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Bakers Waste Services plan to expand

Bakers WasteEnderby based waste collection and recycling business, Bakers Waste Services, says it plans to expand further following acquisition of Kirby Muxloe business, Berridge Waste Paper.

Bakers Waste specialises in confidential to general waste recycling and undertakes up to 1,400 waste collection jobs every day across the Midlands area.

Berridge is said to have 13 staff turning around £2 million of business a year and the acquisition raises Bakers’ combined staff level to around 100 and will help the Enderby business expand into cardboard and paper recycling.

Bakers has processing facilities in Enderby and Northants and has recently taken delivery of a £140,000 materials handler.

The new enlarged business has 45 vehicles with another six new trucks on order.

Enderby brewer doubles its profits in 2015.

Everard MeadowsAccounts filed at Companies House by Enderby based brewer, Everards, show a rise in pre-tax profits to £3.2 million for the year to September 30th, up from £1.7 million in 2014.

The Leicester Mercury reports the company as saying the results reflected

“strong trading performance in all parts of the business and effective management of costs”.

Turnover was up slightly to £31.6 million.

The brewer, located next to Fosse Park, said healthy trading across its 176 pubs meant sales of beer to licensees frothed 5.1 per cent.

Managing director Stephen Gould said:

“The financial year was strong. It certainly exceeded our expectations.”

He said the sales performance in the year was driven by two major factors.

Mr Gould said:

“Firstly, the vast majority of our pubs were fully let, with an average vacancy rate of four out of 176 pubs throughout the year. That stability means we’re able to work with our licensees to invest in the pubs so that Everards pubs are competing in their local communities.

“So it is a combination of stability and investment that has produced the results you see today.”

He added that like-for-like income from the pub estate grew 3.2 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous year.

Everards, maker of Tiger, Beacon and Original ales, brewed 45,000 barrels of beer last year, up 3.7 per cent on the prior year.

Sales to the pub estate of Tiger Best Bitter, Everards’ leading beer brand, rose 2 per cent last year.

Historically, Everards has grown its pub estate by four or five pubs a year, although last year it acquired just one – The Holly Bush, in Alcester, Warwickshire.

Instead, the emphasis in 2015 was on improving its existing pubs portfolio.

The company refurbished 17 pubs last year, spending an average of £81,000 on each project.

Mr Gould said:

“One of the reasons we have been investing so heavily in the estate is that customers are looking for individuality, provenance and authenticity.

“Pubs that deliver the right experience outperform the market, so we have to invest and support our licensees to do that.

“Over the past 18 months we’ve been reducing the Everards branding so that the pubs are not presented as “the brewery pub”, but with the individual licensee’s personality coming through.

“This is a very important theme in a crowded market.”

Almost half the beer Everards brewed in 2015 was for other companies, as the company sought to maximise sales from its Castle Acres site in Everard Way.

Relocation, and the development of ‘Everards Meadows’

Everards plans to reduce its reliance on third party customers when it relocates its brewery to a new site called Everards Meadows, on land between Soar Valley Way and the county police headquarters at Enderby. (Artist impression at top of news item)

Enderby Parish Council has been consulted with regard to the development proposals and Blaby District Council is currently considering two detailed planning applications, one for the development of Everards Meadows which will include a new Everards office, brewery, innovation centre and tasting rooms, as well as a cafe bar, a restaurant and cycle centre.

The other application is for its brewery site at Castle Acres and has been submitted in conjunction with retail giant Next and the Crown Estate, joint owner of Fosse Park.

The application includes plans for 26 shops, restaurants and cafes, and a big Next store.

It is anticipated that both applications will be determined shortly and Mr Gould said the relocation plans continue to “progress well”.

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Meet, eat and greet at ninth Business Breakfast event

Business BreakfastBusinesses in the Blaby District and Leicestershire are being invited to a free breakfast meeting next month to share ideas for boosting the local economy.

The networking event will be the ninth that the council has run over the last two years, with business news from Blaby District Council and partner organisations.

The Business Breakfast event will be held on Tuesday 1 March 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Junction 21 Approach, Leicester LE19 1WQ.

Beginning at 7:45am with a free breakfast on arrival, representatives from the council will present the latest business news.

There will also be a presentation on cyber crime, and how businesses can best protect themselves against one of the biggest new threats to business.

The ever-popular speed networking session will also take place, giving businesses the chance to get to know other organisations quickly.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning and Economic Development at Blaby District Council, said:

“We’re proud to offer the business breakfast and showcase the support available from the council and partner organisations to help local businesses achieve strong growth.

