University Housing, Gandía / Guallart Architects

first_imgArchitects: Guallart Architects Area Area of this architecture project Text description provided by the architects. This project was developed in Gandia, a town with a population of 75,000 to the south of Valencia. The aim was to develop a hybrid project that would function essentially as a student residence while meeting the requirements of social housing, with the corresponding standards and characteristics.Save this picture!The proposed programme includes 102 apartments for young people, 40 apartments for senior citizens, and a civic and social centre for the town council. The most interesting question from a programmatic point of view is the provision of shared spaces in the apartments for young people, which is in effect a new version from the traditional residence for young people. Save this picture!In Spain the national Housing Plan clearly establishes that apartments can be built with an area of between 30 and 45 m2, with up to 20% of shared space, but does not specify where or how this should be located.The fact is that the idea of sharing spaces is fully compatible with the goals of social and environmental sustainability, grounded as it is on the principle of ‘doing more with less’: that is, offering people more resources through the mechanism of sharing. Save this picture!Recent analyses have identified a minimum of thirteen basic functions related to the fact of dwelling. Some of these are clearly private (sleeping, bathing, etc), while others can have a semi-public or shared nature: eating, relaxing, digital working, washing clothes, etc. These resources can be shared within a single dwelling, between two dwellings, between individuals on the same floor or two adjoining floors, on the scale of a whole building or between different buildings in the same neighbourhood. Save this picture!The key, then, is to choose the scale at which we want to share resources so as to create a particular model of habitability or another. If we construct 102 apartments of 45 m2 each, which may share 20% of their floor area, we can have up to 918 m2 of shared space. This could be in the form of 51 shared spaces of 18 m2 (each apartment in a pair contributing 9 m2), or a single space of 918 m2. Our proposal puts forward an interesting and innovative model with which to define three scales of habitability: A first, individual scale of 36 m2, comprising the kitchen, bathroom and rest area in a loft-style apartment. A second, intermediate scale of 108, 72, 36, 24 and 12 m2, shared by 18, 12, 6, 4 or 2 people, on every second floor. This comprises a spacious living area and contact and work areas. A third and larger scale of 306 m2, shared by all 102 people and located on the ground floor, which will include a lounge, a laundry, Internet access and a library.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessCocoon House / Planning KoreaArticlesPlot B of China Mobile International Headquarters Campus / Leo A DalyArticlesProject locationAddress:Gandía, Valencia, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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National Funding Scheme is now open to all UK charities

first_img  60 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital What counts as ‘charitable purpose’?The National Funding Scheme uses the definition of ‘charitable purpose‘ set out in the Charities Act 2011. These are the 13 descriptions of purposes that “describe broad areas of potentially charitable activity”.They range from some that have their roots in the original Elizabethan Charitable Uses Act of 1601 such as the prevention or relief of poverty, to more modern introductions such as the advancement of human rights and the advancement of amateur sport. The National Funding Scheme, the charity that runs the giving platform DONATE for arts organisations, is today making the platform available to all UK charities. From 1 September it will further expand it to any UK organisation with a charitable purpose.DONATE launched in 2013 as a tool specifically to help arts organisations raise more money. Since then it has helped over 350 arts charities.Individuals use it to make a donation using their mobile device via SMS text, web app, QR codes, Near-Field Communication. Soon DONATE will also provide a route to donate via ApplePay.The charity has already been working with a small number of non-arts organisations who have used the platform during live fundraising events. For examples, Flannels for Heroes raised £27,000 at their charity cricket match for Combat Stress and Walking with the Wounded.Seamus Keating, chair of the NFS said:“We are hugely fortunate that the Charity Commission granted us the ability to work outside the sector we launched in and provide DONATE to any organisation that has ‘charitable purpose’. We are delighted that our technologies, which help charities maximise opportunities to capture immediate donations will now be made available to all kinds of organisations from schools, to church groups, hospitals, voluntary organisations and football teams. This means that any organisation with a charitable purpose can use DONATE to fundraise even if they are not recognised as a registered charity or exempt charity.”He added that the expansion was particularly timely given that research from the Payments Council shows that for the first time more transactions are by non-cash than by cash. Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 July 2015 | Newscenter_img National Funding Scheme is now open to all UK charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Hungary’s media law is unacceptable despite amendments

