Thermal development

first_imgBowmans Milling (Hitchin, Herts), with a group turnover in excess of £40m, delivers flour throughout the UK and Europe.The Hertfordshire-based firm, with a second site in Yorkshire, pioneered the thermal treatment of flour in 1963. It now boasts a product line-up that includes flours for bread and morning goods, an extensive range of cake flours, which can be used across all cake applications, and specialist flours for the wider food industry.All Bowmans customers benefit from on-site technical advice and support for all its flours, says the firm. And the company continues to invest in plant and people.last_img

International activity

first_imgA university, in North Carolina has conducted a study to prove that a diet high in wholegrain foods, such as wholegrain bakery products, is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardio-vascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.The analysis was conducted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In a statement, Philip Mellen, lead author and an assistant professor of internal medicine, said: “Consuming an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is associated with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to consuming only 0.2 servings.”The findings are based on an analysis of seven studies involving more than 285,000 people, conducted between 1966 and April 2006. Despite evidence that whole grains have clear health benefits, intake remains low, said the university. Recommended whole grain intake in America, defined in Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is 48g.The study showed that greater wholegrain intake is associated with less obesity, decreased chance of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.A grain is considered whole when it has all three parts – bran, germ and endosperm. The bran is high in fibre and B vitamins. The endosperm contains starch, protein and some vitamins and minerals. The germ contains B vitamins, some healthy protein, minerals and healthy oil. Whole grains are also a good source of vitamin E, magnesium and iron, as well as other antioxidants, which are found in both the germ and the bran of a grain.last_img read more

Sandwich show

first_imgThe Great Yorkshire Sandwich, Snack and Mobile Show will take place on 21 and 22 May at Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley. Aimed specifically at the ’grab and go’ sector, the show has over 40 stands.Exhibitors include savoury suppliers, sandwich filling producers, business insurance specialists, catering equipment and delivery vehicle manufacturers, coffee suppliers and chilled drinks suppliers.Organisers CooperWhite said the show offers bakers a chance to check out new lines for the summer season.last_img

