New suggestions on how rugby could return with old rivalries reignited

first_imgTuesday May 5, 2020 New suggestions on how rugby could return with old rivalries reignited With every day that passes, the challenges that rugby faces over the coming months during the Covid-19 pandemic become clearer.ADVERTISEMENTNot only has Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney revealed the financial losses that have been, and could be, incurred in England alone, but a timescale of this suspension of rugby is becoming clearer, particularly in the northern hemisphere.Some leagues have already abandoned their season, while others are still holding on hope.The Guinness Pro14 is one that is teetering on annulling the 2019/20 season and preparing for the next, whenever that may be, but former Wales flyhalf Jonathan Davies has suggested what could be the first steps to take to resume rugby in Wales.Davies has thrown out the idea on Twitter of returning to club sides in Wales while travel restrictions are in place, which could allow for a swifter return to action.In a league that covers the British Isles, Italy and South Africa, any extended travel restrictions could mean the Pro14 suffers more than England’s Gallagher Premiership or France’s Top 14 do, as they are both confined to one country.ADVERTISEMENTThe idea of temporarily switching to domestic rugby is something that has already been discussed in Australia and New Zealand, as Super Rugby would face even more complications than the Pro14, as it straddles four continents.If fans were able to attend games, it is unlikely that there would be a dip in attendance for Welsh club sides. If anything, there may be a rise with a number of rivalries being played out. The reality is that games would probably be played behind closed doors, albeit they could still be played.As the days and weeks pass during this crisis, different avenues in how to resume rugby must be acknowledged, and this one may become a possibility. The prospect of any more international rugby being played in 2020 is becoming increasingly doubtful, but there is still hope for the level below.WATCH: Jonathan Davies try for Neath against Bath in 1986 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

‘More sophisticated recruitment needed for fundraisers’

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ‘More sophisticated recruitment needed for fundraisers’ Delegates at this month’s Institute of Fundraising Convention will hear a call for a more sophisticated approach to recruiting fundraisers.Consultant Valerie Morton will chair a seminar on the need for improvement in fundraising recruitment. She says that the fundraising sector shows “limited innovation” in fundraising recruitment.Read Charities put their minds where their money is by Liza Ramrayka at SocietyGuardian. Advertisementcenter_img 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. Howard Lake | 5 July 2002 | Newslast_img read more

Philadelphia: Protect Squirrel Hill from gentrification

first_imgProtesters dressed as squirrels gather after rally against gentrification of Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Protect Squirrel Hill, a coalition of neighbors in the Squirrel Hill area of West Philadelphia, rallied April 3 against a proposed luxury apartment building. About 75 people took part in the event, held four days before a critical vote at a Zoning Board of Adjustments hearing.“I see myself and others in my building being displaced if this gets built,” said Cindy Lou, a resident at 4725 Chester Ave., a 40-unit apartment building constructed in 1925, which is across the street from the site of the proposed development. “Most people I’ve spoken with in my building pay around $750 per month for a one-bedroom. The monstrosity they’re proposing across the street will charge twice that. “Once they start leasing for those prices, other landlords will follow,” she explained. “Older, long-term residents like myself will get pushed out. I’ve been in this neighborhood for 35 years. I’m organizing with my neighbors because none of us can afford this.”In the group’s press release Yinka Read shared: “I have repeatedly found myself asking, both aloud and internally, ‘Where are the poor Black and Brown people?!’ I am often one of two or three Black people in the community meetings. This last year has been incredibly traumatizing for communities of color and following the status quo no longer feels like an option. Race and class are inextricably linked in this country. Supporting the project as it currently stands feels like complicity with white supremacy, with gentrification, with systemic racism and with the continued marginalization of poor people of color.”  Protect Squirrel Hill supports the principles of community care, non-displacement and protecting the vibrant, diverse neighborhood of Squirrel Hill from the atrocities of gentrification. They can be contacted at [email protected] Africa speaking against gentrificationFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Center for International Studies continues to improve study abroad programs

