Press release: Multi-million improvements to get underway in Hull next month

first_img Following years of lobbying, it is thrilling to see the commencement of these schemes which are vital to Hull. The building of the pedestrian bridge is a core part of the A63 improvement scheme, and the impact the bridge will have on Hull’s economy cannot be underestimated. The bridge will reunite the Marina with the city centre by connecting the heart of the city to its thriving waterfront, and is a critical element of our long-term regeneration plans. It’s great news that we’ll be starting work on these two key schemes. The bridge has been designed to allow further development around the waterfront and is an important part of Hull’s plans for the future. We’re carrying out these schemes together under one contractor to minimise disruption and to make the best use of the funds available. While both the bridge and Roger Millward Way roundabout improvements are being built, we’ll have narrower lanes and a reduced speed limit in place. We want the public to come along to the event and look at what we are doing. There will be the chance to see how the traffic will be managed and how access for pedestrians will be maintained during construction. Two key projects which will better connect Hull and help shape the city’s future will begin next month and members of the public are invited to find out more.A public event next Thursday (13 September, 10am to 7.30pm, Hull Marina Holiday Inn) will give people the chance to look at the exciting plans for Princes Quay Bridge and the improvement work at Roger Millward Way roundabout, both of which will start in October.The new bridge, linking the marina with the southern end of Princes Dock, will improve access and make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled users to cross the A63.At Roger Millward Way, an extra lane will be added through the middle of the roundabout and additional traffic signals will help to reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic.Highways England senior project manager James Leeming said: The bridge is expected to be finished by early 2020 and work on Roger Millward Way is expected to take around 9 months to complete. The schemes will be delivered by Interserve who has been appointed as the contractor.Both schemes will be completed in advance of the major A63 Castle Street project which will improve access to the port and city centre. The development consent order application for the project will be submitted later this month ahead of work starting in 2020.The upgrade is part of the government’s £15 billion roads investment strategy, which is transforming the road network and improving connections between cities.More details about the scheme are available on the scheme webpage and updates will be provided via Twitter using #a63hullpqbridgeGeneral enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. The bridge is being part-funded with a £4 million contribution awarded to Hull City Council by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.The £6m improvements to the roundabout are being funded as part of a nationwide £220m Congestion Relief Fund which was announced by the Government last year to help tackle congestion at key locations.To prepare for work starting on the bridge, Hull’s historic Spurn Lightship will be moved by local marine specialists this week. It will then be moved to its permanent home on the Marina once the bridge has been built.Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said:last_img read more

Press release: Interim report 01/2018: Loss of speed restrictions on the Cambrian line

first_imgIR012018_181018_Cambrian_TSRs PDF, 661KB, 13 pages RAIB has today released its interim report following the loss of speed restriction data to trains on the Cambrian line, 20 October 2017.We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation.Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.You can subscribe to automated emails notifying you when we publish our reports.last_img

