festival of Innovation, including nearly 300 UK businesses and seven universities, to hear from 160 world leading experts and enjoy over 25 showcases of innovative new businesses, ideas and ground-breaking technologies from the UK and across Asia.The festival celebrated collaboration and support between British and Asian businesses, governments, cultural and educational institutions.Highlights included the signing of a joint statement by the UK and Hong Kong setting the agenda for future collaboration on innovation, creative industries and Belt and Road Initiatives.Attendees also had a first look at record breaking British TV exports BBC’s Top Gear and Blue Planet; an exploration into new robot technologies showing how scaled-down machinery could transform food production by doing away with the need for big farm machinery; and menus from celebrity chefs Tom Kerridge, Tom Aikens, Issac McHale and Andrew Wong.Further information International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP has today announced the winners of the inaugural GREAT Innovation in Action Awards which celebrate the best partnerships between UK and Asia-Pacific companies.The winners have been taken from a shortlist of 12 trade projects which demonstrated how powerful new ideas can transform the way we work, live, play or learn – the 4 themes of the successful GREAT Festival of Innovation which took place in Hong Kong last month.The festival was a key focus of the UK government’s mission to boost trade and seize the opportunities of global growth, with the IMF predicting 90% of growth will come from outside the EU in the coming yearThe awards, provide a snapshot of international trade at its most ambitious and innovative, celebrating a variety of brilliant partnerships between UK and Asia Pacific companies of every kind, from large corporates to new start-ups.Shortlisted projects ranged from cutting-edge UK robotics making construction work safer for engineers in Hong Kong, to Chinese automotive technology cleaning the air we breathe in the UK’s cities.The full winners include:Learn: INDE (UK) and AIA Carnival (Hong Kong SAR)A giant augmented reality screen using high quality 3D visuals that allows children to get up-close with fascinating extinct creatures, from the T-Rex to the pterodactyl.Live: Foster + Partners (UK) and Harbour City Estates (Hong Kong SAR)A new public plaza extending the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong – providing an outdoor space for the people of Hong Kong and a distinctive getaway to the city for its visitors.Play: Arts Council England (UK) and Arts Council Korea (South Korea)Three UK based artists were commissioned to produce an array of site specific artworks as part of an urban regeneration project connecting Busan and Sheffield.Work: Medopad (UK) and China Resources (China)Health-tech pioneers developed a data-capture platform that allows doctors to remotely track and monitory patients in real time thanks to wearables like the Fitbit.International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said: Read the full list of nominations at read more

Press release: Four-time bankrupt hit with fourteen-year restriction

first_img YouTube Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. must disclose their status to a credit provider if they wish to get credit of more than £500 who carry on business in a different name from the name in which they were made bankrupt, they must disclose to those they wish to do business with the name (or trading style) under which they were made bankrupt may not act as the director of a company nor take part in its promotion, formation or management unless they have a court’s permission to do so may not act as an insolvency practitioner, or as the receiver or manager of the property of a company on behalf of debenture holders LinkedIn The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7637 6498 or 020 7596 6187 If the Official Receiver considers that the conduct of a bankrupt has been dishonest or blameworthy in some other way, he (or she) will report the facts to court and ask for a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO) to be made. The court will consider this report and any other evidence put before it, and will decide whether it should make a BRO. If it does, the bankrupt will be subject to certain restrictions for the period stated in the order. This can be from 2 to 15 years.The bankrupt may instead agree to a Bankruptcy Restrictions Undertaking (BRU) which has the same effect as an order, but will mean that the matter does not go to court.These are restrictions set out in insolvency law that the bankrupt is subject to until they are discharged from bankruptcy – normally 12 months and include that bankrupts: You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Twitter Notes to editorsMr Fintan Noel Arrowsmith is of Sleaford and his date of birth is December 1970. The Bankruptcy Order was made against him on 19 October 2017 on his own petition.Mr Arrowsmith’s bankruptcies were: Where a bankrupt has acted contrary to restrictions placed upon him by insolvency law, by obtaining credit without fully disclosing his status, he should not expect to do so without consequences, particularly when others suffer financial loss as a result. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. A bankruptcy restriction in these circumstances will serve to provide creditors with a degree of protection, and it will also act as a deterrent to the bankrupt not to act in a similar manner in the future. Media Manager 0303 003 1743 The ban, from 7 February 2018 to 6 February 2032, one year short of the maximum, follows an investigation into the affairs of Fintan Noel Arrowsmith.During the period 2010 to 2017, Fintan Arrowsmith had traded as a horticulturist but ceased trading in April 2017 after the failure of his crop.He stated his liabilities mostly related to stock obtained on credit from suppliers and on 18 October 2017, Fintan Arrowsmith filed on his own bankruptcy petition, listing a deficiency of £39,374.Fintan Arrowsmith was interviewed by the Official Receiver at which time he stated that he had traded as F Arrowsmith, Glebe Farm Nursery during the period 2010 to April 2017.He further explained that in 2016 he had a significant loss of his perishable stock, which were uninsured as no underwriter was willing to insure him because of his bankruptcy historyThe Insolvency Service investigation into his affairs confirmed that Fintan Arrowsmith had signed a Bankruptcy Restrictions Undertaking (BRU) on 17 November 2009, which was accepted by the Secretary of State and was effective for 11 years to November 2020.This meant that Fintan Arrowsmith had defied his bankruptcy restrictions and obtained a variety of stock and supplies, to the value of at least £24,549, from trade creditors on cash-on-delivery and credit terms.The Official Receiver made enquiries with these trade creditors, all of whom confirmed Fintan Arrowsmith had not disclosed that he had been made bankrupt before obtaining credit and that they would not have extended credit to Mr Arrowsmith had they been aware of this.On 6 February 2018, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted a bankruptcy restrictions’ undertaking (BRU) from Mr Arrowsmith (47), which means he is to be bound for 14 years, by the restrictions set out in insolvency law that a bankrupt is subject to until they are discharged from bankruptcy – normally 12 months – until 2032.Gerard O’Hare, an Official Receiver at the Insolvency Service, said: Email [email protected] Press Office In 2003 – as Fintan Mahgabhan In 2005 – as Fintan Noel Mahgabhan-Arrowsmith In 2008 – as Fintan Noel Arrowsmith In 2017 – as Fintan Noel Arrowsmithlast_img read more

