A new Dawn for communications

first_imgFollowing company growth over the past two years and the changing demands of the bakery market, bakery supplier Dawn Foods recently organised training for its senior executives to share information, skills, experience, knowledge and learning across Europe.Thirty-five senior executives from the ingredients and finished products’ company operations in Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and France attended a two-day training session at Birmingham University in December. Training was organised by seven members of Dawn Foods’ technical development team. The training was aimed at all levels of experience and exposed everyone to the practical elements of baking to help them identify and gain a better understanding of the issues faced by bakers on a day-to-day basis. All the attendees were divided into groups of bakers, non-bakers and technical/food science people. Each group was required to explore a variety of products and was asked to define the product’s benefits, describe its smell, taste and texture, evaluate the product’s features, identify potential difficulties of new product innovations and present solutions to overcome any potential problems. Each group was asked to give a presentation to their colleagues at the end of each session, which was followed by an open discussion and general group feedback. People from all different backgrounds and areas of the business could listen to, learn about and appreciate their colleagues’ contrasting perspectives and opinions on the products. In particular, the training enabled senior executives, such as Karl Brown, Dawn Foods’ president for Europe, to come face to face with the actual products and their different applications. He could fully appreciate the time and work invested in generating each product. The fun part came when each group had to get their hands dirty and have a go at the actual baking – proving exceptionally trickier than many of the non-bakers originally expected!The training allowed the team to come together and gave everyone the opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, knowledge and expertise. The technical team from the UK was able to pick up tips from European teams and vice versa, so communication was a key to the success of the day. The training took place at the recently renovated state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Birmingham. There, recent investment in facilities has resulted in an increase in applicants to the course.last_img read more

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Steenbergs Organic

first_imgSteenbergs Organic (Ripon, North Yorkshire) has launched a range of heat-treated organic herbs and spices, including poppy seeds, black pepper, chilli, coriander seeds, cumin, ginger, paprika, rosemary, thyme, turmeric and white pepper. Products are sourced from suppliers in the Mediterranean, India, Africa and Sri Lanka.Steenbergs Organic has also launched a range of organic Fairtrade vanilla products, including the bean, extract, spray-dried extract and seed. Steenbergs Organic is working with two main sources for its vanilla – in India and Uganda – where it has spent 18 months sourcing the right growers.last_img read more

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Lyons cashes in on teatime

first_imgPremier Foods’ cake brand Lyons has launched a new range of Teashop Classic Cakes to capitalise on teatime eating occasions. The cakes will be available in St Clements, classic choc chip and sultana and cherry variants. According to the firm, large ambient cakes are a key driver of the cakes and pastries category, a growing area in sweet bakery occasions at teatime. Thirty-four per cent of Lyons’ cakes are eaten at teatime, according to Premier Foods.”We are looking to target older consumers, mums and families, who are looking for a familiar product to enjoy with a cup of tea at snack times,” said Simon Hawkes, head of marketing for Lyons.The cakes will be packaged in a window-topped box and will be available in cases of 12 for the sultana and cherry cake, and cases of 18 for the others.RRP: £1.00www.premierfoods.co.uklast_img read more

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BOGOF to supermarket deals

first_imgA new Bank of England report has unwittiingly revealed that UK shoppers are turning their backs on buy-one-get-one-free (BOGOF) deals.In its latest Agents’ summary of business conditions around Britain, which was released alongside the minutes to its last meeting, the Bank reported: “Households remained focused on value for money, with discount and online retailers, and value products performing relatively well.“Spending on food remained the strongest component of demand, but even here promotional activity was essential to drive sales. Consumers were increasingly conscious of avoiding waste, and some contacts thought that promotions involving bundles of products had become less effective.”It comes after the Local Government Association said multi-buy deals are partly responsible for a £13.7bn-a-year mountain of wasted fresh produce.• What are your views on these promotions? Do consumers respond to them in your bakery? Get in touch on [email protected]last_img read more

