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Housebuilding stalls in March – PMI

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Housebuilding stalls in March – PMI previous nextLand & New HomesHousebuilding stalls in March – PMIThe Negotiator13th May 20160614 Views Growth in construction of new homes in Britain fell to its lowest level in three years in March, the latest figures show.While the pace of growth picked up in commercial property and civil engineering, the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) gauge of housing construction activity plunged to its lowest level since January 2013.Greater uncertainty about the business outlook appears to have weighed on overall construction demand so far in 2016, with survey respondents citing cautious client spending patterns and a reduced willingness to commit to new projects.“Residential building has seen the greatest loss of momentum through the first quarter of 2016, which is a surprising reversal of fortunes given strong market fundamentals and its clear outperformance over the past three years,” Tim Moore, Senior Economist at Markit, said.housebuilding new homes commercial properties construction May 13, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Economy forces ADM mill closure

first_imgADM Milling blamed “unfavourable economic conditions” as it announced it is to close its Newcastle flour mill in May.Marketing manager John Hastwell said the mill is a bulk-only site, with no packing operations and is operating under capacity.Production will be shifted to ADM’s other mills, particularly those in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Knottingly, Yorkshire.A consultation with some “20 or so staff” employed at the Newcastle mill started on February 10, Mr Hastwell said. They may be offered opportunities in other parts of the business. “This is part of an ongoing efficency programme to help us compete in a difficult market,” noted Mr Hastwell. “A review has been ongoing for a number of months.” Mr Hastwell added that increased energy costs – for oil, gas and electricity – had been a factor in unfavourable economic conditions experienced in 2005 and looked set to continue to pose a problem in 2006.ADM Milling currently has 10 mills in the UK – two in Liverpool as well as sites in Tilbury, Avonmouth, Corby, Tewkesbury, Castleford and Edinburgh. No further mill closures are expected, according to ADM.last_img read more

The sandwich specialists

first_imgTHE WINNERS OF THE SAMMIES 2006The British Sandwich Industry Award 2006Phillip Brown, founder of Philpotts sandwich bar chain, Chester Sandwich Retail Multiple of the Year AwardMarks & SpencerBSA Sandwich Manufacturer of the YearFreshway Foods, WolverhamptonEn Route Sandwich Retailer of the Year AwardMarks & Spencer – for its development of Simply Food outlets on motorways and on forecourtsWorkplace Sandwich Supplier of the Year AwardFresh! Naturally Organic, London Independent Sandwich Bar of the Year AwardCafé Mana, 3 Gracechurch Street, London Specialist Sandwich Bar Chain AwardWinner: Philpotts, Chester Highly Commended: Birley Sandwiches, LondonBaker Sandwich Maker of the Year AwardWinner: Coughlans Munch, Croydon, Surrey Highly Commended: Wenzels the Bakers, Pinner Coffee Bar Sandwich Retailer AwardDélifrance, Leicester New Sandwich of the YearWinner: Marks & Spencer – Limited Edition New York Deli Pastrami Sandwich 2nd: Tesco Finest Goats Cheese & Chargrilled Vegetable Sandwich 3rd: Waitrose Bistro Honduran King Prawn Naan Sandwich Marketeer of the Year AwardGinsters, Cornwall New Sandwich Ingredient or Accompaniment of the YearThe Ingredients Factory, London – Pineapple & Black Pepper ChutneyNew Product or Service AwardMarks & Spencer – ‘Zip’ Cardboard Sandwich SkilletBritish Sandwich Designer of the Year AwardOverall winner: Mark Arnold, Brambles Foods, MiddlesbroughSection winners:Neil Wilkinson, The Sandwich Factory, Atherstone Sarah Fielder, Buckingham Foods, Milton KeynesChantelle Ludski, Fresh! Naturally Organic, London Mark Arnold, Brambles Foods, Middlesbrough Jonno Bryant, Martins Bakers and Sandwich Makers, Manchesterlast_img read more

Lewis Pies set to expand

first_imgSwansea-based Lewis Pies is to spend £700,000 on extending its facilities so that they are “large enough to take our expansion plans for the next decade”, it said.The premises in Forestfach will be extended this autumn to feature a new 7,500sq ft factory bolted onto the existing unit.The work, due to be completed in January next year, will feature a new butchery, deep-freeze and packing area for raw products.”We’re expanding all the time, despite the fact I thought we’d never have to expand again,” said joint-MD Wilfred Lewis, who opened the site in 1996.The £10-million-plus turnover business has witnessed sales growth of around £750,000 over the past two years, supplying bake-off savouries and bread alongside frozen confectionery and ready-baked products nationally.In March, it absorbed the staff and machinery from liquidated local rival Celtic Savouries.last_img read more

