London-based bakery The Bread Factory has won the Regional Growth Business of the Year category for the second year in a row at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Awards.As reported in British Baker, the company has seen turnover increase considerably in the past year.The ceremony, which was held at London’s The Brewery and hosted by television personality Hardeep Singh Kohli, celebrated businesses and industry professionals from across the food and drink supply chain.In choosing the winner the judges looked for a company that could demonstrate growth through increased sales, capacity and resource expansion or the development of new and innovative product lines.Ian Wright, Director general of the FDF, said: “The FDF Awards truly are a badge of excellence and The Bread Factory’s success in the Growth Business category demonstrates the huge potential of food and drink businesses across the UK.“The company has brought together traditional craft baking methods with modern technology enabling it to produce and deliver products at scale, while never compromising on artisan quality.”The Bread Factory supplies a diverse range of businesses – from Michelin-starred restaurants and five star hotels to nationwide retail.
NZ Herald 10 May 2012Legislation to feed gambling proceeds back into communities and change the behaviour of problem gamblers was strongly backed at its first hurdle in Parliament late last night. Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s bill passed its first reading in a conscience vote, with 83 votes in favour and seven against. All parties except New Zealand First lent their support to the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill. If passed, Mr Flavell’s bill will make sure that 80 per cent of gambling proceeds go back into the area where the gambling takes place. Communities will get the power to cut the number of pokies in their area if they feel they are harmful. And pokie trusts, many of which have come under fire for their lack of transparency and compliance, will be phased out over a year and replaced by local committees.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10804790
The 33-year-old was released by Stoke in the summer after five and a half years with the club and did not play another professional game. He was given a trial by Millwall last month but has been forced to hang up his boots. Press Association Etherington wrote on Twitter: “Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. “I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15yrs old. Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. “I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.” Etherington began his career with Peterborough and made his debut in the Football League aged 15 years and 262 days in a win over Brentford in 1997. He moved to Tottenham in 2000 along with fellow midfielder Simon Davies but struggled to establish himself and spent a spell on loan at Bradford. His career really took off when he joined West Ham in 2003 and Etherington played nearly 200 games for the Hammers, appearing in the 2006 FA Cup final loss to Liverpool, before being sold to Stoke in January 2009. Etherington had been secretly battling a gambling addiction – he estimates he lost £1.5million – and the move to the Potteries helped him kick the habit along with a week at the Sporting Chance clinic. With his off-the-field problems behind him, he found some of his best form at Stoke and scored in their 5-0 FA Cup semi-final thrashing of Bolton in 2011. He recovered from a hamstring problem to play in the final, when Stoke lost 1-0 to Manchester City, but his back issue became ever more limiting and he made just 12 appearances last season. Etherington represented England from under-16 to under-21 level but never received a call-up to the senior side. Former Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has announced his retirement from football because of an ongoing back problem.