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Hummingbird spreads wings to overseas outlets

first_imgThe Hummingbird Bakery will be launching an international franchise scheme, with hopes to open its first global store in the Middle East this year.After announcing plans to open a fifth store later this month in Angel, Islington, the London-based bakery has confirmed it will be opening outlets overseas in 2012. It will provide 12 weeks of training to franchisees in its UK kitchens and shops, using the same equipment and recipes.Tarek Malouf, owner of The Hummingbird Bakery, said: “We’ve had serious interest and money from this location (Middle East), but we are looking to open anywhere worldwide with a good franchise partner that would have a high level of funding and commitment to the brand. Stores would have 95% of the same offering as our London locations as this is what most of our customers want. So it is a huge responsibility to train franchisees to the same high standard as UK staff. We would audit franchisees several times a year so we are happy with the quality of products.”Malouf added that plans were imminent to open a further one or two cupcake bakeries in London this year, with Canary Wharf, Chiswick, Kingston and Richmond as potential locations. In addition, The Hummingbird Bakery is looking to expand UK-wide in the near future, but would need the appropriate financial backing.Malouf said: “We would love to open outside London, but it is not as easy as it sounds. When we open new branches, we have to ensure our quality remains throughout. So our product development team needs to be able to easily travel to locations.”We would need to fund and develop a regional support team, so for the time being we will be concentrating on London.”last_img read more

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Wawasee High School switches to remote learning

first_img Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter (“Keyboard of a computer” by Marco Verch, CC BY 2.0) Students who attend Wawasee High School are now on remote learning.The switch was made after several students and staff called in sick and were impacted by the virus.ABC 57 News reported six positive cases in the school district as of late last week.The high school hopes to re-open to in-classroom learning in mid-September. By 95.3 MNC – September 5, 2020 0 215 Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ Wawasee High School switches to remote learning Previous articleSouth Bend schools investigating middle school teacher following BLM commentsNext articlePotential coronavirus vaccine to go through clinical trials at IUPUI 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

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News story: MDP support Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) 2018 campaign

first_imgThe ACT campaign, encourages the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Our actions could save lives. Communities defeat terrorism.Speaking on the campaign T/Chief Constable Andy Adams said: Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. To find out more about what could potentially be terrorist-related suspicious activity or behaviour visit the ACT campaignIf you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it in confidence at gov.uk/ACT. If it’s an emergency, call 999.Don’t worry about wasting police time. Any piece of information could be important and it is better to be safe and report. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.Remember to trust your instincts and ACT: Action Counters Terrorism.The MDP will be further promoting the ACT campaign on Facebook and Twitter during the coming weeks. The core role of the MDP is the protection of the people and assets at the various Defence and national infrastructure sites where our officers are deployed across the UK. We cannot, however, do this in isolation. We need members of the public and the staff employed at the sites where we are located to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour that they see or hear. No report is a waste of time and any piece of information, no matter how small, could make the difference that enables us to disrupt and prevent a potential terrorist attack.last_img read more

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Speech: Deal Making and Peace Building: A new approach to reducing conflict

