Press release: New government measures to update crematoria provisions

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Press release: Silverstone riders back motorbike safety campaign

first_imgRiders Matt and Kurt Wigley check out a BikeSafe Ducati with Special Constable Jason Leadbetter and Sgt Rob Gilligan at the Highways England stand.Meanwhile the many visitors to the Highways England stand were able to chat to traffic and police officers, learning from their experiences and gaining important safety advice.The police-led BikeSafe initiative had some of its Ducati motorcycles on show, including one supported by Highways England, which help deliver workshops aimed at improving motorcyclists’ skills, knowledge and hazard awareness.Representatives were also on hand from Biker Down, a fire service initiative which offers a free three-hour training course to prepare motorcyclists should they be involved in an accident, and DocBike which combines cutting edge research in motorcycle injury prevention with roadside critical care.Highways England Head of Road Safety Richard Leonard said: Most motorcyclists, particularly young riders, know they are one of the most vulnerable group of road users and Kurt and Matt’s expertise is respected and appreciated. As tens of thousands of people descended on the British Superbikes event, the Staffordshire brothers called on bikers and racing fans to ensure they always wear the right kit.Highways England runs a campaign warning of the dangers of not wearing appropriate protective clothing, and teamed up with representatives from BikeSafe, the DocBike charity and Biker Down initiative at Silverstone to advise visitors and enrol motorcyclists on potentially life-saving courses.The Wigley brothers urged people to follow Highways England’s advice and said that wearing the right gear at all times is vitally important for riders and pillion passengers.Kurt, who has been racing since he was six years old, said: Kurt applauded schemes such as BikeSafe and Biker Down which help identify hazards for motorcyclists and what to do in an emergency. He said: For anybody riding out on the road today a big element is having to do a lot of thinking for other road users, predicting what they will do.center_img Unfortunately it is not until people come off and hurt themselves that they really appreciate that. Nobody thinks it will happen to them. I had a crash when I was a lot younger and my glove came off – the accident took all the skin off my hand. I realised then that if that can happen just losing a glove, what would happen if I didn’t have all the protection on. And the harsh reality is that you can come off at any time, even if you are just popping down the road. I have known someone come off going to the paddock, at mild speed, and hurt themselves because they did not have their kit on. The weekend brought success in the British Supersport series for the brothers with Kurt taking a strong 9th place and setting a new personal best while Matt was just behind in 14th. The award-winning Distressed motorcycle campaign, which urges young riders in particular to wear protective gear, will also be on display at the annual Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival which takes place this weekend.Drivers are being advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time on Sunday (28 April) morning as the convoy of around 4,000 Bike4Life bikers takes to the M54.Starting from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury at 11am, the ride out follows a 23-mile route via the A5, M54 and A41 to RAF Cosford, home to the Bike4Life Festival, arriving around 11.45am.Leading the convoy will be World Superbike legends Carl Fogarty and Neil Hodgson, former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, motorcyclist and truck racing star Steve Parrish and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin.The event will raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance which works with the Safer Roads Partnership to organise the event. On average a motorcyclist is airlifted to hospital every four days in the Midlands region alone.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Press release: Ethical directors banned after withdrawing millions in contested tax scheme