Interest and innovation

first_imgThere were sparkles to make cupcakes shimmer, hand-raised pork pie demos for purists, ovens with small footprints and big clear programming panels, plus a Smart car for smart buyers of a smart new dough processing line. And the latest craze? Let’s hear it for whoopie cakes! Yes, BIE had plenty to interest and entertain, so in the following pages we start to look at some of the new launches and speak to the people behind them. Ireks brings corn bread to UK bakers Ireks launched a different-looking corn bread mix, pale yellow in colour. “It’s difficult to promote to bakers, because they don’t know about it,” said Ireks’ Maurice van Tongeren, “but it is becoming very popular on the Continent. “For this reason the mix comes with a full point-of-sale kit and sampling recommendations. It is an alternative to wheat, pale yellow in colour and very nutritious. It contains magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc. It has a small amount of spice and is coated with sunflower seeds,” said van Tongeren.With a 12.5kg mix, bakers receive 50 bread bags, with printed information, so that consumers can learn about the corn bread, making it a talking point. They also receive mobiles, shelf wobblers, window stripes plus advice on how to display the corn bread. Included in the pack is a ’Try Me’ card, talking about its health properties and enticing custo-mers to ’Try the pure gold loaf with sunflower seeds’.Van Tongeren added: “It also comes with 10kg of corn pieces that are an optional choice.”The bread itself is moist, with a good crust, not chewy but soft, providing a good eating sensation.Ireks also showed its mini macaroon mix, which catches the craze for mini strawberry, chocolate and pistachio-coloured macaroons. These were going down very well with visiting bakers and were not too sweet. Ireks’ new Artisan Roll concentrate can make three different products: hard, medium or soft crust, providing consumers with a choice. Unifine adds whoopie pies to selection Unifine unveiled a whole host of new products on its stand at BIE as it focused on the themes of glamour and innovation. Being demonstrated at the show were a range of different ingredients, including gold and silver sauces, gels, sugar inclusions and sprinkles. In line with its theme of innovation, Unifine has developed a new slant on a cupcake, whereby the paper case has been replaced with a chocolate cup. There were several other new products on display, including a range of macaroon products from Odense for example Souffle Macaroons and Macaroon Meringue Roche, which have been developed by Unifine’s chef patissier Graham Dunton. The firm was also promoting a new Florentine recipe, featuring ingredients such as cranberries and sesame seeds, and launched its own version of the popular new American bakery craze, whoopie cakes, which are comprised of two moist cakes sandwiched with a filling of flavoured mousse cream and then decorated (below). LOYALTY FACTOR Costa Coffee has more than doubled its number of outlets to over 1,000 since 2007, and Malcolm Heslop, general manager for travel outlets, told visitors how customer service and transaction times are key to growing a business.”Of all the reasons that we can lose a customer, research shows us that 70% is down to the service that people receive if they don’t feel valued by the person serving them, they don’t have a reason to be loyal.”So what do we do about it? Anyone who works for Costa will start to recognise that, to get people coming back, it’s about three things for us: a great cup of coffee; speed of service; and the right kind of behaviour a smile.”There are three key touch points. Firstly, you have to get across a genuine greeting. Next, if there’s a new breakfast pastry, do team members know about it, what it tastes like, and have they got the ability to sell it? Are they selling-up (drink size), and are they selling-on (an incremental product)?”Speed is key. People want to grab-and-go. We’ve timed it: One person would be able to serve 37 drinks an hour in conjuction with the transaction and serving food. Put an extra person on and it more than doubles. One example is six orders took 20 minutes with one person; with two people, it was down to eight minutes. It might seem like you’re saving labour, but it’s a false economy. Get the right number of people on to maximise the opportunity.” Tom Chandley takes control Tom Chandley’s