Village Bakery secures private equity investment

first_imgSource: Village BakeryAlan JonesRetirementVillage Bakery was founded by Robin’s father Alan Jones, and his father, after they bought a bakery in Wrexham in 1964.Robin said his dad has earned a “well-deserved” retirement having built the business up from a craft bakery with 15 employees to a business with 530 staff that supplies national supermarkets.It has won many industry accolades, with Alan Jones recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at the 2018 Baking Industry Awards.“This is exactly the right time for me to step down because the Village Bakery is entering a new and exciting chapter in its growth and development. I am happy and content that the company is in safe hands,” Alan added. Source: Village BakeryAn artist’s impression of the new siteAn exciting milestoneRobin described the investment as an “exciting milestone in the history of the Village Bakery”.“Limerston Capital very quickly understood what the Village Bakery is all about in terms of our ethos and recognised we have a fantastic team of employees and a highly motivated management team with decades of bakery experience.“For our part, as a family, we like that the investment in the company is coming from such a trusted, ethical and reliable source.”James Paget, a Limerston Capital founding partner said it was clear that the Village Bakery was not only already “producing the highest quality baked goods but had a clear vision to expand capacity and reach new customers”.“The resilience of the staff and management and the commendable commitment of key customers in the aftermath of the fire evidenced the Village Bakery as a business of outstanding quality in an exceptionally competitive sector,” he added. Source: Village BakeryProjects director Christien Jones and MD Robin JonesWrexham-based Village Bakery has secured funding to help expand the business and create 115 new jobs over the next two years.UK private equity firm Limerston Capital is backing the family-run business, which will see the current owners retain a ‘material investment in the company’.Village Bakery would not disclose the value of the investment or equity stake Limerston Capital would hold but confirmed the business would continue to be run by the existing management team, headed by MD Robin Jones and his brother Christien who is projects director.Their father Alan Jones, meanwhile, is to step down as chairman after 60 years in the industry.“The whole point of securing the extra investment is to fund future growth because we’re doing really well at the moment and our products are in great demand,” Robin said. “This will help us realise our potential.”The company has three bakeries in the Wrexham area and is gearing up to open a new facility, after its factory was destroyed by a major fire in August 2019.At 140,000 sq ft, the new building is more than three times the size of the original and will house its Baking Academy and Innovation Centre to train a new generation of bakers and develop new products.last_img read more

Up to Challenge, Berry wins Ironman at Dacotah

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (June 8) – Tom Berry Jr.’s first win in three career IMCA Modified visits to Mandan was good for $800 at Dacotah Speedway’s 40/40 Ironman Challenge Friday night.Pole sitter Darrell Parsons, Travis Ulmer and Tim Perkins went three-wide into the first set of turns. Ulmer shuffled into the lead as John Corell passed Parsons for third.An early caution allowed Berry to slip by Corell and Parsons before another yellow regrouped the field. On the restart, Ulmer, Perkins and Berry went three wide for the lead. Contact among the leaders bumped Perkins out of the top five as Berry grabbed the front spot.As the laps wound down, Ulmer lost positions to Corell, Shawn Strand and Jeremy Keller. While Berry pulled away, Strand started to close in on Corell.Strand had the fastest car on track, passed Corell and was closing in on Berry, who was maneuvering around slower cars. Berry used lapped traffic to his advantage and held on to win ahead of Strand, Corell, Mark Dahl and Jeremy Keller.Craig Caster won for the first time at his home track in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

Tony Pulis to learn transfer budget over Friday dinner

first_img The Baggies boss is meeting the owner on Friday to discuss their January assault and knows Peace will have the final say. Pulis has been linked with Tottenham’s Andros Townsend but is not interested in Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy, despite reports, with Debuchy a target for Aston Villa. Tony Pulis will thrash out West Brom’s transfer plans over dinner with chairman Jeremy Peace. The head coach wants to add to his squad, with Albion 12th in the Barclays Premier League, but admitted Peace will not break the bank. “I’m having dinner with Jeremy on Friday and we can sit down and have a quick chat about the way he sees it, the way I see it, and then we can go from there,” Pulis told the Express & Star. “Things are bubbling behind the scenes but nothing’s come to the surface. Jeremy will decide. “I had my views in the summer, Jeremy’s got his views. The chairman runs the football club when it comes to the finances and it’s his decision in the end what to do with it. “He’s run the football club in a very astute manner over the past 10 years. The football club has got a fantastic structure in place, it’s debt-free, they make money most years. “You have to give him enormous amounts of credit for that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wisconsin Pro Day notebook