first_imgThe Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has since accepted Disqualification Undertakings from all three directors who have been banned from acting as directors of a limited company for six years each.All three directors are from Dorset. Matthew John Pickard (48) is from Poole, while Stephen Phillip Greenaway (40) is from Bournemouth and Paul Adam Laver (40) is from Ferndown.The company at the centre of the investigation, Ethical Forestry Limited, was incorporated in December 2007 and owned 80% of a Costa Rican company, who in-turn owned plantation land, a sawmill and the infrastructure to plant trees in forestry plantations.Around 3,500 UK investors were registered with the company and invested approximately £70m in the unregulated scheme to own trees on the plantationsEthical Forestry used unregulated investment brokers, such as Avacade Investment Options, who offered free pension reviews before introducing the plantation investment opportunities.Many people then invested in Ethical Forestry by transferring their occupational pensions into Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs), using providers such as Liberty SIPP.Behind the scenes, the directors caused Ethical Forestry in 2012 to enter into a tax planning scheme. This saw £28.8m being made available to the directors through loan accounts and the company’s financial statements for 2012 to 2014 show that in excess of £19m was withdrawn by the directors.In March 2013, however, HMRC informed Ethical Forestry that they were going to investigate the company’s new tax planning scheme and despite the warning from the tax authorities, £7.2 million of the £19 million drawn down by the directors from their loan accounts was withdrawn after this date.In July 2015, HMRC issued further notices to Ethical Forestry claiming more than £14 million of liabilities for tax years 2011/12 and 2012/13.Later that year in December 2015, Ethical Forestry entered into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation as it could not pay its debts. This triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service into the conduct of the directors, discovering that they had caused the company to transfer £7.2million for their benefit but this was at the risk of HMRC as there was an outstanding investigation.Anthea Simpson, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Service said: Simon Chaplin, Assistant Director – HMRC Counter-Avoidance, said: 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. Twitter Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. LinkedIn Ethical Forestry (Holdings) Ltd (Company Reg no. 09121708) was incorporated on 08 July 2014 EF Sales and Marketing Ltd (Company Reg no. 09123403) and EF Forestry Management Ltd (Company Reg no. 09123679) were incorporated on 09 July 2014. These 3 companies also went into Liquidation alongside Ethical Forestry Ltd on 16 December 2015. Disqualification Undertakings are the administrative equivalent of Disqualification Orders but do not involve court proceedings. Persons subject to a disqualification are bound by a range of other restrictions.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 / 020 7637 6219 act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property However, the directors were aware that HMRC were investigating the tax planning scheme through which they had already drawn very substantial sums from the company, and yet in this knowledge they continued in the same vein for a further 12 months, taking an additional £7m. We considered that this was unacceptable rather than ethical, and amounted to unfit conduct which justified disqualification. Press Office HMRC welcomes the actions of The Insolvency Service in obtaining disqualifications in this case. Where directors cause companies to use tax avoidance schemes for personal benefit and put uncollected tax at risk they should be held accountable for their conduct. You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: YouTube This is a relatively unusual case as the conduct of the directors criticised occurred before HMRC had issued their determinations of Ethical Forestry’s liabilities. Further informationA Disqualification Order or a Disqualification Undertaking has the effect that without specific permission of a Court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 The Director of the Serious Fraud Office opened an investigation into the tree based investment schemes run by the Ethical Group that included Ethical Forestry Limited in December 2016.Notes to editorsAbout the directorsMatthew Pickard resides in Poole, Dorset, and his date of birth is April 1971. His disqualification is effective from 16 April 2019 and is for a 6-year term. Matthew Pickard is described as the Managing Director and Founder of Ethical Forestry Limited from its incorporation in December 2007.Stephen Greenaway resides in Bournemouth, Dorset, and his date of birth is May 1978. His disqualification is effective from 21 March 2019 and is for a 6-year term. Stephen Greenaway was appointed as co-director alongside Matthew Pickard when the company was incorporated.Paul Laver resides in Ferndown, Dorset, and his date of birth is September 1978. His disqualification is effective from 10 April 2019 and is for a 6-year term. Paul Laver was appointed as director in November 2009.About the companyEthical Forestry Limited (Company Reg no. 06455149) and in July 2014 the Ethical Forestry group was restructured: Email [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: T Levels: The NexT Level branding

first_imgWith the introduction of T Levels just around the corner, the new branding has now been unveiled to stakeholders and providers ahead of the official launch of T Levels in 2020.The launch will be the first step towards raising awareness of T Levels in schools and colleges ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year.The ‘NexT Level’ brand logo, which has been designed in consultation with employer panel members, FE providers, young people and parents, will enable 2020 providers to promote the benefits of T Levels to young people in the process of deciding their route into post-16 education.Providers and stakeholders have now received a brand toolkit, including brand guidelines, leaflets and social assets to help to recruit the first wave of T Level students and encourage employers to offer industry placements.The brand creative revealed today is a step up for the T Levels campaign which forms just one part of the Government’s ongoing work to reform technical education in the UK.Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, Anne Milton said: I can’t wait for more people to learn about what T Levels have to offer and how it they can open up a world of exciting options. T Levels will be the biggest change to technical education in a generation. T Levels will help young people to fast-track their career and help them get to the next level giving them a head start in the world of work. Right from the start we have worked with employers, young people, their parents and education providers. I want more and more people to understand that T Levels are a high quality, advanced and desirable qualification with employers at the heart of their design. T Levels are new qualifications which have been developed collaboratively with UK businesses to better prepare students for the world of work and higher-level study. The two-year course will combine classroom theory with practical learning and an industry placement and will be available to students who have completed their GCSEs.The first three T Levels in Digital, Construction and Education & Childcare will be taught from September 2020 and, from 2021, a further seven will be taught, including three in Health and Science. By 2022, the Government will introduce the final wave of T Levels – 15 in total – in sectors such as legal, finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design.A unique part of T Levels will be the completion of a high-quality industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – in which students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.Just last month, the Government announced a new package or support for employers to help them offer vital placements in readiness for the T Level rollout in September 2020.last_img read more