Eric and (pictured) Martin Dyson demonstrated a new controller panel for the firm’s rack, deck and convection ovens. Describing the new panel, Eric said: “It’s very visual, even from a distance. By glancing at it, you can see the position the bake is in. “Red means the oven is getting to temperature, green means it is ready to go, when products are baking it turns to yellow. It is easy to programme and programmes can be stored.” But Eric emphasises that it also saves money: “It turns the ovens off if not used for a predetermined time, say 20 minutes, but as it is solidly built, it will hold temperatures.”It can save supermarkets over 45% of their running costs, because the controller looks for power from idling decks.” On the ovens front, the Bakefresh oven, manufactured by Tom Chandley, takes par-baked rolls: frozen, ambient or chilled. Eric showed how the operator deposits a box or container full of part-baked products into a hopper, then a belt takes them on to a lifting mechanism, which goes into the oven.”After baking, the rolls fall into a display box fully baked and are ready to sell. When product levels drop below the sensor, it automatically calls for more products,” said Eric. “This keeps up the smell of warm bread, while helping to control production and avoid wastage.” Mono unveils energy-saving ovens Bakery equipment manufacturer and supplier Mono had a number of new machines on display at BIE. Following two years of development work, the firm has launched its BX Eco-touch range of convection ovens. Technical and sales manager Chris Huish told British Baker that an oven costs the most to run at between zero to 100C. He said that keeping these new ovens in sleep mode at a set temperature, reduces energy consumption by up to 66%.The ovens have an auto shutdown function which prevents them using power when left on by mistake. It is USB-programmable and features overlapped, foil-fronted solid slab insulation for more efficient heat retention. The ovens are available in two-tray, four- to five-tray and 10-tray formats.The ovens all have LED oven chamber bulbs which use 88% less electricity and last up to 25,000 hours. Other new features include a favourites menu, a multi-bake facility, allowing four separate bake cycles to run simultaneously, and a seven-day timer to provide automatic control.Mono’s other big launch was a table-top confectionery depositor. It has a travelling hopper system, which removes the need for a conveyor belt. “Instead of the tray moving, the hopper moves,” explained Huish. This enables trays to be loaded and unloaded in the most ergonomically efficient way directly from the front of the machine. It can be used for a whole range of products, including eclairs, cupcakes, profiteroles, meringues, Genoese, Swiss rolls, biscuits and cookies. The depositor requires less than 1m2 to operate and is available in two sizes 400mm x 600mm and 500mm x 762mm. The machine is pre-programmed with 14 different languages and can store up to 96 programmes for quick product recall. birds’ eye view Retail and sales manager of Birds of Derby Mike Holling gave a talk in The Theatre on ’Marketing Opportunities with Craft Bakers’ Week 2010’, as well as general tips for running a successful business. He spoke of the importance of investing in product display to ensure they catch your customers’ eyes. He said bakers need to ask themselves a number of questions, such as: are the bakery counters merchandised correctly? Is the external appearance of the shop in good order? And is the shop fully stocked? Holling emphasised the need to make sure that point-of-sale material is up to date, ensuring your staff have good product knowledge and reminding them that “they hold the reputation of the company in their hands”.Speaking in his role as chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB), Holling said: “We’ve had lots of interest so far, and some encouraging leads. It’s not just about new members, but also about meeting with existing ones and seeing what else they need from us.” He also said there had been a lot of interest in National Craft Bakers’ Week, which the NAMB was promoting on its stand, with aprons, featuring the logo, available to buy. KernPack goes with the flow KernPack unveiled its latest flow-wrapping solution at the Baking Industry Exhibition. The new high speed flow-wrapper Tecnopack FP110 can produce up to 1,000 packs a minute. It is being targeted