Blog: Every little helps, or not?

first_imgIs having the cash from a national name to back your brand the key to grow, or are bakery retailers best off funding their own businesses?As many have pondered in recent months, Tesco’s 49% investment in artisanal coffee shop business Harris + Hoole has resulted in an amalgamation of “Beware” signs posted online and in the national press.“The trendy chain of posh coffee shops that’s Tesco in disguise: Pop in for a latte and it looks like a quirky family business,” reads a recent article on the Daily Mail website.While the words ‘Tesco’s 49% investment’ have been bolded and underlined again and again in news stories, I wonder whether this taints the general public’s perception of an independent company, particularly this one set up by the Aussie siblings behind Taylor Street Baristas.I speak to two ladies, probably in their sixties, passing me on the local high street in Pinner, north-west London. They are stood with Wenzel’s the Bakery on one side of them – a local, independent and family-run business – and the latest Harris + Hoole outlet on the other.“Which out of the two do you prefer?” I ask the women. One responds with: “[Harris + Hoole] seems a bit too dark inside, and have you seen the price of their tea?”Brushing off the aesthetic-themed answers, I ask a second question: “Do you know Tesco have plumped a large investment in this business? In fact, they have a 49% stake in it.” I’m greeted with blank looks and a chorus of female laughter. “No dear, that’s not the problem,” is the final answer I receive as they shuffle off together.Upon stepping inside the latest branch of the now 10-store-strong estate, I get the impression that this does not bother the hoards of customers seated inside and queuing up at the till. Just after the lunchtime rush, around 2pm, a mixture of yummy mummys, college students, couples, OAPs and local folk have filled the last of the empty chairs and tables. Whether people know the Tesco tag is attached to the front door, or if people are blissfully unaware of the supermarket’s involvement. It does not seem to be putting off customers from pursuing their everyday coffee and cake rituals at Harris + Hoole.While the media hype behind this investment has evidently not put off coffee drinkers from visiting the establishment, I wonder whether the idea still deters many of our UK high street craft bakeries from leaping at an opportunity to partner up with a supermarket giant, or any other nationally-known financial investor, should the opportunity arise.Is there a stigma attached to such a deal that you and your business would be classed as a sell-out? Or it does it mean that your business could flourish and take the hassle out of the cash behind success?To balance the negative media hype played out in such a dramatic fashion, the Aussie coffee connoisseurs took a risk with Tesco partnership and the steady stream of customers should now be that peace of mind that their gamble has paid off. Ultimately what all businesses are looking for in the current rocky economic climate is getting people through the door. If the public was so put off by the concept then, frankly, Harris + Hoole would have been the next high street casualty of many currently marring the bleak retail landscape.last_img read more

Athletics swept again on the road after 4-3 loss to Seattle

first_imgSEATTLE — The road woes continue to pile up for the A’s.Oakland lost on the road for the 11th time in its last 12 games as the Seattle Mariners held on for a 4-3 win over the A’s to sweep a two-game series.The Athletics fell to 5-15 on the road this season and have seven more games ahead on their current road trip.A’s face rough roadA team that was known for squeezing out victories out on the road a season ago, the A’s have struggled to find success away from home this season. Oakland went …last_img read more

EEE virus confirmed in Ohio horse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A horse from Ashtabula County was recently confirmed to have eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.The animal was euthanized in late July after showing neurological symptoms. The animal was not vaccinated against the disease and lived near a low-lying area that is typically prone to harboring mosquitoes. EEE is often transmitted by mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans, however only a few cases are reported each year and most infected persons report no apparent illness.“The confirmation of EEE in Ohio serves as a reminder to horse owners on the importance of vaccinating their animals,” said Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian and chief of the ODA Division of Animal Health. “EEE is one of a handful of illnesses that horses can be protected from through vaccination and I encourage owners to talk to their veterinarian and get horses vaccinated soon.”EEE attacks the central nervous system of a horse. It appears within five days after a mosquito transmits the virus and clinical signs of illness are abrupt. Signs of EEE in horses include: fever, a sleepy appearance, muscle twitches, weakness and a staggering walk. Often, affected animals are unable to stand within hours of transmission and die within a few days.Horse owners are encouraged to ensure their animals have been vaccinated, to remove standing water from near their home and increase other mosquito control efforts. Veterinarians in Ohio have been alerted of the confirmed test and are encouraged to notify ODA if they suspect an animal has contracted EEE.last_img read more

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television. The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, is based on a British miniseries called “House of Cards,” that starred Ian Richardson as a Machievellian prime minister. Deadline Hollywood reported that Netflix could pay more than $100 million as part of a deal for 26 episodes, allegedly outbidding HBO and AMC. A two-season deal is somewhere between uncommon and unheard of (most series are given funding for a pilot first) and are no doubt part of the appeal for MRC. DH pointed out that the 14-year-old company, though a leader in streaming video rental, has competition. “(Netflix) has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly.”Netflix is said to be deep in conversation and negotiation with a number of different Hollywood production houses to act as first point of distribution for new series and movies. This deal may also prove to be another step in Netflix’s possible move toward a DVD-free future where all video is delivered online. last_img read more