first_imgReddIt Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Twitter Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Andrew Van Heusden Twitter Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Callaghan also said another goal is to increase TCU’s “global footprint.” She said she wants students to have more opportunities to go to places beyond “western Europe” area, such as areas in Africa, Asia and Australia.“We want our students to have a more broad menu to choose from,” Callaghan said.The Center for International Studies currently has six “TCU in” programs that are offered every fall and spring semester. All of the programs are currently in Europe."TCU in" Semester ProgramsCheck out studyabroad.tcu.edu for other abroad programs offered. Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ + posts Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ ReddIt Linkedin There will also be 18 TCU faculty-led programs this summer offered through the Center for International Studies with additional opportunities through individual departments and programs. Callaghan said this number is only a fraction of the offerings available for students.TCU Summer Study Abroad Programs 2017A look at some of the places students will be traveling this summer. Check out studyabroad.tcu.edu for other abroad programs offered. printThe Center for International Studies is hoping to accomplish some major goals in the upcoming year under new direction.Director Sandra Callaghan said she is very excited for what she and the staff will be taking on.“We have a really talented staff in here that has a passion for international programs,” she said.Callaghan said one of the biggest objectives for this upcoming year is to continue to increase accessibility for students.TCU student Michaela Coon traveled to Cinque Terre while abroad in Italy. The Center for International Studies offers two “TCU in” programs in Italy.“We have great programs, but unless the students can access them then our job isn’t done,” she said. “So that means both making sure we have financial support and, just as important, that the programs fit into academic schedules.”Callaghan said she would love to see more students travel to places like South Africa (Photo provided by Rachel Johnston).Some students addressed other reasons than financial support on why it might be hard to go abroad. Sophomore psychology major Tori Ladrondeguevara said she is trying to graduate early. She said if she had more time she would try and spend some time studying abroad.Sophomore biology major Anders Erickson said it is hard to travel because of his major.“It is especially hard with pre-med because they have strict classes and it is hard to take those abroad,” he said.Callaghan said she hopes to give students more options.Political Science professor Manochehr Dorraj has been going abroad with students every summer since 1998. He said over the years there has been a huge increase in financial aid.“If [students] really want to go [abroad], they will find some financial aid to support them,” Dorraj said.Dorraj said he would love to see more students go abroad.“I hope to see 50 percent of our students in the next couple of years really take this opportunity and do a study abroad program,” Dorraj said. “These are tremendously valuable educational experiences and it expands their horizons. It broadens their perspectives… and it allows them to re-discover their American self.”Total number of students participating in study abroad programsThis bar graph shows the increasing trend of students who take interest in credit-bearing study abroad programs. Sandra Callaghan said while there is a shift between the individual years, t Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 15 – Parts 1 & 2 Facebook Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots Facebook Previous articleTCU Theatre to perform ‘musical thriller’ Sweeney ToddNext articleNew Stepmills at REC Center Andrew Van Heusden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution </p><section><h2>If you had the opportunity to study abroad, what continent would you go to?</h2><p><div>One of the TCU Center for International Studies&#8217; goal is to expand the &#8220;global footprint.&#8221; So let us know where you would go abroad!</div></p></section><section><h2>Africa</h2></section><section><h3>Asia</h3></section><section><h3>Australia</h3></section><section><h3>Europe</h3></section><section><h3>South America</h3></section><section><h3>Other</h3></section><p>Callaghan said she wants to increase faculty resources because going abroad is not something that they are all trained to do.Associate Director of Center for International Studies Tracy Williams said she is developing workshops and resources for faculty. She said she wants faculty members to develop knowledge, empathy and skill sets.Audio Playerhttps://www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Williams.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dorraj said there is a lot of work that goes into organizing a study abroad program. However, he said the experience overall is what makes it great.The Center for International Studies offers two “TCU in” programs in London (Photo provided by Rachel Johnston).Callaghan also said there will be “some really exciting enhancements” regarding TCU’s “Global Academy” program which will be announced in the fall.“Global Academy” launched its pilot program three years ago and then took a year off. According to the Center for International Studies website, it is a program that “brings together NGOs (Non-government organizations), community, TCU faculty and students to explore global issues and solutions.” The first TCU “Global Academy” program was launched in Panama.“Global Academy” is expected to relaunch again in the fall (Photo provided by Rachel Johnston).TCU’s “Global Academy” traveled to Panama in 2015 (Photo provided by Rachel Johnston).Callaghan said this program will be keeping some “traditional roots” but there will be some “structural changes.”To learn more about the Center for International Studies and study abroad, visit studyabroad.tcu.edu. Andrew Van Heusden is a senior journalism and film-television-digital media major from Brighton, Michigan. He is looking forward to being the digital producer this semester for TCU Student Media. He claims to live in Moudy South throughout the weekdays; but if you can’t find him there, then be sure to try the local movie theaters or the Amon G. Carter Stadium.last_img read more