first_imgCulmer St. Jean impressed onlookers with 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press. St. Jean was 1 of 12 Badgers to participate at UW’s Pro Day.[/media-credit]It’s rare to see an NFL head coach at Pro Day.But at the McClain Center yesterday, both head coaches from Super Bowl XLV were in attendance to watch the UW Pro Day workouts.Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy observed the drills alongside general manager Ted Thompson while Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin looked on as well.“I think we have a pretty good class that came out this year,” offensive tackle Gabe Carimi said. “There is a lot of potential.”McCarthy and Tomlin represent just a couple NFL teams carefully analyzing that potential.Hordes of NFL scouts flew into Madison to watch the former Badgers participate in the Pro Day. That list of players included J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi, Lance Kendricks, John Moffitt, John Clay and Scott Tolzien, who took part in only a couple drills each after performing at the NFL combine. Isaac Anderson, David Gilreath, Kyle Jefferson, Blake Sorensen, Bill Nagy, Culmer St. Jean and Jay Valai were also participants looking to impress scouts.Clay back in his comfort zoneThe most hyped event at the UW Pro Day was Clay’s 40-yard dash.After running a 4.84 and 4.77 at the NFL combine, scouts wanted to see an improvement at Clay’s Pro Day.Clay told reporters his time was in the “4.6 range” but others had him clocked in the low to mid 4.7 range. Regardless of each particular scout’s time, the 233-pound Clay seemed happy with his performance.“I needed to show people I could put up better times,” Clay said. “Being able to come here and be relaxed, where I’m comfortable, with my teammates out here felt real good. It was much better.”Clay said he has no interest in a position switch to fullback and reiterated his desire to become a three-down tailback for an NFL franchise.Bench, vertical jump draws crowdThe 225-pound bench press always attracts viewers, and Culmer St. Jean earned some applause with his performance. The UW linebacker injured his leg during his 40-yard dash attempt, but that didn’t stop him from putting up 30 reps.Jay Valai later showed off his strength with 21 reps.The skill players showed off their leaping ability to during the vertical jump, but it was offensive lineman Bill Nagy who stole the show. Nagy displayed impressive burst and turned some heads with his leap.Bears well representedChicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Mike Martz and offensive line coach Mike Tice worked extensively with several UW prospects yesterday.Martz watched Tolzien closely and put the quarterback through a number of drills. Tolzien went through a variety of drops and looked sharp during the throwing portion of his workout. Scouts clearly wanted to see Tolzien throw plenty of deep balls and out routes to test his arm strength, and he responded with good zip on the majority of his throws.Tice, as well as Steelers’ offensive line coach Sean Kugler, took Carimi, Moffitt and Nagy aside to get a closer look during some cone drills. Kugler later asked Moffitt to take some snaps at center – a position Moffitt played prior to his switch to left guard.Tice is particularly familiar with the Wisconsin program. His son Nate is currently a walk on quarterback at UW.All in the familySeveral former Badgers stopped by to watch the prospects perform, and at times the McClain Center appeared to be hosting a UW football family reunion. Jim Leonhard, Brian Calhoun, Chris Maragos, Joe Panos, DeAndre Levy and Kirk DeCremer were all in attendance. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez watched alongside the UW coaching staff, and tons of current Badgers constantly stopped in to observe and show their support.Watt out to prove doubters wrongJ.J. Watt only participated in agility drills at his Pro Day thanks to his stellar NFL combine performance. Watt finished in the top five for every D-line drill at the combine, including an impressive 4.76 40-yard dash time for a 290-pound lineman.“Hopefully we quieted some of the doubters who doubted my athletic ability,” Watt said. “I’m very proud of how hard I work, but at the same time that doesn’t discount any amount of talent or athleticism that I have. Just because I’m a big Wisconsin kid doesn’t mean I’m not athletic.”Moffitt laughs off 40-yard dash The always-entertaining 319-pound lineman was at it again yesterday. Moffitt said he was pleased with his Pro Day performance and his showing at the NFL combine.But he readily admits his 40-yard dash time isn’t anything special. After running a 5.4 at the combine, it was no surprise to see Moffitt dodge that event at his Pro Day this time around.“My 40 [yard dash] wasn’t great. It was about a swift seven seconds,” Moffitt said with a laugh. “It was horrible. … It was about 30 yards too far. … But my other numbers I was really happy about, and those are the things that really pertain to me, to my position.”No lockout pleasePotential draftees are all curious to see if they’ll be able to go to work once they are drafted or if the league will undergo a lockout as the players and coaches negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.As you would expect, Moffitt hopes the issue is resolved in the near future.“I hope they get it figured out because my parents do not give me allowance anymore,” Moffitt said with a smile. “I need money.”last_img read more