“The fact this is our ninth event emphasises that these are excellent networking opportunities, with businesses telling us how valuable attending has been.”

Places are limited so businesses/Individuals are being urged to book early by contacting A.k Khan, Planning Policy and Economic Development Officer, on 0116 272 7765, or email

Grove Farm Restaurant re-opens following salmonella investigation

20151219_151054Local Enderby restaurant, the Grove Farm, which closed before Christmas cancelling all bookings over the festive period has just re-opened.

Local media reports that the establishment says it has re-opened after “intensive cleaning” and a variety of tests including a “negative result” for salmonella.

Amy Robertson, manager of the Greene King pub is reported as telling the Leicester Mercury:

“We are pleased to say that after extensive testing Grove Farm has now fully reopened and all test results have been found to be negative for salmonella.

“The safety of our customers is our top priority.

“Over the past couple of weeks, working with Environmental Health and Public Health England, all areas of the pub, including our kitchen, have been intensively cleaned and sanitised.

“We would like to stress that at no point were our food safety and kitchen hygiene standards called into question and extensive testing proved our food is safe. All of our food handlers – from kitchen porters to chefs – must be qualified to the level two Food Hygiene Certificate before being allowed to work in our kitchens and we are proud of our extremely strict hygiene regime.”

Ms Robertson told the newspaper that with the “full backing of Environmental Health, as well as one of the country’s leading experts in food safety and hygiene”, the venue was “able to reassure customers they can once again eat with confidence with us”.

The pub, in Barton Close, Enderby, was voluntarily shut by its owners Greene King in the middle of December while an investigation was carried out by Public Health England.

The health watchdog said it became aware of a potential problem at the venue in April, after several people went to their GPs with stomach bugs and were found to have salmonella poisoning.

Public Health England said some of those affected were diners at Grove Farm, but was unable to confirm how many.

A spokesman for Grove Farm said the restaurant was given a deep clean in the summer, but the disease resurfaced recently, with more people falling ill.

Ms Robertson said:

“We would like to sincerely apologise to any customers whose plans were disrupted by this unexpected closure and hope we can now welcome them back to the pub.”

A spokesman for Blaby District Council, whose environmental health officers carried out the tests at Grove Farm, said:

“We are happy for them to reopen at this stage.

“Environmental swabs came back as satisfactory.

“They’re reopening with our support.”

Source: Leicester Mercury

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Next blames warm weather for ‘disappointing’ sales

next shop frontHigh Street retailer Next, which has its headquarters in Enderby, has blamed the warm weather in the final few weeks of last year for a “disappointing” trading performance in the run-up to Christmas.

A news item on the BBC website reports the company also said trading at its Next Directory online and catalogue operation had been difficult, due in part to poor stock availability.

Between 26 October and 24 December, sales at its High Street shops fell 0.5%, but rose 2% at the Directory arm.

Next, whose shares closed down 4.6%, lowered its full-year profit estimate.

The company, which has more than 500 stores, says it now expects annual pre-tax profits to be about £817m. This is at the lower end of its previous guidance issued in October, when it predicted profits of between £810m and £845m.

The retailer, which did not take part in some of the heavy discounting sales events at the end of last year, said in a statement:

“We believe that the disappointing performance in the fourth quarter was mainly down to the unusually warm weather in November and December.”

The statement also pointed to “mistakes and challenges” faced by the business.

“Specifically, we believe that Next Directory’s disappointing sales were compounded by poor stock availability from October onwards.”

In addition, Next said that online retailing was becoming tougher as competition intensified.
Nevertheless, the company said full-price sales for the year-to-date were 3.7% ahead of last year, just below the bottom end of Next’s previous guidance of a 4%-6% rise.

Tough market
Analysts said the figures, the first winter trading update from one of the big retailers, suggested other High Street firms may have struggled.

Neil Saunders, from retail analysts Conlumino, tweeted:

“Next’s lacklustre results do not bode well for the rest of the High Street; warm weather was the main source of its woes.”

Maureen Hinton from retail consultancy Verdict told the BBC that the results indicated a “very tough” market.

However, Phil Dorrell, a director at Retail Remedy, told the BBC that the figures were “pretty positive” for Next.

He told BBC 5 live that after other retailers have released their Christmas sales figures, the view could be: “Wow, Next did really well.”

The BBC also reported Mr. Dorrell also said he expects other high street giants like Marks and Spencer to report a decline in sales for the Christmas period when figures are released later this week


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