first_img to go further News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU March 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hungary’s media law is unacceptable despite amendments February 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders takes note of the amendments to Hungary’s controversial media law that the parliament adopted yesterday. However, despite positive movement on some of the worst aspects of the legislation, the core of the problem remains, since the composition and attributions of the all-powerful Media Council remain unchanged.European governments should make it clear to their Hungarian partner that this vote does not in any way absolve it of its responsibility to make every effort to ensure the legislation conforms to international law.On the evening of 7 March, Hungarian parliamentarians adopted the amendments put forward by the government. Presented as a simple “clarification” of the law passed at the end of December, the cosmetic changes reflect for the most part the demands of European commissioner Neelie Kroes. The favourable report given by the Commission following the vote seems to us to be premature as the law remains both open to criticism and severely criticized.If the dubious notion of “balanced reporting” no longer applies to blogs, it does still concern other audiovisual media as well as Internet linear content providers.The law also no longer applies to foreign media “unless they are broadcasting to the Hungarian people and are based abroad with the aim of circumventing Hungarian law”. It is still anyone’s guess how this would be established.The range of “offences” punished by the law has been restricted slightly and centred on the concept of incitement of hatred or discrimination. On the other hand journalists must still respect “public morality” and “human dignity” – notions that have yet to be defined by the Media Council – or face astronomical fines.Finally, the Hungarian media will no longer have to get accreditation from the authorities before they start broadcasting. They will have to do so within 60 days of kicking off their operations, however, or face a fine of 3,700 euros. The amount of form filling required to obtain the accreditation is still considerable, and includes providing the estimated number of subscribers and a description of programming aimed at ethnic minorities.Above all the Media Council, created in December 2010, emerges unscathed from the amendments. Yet this body, with its utterly disproportionate attributions, is at the heart of the controversy.Appointed directly by the government, the Council’s five members all belong to the ruling Fidesz party. Despite concerns over its impartiality, the body has a right under the law to demand from media organizations any number of confidential documents – and if they are not handed over they face a fine of 100,000 euros.The amendments made to the media law yesterday provide not a single extra guarantee that journalists’ sources will be protected, and sanctions against media that break the law can still go as far as a ban.Reporters Without Borders therefore appeals once more to Hungarian lawmakers to look again at this legislation more closely, and in particular that they quite simply annul the section referring to the Media Council. The Hungarian parliament and government must urgently adopt the recommendations by the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on this matter. News News May 4, 2021 Find out more HungaryEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Photo: AFP/Getty Images News Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site Organisation HungaryEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Hungary Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air RSF_en last_img read more

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The X Factor in Property Preservation