Press release: Colleges benefit from multi-million fund to drive up standards

first_img All of the projects will be delivered over a 10 month period but are designed to have a lasting impact on the social and academic norms of the college. From a student’s perspective this will include significantly extended opening hours for study, an increase in academic mentoring, the opportunity to visit and network with students in outstanding settings else in the country and the chance to work towards status as a Monoux “leader of learning”. From a staff perspective this will include the chance for us to access our Monoux Teacher training suite online, more expert-led training and increased opportunities for co-teaching. We’ve seen some great success stories as a result of the programme. It’s excellent news that colleges are making progress. Many colleges are intending to continue working together beyond the programme’s end, which can only be for the good of students. We originally applied for the SCIF bid in November 2017 as although we had made significant progress in English and mathematics provision over a three year period, with the introduction of the new grading system we saw an opportunity to continue this trajectory by working with other providers to share and implement good practice from the sector. The SCIF has been the first of its kind across the sector with a real emphasis on quality improvement. Many colleges involved have reported that through the SCIF they have been able to tackle key issues such as improving attendance, improving their provision for apprenticeships or working on getting consistency in teaching standards across all curriculum areas. Having the resources available to drill down and concentrate on very practical issues has been of great value to teachers and curriculum managers. The SCIF has been a welcome and important opportunity for colleges to work together to raise standards in the sector. I am sure that many of the relationships established through SCIF activities will be sustained for years to come and students will benefit well beyond the end of this programme. We hope that the government will soon be launching SCIF 2! SCIF programme funding has transformed the way that many colleges have delivered their CPD [continuous professional development] programmes. In particular there has been much direct link up with between teachers and colleges that they have identified as their improvement partner. Experiences of how others go about tackling practical teaching challenges have been identified as of the greatest value to those working with students in the classroom. A further 17 colleges been awarded funding totalling £2.5 million from the third and final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF), Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today (Thursday 6 June).Colleges including Northampton College and Cheshire College South & West have been successful in their bid for funding from the final application round. They will now partner up with a high performing college to share their knowledge and expertise to help tackle issues – such as raising the standard of teaching or boosting learner attendanceThe results of the final application round come as a new report is published today reveals that the SCIF has been widely welcomed by the sector. Colleges reported a number of positive benefits including how the programme has helped boost attendance rates, as well as the quality of teaching and learning and supported college-wide improvements in culture and leadership. The report also underlines the strong support for the collaborative working approaches, with many college partnerships pledging to continue this work even though the programme has come to an end.Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said: Our SCIF bid will focus on ‘Raising the Bar through a Coaching and Growth Mindset – Engagement and Appropriate Intervention for English & Maths and Access to HE Learners’. We are now delighted to be embarking upon a journey towards becoming outstanding and feel that this bid will support us in this aim.’’ Almost three quarters of eligible colleges applied for the fund and 91% of applicants were successful in securing funding ranging from £60,000 to £500,000.The fund has played an important role alongside the Government’s National Leaders of Further Education (NLFEs) programme which also aims to share best practice and boost standards throughout the further education sector, giving more people the opportunity to access high quality education and training.For more information on the SCIF, visit here Our application for Strategic College Improvement Funding has enabled us to construct a cohesive set of projects that will extend the scope of what we were already doing but also allow some new initiatives to take shape which we simply did not have the resources to start.center_img Our first application was supported by a visit from the SCIF team who advised us as to how we could make improvements to the bid. Unfortunately, in that round we were unsuccessful. However we decided to apply again, as although by this time we had been through a successful Ofsted inspection, we felt that a resubmission could still support us. We reapplied in July 2018, again we were supported well by the SCIF team with the stage 2 application. Deputy Further Education Commissioner, SCIF Lead, Teresa Kelly: The SCIF programme has been very well received by the sector and in particular colleges like that the focus of the programme is about improving quality with the support of another college The fund will have supported 80 colleges in total to drive up standards and help to make sure all students get the best education and training possible. The SCIF was first launched in October 2017. In total 80 colleges across England have been successful in securing funding totalling £12.3 million. This includes Macclesfield College and Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College in London have been successful in securing funding from the fund.Andrea Murphy, Vice Principal, Macclesfield College said: I’m pleased to announce the colleges that have been successful in securing funding from the third and final round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund. David Vasse, Principal, Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College said: Bill Watkin, Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association:last_img read more

Transparency data: NHS test and trace statistics (England): 25 June to 1 July 2020

first_img people transferred to the contact-tracing system, and the time taken for them to be reached close contacts identified for complex and non-complex cases, and the time taken for them to be reached For contact tracing, it includes: people tested for coronavirus people testing positive for coronavirus time taken for test results to become available The data reflects the first 5 weeks of operation of NHS Test and Trace.For testing, the data includes: This week we have also published historic data for the number of people tested before the launch of NHS Test and Trace.last_img