Speech: PM words at Chequers press conference: 13 July 2018

first_imgI am pleased to welcome the President of the United States to Chequers today on his first official visit to the United Kingdom.No two countries do more together than ours to keep their peoples safe and prosperous.And we want to deepen that co-operation even further to meet the shared challenges we face, now and in the years ahead.This morning President Trump and I visited Sandhurst, where we saw a demonstration of joint-working between British and American Special Forces – just one example of what is today the broadest, deepest and most advanced security co-operation of any two countries in the world.Whether it is our pilots deterring the use of chemical weapons in Syria or defeating Daesh, our soldiers at the forefront of NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, our navies in the Pacific enforcing sanctions on North Korea, or our unparalleled intelligence-sharing partnership thwarting attacks – our security co-operation is saving lives here in Britain, in America and right across the world.That partnership is set to grow, with our armies integrating to a level unmatched anywhere, and the UK set to spend £24 billion on US equipment and support over the next decade.Today we have also discussed how we can deepen our work together to respond to malign state activity, terrorism and serious crime.In particular, on Russia, I thanked President Trump for his support in responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in Salisbury, after which he expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers.And I welcomed his meeting with President Putin in Helsinki on Monday.We agreed that it is important to engage Russia from a position of strength and unity – and that we should continue to deter and counter all efforts to undermine our democracies.Turning to our economic co-operation, with mutual investment between us already over $1 trillion, we want to go further.We agreed today, that as the UK leaves the European Union, we will pursue an ambitious US-UK Free Trade Agreement.The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to agree an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies.A deal that builds on the UK’s independent trade policy; reducing tariffs, delivering a gold-standard in financial services co-operation, and – as two of the world’s most advanced economies – seizing the opportunity of new technology.All of this will further enhance our economic co-operation, creating new jobs and prosperity for our peoples for generations to come.The UK-US relationship is also defined by the role we play on the world stage.Doing this means making tough calls and sometimes being prepared to say things that others might rather not hear.From the outset President Trump has been clear about how he sees the challenges we face.And on many, we agree.For example, the need to deal with the long-standing nuclear threat of DPRK, where the agreement in Singapore has set in train the prospect of denuclearisation, to which the UK is proud to be contributing expertise.Or the need to address the destabilising influence of Iran in the Middle East, where today we have discussed what more we can do to push back on Iran in Yemen and reduce humanitarian suffering.Or the need for NATO allies to increase their defence spending and capability, on which we saw significant increases at yesterday’s summit. This includes Afghanistan, where this week I announced a further uplift of 440 UK troops – an ongoing commitment to a mission that began as NATO’s only use of Article 5, acting in support of the US.Finally, let me say this about the wider transatlantic relationship.It is all of our responsibility to ensure that transatlantic unity endures. For it has been fundamental to the protection and projection of our interests and values for generations.With US leadership at its foundation, its beating heart remains our democratic values and our commitment to justice.Those values are something that we in the UK will always cherish – as I know the US will too.It is the strength of these values, and the common interests they create, that we see across the breadth of our societies in North America and Europe.And that is why I am confident that this transatlantic alliance will continue to be the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity for years to come.last_img read more