When Remodelers Carve Paths to Passive House

first_imgUPDATED on March 30, 2011 with a new link at the bottom of the page to a video of the project.Contractors who do deep energy retrofits are understandably enthusiastic about touting the dramatic – and, for the long term, cost-effective – transformations these projects can produce. And when the retrofit strives for a deep-energy extreme, such as Passive House performance standards, the contractor’s marketing material may also highlight the project’s usefulness as a research tool that can advance energy efficient remodeling and construction.One retrofit that recently stepped up to the Passive House plate is the remodel of a 1960s single-story home in Sonoma, California, that includes two bedrooms and two baths, a breezeway converted to a kitchen, and 2,400 sq. ft. of interior space overall. The process is, as many deep energy retrofits are, technically demanding and disruptive to the original structure. Three certified Passive House consultants have collaborated on the project, including Essential Habitat Consulting principal Graham Irwin, who told Builder magazine that the house would retain its original foundation and 40% of its walls.PH elsewhere in the regionThe Sonoma remodel is akin in its Passive House ambitions to a couple other Bay Area retrofits. One, in Berkeley, is a remodel of 1904 bungalow by architect Nabih Tahan and contractor Christopher Polk, who began work on the house in 2005. That project, notes Builder, has not yet met the Passive House air-exchange requirements – 0.6 air exchanges per hour at an air-pressure difference of 50 Pascals.As GBA mentioned in the news recap about Tahan’s project, Essential Habitat’s Irwin also served as architect on the near-Passive House retrofit of a two-bedroom home in the Bay Area town of Point Reyes Station. The home is owned by Community Land Trust Association of West Marin, whose mission is to expand housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. The association also is building a second home from the ground up that it hopes will be constructed entirely to Passive House standards and will operate at net-zero energy.Envelope detailsThe particulars on the Sonoma house include R-12 to R-20 floors, an R-74 roof, and R-31 exterior walls wrapped using the Pressure-Equalized Rain-Screen Insulated Structure Technique, with insulation and barriers that include Aerogel Spaceloft, InsulFoam IX expanded polystyrene, Insulfoam R-Tech IV rigid foam, Optima blow-in insulation, Grace Ice and Water Shield; Stego Wrap, and Protecto Wrap building tape. The envelope also features Optiwin 3 Wood triple-glazed windows and doors. Inside, HVAC needs are met by a UltimateAir RecoupAerator energy recovery ventilator and, for backup, a Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim heat pump and Ecosmart bioethanol ventless fireplaces. The building also is equipped with solar hot water (and tankless water heater for backup) and a solar power array that is expected to meet all of the home’s electrical needs.The builder managing the remodel is another certified Passive House consultant, Rick Milburn, owner of Solar Knights Construction in Napa, who explained to Builder magazine that, while the cost of retrofitting to the standard will come down as more homeowners opt for Passive House certification, it added 10% to 15% to the cost of the Sonoma house retrofit.Given the average age and energy performance of much of California’s housing stock, and the mild weather that prevails throughout most of the state, projects like these attract the attention of both builders looking to develop the market and government officials looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The retrofit in Sonoma, Solar Knights notes in a summary of the project’s features, has been selected as a prototype home for the Department of Energy’s Building America program. Could be an interesting case study.To see a video tour of the project, click here.last_img read more

Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film fest

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side As confirmed by the Toronto Star, the biopic, directed by Sean Menard, will delve into Carter’s undeniable impact in Canada during his six years  as a member of the Toronto Raptors basketball team from 1998 to [email protected]’s documentary THE CARTER EFFECT, an unprecedented look at @Raptors @NBA All-Star Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15). #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/ElC2XBTum2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 9, 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vince Carter’s illustrious career will head to the big screen and it’s only fitting it will be first shown where it all began.A documentary titled ”The Carter Effect” will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held on Sept. 7-17.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Dubbed as “Vinnsanity” and “Air Canada” for his off-the-charts, high-flying antics, the current Sacramento Kings guard played a monumental role in putting the once obscure expansion franchise on the basketball map and into a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference in the early 2000s.The dynamic eight-time All-Star also become one of, if not the best dunker of all time—punctuated by his now iconic performance at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.The film will also go through Carter’s ugly split with the team, after he left for the New Jersey Nets in 2004.Now 41 years old, Carter may no longer possess the same youthful athleticism he once had, but he continues to be an effective player in the league.He also helped raise the popularity of the sport  in the hockey-dominated country and helped foster a generation of today’s brightest Canadian stars including Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Cory Joseph and Jamal Murray.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win View commentslast_img read more

Pledge Your Support For Women In Sport

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Katya’s websites of the week: toilets and trips

first_imgI’m starting a new feature in 2009 – website(s) of the week. This week’s have nothing to do with marketing – they have to do with urination and travel! Because I want to make your life easier not just as a marketer but also as a fellow human being. In the future, I promise to sometimes feature content relevant to marketing.This week’s winners:Check out MizPee to find the nearest clean toilet to where you are now. Ratings available – measured by little toilet paper roll icons. (I read about this in today’s Wall Street Journal.) I’ve always been too intimidated to rate anything at Zagat’s but this I could do.Check out TripIt for your next journey. When you get all your confirmations from airlines, hotels, etc., just hit forward to their email address and they assemble a nifty little itinerary for you! They’ll even tell you the weather! I learned about it from TechCrunch, natch.last_img read more