at the confectio-nery and biscuit industry, said national sales manager, Tony Bradley, and is designed to go into the larger industrial bakeries. The firm, which invited visitors to pre-register for the chance to have a VIP preview of the new equipment, was also promoting the new Tecnopack FP015-Evo, an entry-level flow-wrapper aimed at smaller bakery operations. Bradley said it would suit businesses making the move from manual wrapping to an automated system. RedBlack’s rental offer RedBlack Software launched a new pay-as-you-go version of its CyBake business management software for bakers, called CyBake Core. Aimed at smaller bakery operations, the software is available for £125 a month on a rental contract basis.The core functions of the new software include sales order processing, recipe costing and credit control.”If a smaller baker expands or needs some of CyBake’s more advanced functions, then CyBake Core can be upgraded to their requirements by our technicians,” explained MD Jane Tyler.CyBake Core comes with a single-user contract, and the package including set-up and training, costs £3,500 or £125 a month for a three-year contract. Decorative sparkles Magic Sparkles cake decorations caught many people’s attention. The sparkles come in a huge choice of colours and different size fragments and are completely edible and cuttable. As the name suggests, they are designed to add glitter and glamour to cupcakes, celebration cakes and all types of toppings. Acting on impulse Eurowire Containers launched a point-of-display unit for bakers to show their fresh items in front of the till, alongside snacking products, to improve impulse purchasing. “We can do it to any specification that the customer wants and to any colour to blend in. We can also do dump bins and shelving systems,” said the firm’s Baz Maan. The firm handles 7,000 products, from dishwashers to clothing, linen, storage containers, cutlery everything for day-to-day use in a bakery or café. Dawn shows off product variety Dawn Foods displayed its new frozen ready-to-finish cupcake bases on its stand at Food & Drink Expo co-located with BIE. National account manager Andy Anderson said it was the first showing of this product at an exhibition and it attracted a lot of interest. Two options are available double chocolate in a brown paper case or plain sponge in a gold paper case. Dawn suggests finishing them with its range of frostings, available in vanilla, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, and a new flavour coffee. The firm also introduced a new range of standard tulip muffins at the show. Varieties included very berry with a raspberry filling, chocolate chip, double chocolate, skinny apricot and raspberry, lemon with lemon filling, blueberry, and apricot with apricot filling.Other recent product portfolio additions on the stand included its new range of ’add water only’ flavoured cake mixes, available in lemon, coffee, strawberry and toffee varieties.l Dawn also demonstrated its latest products at Bakery Live (pictured). Hierman Eikemper demonstrated the company’s donut mixes several times a day. Benier displays smart style Benier’s Flexismart oven contains two small rack ovens on top of a deck oven, with a prover below. MD David Marsh told British Baker: “It has been very well received by point-of-sale bakers, because of its versatility in a small footprint. Sveba Dahlen has designed the unit, so you can bake and sell in the same space or have it at the back of the shop.”The ovens feature high-grade insulation and can bake from scratch, giving an even bake, or they can be used for bake-off.”There are 18 racks in total six each in the rack ovens and six on the deck.Marsh added: “The 400×600 deck oven is a full stone-soled bread oven. Together with the under-prover I believe the combination is completely unique.” Elgar Foods gets its fill Elgar Foods, which specialises in making pie, cake, muffin and doughnut fillings plus cheesecake toppings, introduced nut-based mincemeats and fruit fillings. The firm numbers Brakes, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Greggs among its customers. Elgar’s Adam Day said: “Our high-quality fillings are cold-processed, using complex starch systems allowing the fruits to keep their natural goodness, colour and flavour.”New products include apricot filling, kitchen-style apple and rhubarb, plus minty raspberry and zingy strawberry.last_img read more