Video: Success American Style

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Business News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News This sermon was delivered by Rev. N. Adiel A. DePano, Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Pasadena on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Rev. DePano was born in Manila, Philippines in 1960. He is the fourth child of nine born to Nathanael, a lawyer and former Presiding Justice of the Philippines Court of Appeals, and Aurora, a school teacher and former head of a home economics department. He is a fourth-generation United Methodist minister.After receiving his Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology, Rev. DePano served his internship at Rosewood UMC in Los Angeles.Rev. DePano has served as the senior pastor at three church appointments, each lasting seven years. His appointments included First Filipino-American UMC in Hacienda Heights, First United Methodist Church in National City near San Diego, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Oxnard. He previously served as Superintendent of the Pasadena District, California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church before coming to FUMC Pasadena.During his career, he has successfully implemented capital campaigns to renovate and refurbish sanctuaries and education wings, introduced exciting group study programs, merged congregations, integrated ethic groups, and developed lay leadership.Rev. Adiel has been married to Brenda, who has her master’s degree in Christian Education, for 23 years. They have three children, Katerina (22), Julian (18), and Pauline (16). Spending time with his family is relaxing for Rev. Adiel, and his hobbies include air/aviation and reading. He and Brenda enjoy travelling throughout the United States, Canada, Central America and Asia.First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 500 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit www.fumcpasadena.org Top of the News center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Sermons and Lessons Video: Success American Style Delivered by REV. N. ADIEL DEPANO, FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 12:36 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 22 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Weary postal workers hope Biden will bring new tone, change

first_img Pinterest Facebook Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 Weary postal workers hope Biden will bring new tone, change Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Postal carrier Josiah Morse delivers mail and packages, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Portland, Maine. The U.S. Postal Service’s stretch of challenges didn’t end with the November general election and tens of millions of mail-in votes. The pandemic-depleted workforce fell further into a hole during the holiday rush, leading to long hours and a mountain of delayed mail. Twitter TAGS  Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Previous articleNext stop Mars: 3 spacecraft arriving in quick successionNext articleFriedrich wins 7th consecutive 2-man world bobsled title Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

DAILY OIL PRICE: April 16

first_img TAGSOil Prices Twitter DAILY OIL PRICE: April 16 Twitter By Odessa American – April 16, 2021 Local NewsIn the Pipeline Pinterest Previous articleELDER: Black Lives Matter co-founder cashes in on ‘systemic racism’Next articleOil prices climb Odessa Americancenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Crude Oil: 63.13   (-0.33).Nymex MTD AVG:  60.9439.Natural Gas: 2.680   (+0.022).Gasoline: 2.0399   (-0.0119).Spreads: May/June   (-0.06)   June/July   (+0.10).Plains WTI Posting: 59.61   (-0.33).last_img read more