Sainsbury’s reports 4.3% sales growth

first_imgSainsbury’s has revealed its convenience store and online channels have helped to achieve a 4.3% increase in total sales in the last year. Revealed as part of its fourth quarter trading statement, for the 10 weeks to 16 March, the supermarket business saw like-for-like (LFL) sales increase by 3.6% and total sales experience a 6.3% lift, both excluding fuel. For the full year, LFLs rose by 1.8% while total sales rise by 4.3%, both excluding fuel.Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said: “We have delivered strong sales in the fourth quarter, increasing market share and outperforming in what remains a tough retail environment. Over the quarter, we grew customer transactions to 22.9 million per week, serving more customers than ever. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day were both particularly strong this year, and we closed the quarter with a very successful Red Nose Day, presenting a record cheque for £10.5m on behalf of customers and colleagues.”Sainsbury’s convenience store business, Sainsbury’s Local, also saw a positive growth rate of 18% year-on-year (YOY), which the firm said was driven by a combination of new space and LFL sales growth. Its online channel helped to increase sales by almost 20% YOYKing added that the Sainsbury’s own-brand range of products, called By Sainsbury’s, performed well, experiencing a 9% YOY growth. Weekly customer transactions also increased by more than 800,000 YOY, which the company said was despite the heavy snow experienced during the 16-week trading period.During the 16 weeks, Sainsbury’s opened three new supermarkets and 19 new convenience stores, which added to the overall year total of store openings of 14 supermarkets and 87 convenience stores. The firm said this was approximately a 5% increase in space in line with its target.Looking ahead, King said: “We expect the challenging economic environment to continue through the coming year. By helping our customers to Live Well for Less through our ongoing commitment to great quality own-brand products, Brand Match, competitive pricing and targeted promotions via Nectar and coupon-at-till, we are well positioned to continue to outperform the market.”last_img read more

Bakery business survey now live

first_imgBritish Baker needs you! We want to build one of the most comprehensive pictures of bakery trade in 2013 and are calling on you – our loyal readers and users.Our Bakery Business Survey will only take a few minutes of your time, but by taking part you will be helping to gain an insight into the health of the high street and other aspects impacting bakery.To give your views on the state of the retail baking industry in 2013 see: Thank you in advance for your time.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “A lot of the media lately around the high street has been largely negative. But I visit businesses up and down the country that are performing well.“For this reason, British Baker wants to gauge how well the retail side of bakery is doing. We hope the Bakery Business Survey will be a barometer of trade in 2013.”The Craft Bakers’ Association will also shortly be sending out the survey to its members.last_img read more

Morrisons sees shares rise amid buyout rumours

first_imgMorrisons shares have risen 5% following announcements that the founding family is contemplating taking the company private, it has been reported.According to Bloomberg, the family, which owns around 10% of the chain, has contacted private equity funds CVC Capital Partners Ltd, Apax Partners LLP and Carylye Group LP.The report, which valued a buyout of Morrisons at around £7bn, said the family had been unable to find a buyer following slow sales growth.Figures published by Kantar Worldpanel yesterday revealed Morrisons’ sales had fallen by 2.5% for the three months ending 2 February.See the full story here.last_img