Aures shows terminal style

first_imgPoint-of-sale terminals and systems manufacturer Aures, unveiled its latest Epos terminals at the European EuroShop show, held in Germany earlier this month. The Odyssé II, launched under its Posligne brand, features a new set of colour clips in mocha, silver, cassis, iris and kiwi a choice to suit any shop design. The terminal base comes in pearl or graphite colours.The new Odyssé II has an even more powerful motherboard featuring an Intel Dual-Core E5300 processor). The terminals also include the HSD (Hardware Status Display) utility a new item providing an instant display of the key system data, including processor temperatures and power supply readings.last_img

South Bend man killed in motorcycle crash on Redfield Street

first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – June 25, 2020 0 722 Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Previous article14-year-old boy driving vehicle involved in motorcycle crash in South BendNext articleIndiana BMV branches to close for Independence Day Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (95.3 MNC) One person was killed in a motorcycle crash on Redfield Street.It happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at Carter Road.Two other vehicles were involved in the collision.The motorcyclist, Nicholas Allen Washburn, 25, of South Bend, was taken to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The other drivers were not hurt.Redfield was closed from Gumwood to Ironwood for the investigation. Pinterest South Bend man killed in motorcycle crash on Redfield Streetlast_img read more

South Bend Cubs to host watch part for ACC Championship game

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSports Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook South Bend Cubs to host watch part for ACC Championship game Google+ By 95.3 MNC – December 7, 2020 0 413 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Cubs) The South Bend Cubs will host a watch party at Four Winds Field for the ACC Championship Game with Notre Dame taking on Clemson.The South Bend Cubs released the following information about the watch party:The University of Notre Dame will make history on Saturday, Dec. 19, by playing in their first conference championship game. You can watch the Fighting Irish battle the Clemson Tigers on the video board at Four Winds Field as the South Bend Cubs host another VIP Football Watch Party inside the Pepsi Stadium Club. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.CLICK HERE FOR TICKETSLimited to just 50 people, this private event includes our all-you-can-eat Southern Style BBQ Buffet (smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, mac and cheese, Bush’s baked beans, northern style cornbread, coleslaw, and chocolate chip cookies) served by our staff. Your ticket also includes a South Bend Cubs hat and two drink vouchers good for soda or beer (for those 21 and older). Additional beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase. Food will be served from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tickets only are $30 and available for purchase at Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available day of the game. In addition to the game on the video board, the Pepsi Stadium Club features 12 flat screen TVs and a climate-controlled environment.This event will follow the State of Indiana’s guidelines and policies set by the CDC. Fans will be asked to keep at least six feet away from guests they do not know. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the stadium club.As part of Governor Holcomb’s executive order, fans are required to wear a face mask in public spaces (indoor and outdoor) when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. When individuals are standing in line for concessions, drinks, bathrooms, or where people will need to congregate, a mask must be worn. Exceptions to this rule are those with a medical condition that prevents them from safely wearing a mask and any child 2 and younger. Once individuals are back within their families or in their seats, they can remove the mask. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMichigan’s Secretary of State blasts protesters for loud gathering outside her homeNext articleICU at Goshen Hospital is full 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