Warburtons makes deal with the French

first_imgWarburtons’ bread loaves are set to land on supermarket shelves in France this year.Despite the bread brand’s recent delisting in Sainsbury’s 440 Local stores, Warburtons is set to make one of its biggest export deals in its history. As part of the Bolton-based bakery’s extensive roll-out programme throughout Europe, three varieties of its bread loaves will appear in around 100 supermarkets in Paris and the surrounding area.Warburtons additionally told British Baker that it would be activating its tourist plan imminently aimed at Spain, which will involve distributing its wrapped bread to retailers in Malaga, Alicante and the Balearic Islands.Jonathan Warburton, chairman at Warburtons, said in an interview with The Sun: “I can’t wait to see a Warbies truck going down the Champs-Elysées — I wouldn’t care if there wasn’t any bread in it! We are as British a business as you could find.“We employ people almost exclusively in Britain apart from one person in the Czech Republic. But I’ve learnt over my career if you stand still you go backwards all the time. We are as desperate to grow the business as my dad was 25 years ago.”British Baker reported back in October 2011 that the British bread business was trialling its products via Tesco stores in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to support the “growing demand for wholesome and quality wrapped bread across Europe”.The company released a statement, which said: “Over the last ten months, we’ve been tracking the project and are pleased with the initial progress which has been made. The products have been well received and the quality is the best in the market.”Feedback from our partner, Tesco, has also been positive. In fact, in December 2011 they reaffirmed their commitment to forming a long-term partnership. Our presence in these markets is enabling them to improve the quality of the bakery category – using our high quality standards as a benchmark/cataylst for local producers. This is a long-term project for our family business.”last_img read more

Cake sales fall in run up to Christmas

first_imgChristmas cake and pudding sales have slumped in the run up to Christmas, down 5.3% on last year for the two weeks to 12 December.The figures, released by retail data provider IRI, show an equally glum picture for the rest of the food industry, with overall sales down 1.3% to £3.5bn and sales of bacon, gammon and sausages, which were linked to cancer in a World Health Organization (WHO) report, down 13.2%.The only category to buck the trend is alcohol, with sales of beer, wine and spirits up 3.3% to £630m. Spirits performed especially strongly with sales rising 3.8% to £200m.Martin Wood, head of strategic insight, retail solutions and innovation at IRI, said: “While consumers get into the spirit of Christmas, literally in many cases, it seems that some of the more traditional Christmas categories are in decline, including cakes and desserts, while Christmas baking items are also down.“This could be down to people taking a more healthy approach to the big day but it’s probably a little too early to say whether this trend will continue and we expect figures to bounce back during a busy Christmas shopping period this week.”last_img read more

Doughnut and croissant hybrid created by Bread Source

first_imgNorfolk-based Bread Source is set to extend its range with a croissant and doughnut hybrid.The Pain au Choco-nut combines traditional French patisserie and Norwich’s favourite sweet treat, said the firm.“We’ve recently relaunched our doughnuts, after almost a year of not producing, and decided we needed to complement this range with something a little different,” said Bread Source owner Steve Winter.“Historically, we have produced a limited number of Cronuts, but they are now everywhere. So we innovated and trialled a few variations, settling on a Pain au Choco-nut.”After six months in development, Bread Source hopes to roll out the premium pastry in-store in the next few weeks.The artisan bakery is carrying out strict social distancing measures, including a two-metre rule for staff and customers. Sanitising stations are set up at each site, and cash is currently not accepted.Bread Source launched its National Loaf Scheme in April. The scheme is still in operation, with either £1 or free loaves of bread available to vulnerable or self-isolating local consumers.last_img read more

