Burton’s Biscuits gives staff £100 ‘thank you’ payment

first_imgBakery-based staff at Burton’s Biscuit Co have received a £100 ‘thank you’ payment in recognition of their “outstanding support” during the coronavirus outbreak.Around 1,800 of Burton’s 2,200 employees received the payment last week for their work at its five UK production sites – Blackpool, Edinburgh, Llantarnam, Dorset and Livingston. Staff who are or who have recently been absent from the bakeries due to illness were among those to receive it.“The way in which our bakery colleagues are meeting the challenge head-on, and following the guidance we’re providing, is hugely appreciated by everyone within and outside the company,” said Simon Browne, managing director of Burton’s, which owns brands including Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels.“The nation needs the food industry like never before and we really appreciate how our bakery workers are going the extra mile in extremely challenging circumstances. This is enabling us to play a key role in bringing some normality to people’s everyday lives at a time when they really need it.”Burton’s has also implemented several measures to enhance the safety and wellbeing of its employees while enabling ongoing business continuity.These include ensuring staff maintain social distancing policies across all its bakeries and installing plastic screens at production line workstations where there is the potential for risk of direct contact or distancing of less than two metres. Production lines have also been slowed down and, in some cases, stopped to ensure compliance.“We’ve followed the government guidelines and taken steps to provide the safest possible working environment for all our bakery colleagues, which is enabling us to maintain production,” Browne added.“It’s a tribute to everyone who works for us, and to the bakery workers in particular, that we’ve continued to bake across our five production sites while implementing social distancing and other safety measures during a time of higher-than-usual levels of absence due to the virus.”Supporting the frontline workersThe business is also supporting the NHS, frontline emergency and care workers and charitable organisations across the UK, providing free biscuits to people in need.As part of the nationwide Clap for Heroes campaign – which sees people across the UK clapping for NHS workers at 8pm every Thursday – Burton’s is donating the equivalent volume of every single biscuit produced between 8pm and 9pm each Thursday to the NHS.In week one, the equivalent of more than 93,000 packets of biscuits were donated and the company has pledged to make the weekly donation for as long as the clapping campaign continues.Burton’s isn’t the only company to send ‘thank you’ to staff. Earlier this week, Mr Kipling manufacturer Premier Foods revealed every factory worker would be awarded two additional days’ annual leave, a £250 cash bonusv and a hamper of products to recognise their “tremendous resilience”.last_img read more

Woman discovered to be alive at Detroit funeral home

first_imgA 20-year-old woman was found to be alive after she had been declared to be dead and taken to a Detroit funeral home, officials said.The Southfield fire department said paramedics tried to revive the 20-year-old woman for 30 minutes on Sunday, but she showed no signs of life.“The Oakland County medical examiner’s office was contacted and given the medical data,” the department said. “The patient was again determined to have expired and the body was released directly to the family to make arrangements with a funeral home of their choosing.”However, at the James H. Cole funeral home they discovered the woman to still be alive. She was breathing.The staff at the funeral home called Detroit emergency medical crew and the woman was rushed to the hospital.Officials have not released the woman’s name and her condition is unknown.last_img read more

Catena reports ‘best ever quarter’ as company eyes new market expansions

first_img Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network, Catena Media has detailed its ‘best ever trading quarter‘ as the company homes in on full-year 2017 corporate targets.Presenting its first trading update as a Nasdaq Stockholm main market enterprise, Catena would record Q3 2017 (period ending 30 September) corporate revenues of €17.2 million up 61% on corresponding Q3 2016’s €10.7 million.Focusing on organic growth combined with strategic M&A for its expanding network, Catena would report a period EBITDA of €8.8 million (Q3 2016: €4.9 million).Further reporting that new depositing customers during the period had surpassed +100,000, Catena governance would declare operating profits of €7.5 million (Q3 2016: €4.6 million).For its year-to-date performance, Catena revenues total €47.5 million, combined with a corporate EBITDA of €22.3 million. The affiliate network further details that it has increase YoY operating profits to €19.6 million.Issuing a forward-looking statement, Catena governance details that it will open a Tokyo based office to aid its Asian expansion during Q4, whilst bringing new innovations to market to support its established market operations.Updating investors, Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO of Catena Media commented on Q3 2017 performance:“Casino and sport both performed strongly in Q3 and this trend appears to continue through Q4. Preparations ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are in full swing. We are expectant and optimistic about our strategic, operational and financial performance, and we eagerly anticipate the new, forthcoming challenges that await.”“One of the opportunities for 2018 is the opening of Pennsylvania as a regulated state for online gambling.  On 25th October the Senate approved the bill, followed by the house on the 26thand the final signing by the governor that took place on 30th October. Catena Media expect a gradual development of the Pennsylvania business and to be live within 9-12 months. We also have very strong domains like PlayUSA.com, PlayPennsylvania.com and USPoker.com. Following this opening, Catena Media will continue to strengthen its presence on the US market in line with the company’s growth strategy.last_img read more