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 30, 2019 1,718 Views Property Preservation 2019-09-30 Seth Welborn Kerry Medel is the Client Relationship and Operations Manager leading Brookstone Management’s Property Preservation Division. She oversees high-level procedural development and operational improvements internally and within Brookstone Management’s vendor network. Ensuring daily risk analysis leading directly to burgeoning high-quality product delivery, Medel works ardently to synthesize client demands, investor requirements, and vendor productivity across all portfolios to develop a competitive advantage. Tagged with: Property Preservation The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Error Reduction: A comprehensive QA process is necessary to reduce errors both in office and out in the field. Field service providers that can maintain a low error ratio can implement more streamlined processes and offer products that hold a greater edge and higher guarantees in their product management and delivery, ultimately boosting productivity and overall company revenue. Catching Asset Damages: A thorough QA process can aid in catching various issues or damages at asset acquisition, which, if missed during an initial review, can cause a field services provider to miss out on a potentially valuable bid, or lead to mortgagee neglect, resulting in increased costs toward a company’s profit.Managing Risks: Proper QA procedures not only enhance the product provided but are a crucial part of mitigating risks. The greatest challenge here is ensuring that the measurement attributes in place not only measure what is being controlled but do so accurately.A robust QA process can also support a company in successfully identifying trends and developing quality-measurement attributes. Deploying those controls will ultimately aid in managing processes that are reliably replicated across all operations and reduce risks related to the community around the property.With the required QA monitoring in place, field services providers can catch and avert potential blight from occurring at their properties and prevent declining conditions from worsening. If elaborate checks are completed to ensure an asset is aptly preserved, a company can more efficiently determine trends regarding how errors arise and build processes to prevent them from occurring in the future.If a company can successfully interpret trending data, then procedure, actions, responses, and methodology, can be augmented to increase reliability and reproducibility in the property preservation process. However, the greatest risk lies within the ability to collect, interpret, and trust the reviews done internally and in the field.One of the challenges when putting together an adept QA process is to create checks and balances that can be used universally for every asset. While it is impossible to catch every outlier that may occur at a property, if a company can develop a uniform, well-structured method for the high-volume/high-risk scenarios, this will lead to a more efficacious QA process.The real success of QA, therefore, lies in being able to make use of these methodologies available within a company, portfolio, or for a specific investor at a high rate of consistency. Such a process also contributes to the greatest mitigation of risk for all stakeholders.To carry out such a process, however, a field services provider must have the right balance of tools—both manual and automated.The ChecklistsA big part of the property preservation business revolves around the review and analysis of photo documentation to justify that the correct asset was maintained fittingly and within the required timeframes.All field services companies, therefore, develop and maintain some form of the photo review process that assures their customers the highest quality work as well as ease of implementation within current processes.Designing reports based on inspection surveys to more easily identify new, worsening, or persistent damages can also trigger bids for repair without delay, further reducing the risk of neglect and costly exposure.Provided there remains some variation of a manual check (or ideally, a combination of checks) to confirm that the photos justify completed work was finished in accordance with bank, investor/insurer, and local government requirements, a company can guarantee high-quality product delivery.In today’s competitive environment, the case for using technology is also gaining increasing importance. Companies today are constantly reevaluating their field services QA processes in the quest to not only reduce timelines but also their exposure by exploring new avenues to integrate automation into their QA procedures.While automation might be a vital step to expedite a step or process, it must be done with caution. Companies must control these processes for privacy and security concerns and require increased visibility to safeguarding collected data, and its subsequent distribution to operations.There are positives and negatives to a primarily technology-driven structure; the reality is that although a computer can inevitably move more quickly than a human, one loses the comprehensive, questioning, curious mind that can spot the $50,000 repair, where the computer may miss. Conversely, to maintain a parallel ground with competitors within the industry, technology must be used in a limited yet innovative manner.The key is for a company is to strike the right balance and determine the steps in a process that can be fulfilled safely, seamlessly, and with the greatest dividend opportunity through technology with little to no risk to the business and the greatest rate of