McVitie’s returns to TV with £3m campaign

first_imgSource: PladisPladis-owned McVitie’s has rolled out a new campaign focused on the power of sharing and connection.Called Too Good Not to Share, the £3m campaign will comprise two TV adverts, a social media giveaway and new look packaging.It focuses on the power of sharing and connection, said Pladis, and will roll out across TV, video on demand and social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and TikTok in a bid to drive incremental sales amongst consumers aged 18-44.The packaging update kicks off with McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives, which has new typography, followed by McVitie’s Digestives, McVitie’s Ginger Nuts and McVitie’s Fruit Shortcake. The refresh is set to roll out in store from January. It comes after the launch of the biscuit brand’s festive milk chocolate Digestives and repackaged assortment of Victoria biscuits.Meanwhile, the first TV advertisement aired during a recent episode of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. It begins with grime artist TrueMendous participating in a live lounge-style gig, before she is interrupted by a junior assistant who wants to share his McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives. Taking a break, they inadvertently share the moment with thousands of people live over the airwaves.The second, which is due to air early next year, features a gamer immersed in an online multiplayer battle, who shares a packet of McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives with his younger sister. Both advertisements will run for one month.“Shoppers tell us that our biscuits are so inexplicably tasty, they can’t help but share them – even at the most inopportune moments. It’s this insight that inspired our master brand campaign and is brought to life with our two new creatives,” said Emma Stowers, brand director for McVitie’s at Pladis UK & Ireland.The biscuit brand is set to launch a social media giveaway named ‘Digigestives’ from 26 November. It will see 20,000 packs of McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives up for grabs, encouraging users to nominate a friend or relative who will be gifted a pack for every follow and retweet of #TooGoodNottoShare posts.last_img read more

Deli Kitchen, Mr Kipling and Baker Street unveil new products

first_imgSource: AsdaCaramelised biscuit celebration cake, AsdaAsda is tapping into the nation’s love of all things speculoos with its new Caramelised Biscuit Celebration Cake.The cake is made of sponge soaked in a speculoos and caramel flavouring, topped with vanilla frosting, caramel frosting rosettes and caramel sauce, all finished with a coating of speculoos crumb. It serves 16 and costs £13.“We’ve seen the trend for speculoos flavour continue to grow and know our customers will love this rich indulgent treat,” said Becky Price, celebration cake product developer. “Perfect for any celebration or afternoon tea, it’s bound to be a crowd pleaser.” Source: AsdaDeli Kitchen, Baker Street and Mr Kipling are among the brands to unveil a raft of new bakery products as consumers seek alternative lunch options and permissible treats.The new products include a five-strong range of wraps, chocolate tarts and ‘drive-thru classics’ in the form of hot dog and burger buns ahead of what’s expected to be a huge UK barbecue season.Here’s the last NPD to hit shelves: Source: Premier FoodsChocolate tarts, Mr KiplingPremier Foods has extended its Mr Kipling range with Chocolate Tarts (rsp £1.89 per six-pack).The tarts feature a light pastry case with a layer of chocolate-flavoured mousse with chocolate-flavoured icing and sugar sprinkles on top. They contain no hydrogenated fat or artificial colours, Premier Foods noted, and have 100% natural flavours.“The launch will also appeal to traditional convenience shoppers, who are continuing to purchase smaller treats, making them more inclined to pick up a cake as an impulse purchase,” said Mathew Bird, brand director for sweet treats at Premier Foods.“Over lockdown, there has been a surge of new shoppers buying into the pies and tarts sector, with pre-family and younger family shoppers seeing the biggest growth.” Source: Signature FlatbreadsWraps, Deli KitchenSignature Flatbreads is boosting the presence of its Deli Kitchen brand on Tesco shelves with five new types of wrap. The new products are:Carb Lite WrapsWheat & White WrapsMalted Rye WrapsPlain WrapsPlain Mini Wraps.They have rsps ranging from 95p to £1.40 and join the brand’s existing products – Brioche Style Wraps, Greek Style Wraps and Focaccia – on Tesco’s shelves. Deli Kitchen noted a 78% uplift in sales in 2020, partly fuelled by the pandemic driving demand for ‘more interesting lunch options at home’.The range is rolling out with new-look packaging following a brand refresh for Deli Kitchen as it looked to increase its ‘on-shelf impact’.In addition, the launch will be supported by a social-led advertising campaign which will feature British-Cypriot dance duo Stavros Flatley, due to go live in late April. The pair hit the limelight on Britain’s Got Talent and will add humour to an advertising campaign which uses the slogan ‘Don’t be a Loafer’, and bids to inspire UK consumers to rethink their lunchtime options.“The Deli Kitchen brand has gone from strength to strength, especially in the last year, as consumers look to add interest to at home food options,” said Signature Flatbreads’ joint MD David Laurence. “We anticipate strong sales and future range growth as more people try the products and they become a firm favourite.” Source: St Pierre GroupeDrive-thru classics, Baker StreetSt Pierre Groupe’s Baker Street brand has secured its first major multiple listing with Tesco for a new range of Original Burger Buns and Classic Hot Dog Rolls.In its new look packaging, the ‘Drive Thru Classics’ range is designed to cater to the growing fakeaway trend. Both the six-pack of burger buns and four-pack of hot dog rolls retail at £1.29.“Baker Street is perfectly placed to fill a gap in the market,” said St Pierre Groupe founder Jeremy Gilboy. “A combination of anxious consumers retreating to comfort foods and familiar classics, and the closure of the UK’s restaurants has driven demand for the at-home fakeaway.“The nation’s favourite fast-food restaurants don’t use rolls for burger buns – and with good reason. We worked closely with Tesco to develop a proposition that would drive sales and the extended-life of the Baker Street range will be a real help as we head into what’s set to be the biggest BBQ season on record.”The brand launched its Stollen exclusively with Tesco for Christmas 2020 and after driving value sales of more than £1.4m, the brand leveraged seasonal success to secure a permanent listing.Baker Street has grown 30% year on year and is celebrating five consecutive years of double-digit growth, with a brand value in excess of £25m. St Pierre Groupe, meanwhile, saw revenue pass £100m in 2020 with co-founder Paul Baker eyeing £150m by 2022.last_img read more