News story: HS2’s gateway to London set for transformation as Lendlease wins Euston development role

first_imgOpened in 1837, Euston was London’s first inter-city train station. It was completely rebuilt in the early sixties and now caters for around 42 million passengers a year, more than double the design capacity of the current station.By taking a coordinated approach with Network Rail, who own and run the existing station, and pooling publically owned land across the site, the appointment of the MDP will allow a unified approach to long-term development, which could unlock up to 4.84 million square foot of development space. The Masterplan will be in line with Camden’s Local Area Plan.Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said: Lendlease will be appointed as Master Development Partner (MDP) by the Secretary of State for Transport and Network Rail. They will then work with the Greater London Authority and London Borough of Camden to develop a masterplan for the 54 hectare station site and take forward opportunities for sustainable mixed-use development once station construction is complete.The arrival of HS2 will more than double the number of seats out of Euston during peak hours, providing much-needed extra capacity alongside an opportunity to improve accessibility and open up the station to the surrounding communities, creating new access routes, public and green spaces across the wider station site. Euston will be one of the best connected parts of London, and the country.Welcoming the appointment, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston, said: Network Rail has a successful history of creating great places and we’re excited to use this expertise to work with stakeholders, landowners, and our new development partner to establish a visionary masterplan for Euston. Like our award-winning work at nearby King’s Cross, which attracted £2.2bn of private investment including new offices, jobs and homes, we will work to transform Euston station to meet modern needs and act as a catalyst for wider regeneration. With this transformation and the arrival of HS2, Euston station quarter will become a new thriving London destination which meets the needs of passengers and local communities. David Biggs, Managing Director Network Rail Property, said: We are proud and excited to be selected as preferred bidder to deliver the Euston OSD in partnership with HS2, Network Rail, London Borough of Camden, GLA and wider stakeholders. We believe this is a fantastic project in a key area of London which will provide opportunity for all and act as a catalyst for wider UK growth. The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only Press and media enquiriescenter_img The arrival of HS2 gives us a unique opportunity to transform the wider Euston station site, opening up the station to the surrounding community with new streets and public realm as well as opportunities to unlock thousands of new jobs and homes, anchored around a common masterplan vision. It was great to see such a strong competition and I’m pleased to welcome Lendlease to the team. Their experience of delivering some of the world’s most challenging transport and development projects will be vital as we move forward with this exciting new phase in the story of Euston station. Euston has the potential to be much more than just a transport hub, and we look forward to working with Lendlease to make it into a real public space, which benefits local people, drives business growth, and unlocks some much-needed housing. As one of our capital’s main stations, it must seamlessly connect HS2, national rail, the Tube and, in the future, Crossrail 2. Lendlease are currently developing the International Quarter London at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will be home to 25,000 jobs centred around some of the best transport connections anywhere in the country.Like Euston, the development of the Olympic Park shows how infrastructure investment can help areas live up to their full potential, delivering new jobs, homes shops and leisure opportunities. In the six years since the Games, the area has been transformed, with new neighbourhoods created and work ongoing to integrate the new development into the surrounding community with new streets, public spaces and leisure facilities.Lendlease worked with a broad consultant team including Prior and Partners, Grimshaw, Arup, BIG, AHMM, Haworth Tomkins, Asif Khan and AECOM.Dan Labbad, Lendlease Chief Executive Officer International Operations, said: Confirming Lendlease as our intended major partner is an exciting and important moment as we drive forward the regeneration of Euston. We are setting out a strong vision for creating new homes and jobs, stimulating economic growth and building a modern development that will match the ambition and scale of HS2. Crucially, as we build Britain’s future railway we will ensure that communities are at the heart of our plans and share the transformative economic benefits on offer. Contact form… The new HS2 station will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers.The project will include a new interchange with the London Underground, combining Euston and Euston Square for the first time and including provision for a future connection to a potential Crossrail 2.HS2 Ltd recently announced a shortlist of bidders in the running to build the station, and appointed Engineers Ove Arup & Partners, working with Grimshaw Architects, to take forward the design. The main construction phase is due to begin in 2019 with the first HS2 services arriving in 2026.HS2 services will also travel beyond the new high speed network via existing tracks to a wide range of destinations including Liverpool, the North West, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.last_img read more