Gun that killed 2-year-old may have been supplied by suspect in baby’s shooting

first_imgPhiladelphia Police Department(PHILADELPHIA) — The AK-47 that killed a 2-year-old girl in her Philadelphia home may have been supplied by the man who allegedly shot and critically wounded an 11-month-old boy in a separate incident hours earlier, police said.Nikolette Rivera was in her mother’s arms in her North Philadelphia home Sunday afternoon when bullets from an assault rifle ripped through her house, fatally shooting her in the head, according to Philadelphia police.A man cleaning carpets in Nikolette’s home was shot in the abdomen and hospitalized “in critical, but stable condition,” police said. Nikolette’s mother suffered a gunshot to the arm and a graze wound to the head, police.Freddie Perez, 30, was taken into custody on Tuesday on charges of murder of Nikolette and nine counts of attempted murder, police said.On Thursday, 25-year-old Tayvon Thomas was arrested on charges including the murder of Nikolette and nine counts of attempted murder, police said on Friday.“These charges stem from their criminal acts committed at both the scene of the triple shooting homicide… and the shooting incident which took place approximately eight minutes prior” at another address, Philadelphia police said at a Friday news conference.“The motive for these shootings appears to be for control of narcotics territory and its distribution in the area,” police said.On Thursday, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz was arrested as the alleged “sole perpetrator” in the Saturday night shooting of an 11-month-old boy, Yazeem Jenkins.“We believe that Francisco Ortiz supplied the AK-47 that was used to commit the homicide” at Nikolette’s home, police said Friday.“It all revolves around drugs,” police added.The little boy was shot four times, including in the head and neck, while he was in the back of a car in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Hunting Park.A drug transaction that “went awry” is believed to have led to the shooting, police said.Three adults were in the car, including the boy’s dad. Police believe he may have been the target.Charges against Ortiz include attempted murder and aggravated assault, police said. Ortiz is also a “prime suspect” in a September domestic-related homicide, police said, but has not been charged.Meanwhile, the 11-month-old is in “really really bad condition,” police said.He has no chance for a full recovery and if he survives, he most likely will be a quadriplegic, police said Monday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DEMOCRACY VERSUS FOOD FIGHTS BY JIM REDWINE

first_img Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwine(Week 17 October 2016)DEMOCRACY VERSUS FOOD FIGHTSEarly voting is a good thing. Last week I walked into the Posey County Courthouse on my way to work, stopped by the Election Office and voted. It took about five minutes. Posey County Clerk Betty Postletheweight and her friendly staff along with the Election Board made the process easy. It felt good to participate. It made me appreciate all the people who are willing to give of their time, talent and resources to help make this country work. Regardless of the election results there are no losers. We all win thanks to all those who help ensure the citizens remain in control of the government.Such important but often unrecognized functions as who repairs the roads or runs the schools or patrols our neighborhoods go on without dramatics thanks to millions of public spirited Americans. Thanks to all who perform the tasks and a special thank you to those who are willing to serve but who do not win the opportunity. At the local level we are blessed to experience democracy put to use. On the other hand, when I fall prey to my weakness for schadenfreude and turn on the national cable news networks to see and hear how the presidential race is going I am reminded of beer-fueled sports fans engaged in a food fight.It may be correct that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not Mother Teresa and Mohandas Gandhi. However, CNN, MSNBC and FOX’s portrayals of them as America’s Medicis seems a little strained. Is it not possible they, just as many at the local level, simply want to serve? Goodness knows neither of them needs a job.When I watch the national media question either The Donald or The Hillary it usually sounds something like the following faux debate:News anchor – “Secretary Clinton/Mr. Trump, What is your plan to fight ISIS?”Secretary Clinton/Mr. Trump – “If elected I will …News anchor – “Stop! Quit trying to avoid the all-important issue of your lack of character. Explain to the American people why you have the morals of an alley cat and the trustworthiness of a rattlesnake?”I do not know Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump. But my guess is they both have thoughts on how we should address such non-sexy matters as war, the economy and health-care. Unfortunately, neither candidate is allowed to ever complete an exposition of any of their positions without being interrupted by a news anchor who wishes to raise ratings with issues only the Kardashians understand.There is one more presidential debate. Is there any chance the referee will simply let the players play the game?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Beyond the muffin