first_imgIt is an honour to be here with you at Chatham House. This institution has a prestigious history, created in the wake of the Great War, when those coming out of that terrible conflict sought ways to better understand international affairs and prevent such wars happening again.It is therefore the ideal place to present the Government’s latest thinking on conflict, stabilisation, and long term stability. When my team set about working on this report, I asked them to frame it as an answer to some key questions:First, how can we get better at ending violence and building peace?Secondly, how do we deal with the fact that in order to end violence and build peace, we may have to talk to the bad guys? On what terms do we deal with them?And thirdly, once the warring parties have been persuaded to put down their arms, how do we stop them from picking them up again?Before tackling those questions, let me set out some of the evolving challenges that led me to ask them.As we look out across parts of the Middle East and Africa in particular, one thing seems clear: conflicts have become more complex and more intractable.Half of the world’s current conflicts have lasted for more than 20 years.And getting on for two thirds of all armed conflicts that ended in the early 2000s had relapsed within five years.We have seen the rise of militant nationalism, sectarianism, and extremism; the fragmentation of insurgent forces, and the resurgence of autocrats.Weak states, extremist insurgents, and the growth of transnational organised crime have driven cycles of violence.Grievances build up. Political violence mutates into criminal violence. Powerful war economies emerge – and tensions and flashpoints become harder to contain and manage.I have seen evidence of all these things in my work in Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.I have also seen the enormous human cost of conflict and instability: lives lost, property destroyed, whole communities displaced and suffering appalling trauma. All of this fuels grievances and drives further cycles of violence.We have felt the impact here in the United Kingdom, as these cycles of conflict and violence thousands of miles away provide the seed bed for terrorism and illegal migration on European soil.Too often, the horrors of today’s conflicts are compounded and prolonged by states who work to stall and stymie the rules based international system, and by non-state actors who choose to ignore it.We see that in Syria, where Assad and the militants of the so called Islamic State are both acting in open defiance of the rules designed to protect us all. And UN led efforts to find a political solution to the conflict have been repeatedly blocked – of all places, in the UN Security Council.We have to acknowledge that despite the best efforts of the vast majority of UN Member States, the European Union and others, the rules based international system is being tested, and in many cases constrained.The answer is not to give up and walk away, but to stand firm, join hands with like-minded partners and actually strengthen the international rules that have kept us safe for over 70 years. A reminder of just why they came into place in the first instance.I strongly believe that the UK, working with our partners, and guided by these rules and norms, can help turn many of today’s conflicts around.I reject the notion that we can or should simply step away because the conflicts are too entrenched, too complicated or “nothing to do with us”. The costs of non-intervention are too great.The scale of suffering in Syria and Iraq is testament to the fact that such conflicts should not be left to continue unabated.As I have seen first-hand just a few weeks ago, the destruction and loss of life in places like Mosul has been appalling.Well-meaning members of the international community will always have a crucial role to play in bringing about peace, through our diplomacy, our development support, and – in some cases – the judicious use of military force.The UK Government’s commitment to nurturing peace and stability is well-known. It runs through our National Security Strategy and our Foreign Office priorities, and it guides our Aid Strategy.DFID is committed to spending half of its annual budget in fragile states in a way that genuinely tackles the underlying drivers of instability.As we constantly strive to improve and refine our approach, we have not shied away from honest self-reflection.We have sought to acknowledge and understand where our approach has not always worked, and where it has faced major challenges – whether in Yemen, Syria or Libya. Or further back, in Afghanistan.The Iraq Inquiry highlighted the need to better understand the consequences of our interventions before we embarked on them.It stressed that we needed to work more effectively across government as a single team, and to be realistic about our timescales and ambitions.Looking ahead, as we reflect on those difficult lessons, I think there is a need to be more proactive if we are to make a real difference.As part of that process I tasked officials to undertake the major research project that I am launching here today.This work augments the findings of DFID’s Building Stability Framework, which I also want to highlight.Our Stabilisation Unit, to which I’m indebted for this work, analysed how interventions by the UK and other international actors have – and have not – helped to reduce violence and set the conditions for more sustainable transitions out of conflict.Their work sought to answer two of the questions I began with: how do we end violence and prevent violence from recurring? And how do we deal with the often unsavoury forces and individuals that sustain them?It has identified lessons from 21 conflicts past and present, spanning the globe from the Middle East to Latin America and from Africa to South East Asia.Our central finding may appear too obvious for fanfare. But I disagree: it is all the more worthy of note because it has been repeatedly underestimated in the past.In short our central finding is this: that understanding conflict and ending violence requires a total focus on the politics and the power holders at play.All too often in the past we have shied away from engaging with individuals or groups that our moral or political judgements deemed unpalatable.Or alternatively we have sought to apply overly formal and technical solutions to what are essentially political problems.We need to be honest with ourselves: our disdain – however well founded – will not persuade them to put down their guns, or put away their bombs.And our proposed solutions will fail if they do not account for the realities of who holds the power and resources on the ground.For example, in Sudan in 2005, the so-called Comprehensive Peace Agreement excluded many South Sudanese soldiers and civilians, leading to its collapse.In Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan, when we have embarked on ambitious state and institution building before the power struggle has been resolved, we have seen progress reversed, and gains undone.Only by better understanding the motivations and power bases of those calling the shots – and dealing with those realities as our priority – can we hope to move towards violence reduction.We need to fully factor in the political dynamics at a local, national, regional and international level, and understand how they play into each other.Of course, building peace in this way means we will face many more uncomfortable questions and choices. There will be times we have