News story: Defence Secretary announces massive £2.5bn investment in UK nuclear submarines

first_img£1.5 billion will go on building the Royal Navy’s seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine the Defence Secretary named that new attack boat Agincourt another £960m will go to the second phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines the work will sustain around 8,000 jobs in BAE Systems’ Submarine business the Defence Secretary also officially opened a new £100 million sub-construction building. The Dreadnought class programme is a vital, national endeavour and we are immensely proud of the role that we play as custodian of the naval nuclear propulsion capability in the UK. Dreadnought will be powered by the next generation Naval Pressurised Water Reactor technology, which will be simpler, require 30% less maintenance and have reduced in-service costs. Today’s delivery phase II announcement allows us to move from design through to manufacture and the delivery of major components that are essential for the submarine build timeline. The incredibly complex Astute and Dreadnought programmes maximise the tremendously skilled and experienced workforce we have across the UK submarine business. Both programmes require commitment and close collaboration with our industrial partners across the supply chain and in the newly formed Dreadnought Alliance, which will deliver a step change in how we will work together to efficiently and effectively deliver nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy. The Submarine Delivery Agency, which was established last month, will project manage the construction of future Royal Navy submarines, and support those in-service, working with Navy Command and the newly established Defence Nuclear Organisation. This multi-billion-pound investment in our nuclear submarines shows our unwavering commitment to keeping the UK safe and secure from intensifying threats. Agincourt will complete the Royal Navy’s seven-strong fleet of hunter-killer attack subs, the most powerful to ever enter British service, whilst our nuclear deterrent is the ultimate defence against the most extreme dangers we could possibly face. Not only is this a massive boost for our armed forces, but it’s huge for Barrow, the heart of sub-building in this country. Today’s news supports 8,000 BAE Systems’ submarine jobs, as well as thousands more in the supply chain, protecting prosperity and providing opportunity right across the country. Guto Bebb MP Minister for Defence Procurement meeting with Steve Dearden President – Submarines (right) during a visit to Rolls-Royce Raynesway Derby. Crown Copyright.Chief Executive Officer of the Submarine Delivery Agency, Ian Booth said: Securing this latest funding for our submarines programmes is excellent news for BAE Systems and the 8,700 employees in our Submarines business, as well as our local community in Barrow and the thousands of people across our UK supply chain who help deliver these nationally important programmes for the Royal Navy. We continue to make progress on these highly complex and technical programmes and today’s announcements will allow us to move forward with greater certainty and stability. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits BAE Systems, Barrow-in-Furness. Crown CopyrightElsewhere, Defence Minister Guto Bebb will be in Derby today – with the Rolls-Royce contract seeing over 700 jobs sustained at their factory in the city.Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today announced the Ministry of Defence is investing a massive £2.5 billion in boosting Britain’s submarine building projects.Speaking at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria, the home of British submarine construction, he announced £960 million worth of contracts have been signed to ramp up the next phase of construction for the UK’s four nuclear-armed Dreadnought submarines.He also announced that the Ministry of Defence has signed a £1.5 billion contract to build a seventh Astute hunter-killer submarine for the Royal Navy, before revealing that the attack boat will be called Agincourt. It will be the sixth vessel in the Royal Navy to be named after the Battle of Agincourt of 1415.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Steve Dearden, President-Submarines for Rolls-Royce said: The Dreadnought Programme is a true national endeavour, furthering our world-class nuclear capability. Today’s announcement includes a £60m contract for Rolls-Royce, supporting over 700 jobs here in Derby as the factory continues to make the reactors that will power our state-of-the-art Dreadnought subs into the 2060s. I’d like to thank everyone at Rolls-Royce in Derby for their contribution to maintaining our Continuous at Sea Deterrent, protecting us against the most serious threats to our way of life, every hour of every day. Cliff Robson, BAE Systems Submarines Managing Director, said: Britain’s third £1 billion Astute Class nuclear submarine, HMS Artful. Crown copyright.The multi-billion pound announcements will help sustain around 8,000 jobs in BAE Systems’ submarine business, as well as thousands more across the UK submarine supply chain.The Defence Secretary made the announcements during a ceremony, in which also opened a new £100 million submarine construction building in the Cumbria factory. In front of a gathered workforce of employees and apprentices, he unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the state-of-the-art Central Yard Facility building which, at 26,700 metres squared, is equivalent in size to 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools and, at 45 metres high, is as tall as ten double-decker buses.It will be used to outfit and test each section of the new Dreadnought submarines. The Dreadnought Submarine Programme will now move into its second phase. This will continue the design and build of the first Dreadnought submarine and commence the build of the second, including furthering the design and manufacture of the nuclear propulsion power plant. This phase has commenced with contracts signed for £900 million and £60 million with BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce respectively.last_img read more