Mocha Champs trounce Agricola Red Triangle

first_imgSTAG/EBFA Senior League…Mocha Champs upset Agricola Red Triangle 5-2 when the two teams collided on Sunday afternoon last at the Grove Playfield as the STAG sponsored East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Senior League continued.Andell Anthony (left) and Tyshawn Forris of Mocha ChampsThe opening match did not come off as Diamond United gifted a walkover to Soesdyke Falcons, who moved into the third place on nine points with a third win, trailing leaders Grove Hi Tech (12) and Herstelling Raiders (10), all completing five matches in the seven-team/one round league.By the end of the first half, the Mocha lads were well on their way to upsetting Agricola with three goals already in the back of the nets. Tyshawn Forris, after the first half hour saw neck and neck exchanges, broke the deadlock in the 35th minute.This was the exact opening that the Mocha boys were waiting for as one minute after taking the lead; it was doubled- Forris again doing the honours of rocking the nets to complete his double. Before the break, Andell Anthony gave Agricola an indication of what was to come when he scored Mocha’s third goal in the 40th minute.Picking up from where they left off in the first half, Mocha were back into goal scoring stride in the 52nd minute when Anthony found the back of the nets for his second strike to make it 4-0 in favour of Mocha.Ten minutes later the score read Mocha 5 Agricola 0, Anthony completing his hat-trick. The Agricola lads, who lost their previous match to Herstelling looked a shadow of themselves and not fully recovered from the Hestelling loss.However, they were able to pull back a couple of goals during a late surge and even missed a penalty which could have further reduced the deficit. Brian Prince in the 66th and Egbert Nedd one minute later were the only players to score for Agricola as Mocha walked away with full points with a 5-2 win.Matches will continue this Sunday at the same venue when Diamond open up against Kuru Kururu Warriors at 13:30h. The second game will pit Agricola against Soesdyke Falcons.last_img read more

Beachside gem on the market for €335,000 in Donegal

first_imgFancy a coastal hideaway with the beach on your doorstep?A unique property has come on the market at St. John’s Point in South Donegal, offering incredible seaside views and beach access for €335,000. The 4-bed detached property has been transformed into a modern family home with wide open windows to seize all the beauty of St. John’s Point Beach.Nestled on one of Ireland’s longest peninsulas, Sainte Anne’s is just minutes away from the picturesque St. John’s Point Lighthouse.Sainte Anne’s, St John’s Point, Donegal. www.dng.ieIt may be in a secluded location, but Killybegs and Donegal Town are both just a short drive away.The home was once a stone cottage, but has since been extended into a 231sq.m two storey home and a spacious haven with panoramic views of Inver Bay and Donegal Bay.Sainte Anne’s, St John’s Point, Donegal. www.dng.ieSainte Anne’s, St John’s Point, Donegal. www.dng.ieIf you love the sea and you’re on the lookout for a special holiday home or family home in Donegal, this could be it. See the listing on gem on the market for €335,000 in Donegal was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:holiday homepropertyst john’s pointlast_img read more

UK betting firms back live sports advertising ban

first_imgShare on Pinterest RGA chief executive Clive Hawkswood is thought to be determined to get the measure approved by the gambling industry before he steps down in January.It requires agreement from the National Casino Forum, Association of British Bookmakers, Bingo Association and the amusement arcade body Bacta, although their blessing is likely to be a formality as the online industry is by far the biggest TV advertiser.The RGA has also put forward other proposals but is expected to stop short of adopting Labour’s stated policy of banning gambling companies from sponsoring football shirts.Matt Zarb-Cousin, spokesman for campaign group Fairer Gambling, said: “This is long overdue but to be truly effective it should have also included bans on shirt and league sponsorship and pitch-side rolling displays.” E-commerce Read more Reuse this content Topics Advertising Share via Email A senior gambling industry figure said he would be “surprised and disappointed” if the measures were not agreed and said that while not every online betting firm would support them, all were likely to comply.“It would be a very brave company that would stick its head above the parapet in isolation,” he said.The whistle-to-whistle ban, which excludes horse racing, would involve the industry falling into line with Labour party proposals. The advertising proposals, first reported by the BBC, have been put forward by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents online betting firms.Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, said: “I’m delighted that gambling operators have adopted Labour’s proposal of a whistle-to-whistle ban on gambling advertising during live sport.“With over 430,000 problem gamblers in the country, many of them children, the number of adverts during live sports had clearly reached crisis levels.“There was clear public support for these restrictions and I’m glad that for once the industry, led by [the RGA], has taken its responsibilities seriously and listened.” William Hill Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Several chief executives in the gambling industry, including the bosses of William Hill and Paddy Power Betfair, have said they would support greater restrictions on advertising to protect children.Concern about the normalisation of gambling has risen due to the sheer volume of ads during televised sport.Research by the Guardian during the World Cup found that children were “bombarded” with 90 minutes of gambling adverts during the tournament.Shares in gambling companies fell on reports of a plan that would restrict their ability to reach TV viewers, while broadcasters are also likely to take a significant hit on lost advertising revenue.One senior executive at a media agency told the Guardian that gambling ads were worth £200m to broadcasters last year, with the majority going to Sky and, to a lesser extent, ITV.Online gambling companies are thought to have learned a lesson from the resistance shown by the Association of British Bookmakers, which fought tooth and nail against the cut in maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals.Their campaign was ultimately unsuccessful and caused considerable damage to the industry’s reputation over efforts to prevent curbs on machines that the government branded a “social blight”. Children ‘bombarded’ with betting adverts during World Cup Gamblingcenter_img Now I’m beating my debt and gambling addiction, I can enjoy Christmas Danny Cheetham … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on LinkedIn news Online gambling companies have agreed in principle to a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on advertising during live sports, in an effort to address concerns about their impact on children.Companies such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes would agree not to advertise during live sports, including after 9pm if the event started before the watershed.While the proposals have yet to be approved, they are likely to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the five major gambling industry associations next week, with a view to implementing the ban within six months. Internet Ladbrokes Sport betting Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesklast_img read more