In the BB archives

first_imgThis week’s press conference at the Ministry of Food commenced on a none-too-jolly note. It concerned bones. Bones are wanted for the production of fertiliser, bone grease and glue. It was stated that the Ministry was anxious to secure that the maximum quantity of bones is collected from private households.Although the actual quantity now being collected is considerable, the salvage of bones is not being carried out with anything like the same extent as the salvage of waste paper and waste metal. The hint is, however, that small caterers who do not already have a commercial arrangement for the disposal of their waste, not forgetting the all-important bones – and those the dog would bury for a rainy day, if he had his way – should look into the matter forthwith.last_img read more

Alt-J And The Roots Perform “In Cold Blood” On The Tonight Show

first_imgAlt-J are gearing up for their third studio album, due out June 9th, 2017. Relaxer is to feature eight original tracks from the band, and is their first release since 2014. In support of such, the indie rockers made a stop at The Tonight Show to perform their first official single “In Cold Blood” alongside Questlove and The Roots.Watch the performance below:See posters detailing the new album art and forthcoming tour dates, below.last_img

Environmental awareness grows from peer-to-peer

first_img“Green living” comes naturally to Theodora Mautz ’19. She grew up in Portland, Ore., where her father composted the family’s food scraps to raise tomatoes in their backyard garden.To stay connected with environmental work, Mautz decided to get involved with sustainability on campus and joined one of Harvard’s oldest and most established sustainability initiatives, the Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program (REP).REP employs approximately 19 students: one for each of the 12 Houses, three for the Yard, and four captains for the Yard and neighborhoods. According to its website, REP reps “educate their peers on issues such as energy, waste, water, food, and more through fun, personal, community-building events, competitions, and campaigns.” Building on REP’s success, graduate students are also engaged in peer-to-peer outreach programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University Housing.Since June 2014 Kelsey Grab has overseen REP as the residential program coordinator for the FAS Green Program at the Office for Sustainability (OFS). REP facilitates campaigns such as waste audits and the Green Cup competition, in which Houses vie to reduce energy and conserve the most resources.Living Lab In the Living Lab video series the Office for Sustainability takes a close look at what “Sustainability @ Harvard” means. Here students discuss the undergraduate and graduate peer-to-peer programs that educate and engage their peers in environmental issues. File video: Office for Sustainability But it is Green ’19 that has gained Mautz’s attention. The Class-specific campaign aims to implement sustainability programming in the Yard.“[Freshman year] is the time when everything is new and we’re all eating and living together, so it’s the perfect time to form good habits,” she said. “If we can form environmentally conscious habits now, hopefully it will stay with us for the next three years and beyond.” For Green ’17, for example, the Class campaign made such steps as securing composting in freshmen dorms.No longer a freshman but still passionate about resource efficiency is Mary Jiang ’17, who studies economics and has been a member of REP for three years, serving as Yard captain her sophomore year. From Austin, Texas, she is now the captain for the Quad and Adams House, where she lives. Like many reps, Jiang’s awareness of the necessity of sustainability began when she was young.“When I was a kid, my dad would read ‘Plan B’ by Lester Brown to me before bed and it scared me a lot, because I realized how limited our resources are and how important it is to manage them wisely,” Jiang said.Coming from an area of rural northwest China that often suffers from severe drought and pollution, the tangible effects of climate change are very real to Jiang. “Even if we don’t come from a place like that, there are things we can do to decrease our contribution to those larger issues,” she said.Highly dedicated to her peers’ education, Jiang said apathy is the biggest roadblock to positive change. Her ultimate goal is to increase awareness that turns into action.In the Houses, reps make their presence felt through simple things such as signs reminding students to recycle and reduce their food waste, facilitating dish returns, and providing Freecycle and Habitat for Humanity donation boxes. REP also has a dynamic online presence, offering videos, student news, quizzes such as the Recycling Challenge, infographics, and more to support undergraduates in the shared effort to live more sustainably.While REP has been thriving for more than a decade, it is just one of the many green organizations on campus. Sense & Sustainability is a student environmental blog; the Food Literacy Project aims to educate peers in all areas of the food system; the Harvard Community Garden offers internships in urban farming techniques; and the Environmental Action Committee is the undergraduate student environmental advocacy organization. Groups work together to approach issues of sustainability from as many viewpoints as possible, and student environmental leaders are brought together by OFS in the Council for Student Sustainability Leaders where they advise the University on its sustainability efforts.Mary Jiang ’17 maintains an optimistic outlook: “Overall, Harvard is doing really well in terms of its academics, speaker events, and opportunities. Our community is wonderfully diverse, and it’s exciting to see so many ways of being involved with sustainability. Kris Snibbe Harvard Staff PhotographerAs a REP member, Mautz is passionate disseminating information and initiating simple waste-reducing action. “I love seeing the different educational tactics REP uses to practically educate students about concrete actions we can take. I want to make sustainability something on people’s minds, so it’s correlated with everything else we do and translated into action.” She encourages her fellow students to be intentional about composting and recycling, “Separating our waste is an easy, feel-good thing we can all easily do, and it has long-lasting benefits.”Jiang, too, pushes her peers to be environmentally intelligent. “Read about these issues,” she said. “In Cambridge specifically, using reusable water bottles and recognizing that most of what we use is recyclable are great and easy steps to take to be more resource-efficient.”Although from vastly different backgrounds, Mautz and Jiang mutually value the awareness and action REP encourages and pursues on campus.Jiang maintains an optimistic outlook: “Overall, Harvard is doing really well in terms of its academics, speaker events, and opportunities. Our community is wonderfully diverse, and it’s exciting to see so many ways of being involved with sustainability.“If you want to get involved, everyone can make a difference,” she added. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Notre Dame crafts new scholarship for socioeconomically disadvantaged students