reapplication.The Ideal QA TeamWhile processes can be automated, QA requires the human eye to not only recognize what attributes are being controlled for and proficiency in identifying root cause, but an ability to effectively communicate findings to the user, manager and analysis team(s). To be competent enough to understand why they complete their reviews it becomes necessary for a company to hone a QA team that can seamlessly communicate its analysis at a high level.Generally, most companies look at a QA team with the ideology that the task will be repetitive, monotonous, black and white, etc.; anyone can review, anyone can report, anyone can test—they’re just following a set of given instructions, right?The QA team should care more about the quality of the product as opposed to a quality score. Can they recognize a problem? Sure, but can they communicate the errors to the maker, manager, or analysis team? Can they attempt to solve or demonstrate corrective, detailed solutions? If the QA analyst cannot explain at a high-level the operational impacts, financial risk, rigor of controllability, reproducibility, and replication, then what’s the point?Thus, a truly innovative QA team goes beyond the generally accepted idea of tasks to caring more about the quality of the product.While the incorporation of advancements of technology can ease the tedium of a review when processing incredibly substantial volumes of inspections, the value of the analyst’s response has often stimulated best operational practices, guided profitable business decisions, and portrayed success.Another issue that a field services provider must consider when building their QA process and team, is the varied interpretations of each individual. There will always be cases of QA analysts disagreeing with operations (or even with other QA analysts) during their reviews.Thus, it is essential that the attributed review process is published in detailed, clear, and concise language to ensure QA managers have controlled for as much interpretation as possible.Most importantly, the greatest challenge is to determine and implement an appropriate pass percentage threshold. This percentage is a delicate balance that in and of itself must accept failures–it is thus the QA team’s burden to determine the weight and severity of each defect and the impact on the user’s, processor’s, or vendor’s pass percentage.In the field services industry, product demand usually appears in the form of coverage territory which directly correlates to the desirability of a particular vendor being selected for more lucrative cities, counties, states, regions, etc. or even services. Higher passing percentages can more than likely award the boots on the ground some of the more coveted services and locations.Finally, as mentioned during the 2018 Five Star Conference’s Property Management Lab, the most successful QA model will not be built solely on the paragon of technology. It will consist of a coalescence of technological exploitation, alongside team members with the most creative, knowledgeable, and analytical minds, who live among the patterns, embracing the errors much more than the successes—it will be a fine balance between man and machine. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Tracking Home Equity Growth Since 2012 Next: Demand for Fannie Mae CIRT—’Among the Strongest Ever’ Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Kerry Medel  Print This Postcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the September issue of DS News.A mortgage field services provider and its clients mostly share the same goal—to preserve and protect the asset in the most cost-effective way. They do this while maintaining AHJ compliance and preventing blight to the community, to ultimately bring the property into conveyance or marketable condition. They must also comply with the given disposition strategy for the asset while maximizing reimbursement and claimability.With an extensive Quality Assurance (QA) process, the communities at large are armed with variations of flags, stops, and checks and balances to ensure all issues are appropriately captured and accounted. These issues could include but are not limited to identification of violations or conditions that may leave a property vulnerable to further damage and making sure standard services are accurately completed, such as securing, winterization, lawn maintenance, debris removal, etc.QA also allows them to monitor and control their internal processes, examine their operations for flaws, and evaluate overall best practices. Together, these steps contribute to a positive competitive advantage.Why Is QA so Important?There’s more to QA than beating the competition. For example, failure to adequately control for quality could risk the assets’ eligibility for beneficial programs such as HUD’s Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT).” Here’s a sampling of reasons why a robust QA process can lead to long-term success for property management and preservation companies:Investor Requirements: Within the field services industry, the rules around conveyance with marketable title make QA an integral process. Each investor has specific requirements and guidelines for conveyance. Therefore, the QA process lines up each investor requirement with the delivery to those guidelines. Regular QA reviews can guarantee high-caliber work by the field services company and assure all stakeholders, including banks, investors/insurers, and AHJ, that every property is appropriately maintained according to all their requirements. 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17 same-sex marriages took place in Donegal since referendum