to hold our nose and support dialogue with those who oppose our values, or who may have committed war crimes.Let me be clear. Supporting dialogue must not imply recognition or support of those who are party to views and values we abhor.We may have to be more ready to recognise that the very existence of armed groups reflects genuine grievances felt by certain communities, and is an expression of their sense of political and social exclusion – whether real or imagined.This will require a change in mindset for many of us – politicians, activists, academics, and the media. As Hilary Clinton once said, you do not make peace with your friends.I do not want to overstate a shift in our approach, rather I want to make the case that the international community should apply the lessons of our previous successes more consistently.There are plenty of examples of international interventions that have successfully balanced the political and military realities on the ground.Close to home, in Northern Ireland, we showed that it was possible to accommodate the interests of diametrically opposed armed groups in a political process that has brought two decades of peace.And further afield in Afghanistan we have supported initiatives to engage with the Taliban.We welcome President Ghani’s declaration of a ceasefire last week – a bold move I very much welcome. I was pleased to see the Taliban had agreed to the cessation in hostilities over the latter part of Eid, and I hope this provides an opportunity for real confidence building measures and dialogue.In the Philippines, through the unique model of the International Contact Group, we supported negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government.And in Liberia we saw how deft international engagement put pressure on former leader Charles Taylor, and helped bring peace to Sierra Leone.Even in Iraq and Afghanistan, where our stabilisation work has had mixed results, our diplomacy has, from time to time, been able positively to shape local level elite politics, and reduce violence.These experiences show that it is possible to add momentum to highly political deal making between warring parties.We have the diplomatic assets, expertise, and influence to build trust.We have political and economic levers to help bring parties to the table and make deals stick.We have military and peacekeeping assets at our disposal to provide security guarantees so parties can come to the negotiating table when they wouldn’t otherwise.What we sometimes lack is the political will to attempt the most uncomfortable but pragmatic solutions.But getting the sequencing right is also vital.Part of doing that successfully is about acknowledging when the time has not yet come for a political breakthrough. Standing back and allowing for deals to emerge slowly is sometimes more productive than intervening, however frustrating it might be for politicians involved.Such an approach brings real challenges and trade-offs. How should we respond to the legitimate aspirations of those who seek peaceful change and reform? Aspirations that are based on values with which we have overwhelming sympathy, but which are met with violence and repression, as happened in Syria in 2011. How do we best prevent violence or shorten conflict in these circumstances?We have to get better at recognising that all good things do not come together at the same time. If we force state building and institutional reform before political agreement has been forged, then there is a high risk we will be setting ourselves up for failure.In Libya in 2012, and I was the Minister responsible for the Middles East and North Africa at the time, working with David Cameron and William Hague, we rushed to build capacity to enable the new government to govern. But it was all done in the absence of a political settlement which reflected both the interests of the warring elites, and the aspirations of the Libyan population. We should have prioritised the politics over technocratic state-building.We also have to acknowledge that there will be times when our interests will not all be aligned. For example, the tension between our counter terrorism priorities and supporting an inclusive political process with the Taliban in Afghanistan has made progress on the latter really challenging.So we need to ruthlessly prioritise our efforts, recognise the trade-offs and have an appropriate, sequenced strategy of engagement.Finally let me turn to my final question: how do we prevent conflicts from reigniting?We have seen in Bosnia and Libya how much investment is required to bring about a sustainable peace, and in both countries, despite all our engagement, that there is still much work to do.With that in mind, my fellow Ministers tasked DFID teams to develop the Building Stability Framework, to identify what determines long term stability.This allows us to ensure that we design and implement our development programmes appropriately.We have identified five key factors for stability: fair power structures, inclusive economic development, mechanisms for ongoing conflict resolution, effective and legitimate institutions, and supportive regional environments.The Stability Framework recognises that development results are not alone enough to reduce instability and violence. The Framework sets out how we need to help countries and communities to manage change peacefully.Building stability is a political process. Every decision we make has to be grounded in an understanding of how power is distributed and used. Development cannot afford to be framed in apolitical, technical terms. Otherwise it will be done in silos and will miss the wider picture.We are putting this framework into action in countries across the world, and ensuring that political realities are not merely skimmed over. We believe it is having a positive impact from Sudan to Somalia, from Lebanon to Kenya and from Jordan to Nepal.And finally, we must not overlook the importance of increasingly involving women in peace building, because they’re rarely involved in causing the conflict in the first place. The evidence is clear that when women are able to participate in a peace process, there is a greater chance of reaching agreement, and crucially, of that agreement being sustained.In Colombia, women’s groups spearheaded a campaign demanding a vote to approve the peace deals. In Northern Ireland, women from across the political spectrum worked together to gain seats around the main negotiating table.We recognise that removing barriers to women’s participation in peace processes is as important as promoting their opportunities to engage. We are working towards both these goals, through our National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.Let me conclude: I come back to the stark challenges we face as we look across the seemingly intractable conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Libya and beyond.I believe we have a moral obligation to do what we can to reduce their terrible consequences. But we have a more hard-headed interest in doing so too, as we seek to minimise the dangers that poverty, exclusion, and radicalisation pose to global stability and our own national security.There’s nothing new in that, but we do need to keep reviewing our approach in light of experience, and that is what this report seeks to do.It is an expression of the UK’s continuing commitment to work in the interests of our citizens, our neighbours and the rest of the world to bring peace, stability and prosperity for all. So I commend it to you.last_img read more