Former Cincinnati Star Kenyon Martin Posts “Xavier Sucks” Graphic Ahead Of Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCincinnati's mascot standing on a board being held by cheerleaders.CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 04: The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Fifth Third Arena on February 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Before NBA star Kenyon Martin was lighting it up in the professional ranks, he played his collegiate ball at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to the nation’s No. 1 ranking for 12 weeks in 1999-2000. Naturally, that means that he isn’t a huge fan of the team’s major rival, Xavier.But just how much does he dislike the Musketeers? Martin posted the below graphic just hours before the two teams tip off in Cincinnati.It’s going down tonight. #bearcatnationstandup. UC Basketball where greatness happens. #letsgoA photo posted by Straightjacketcrazy. (@kenyonmartinsr) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:14am PST Both Xavier and Cincinnati could use a win tonight to bolster their NCAA Tournament resumes. It should be another fantastic game between these two.last_img read more

Ohio State opens Big Ten play with 3124 victory against Wisconsin

In their first Big Ten game of the season, the Ohio State Buckeyes answered the call.OSU (5-0, 1-0) took down Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1) 31-24, thanks in part to a huge game from quarterback Braxton Miller.In his first action since spraining the MCL in his left knee against San Diego State, the junior helped the Buckeyes get off to a fast start Saturday night. Following a punt by the Badgers on the opening drive of the game, Miller connected with junior wide receiver Evan Spencer on a 25-yard scoring strike that gave OSU the lead 7-0.“I think he (Miler) played very well,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Braxton did have a heck of a day.”Wisconsin would respond, though, as redshirt-senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Badger redshirt-sophomore quarterback Joel Stave.Miller completed his second touchdown pass of the night on OSU’s next drive, this one to junior wide receiver Devin Smith. The 26-yard reception was Smith’s fifth scoring grab of 2013.Following a 45-yard field goal from OSU’s senior kicker Drew Basil, Stave led the Badgers on a 76-yard scoring drive, finishing it with an 11-yard pass to junior tight end Sam Arneson to cut the lead to 17-14 with less than two minutes left until half.The OSU offense rushed down the field on the next drive, and Miller threw his third touchdown pass in the first half to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, giving the Buckeyes a 24-14 lead at halftime.“I felt good,” Miller said after the game. “My legs felt good energy-wise. I wasn’t out of shape. I felt good.”After another Miller-Brown connection that extended the lead to 31-14, Wisconsin’s senior running back James White scampered 17 yards to get the Badgers within 10 points again.The two teams exchanged punts until Badger redshirt-junior kicker Kyle French made a 42-yard field goal.OSU recovered the ensuing onside kick, but were forced to punt after a three and out. Wisconsin’s last ditch effort fell short, though, and the Buckeyes ran out the clock to secure the seven-point victory.Miller finished the day 17-25 passing for 198 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball 22 times for 83 yards.Abbrederis had a huge game for the Badgers, finishing with 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown.The game was not a total victory for OSU, as senior safety broke his left ankle on Wisconsin’s last drive of the game.The Buckeyes travel to Northwestern (4-0) next Saturday for their second night game in a row. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Kane the big threat for England – Courtois

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”last_img read more