Heritage Printing Company re-opens under new management

first_imgHeritage Printing was bought by Buffi Phillips.FARMINGTON – New Heritage Printing Company owner Buffi Phillips would like those interested in fulfilling all their paper needs to know that Heritage Printing Company, a staple of the Franklin County area for 20 years, is open once again.The previous owners of Heritage Printing, Donald and Dyla McIntire, decided in April that the impacts from Covid were too much, and retired, closing the their business’ doors.“It was not an easy decision to make,” Phillips said, but the temporary closing also presented an opportunity for Phillips to return to Heritage Printing.In 1999 while earning her degree in Applied Science for Graphic Arts and Press Operation from New Hampshire Community Technical College, Phillips completed her internship at Heritage Printing. After graduating, she began working at Heritage as a full time employee, learning the complete scope of the store’s processes as well as discovering her favorite part of the job, interacting with new customers. In 2007, Phillips left Heritage for a different career avenue, but was always eager to come back and resume her passion for the printing industry. She continued to do private printing jobs through her small business, bpGraphics, but it wasn’t the same as working in a full-service shop.“I remember the last time I was working with Dyla, and I thought I didn’t want it to be the last time. When it closed, I thought I’d give it a try” she said.Phillips is aware of the tightly knit community of Franklin County and knows that there is a protectiveness to it as well. The public can be wary of new business owners who aren’t familiar with the area.“I want the customers to know I have been with Heritage for a long time. I’m not some stranger coming in, wanting to change everything,” Phillips said.As of July 15, Phillips has been operating the business completely on her own, handling the design, the production and the delivery of all the paper orders that come in.“Eventually, I’d love to expand and get another employee in here. I want to build it back up, and I think keeping things local is a good way to do that,” she said.She’ll be advertising more in the months to come, but also hopes that her dedication to the customers and to the Franklin area will attract more business as well.“Whatever the customer wants, we’ll make it,” Phillips said. This is a promise that has run through the heart of Heritage Printing since long before Phillips ran it. Another remaining aspect of what Phillips calls “the old Heritage Printing Company” is the prices, which will not be changed in the near future.While under new ownership, Heritage has undergone an upgrade from offset printing to digital printing.“This will allow full color work to be done with a quicker turnaround time and efficient costs,” Phillips said.The store front has also moved from its original location in Farmington to 353 Main Street in Kingfield.Phillips can be reached at 778-3581 or [email protected]last_img read more

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