Speech: The UK and India’s future trading relationship

first_imgGood evening.It is a pleasure to be here tonight to mark the start of UK-India Week 2018.I first visited India in 1997 as a young Minister at the FCO.In the past 3 decades, India has undergone a truly remarkable transformation.I cannot speak for myself!Through free trade and increased economic openness, India has been transformed into one of the most dynamic and fast-growing economies on earth.This week is an excellent example of the commercial power of modern India – representatives of many of the world’s leading companies, gathered to exchange ideas and best practice, and to build the personal relationships that so often translate into business success.India and the UK are countries that are looking to our respective and joint futures with optimism, and a willingness to embrace the opportunities of globalisation.This week is, if you like, a symbol of the friendship that exists between the world’s oldest democracy, and the largest.Yet before we set out our ambitions for a mutually prosperous future, it is worth reflecting on the existing strength of the UK-India trading relationship.As we’ve heard already, India and the UK are, in PM Modi’s own words, an “unbeatable combination”.Both countries have a shared interest in each other’s prosperity, generating jobs, developing skills, and enhancing the competitiveness of the 2 economies.Our vibrant business communities are instrumental in maintaining and strengthening the partnership between our 2 countries, building upon strong ties encompassing trade and culture.Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown rapidly over the last 10 years, and reached some £18 billion in 2017.But it has so much further to go.The rate of growth reached a remarkable 15% in the first 3 quarters of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. It is a trend we should work to continue.Our commercial links span a wide variety of sectors, from life sciences and medical technology, to food and drink, energy, defence and culture.Our trade in services includes not only IT and professional services – but significant trade in financial services, with the City of London playing a key role in raising capital to support India’s infrastructure growth.I was delighted to open the London Stock Exchange last year with Finance Minister Jaitley. Over 80% of masala bond issuances to date have taken place in London, to a value of more than $3.9 billion.We also have exceptionally strong investment links. The UK has been the largest G20 investor in India over the last 10 years, more than any other EU country. There are over 270 British companies operating there, employing nearly 800,000 people.The CBI estimates that UK companies are creating one in every 20 jobs in India’s organised private sector. This includes well known investors such as Vodafone, BP, HSBC, Standard Chartered, G4S and Unilever – but also new entrants such as Dyson, who plan to launch their products in India in 2018.Earlier this year I welcomed the steps taken by Prime Minister Modi to further liberalise FDI policy, especially for single brand retailers.The UK also welcomes the steps that Minister Prabhu and his team are taking to improve the Ease of Doing Business in India – leading to a 30 point jump in the World Bank’s Index this year. The UK is proud of its partnership with India on the Ease of Doing Business, including co-hosting a national conference in 2016.With a vote of confidence in the unshakeable strength of the UK economy, India is also the source of significant investment and jobs in the UK.In 2016, approximately 800 Indian companies were operating in the UK, accounting for around 110,000 jobs and recording combined revenues of £47.5 billion.In the same year India established 127 new investment projects in the UK, adding 4,000 new jobs and safeguarding more jobs than any other country.What is particularly pleasing is the size and range of Indian investors who already consider the UK their home.This includes well-known companies such as Tata Sons, owners of TCS and Jaguar Land Rover, Wipro, Infosys and Genpact alongside many others.This Government is putting its money where its mouth is in response to India’s technology investment demands. In 2016, I was delighted to attend the UK-India Tech Summit in Delhi, along with the Prime Minister.And last November, with the support of the Indian High Commission and UKIBC, DIT ran the India-UK ‘Future Tech month’ where more than 60 of India’s most innovative tech companies and buyers criss-crossed the UK’s regional tech and manufacturing centres of excellence set out in the Industrial Strategy.This was followed in February by the UK-India Createch Summit in Mumbai, an event which produced £58 million worth of new commercial deals.And, later this year, I look forward to travelling to India again for the next UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee and taking further steps to deliver the bilateral trade liberalisation that our businesses require.Clearly, the commercial relationship between India and the UK is going from strength to strength.We are of course here at the Taj hotel this evening to celebrate the strength of this partnership.But we are also here to look to the future and lay out our ambitions for a trading partnership that has the potential to shape the global economy.In particular, as we leave the European Union, there is the opportunity for both countries to enhance our partnership – opening up new sectors for business and minimising barriers to trade.For the first time in more than 4 decades, the United Kingdom will be able to fully determine its own economic destiny, through an independent trade policy.In practice, this will mean championing global free trade, and strengthening the commercial relationships that already flourish between the UK and our allies and significant trading partners.India, of course, is foremost among these.That is why we plan to increase our engagement with India.In particular, we aim to strengthen our partnerships in the areas of energy, smart cities and financial services, whilst at the same time addressing the critical issue of skills.And it is to help achieve this joint prosperity, that – at the eleventh meeting of the India-UK JETCO in Delhi at the end of 2016 – we agreed to set up a new Joint Working Group on Trade.We tasked this working group with identifying practical ways to broaden and deepen the trade relationship between both countries, now and as we leave the EU.Key to this has been the UK-India Joint Trade Review, announced in January.Officials from both countries are in the process of agreeing a sectoral roadmap, focusing on 3 sectors – life sciences, information technology, and food and drink – where there is real progress to be made on removing non-tariff barriers to trade.These are, of course, only 3 industries. But they are only the start of the liberalisation of UK-India trade, which will create vast opportunities across each and every industry. It is hugely encouraging the way that the Indian Government and especially Minister Prabhu have supported and encouraged this initiative.But to achieve a step-change in our trading relationship, your role – the role of business – will continue to be crucial.I would like to issue a call to you, as those businesses who already have a lot invested in the UK-India relationship, to get in touch with the Department for International Trade.We want to understand not only the challenges that you face in increasing trade and investment – but also to work with you to overcome them. More importantly we want to know the opportunities you identify so that we can help you maximise the possibilities.Your ideas today can become our policy tomorrow so take this chance to let us know what you believe the challenges and opportunities to be.And by working together to meet these challenges, as governments, as business communities, as people, and as friends, we can build a brighter, more prosperous future for India, the UK and the world beyond.Thank you.last_img read more