first_img Previous articleLetterkenny to host 2020 World Indoor Tug of War ChampionshipNext articleSinead Jennings & Chloe Magee selected on Team Ireland for Rio Olympics admin Google+ Google+ 17 same-sex marriages took place in Donegal since referendum WhatsApp By admin – May 20, 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter 412 gay couples have gotten married in Ireland since the Marriage Equality referendum was passed last year.Dublin led the way with over 200 weddings, while there were 17 in Donegal.Gay rights campaigners are urging the public to keep fighting for equality, one year on from the referendum.Dylan McEvoy says young LGBT people still suffer discrimination:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/marref3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Facebook Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Direct Nationalized Banks To Provide Loans Up To Rs 5 Lakhs To Advocates : ABAP Urges Finance Minister

first_imgNews UpdatesDirect Nationalized Banks To Provide Loans Up To Rs 5 Lakhs To Advocates : ABAP Urges Finance Minister LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Jun 2020 1:10 AMShare This – xSeeking to direct nationalized banks to provide loans up to Rs 5 lakhs to advocates, pan-India lawyers organization Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad has made a representation before the Union Finance Minister.In the said representation, it has requested that an amount upto Rs. 5,00,000/- (Rupees Five Lakhs only) should be provided to advocates on concessional rate of interest, on their…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSeeking to direct nationalized banks to provide loans up to Rs 5 lakhs to advocates, pan-India lawyers organization Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad has made a representation before the Union Finance Minister.In the said representation, it has requested that an amount upto Rs. 5,00,000/- (Rupees Five Lakhs only) should be provided to advocates on concessional rate of interest, on their personal security, to be repaid in three years commencing after moratorium of six months after its disbursement.Due to the absence of physical functioning of courts, many advocates, especially those practising at District and Taluka levels, are facing severe financial distress, said ABAP. It also highlighted the tragedy of an advocate committing suicide in Karnataka due to financial distress.The organization has emphasized that advocates need a financial package for arrangement of electronic gadget like computers etc. to attend virtual courts and to meet out their routine expenses like payment of salary to clerks & office staff, rent etc.Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgIn Chaudhary v British Medical Association the Court of Appeal will considerthe principles governing compensation for the loss of a career indiscrimination claims. The appeal is against an award of £761,867 for racediscrimination. Merino Gomez, a Spanish reference to the ECJ, raises the issues of maternityleave and holiday entitlements under the Working Time Directive. In particular,if the holiday is fixed in advance (such as the shutdown of a factory over theChristmas or summer holidays) and falls in the maternity leave period, is theemployee entitled to take the equivalent period of holiday when she returns? Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Watch this spaceOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Philippine Navy Welcomes Croatian Defense Minister

first_img View post tag: Naval October 3, 2012 Philippine Navy Welcomes Croatian Defense Minister Authorities View post tag: welcomes The Philippine Navy provided a warm welcome for the visit of Honorable Ante Kotromanovic’, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Croatia and Party to Headquarters Philippine Navy at Naval Station Jose V Andrada (NSJA), Roxas Blvd., Manila last October 1, 2012.The visit was highlighted by an Arrival Honors for the Defense Minister with Capt Erick A Kagaoan PN (GSC) as the Ceremonial Troop Commander. The group later paid a Courtesy Call on Vice Admiral Alexander P Pama AFP, Flag Officer in Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC,PN) right after the arrival honors held at the HPN Hall of Flags.  PN Organizational and Croatian Navy and Defense Industry briefings were also presented at the HPN Multi-Purpose Hall where the Exchange of Plaque and Momento were later held.Honorable Ante Kotromanovic’ and Party are official guests of the Department of National Defense. The purpose of the said visit is to further defense engagements, foster closer defense relations and to develop and promote relations with various departments and agencies of the Philippines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 03, 2012; Image: Philippine Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defensecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy Welcomes Croatian Defense Minister View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Minister View post tag: Philippine View post tag: Croatian Share this articlelast_img read more

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News story: Three New Trustees Appointed to the Royal Armouries