first_imgB B’s Coffee and Muffins may be best known for its handmade and fresh-baked muffins, but the expanding franchise operation now sells a whole lot more besides – and its doors are wide open to suppliers.In the 11 years since BB’s Coffee & Muffins opened its first UK café in Maidenhead, the chain has grown, not only in size, but also in the spread of its food and drink offering. Muffins, as the firm’s name suggests, still form the mainstay of sales throughout the chain’s 180-odd cafés, and around 18,000 sweet and savoury muffins are baked daily from fresh each month. But they now jostle for space with a whole range of other sweet bakery products, including breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, brownies and scones. These sit alongside savoury pastries, sausage rolls, pizza baguettes, sandwiches, bread bowls filled with hearty soup, and hot panini melts – not to mention the one million-plus fresh-filled baguettes that are sold every year – and, before you ask, egg mayonnaise is the top selling flavour. To wash them down, there’s also the choice of blended iced coffees, milkshakes and smoothies, and for the sweet-toothed: ice cream, frozen yoghurts and sorbets.== Franchise model ==The BB’s business model, which originates from Australia, is primarily a franchised estate, with around 95% of shops now franchised and 70-plus franchise partners in place. This model has allowed BB’s to grow into the fifth-largest coffee-focused food chain in the UK, the number one in shopping centres and the 10th-largest coffee chain in Europe. But, with more franchising opportunities available, particularly in Ireland, and a stated aim of having 200 cafés by the end of this year, it is clear BB’s is not just looking to appeal to tired shoppers seeking a five-minute break. New product development and range innovation also have the crucial task of attracting would-be franchisees to the company.Bakery accounts for around 35% of BB’s total sales, and bake-off items for around a quarter of that. For Michele Young, who heads up all retail operations, including the company’s buying, the most vital ingredient in any new product is that it can fulfil the core BB’s brand proposition. This is that products have to be ’made fresh today’ and be sold at a price that generates satisfactory margins for franchisees. She explains: “Suppliers must understand that our franchisees have to make money. A product has to tick the boxes for the business model we operate.”Products also have to be right for the typical BB’s customer, which Young, BB’s retail and brands director, describes as “very mainstream, very mid-market”. She says: “So, you may well offer a fantastic flavour or filling, but it still needs to be something that our customers want to eat.”== Limited space ==Products also have to be operationally suitable for the stores, which can be compact and can have limited equipment or storage at their disposal. Overly complicated production also increases labour costs, which contradicts the aims of the BB’s profitable franchising model, Young warns. It is worth noting that operational failure is the most common reason why trialled products fail to secure an ongoing listing.But, tick the right boxes and it’s likely you’ll get a good reception. BB’s prides itself on its new product development and ability to react quickly to market needs. On the muffin side alone, each year, BB’s serves at least 28 flavours – and that’s aside from the 12 ’Muffin of the Month’ recipes. The seasons, as well as festivals, such as Christmas, all provide impetus for new product development, as does feedback from team meetings, franchisees and current suppliers. Customer feedback, whether via the website or via in-store sampling, is also crucial to a product’s success. “Get a positive opinion on whether a product is priced correctly, or if the taste or portion size is right and there’s an 80% chance of making it to a listing,” Young says.== Speculative offers ==Competitors’ offerings are also taken into serious consideration. As Young explains: “What starts off as innovation can quickly become mainstream, and that’s when customers start to expect to see it as part of your offering.” The same goes for speculative information, especially if it is posted rather than emailed. Around one in five speculative offers ends up in a trial or a listing, Young estimates, although timing can make a big difference to success or failure. Seasonal goods are often developed half a year in advance; so while it may seem odd to be talking about Christmas in July, it may be exactly what is needed. Category reviews – which happen on a quarterly basis – are also a good time for new suppliers to catch Young’s eye and market trends, whether in favour or against a product, are key barometers of likely success; currently, traditional, comforting, homemade recipes are in vogue, especially if there is a modern ’twist’. A prime example is BB’s new Yorkshire Pudding Wrap with roast beef, which has trialled successfully in several stores.Young is also aware of moves to achieve greater health awareness, and ingredients provenance, although in bakery, in particular, there is still a lot of space for indulgence/treating yourself.Describing herself as “a people person”, someone who likes dealing with dynamic and innovative individuals, and who actually enjoys eating muffins on almost a daily basis, Young is clearly open to hearing from new suppliers. But, she is also adamant that any would-be supplier should have done their homework before talking to her.She says: “Suppliers need to know who they are talking to. You should have at least visited our stores, and you should know who our BB’s customers are. You should also have some supporting rationale as to why you think your product is better than our current offer, and why it should replace another line or ingredient.”—-=== BB’s fact file ===l BB’s Coffee & Muffins opened its first store in the UK in 1997 and now serves over 50,000 customers a day in its cafés across the UK and Irelandl Its cafés break down as follows: company-owned – 17; town centre carts – 10; franchised – 115; Ireland company owned – 20; Ireland franchised – 11; Northern Ireland company-owned – 2; NI franchised – 4l Top-selling muffin: Sticky Toffeel The company sells over one million baguettes each year and the top flavour is egg mayonnaisel Each year, its customers drink the equivalent of two Olympic-sized swimming pools of coffee, mostly cappuccinoslast_img read more