Scottish Bakers reveal their Customer Choice winners

first_imgWholesale Baker of the YearStag Bakeries“This means the world to us, thank you so much, we are absolutely delighted,” said Daniel Smith of Stag Bakeries.“It is going to mean so much to our staff, they will be so proud. And I can’t thank our customers enough, it is wonderful to know that so many of them rate us their favourite wholesale baker.” Bakery Café of the YearMimi’s Bakehouse“After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite Bakery Café,” said managing director Michelle Phillips“We are really touched so thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us and we are looking forward to continuing to serve our community with freshly baked, quality produce for many more years to come.” Retail Craft Baker of the YearAulds Bakeries“That is fantastic, we are thrilled,” said managing director Alan Marr. “A real bit of brightness in these dark days.” Scottish Bakers chief executive Alasdair Smith said the association was delighted the awards gave the public a chance to have their say.“It was a great opportunity for Scottish bakers to reach out to their customers and communities and get people buzzing about great, traditional Scottish baking.”This month’s issue of British Baker magazine is a special report on the Scottish bakery market. View the issue here.center_img Craft Baker of the YearMurrays Bakers“I am so, so chuffed, thank you,” said Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers, which recently re-opened its business.“Coming after such a really great re-opening that has made my day. After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite craft baker.” With the traditional annual search for Scottish Baker of Year postponed by the coronavirus outbreak, trade body Scottish Bakers has this year awarded four Customer Choice awards.Consumers’ votes for their favourite baker were used to identify ‘Customer Choice’ winners in four business categories: Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker, Wholesale Baker and Bakery Café.“I am delighted to announce the winners and bring some sense of celebration back to the great Scottish Bakers family,” said Scottish Bakers ambassador Mich Turner.The four winners are:last_img read more

Business School expands online

first_imgHarvard Business School (HBS) announced today the launch of HBX, a digital learning initiative aimed at broadening the School’s reach and deepening its impact. In HBX, the School has created an innovative platform to support the delivery of distinctive online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.“The HBX launch marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to educate leaders who make a difference in the world,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “HBX embodies the highly engaged, interactive learning that has been a hallmark of the School’s M.B.A., doctoral, and executive education programs for more than a century. Moreover, HBX will provide a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences, complementing the work we do through Harvard Business Publishing.”The initial HBX offering, CORe (Credential of Readiness), comprises three interlinked courses:  “Business Analytics,” “Economics for Managers,” and “Financial Accounting.”HBS Professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX, says that CORe will be a rigorous program designed for serious and committed learners. “The HBX faculty team has thought carefully about how to create an online offering that mirrors the energy you find in an HBS classroom and that allows students to benefit from the diversity and experiences of other students.”Consistent with the HBS case method of teaching and participant-centered learning, CORe requires students to be active learners, thinking through and solving real-world problems.HBX aims to complement the School’s existing programs. Noted HBS Professor Youngme Moon, senior associate dean and chair of the M.B.A. program, “While our M.B.A. program is focused on educating outstanding people with business experience who are looking to develop themselves as leaders, and our executive education programs are designed to further strengthen the capabilities of established leaders, CORe is designed to provide basic business fundamentals to segments of the population we’ve never directly addressed before: undergraduates, graduate students in non-business fields, and people who have just begun their first jobs in business but want a better foundation so they can thrive earlier in their careers.”CORe will launch in June, initially with a limited cohort of students drawn from Massachusetts colleges and universities. Applications will be available in April on the HBX website ( addition to CORe, later this year HBX will introduce a series of specialized courses for executives on topics such as entrepreneurship and innovation; disruptive innovation, growth, and strategy; and the microeconomics of competitiveness. Over time, HBX expects to roll out more courses that build on the HBS faculty’s influential research.HBX also will introduce HBX Live, a virtual classroom that collapses geography and allows participants worldwide to interact with one another and a faculty member in much the same way as in a campus-based HBS class. HBS has partnered with public broadcaster WGBH to create a state-of-the-art space that will allow virtual engagement with up to 60 participants at a time. HBX Live will launch this summer and will be available initially on an invitation-only basis.  Its early focus areas will include lifelong learning opportunities for HBS alumni and enhancement of the School’s modular executive education programs.HBX is the newest initiative supporting Harvard University’s overarching efforts to infuse innovation into teaching and learning. In 2012 Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced the creation of edX, a nonprofit online learning platform that would expand the reach of higher education by developing Internet-based courses that could be taken by students of any age, anywhere.Today there are more than two dozen Harvard-based learning experiences on topics ranging from history to neurosciences to national security, all developed by HarvardX, a University-wide initiative that enables faculty to build and create online learning experiences and to conduct groundbreaking research in this rapidly evolving area.“We applaud the arrival of HBX. This unique digital learning endeavor continues the Business School’s long history of innovation and experimentation in management education, and is yet another example of how Harvard is setting the standard for the 21st century,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber. “The lessons we learn from HBX will be deeply interwoven with other efforts such as HarvardX and edX, informing best practices in blended and online teaching and offering world-class educational materials beyond our campus.”last_img read more

