Bakery firms specialising in private-label are in a strong position to build export sales, according to Simon Waring, MD of the UK branch of export consultancy The Green Seed Group.He said retail chains in the US and mainland Europe are looking to develop more sophisticated own-brand ranges. “Most markets are well behind the UK in terms of private-label, so the capabilities of bakeries that are highly skilled in this area are in demand internationally,” he told British Baker.”Private-label is growing rapidly in the US, and in Germany we are seeing greater segmentation with more premium own-brand products. International retailers want to replicate the sophistication of the UK and are seeking private-label specialists.”The Green Seed Group, which has nine offices in Europe, one in the US and one in Australia, has been founded from the now-defunct Food From Britain.
On Thursday, July 18, 2019, the European Commission announced the “World Bridge Tourism” competition with the aim of increasing the number of Chinese travelers to the European Union, especially high-income FITs (Free Individual Travelers), interested in lesser-known destinations and trips. outside the main season and to stimulate investment opportunities for companies from the European Union. The tender documentation is located HERE. Source / photo: Ministry of Tourism The specific objectives of the tender are to bring together EU tour operators from different EU Member States by helping them to create flexible transnational partnerships, to provide business opportunities for EU tour operators to connect with relevant Chinese (B2B) operators, with priority given to small and medium-sized enterprises. operate in more than one EU Member State and support the development and visibility of trans-European tourism products in China. The deadline for applications is September 24, 2019.
Jonathan Lima-Matthews, IPSE senior policy adviser, said: “With just 31% of the self-employed saving into a pension, we must take urgent action to avert a looming crisis.”He described self-employment as a progressive way of working, but said current pension provisions did not cater to the sector’s needs.“While auto-enrolment has been a successful policy for boosting the number of employees paying into a pension, our research found it’s simply not a viable savings solution for the self-employed,” he said. “There is no employer to enrol them, and it also reduces their ability to be flexible and in control of their money – two of the fundamental attractions of self-employment.”The government proposed several measures to expand its auto-enrolment policy in December, including testing “targeted measures” for self-employed workers to improve saving levels.IPSE’s report was based on research into the attitudes of more than 1,000 people, alongside “a broad consultation with the industry and government”.The organisation also made specific recommendations, advocating for a “sidecar pension scheme” for the self-employed, which would allow them to save for later life and also into a separate ‘rainy day’ fund for emergencies. The forthcoming financial guidance body for the UK – to be set up later this year – should provide tailored advice on how the self-employed can save for later life, IPSE added.The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is due to test several options designed to improve pension saving for the self-employed. The UK’s auto-enrolment system for workplace pensions should not be extended to include self-employed people, a lobby group for independent workers has said.IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – instead called on the government and the pensions sector to come up with other ideas to help the self-employed save for the future.Less than a third (31%) of the UK’s 4.8m self-employed workers are paying into a pension, according to a report published by IPSE. In addition, 67% said they were concerned about saving for later life.The report criticised the idea of auto-enrolment for freelancers and independent workers, pointing out that only 36% of respondents said they would stay enrolled in a pension scheme. A quarter said they would opt out, and 38% said they were unsure.
Andre Gomes says his current focus is on Euro 2016 with Portugal Midfield star Andre Gomes has added further fuel to the rumours that he will join Manchester United this summer by revealing his admiration for Jose Mourinho.Mourinho took over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford last month and the Portuguese is reportedly keen to bring his compatriot to the club. Valencia are understood to be demanding a fee in excess of £30m for the 22-year-old but Mourinho is expected to sanction the deal when he officially takes charge in July.“I can only say that Mourinho is a great coach,” said Gomes.“I’m not worried about what will happen after the Euros because at the moment I am focused on the national team.” 1