EAT to focus on central London in new drive for sites

first_imgHigh street sandwich and coffee chain EAT will open 10 central London stores between January and July next year following a major rebrand. The rebrand has focused on EAT’s retail appearance, including store look and branding.Since the refurbishment programme started 18 months ago 75% of shops have been upgraded, with all remaining to be completed by year-end. Figures show a result of like-for-likes up 10% since and a further £12m has been put forward by independent private investment company Ardian to fund the 10 new sites next year and further new openings in the company’s new financial year from July. Sites have yet to be confirmed.London focusFrom July the brand plans to open 30 new sites a year, focusing on London, cities where it already has a presence such as Manchester and Birmingham, as well as regions where it has yet to make its mark, such as Bristol and Leeds. Of 113 shops, 90 are in and around the M25 bubble.Sarah Doyle, brand director, told British Baker: “We’re aware that we are under-represented in central London and it is a strong urban market.“We have to smash it with these first 10 and I know we’ll do that in London because the brand is well-known.“We are going for sites that are big enough to take seating – around 1,500sq ft as it is not just about food to go.” Around 80% of customers choose not to sit and eat, but part of the rebranding effort has been to make stores inviting and encourage people to stay to eat.Doyle confirmed that transport hubs will be a target for new sites and the company will bid as opportunities come up. It has paired with advertising agency Brave for the first time to improve its communications with customers and is also focusing on sampling and social media to drive awareness.Sales mixHot food such as soup, pies and the hot pots launched two years ago, is seeing the biggest growth for the brand, accounting for 15% of total sales value in the year to date, displaying 10% growth. Cold food such as sandwiches and salads accounts for 40% and is in 6% growth; breakfast items including porridge, bacon rolls and pastries account for 10% and is in 4% growth; and hot drinks account for 15% and are in 15% growth.Doyle has noted a switch among customers to salads, which are in 40% year-on-year growth, albeit from a lower base.last_img read more

Swapping guns for buns: Stallone meets Warburtons

first_imgHollywood movie star Sylvester Stallone starred in Warburtons’ multi-million pound advert this weekend, for the new campaign ‘The Deliverers’.The campaign highlights the company’s delivery of over £2m loaves of fresh bread to over 16,000 stores each day – starring Stallone and inspired by his films Rocky and The Expendables.The campaign is also supported by print and social media, as well as outdoor activity and is being promoted with the hashtag #TheDeliverers. In the advert, Stallone plays a baker and delivery driver – starring alongside Warburtons’ real-life delivery drivers and bakers.  It was filmed at the company’s central bakery in Bolton, where the A-lister is filmed within the bakery watching the products get baked.Chairman Jonathan Warburton said: “We are the biggest baker in the UK to deliver fresh bread every day. Our team of bakers and delivery drivers work around the clock, 362 days a year, to get fresh bread into the nation’s supermarkets all year round.”“Sylvester Stallone is famous for characters that have determination and a will to never give-up, just like our army of delivery drivers. Sylvester was a natural behind the wheel of the Warburtons trucks, although we did need to remind him to get in the right-hand side of the cab. I’ve let him know that if he ever fancies a change of career, there will be job delivering fresh bread waiting for him.”The 110-second advert was aired in a one-off ‘ITV Presents’ slot in the first ad break of Britain’s Got Talent.Commenting on the advert, Stallone said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Bolton and particularly loved spending time in the bakery. Maybe I should have stopped beating up bad guys a long time ago and gone into baking instead.”Warburtons is the wrapped bakery market leader, with a 26.4% value share of wrapped bakery according to Nielsen (total coverage value and unit sales, 52 w/e 28.02.15).The ad was directed by Declan Lowney through Another Film Company. The full advert is available on the Warburtons Youtube channel.last_img read more

Marriage’s calls for bakers to get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week

first_imgHannah Marriage of Marriage’s Millers has told bakers why they should get involved in Craft Bakers’ Week (CBW).Organised by the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) and Scottish Bakers, the week aims to raise awareness about craft baking, and is now in its seventh year.Marriage told the CBA: “Whether you’re a small independent bakery or larger chain it’s a great way to increase sales, get more people into your store and support the great work of the charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.”Bakers can download material from the CBW website, and will receive free POS material closer to the week.During the week, bakers will also be encouraged to organise tastings, promotions, competitions and fundraising activities for the partner charity Make-A-Wish.So far Greenhalgh’s Bakery, Warrens Bakery and Slattery, among other bakeries, have signed up to the week, which runs from 28 September to 3 October.See what Hannah Marriage had to say about the week by watching the video below:last_img read more