Betting on Football gets even bigger in 2017

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon The fourth incarnation of the Betting on Football Conference, organised by SBC Events, will be the biggest one yet, with a packed agenda spread across two whole days for the first time. Betting on Football 2017 will be held on 3-4 May at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, with a dedicated exhibition area in the Great Hall and two conference streams in the Drake and Harris Suites.Organised by SBC Events, next year’s Betting on Football will take place over two-days and feature more than 90 leading industry speakers. The 600+ delegates in attendance will also experience world class hospitality, unlimited networking opportunities and a product display from over 30 exhibitors.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “You could say we’ve given Betting on Football a full makeover with the number or improvements we’ve planned for 2017. We’re taking more than twice the space of 2016 and of course are spreading it across two days instead of one. And we are doing something really special on the networking front.”One of the many differences for 2017 is the increase in seminar sessions as Betting on Football  will incorporate two conference streams for the first time, allowing more vital subjects to be discussed and ensuring that there is always something of interest to delegates. On top of that, BOF 2017 will also offer dedicated meeting rooms, organise roundtable discussions and introduce the product pitching stage, ‘Pitch Invasion’, inside the 1,400 sq/m Great Hall.Betting on Football will also boast two superior networking parties for which SBC is rightly renowned. On the first night the ‘official opening party’ will be at the glamorous Richard Branson-owned Kensington Roof Gardens from 20:30 until late, while the second night boasts the ‘official closing party’ at Under the Bridge, one of Roman Abramovich’s favourite London nightclubs. The £30 million venue recently played host to the successful SBC Awards, and artists such as Beyonce and Bruno Mars.SBC will also be organising its second exclusive networking event for 100 C-Level Executives, and further grow the popular affiliate gathering to include the top 40 sports betting affiliates in partnership with TAG Media.Sponsors include OPTIMA (Gold Sponsor), (Premium Sponsor), BetConstruct (Silver Sponsor), Bet365, BetGenius, BetOnBrazil, Betting Gods, Betway, Digitain, EnergyBet, Ganapati, Golden Race, Oulala, Paddy Power Betfair, SBTech, Sportradar and VSoftCo.To find out more information about becoming a sponsor – contact [email protected] register for your early bird BOF ticket at a special discounted price of just £299 (+VAT), visit A standard two-day ticket is £599 (+VAT), while day passes are available for £399 (+VAT). Email [email protected] for more information.last_img read more

AFL Completes ‘Operation Watch Over’ in Mali

first_imgA Platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali will for the first time participate in the medal parade in that West African state.To form part of the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., as head of an 18-man delegation departed the country on Wednesday for Mali to observe the AFL’s participation in the UN Medal Parade.Minister Samukai was authorized by the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the army and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to participate in the first Medal Parade for the AFL troops serving under the MINUSMA mission in Diabali, Mali.Minister Samukai is being accompanied by the Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn among others to witness the ceremony that is scheduled for Friday, June 6 in Mali. While in Mali, the Liberian delegation will assess the status, conditions and well-being of the troops and will hold discussions with Malian authorities on bilateral security cooperation, and with MINUSMA authorities on the rotation of AFL troops.Last year, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered enhanced Infantry Platoon of AFL personnel to Mali to form a part of the peacekeeping operations in June 2013.Prior to departing for Mali, Chief of Staff Ziankahn participated in the third and final leg of the AFL training, code named “Bonfire: Operation Watch Over III.” The exercise was implemented by the AFL in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia. Defense authorities were represented at the occasion by the Deputy Minister for Operations, Saint Jerome Larbelee, while other representatives were officials from the offices of the Grand Bassa County Superintendent as well as mentors of the AFL.The well-attended exercise, which climaxed the Bonfire exercise ‘Watch Over’ was held on Wednesday, June 4, in Little Bassa, Grand Bassa County amidst drumming and singing of various Liberian songs led by the AFL Band Unit.Operation Watch Over, according to COS Ziankahn, is part of the AFL’s training involving field exercises where the soldiers are divided into factions fighting a ‘mock war.’ One fighting force used gorilla or jungle/rebel tactics, while the other, under government soldiers’ command, countered the rebel force using conventional warfare tactics.The Little Bassa ceremony was the third and final of a series of such trainings, which the AFL has used over the years to exercise the skills they acquired while in training, and at the same time, socialize with residents of local communities.“Operation Watch Over” is intended to also expose the troops to the different terrains across the country in case of any eventuality so that they will be prepared to defend and protect the territorial limits of Liberia.It is also intended to build the bridge of confidence between civilians and the new army, which operates on the motto, “A Force for Good”.“Because we are a civilian army…, we are obliged to maintain such status where the civilians will build confidence in the men and women of the AFL,” AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Prince C. Johnson interjected.Several community members, including Moses Wee, Esther Garmai and Annie Koon, said they had hoped for the return of the soldiers to their community to entertain or reliev them of their various health situation free-of-charge.During the climax of the exercise, the AFL medical outreach team performed medical services for the community and shared gift items that included food and non-food items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more