first_imgNeil GrantNeil Grant originally trained as an archaeologist at Reading University before moving into a career in finance. He has worked for Historic England for the last nine years, where he is currently Head of Corporate Finance & Performance. He has written a number of books for Osprey, the specialist military history publisher, covering both twentieth century firearms and medieval weapons and armour. He also serves as a committee member of the Ordnance Society.Paul KirkmanPaul Kirkman has 25 years top level experience in public policy and cultural sector leadership. Paul was Director of the National Railway Museum in York from 2012 to 2017, where he returned the world famous Flying Scotsman to operation and established a partnership with the City Council for a £700m brownfield development of land around the museum.From 2005-2012 Paul had a range of senior roles at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including leading on the Coalition Government’s Spending Review in 2010 and having responsibility for policy and funding for the National Museums and Arts Council England. He was Head of Policy of Planning at the Natural History Museum between 1999 and 2001, at the launch of its Darwin Centre development. He had three spells at HM Treasury and was Private Secretary to the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, working for Howard Davies and Adair Turner in the period in the run up to the 1997 election.Paul originally studied Philosophy at Edinburgh University, has an MA in Art History from Goldsmith’s College and was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.He lives in the East End of London with his wife Lilly, who runs her own design business.Jonathan SandsJonathan is Group Chief Executive and Vexillifer of Elmwood an international brand consultancy with studios in Leeds, London, New York, Melbourne and Singapore. They are famous for winning more Design Effectiveness Awards than any other business ever. They work with Global FMCG brands such as GSK, Heineken and Pepsico, retail brands such as Tesco, Walmart, Loblaw and Coles and corporate brands such as ANZ and SSE. Jonathan has been with Elmwood man and boy (36 years this year) undertaking a Management buyout in 1989 at the age of 29. He is a regular speaker at design conferences and an industry commentator. He is a past member of the Design Council and RSA and a former Chairman of the DBA. He is a Visiting Professor of Innovation at Huddersfield University where in 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for my services to the Design Industry. He was also awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours in 2011 for his services to the Creative Industries.Jonathan is a Non Executive Director of RATE (The Royal Armouries Trading Enterprise) an Advisory board member of AND Digital (one of the countries fastest growing tech companies) and Chairman of a new start up online veterinary business ‘Joii’. Outside work he is a proud father of three, a long suffering Derby County supporter and an average golfer.This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Neil, Paul and Jonathan have declared no such political activity.last_img read more

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Baking for all seasons

first_imgSo is it worth going to all the extra time and expense to offer seasonal ranges of products? Through a few years of triumphs and failures on the subject, I have come to the conclusion it definitely is. Here are some of the pros and cons on the subject:Pros:Creating some seasonal products can be a great way to boost your sales. When it comes to events such as Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day the majority of your customers will be looking for gifts or special treats for the occasion. It’s a no brainer to offer a lovely handmade solution to this need.Creating seasonal products is also a great way to keep your product range fresh and interesting for your regular customers and yourself. It can provide you with some good inspiration for products, special offers, window displays and advertisements.New products give you a great reason to communicate with your customers and continue your relationship. Try sending out a group email telling customers about what treats you have on offer and, of course, news on Facebook and tweets.It’s fun! On a hard day it can seem like a bit of a chore coming up with extra products on top of your usual workload, but isn’t being creative why we do what we do? If you let yourself enjoy it, you can have a lot of fun and create some products you will be really proud of, which is what I enjoy most about my job. I recently got so over-excited about how cute my range of Christmas cupcakes were, I could be heard jumping up and down and whooping in my kitchen – in a really humble modest way, of course.Cons:Planning, researching, testing, and advertising special products can be very time-consuming and costly – especially when holiday periods can be very hard to predict and therefore a bit of a gamble. For example, at my bakery we put a lot of planning into creating special products to celebrate the Royal Wedding last year. When the day came, it was an absolute ghost town and we had a lot of wastage and a big loss on the day. So after that, I always look back at my records of similar periods and respond to any trends and set myself time and money budgets. It is also a good idea to advertise early and make people book in advance or put down a small deposit for special items, so you can be sure of the sale.You have to be very organised and plan ahead. This is an area where we have really struggled. As a small business owner, it is hard enough keeping on top of your current week, let alone a month in advance. Despite my best intentions, planning for seasonal events has often been forgotten. However, the more you do it, the more you will build up a fantastic bank of recipes and ideas for events that you can draw on.Happy baking and business making!About Emily JohnsonCakeBlogger Emily Johnson runs Upsy Daisy Bakery in Hammersmith and was winner of the National Cupcake Championships 2012.last_img read more

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