first_imgTags: fighting irish initiative, Hank Aaron, Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship Under-represented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students at Notre Dame will have the chance to be awarded a new scholarship, the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship, the University announced Friday.As part of the Fighting Irish Initiative for student aid, members of the Notre Dame family made the generous gift in honor of Aaron, a baseball icon who overcame racism in his career, according to a statement from the University. “The Fighting Irish Initiative reflects our steadfast commitment to ensure that the talented students admitted to Notre Dame can attend and find a supportive home here,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the statement. “Hank Aaron embodies the determination of all those who seek to fulfill their dreams, and we are grateful for the work he and his wife, Billye, have done — and are doing — to help so many young people pursue fulfilling lives.”According to the statement, the Fighting Irish Initiative goes toward the total cost of attendance for low-income students at the University, covering tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses, such as warm winter clothing, laptops and tickets to cultural and athletic events on campus.“The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship will make it possible for us to enhance the support and services that we offer to our undergraduates through the Fighting Irish Initiative,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the statement. “I am extremely grateful for Hank and Billye Aaron’s leadership in helping our students achieve their dreams of a Notre Dame education.”last_img read more

Woman Charged With Hitting Child, Dragging Them Up A Stairwell

first_imgStock Image.BEMUS POINT – A Bemus Point woman is in county lockup after allegedly striking and dragging a child up a stairwell over the weekend.New York State Police allege Taija Pettit, 30, struck the minor victim approximately four times and then dragged her upstairs by her ear, all in the presence of a younger child.Troopers say when a third party attempted to interfere and stop Pettit from abusing the child, she allegedly struck him.When responding officers attempted to place Pettit into custody, they said she became disorderly and attempted to flee the scene but was placed under arrest after a brief struggle. Pettit was taken to Chautauqua County Jail and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of second-degree harassment, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.Troopers were assisted by Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies at the scene. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Credit unions cultural challenge is change

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What are three characteristics of a strong organizational culture?Beta Mannix, Ph.D., associate dean for executive MBA programs and a professor of management and organizations for Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, cited these three during CEO Institute II this August:Values are agreed upon and shared by leaders and employees.The culture is aligned with the strategy of the company.The culture supports innovation, risk-taking and change.“Credit unions have very strong cultures and that helps you a lot,” Mannix said. “Where you get stuck is embracing some of the values around adaptation, risk-taking and change. Sometimes culture can get in the way.”To get better at supporting change and innovation, Mannix suggested that credit unions do the following:create a sense of urgency around solving a particular problem;create a vision, a large goal, that people can embrace; andbuild a guiding coalition that empowers people to act on the vision. continue reading »last_img read more

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