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Press release: Funding allocated for councils to help rough sleepers

first_img General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Email [email protected] Media enquiries Rough sleepers will receive further support after the government set out plans to fund 83 areas with the highest numbers of people at risk over the next 2 years.Following on from the launch of its Rough Sleeping Strategy last month, the government has today (5 September 2018) announced provisional allocations of a £34 million fund to provide local support for those living on the streets.Councils across England with the highest numbers of rough sleepers will receive a share of the funding to back on-going initiatives in their area, such as dedicated support teams and securing additional bed spaces.It will be allocated for council spending over the next 2 years and is an extension of the £30 million that we provided to councils in June through our Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund.Among the projects benefitting from the initial £30 million are: Thanet – allocated £367,000 to fund a rough sleeping coordinator, mental health specialist outreach worker and substance misuse worker. The council now undertakes regular multi-agency case management meeting reviews of rough sleepers with complex needs and provides individual care plans. The government’s expert Rough Sleeping Initiative Team has closely monitored the progress of the schemes developed from the first £30 million.Alongside the £34 million allocated today, the government has set aside a further £11 million for spending on additional areas and projects to those supported by the Rough Sleeping Initiative and will announce further details in due course.Further informationAs outlined in our Rough Sleeping Strategy government will provide £45 million into the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund.The provisional £34 million allocated towards the 83 authorities today will be for spending in the 2019 to 2020 year. Finalised allocations will be dependent on progress in delivering programmes and services. These will be announced in due course.Provisional allocations (PDF, 35.3KB, 4 pages)If an authority has not fully spent their 2018 to 2019 allocation, we will subtract the unspent amount from the 2019 to 2020 allocation.In addition to funding from the Rough Sleeping Initiative in 2019 to 2020, elements of local authorities’ original proposals, including those from London authorities, may be taken forward as part of the work resulting from the Rough Sleeping Strategy. Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Sheffield – allocated £363,000 to expand ‘housing led’ services and increased emergency accommodation provision. The fund also provided a specialist support worker to assist a 64-year-old with mobility and addiction problems from sleeping rough to settle into permanent accommodation. Contact form https://forms.communit… If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Our Rough Sleeping Strategy set out the blueprint to end rough sleeping by 2027. Now, we are vigorously taking the steps to make that happen. The funding through our Rough Sleeping Initiative is already making a real difference in helping support those off the streets into services and accommodation this year. But there is still work to do and that’s why we are supporting these areas with further funding to ensure progress continues to be made and vulnerable people are supported into services and accommodation. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLG Bournemouth – allocated £387,000 to employ a dedicated rough sleeping coordinator, 4 specialised outreach workers focused on engagement with those on the streets, specialised psychological support to enable work with those who have experienced complex trauma and an initiative to help increase access to private rented sector for those seeking accommodation.last_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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