Ainsleys grows delivery fleet

first_imgLeeds-based bakery chain Ainsleys’ delivery service has grown from a single van a year ago to a fleet of 10 this month and has recorded turnover of £1.5 million, according to sales and marketing director James Ainsley.He told British Baker that the Ainsley Delivers vans had been “very successful” and profitable because they involved low overheads and offered flexibility while the high street is having “a tough time”.He said the company had been forced to close its store in Selby because of a dramatic reduction in footfall in the North Yorkshire market town following the closure of coal mines. “When we opened in Selby seven years ago it was a very vibrant town with good footfall but with the pits gone the footfall has been reduced,” he added.The company faced competition in the town from Greggs, Cooplands, Thomas the Baker and subway as well as “a host of cafes”. Running the Selby store in Gowthorpe had also entailed high distribution and management costs.Ainsley said that while the company had no immediate plans for further retail outlets it remained “constantly on the look out for other units”. He said Ainsleys, which already supplies some of the major multiples, would also continue to explore further wholesale opportunities.last_img read more

Gold Coast cottage sells after almost 50 years in one family

first_img45 Milton Ave, Paradise Point. 45 Milton Ave, Paradise Point.Mr Hill said it was a “great price” for the street.“The property two doors down sold six weeks ago for $630,000,” he said.The highest price paid on the street was $795,000 in 2017 for a luxury villa at No. 54. 45 Milton Ave, Paradise Point sold for $682,000.STEP back to the 1970s in this Paradise Point cottage.The three-bedroom cottage on a 506sq m block on Milton Ave sold under the hammer for $682,000.“ It was one of the first houses on the street,” Ray White Sovereign Islands agent Matt Hill said. Walking distance to the Broadwater and cafes and restaurants.“The family built the house and grew up there. “The two sons moved back to Brisbane while the mother stayed on in the house until she passed away.”The property, complete with wallpaper, an original kitchen and Hills hoist clothesline, went to auction last weekend.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt attracted a small crowd keen to see what life was like almost 50 years ago. Everything is in original condition.“We had 11 registered bidders and the property sold for five per cent above the reserve price so it was a great result,” he said.“A local buyer bought ended up buying it.“He is a builder but will actually have family living in there for the time being. “It won’t be knocked down for some time.”last_img read more

Brexit benefit Lower pound boosts tourism to Britain

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 20, 2017 Share LONDON — Many British businesses have become cautious as they try to gauge the impact of the country’s 2019 departure from the European Union. But there’s one industry that has so far clearly reaped a windfall from the Brexit decision – local tourism.The sharp fall in the value of the British pound since last year’s Brexit vote – it’s down around 15% against a range of currencies – has made the country, which has been widely considered one of the more expensive places to visit, better value for money.That means the pound in a tourist’s pocket now goes further in what travel experts Euromonitor International say is the world’s 8th most popular destination for overseas visitors in terms of revenue.“It’s been quite positive from European countries and from the U.S., all over,” said Jo Bachelor, head of sales at Encore Tickets, which sells one in five tickets in London’s West End, 45 per cent of which are to overseas visitors.Overall, she said, the firm’s international sales for shows like “The Lion King,” ”Wicked“ and ”The Phantom of the Opera“ are 8% ahead of budget, and would have been higher were it not for security concerns raised by the terror attacks in London, which weighed particularly on travellers from Japan and school trips from Europe.Encore’s performance this year is illustrative of what is going on in British travel and tourism – a Brexit bounce.Official figures released Friday showed overseas residents made 3.9 million visits to Britain in August, up 5 per cent on a year earlier. They also spent 2.8 billion pounds, up 3%. So far in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics, visitor numbers have risen 8% to 27.1 million while tourist earnings have swelled 10 per cent to 16.4 billion pounds.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe lower pound should be a boon to exporters, but not all sectors are enjoying the same rewards, partly because many firms, particularly those in manufacturing, have seen their costs rise as imported goods like energy have become more expensive because of the currency’s fall. Many firms have also been reluctant to invest in their businesses amid the Brexit uncertainty.As a result, the wider British economy has slowed. Before the June 2016 Brexit vote, the British economy was one of the fastest-growing major economies. Now it’s one of the slowest and most forecasters expect tepid growth for as long as uncertainty surrounds Britain’s future economic relationship with the EU, its main trading partner.Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019 but many businesses, particularly in the finance sector, have warned that they could start putting plans to relocate into Europe into action early next year if no progress in the Brexit talks is seen. Thousands of jobs are predicted to be leaving London for other cities on the continent.The British travel and tourism sector does not operate in a bubble. It, too, is nervously awaiting the outcome of the Brexit discussions.In the event of a “no deal” scenario, in which Britain crashes out of the EU and puts up restrictions on goods, services and people coming into the country, the sector would not be immune. The implications of “no deal” would likely be felt far and wide in the travel and tourism sector, not least in Spain, the No. 1 destination for Britons, as well as Ireland, the only EU country that the U.K. shares a land border with.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedRoxanne Keeney, operations and business development at sports ticketing agency Champions Travel, said any Brexit scenario that sees customs barriers and other restrictions going up, could have “a really detrimental impact” on the firm. Champions Travel, which sells tickets for Premier League soccer matches primarily to European customers, operates out of Donegal in northwest Ireland, on the border with Northern Ireland.“It could be a whole lot more difficult for people to travel easily into Britain using our packages,” she said.While the lower pound has been a boon to inbound tourism, there are signs it’s weighed on travel abroad by making holidays more expensive for the British. That matters as the British are the fourth-largest spending nation on travel abroad, according to Euromonitor.According to the statistics agency, the number of Britons travelling abroad during August, the top month for families to go abroad, fell 3 per cent on the year before to 8.9 million.The picture is not so clear-cut though as British residents spent 6.2 billion pounds on their visits abroad, up 1 per cent on a year ago. And overall in 2017, the figures suggest the British are reluctant to give up on their treasured time abroad. The number going overseas so far is up 3 per cent to just under 50 million and they spent nearly 31 billion pounds, or 5 per cent more than the year before.The British, according to Nick Longman, managing director of U.K. and Ireland operations at TUI, the world’s biggest travel firm, still view holidays as an “absolute must.” By: Pan PylasSource: The Associated Press Tags: Britain & Europe, Trend Watch Brexit benefit: Lower pound boosts tourism to Britainlast_img read more