Cooplands names Belinda Youngs as chief executive

first_imgFast-growing bakery chain Cooplands has appointed former Morrisons marketing chief Belinda Youngs as CEO.She takes charge of the Scarborough-headquartered chain as it continues to expand across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the north east. It has opened 29 sites in the past two years, most recently in Lincoln.Youngs has held a string of senior roles in grocery retail, including senior trading manager at Sainsbury’s, chief marketing officer at Canadian food retailer Sobeys and corporate brand and marketing director at Morrisons. She also co-founded toy supplier All About the Doll.Cooplands has grown rapidly following an £8.5m investment by BGF in 2017 and now operates 160 shops, 12 cafés and 35 sandwich vans. Its shops are typically located in shopping parades and high streets. It was founded in 1885 and, since 1985, has been led by managing director Paul Coopland who has grown the business from five shops through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions.“Cooplands is a business with a rich heritage and culture, and with a significant opportunity to grow its shareholder value even further,” said Youngs. “I look forward to helping to build the brand, which focuses on producing quality products at great value, in formats and locations that continue to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s customers.”Paul Coopland said Young’s combination of big brand retail experience and entrepreneurial mindset made her the ideal candidate to help grow Cooplands.Cooplands has also appointed David Salkeld, executive vice president of Upfield (formerly the Unilever spreads operation) as non-executive chair.last_img read more

Prune After Bloom

first_imgSpring-flowering plants are beginning to pop with color. As soon as their color fades, landscapers can prepare to prune and groom these plants.Because flowering ornamentals form their flower buds at different times of the year, pruning times must be adjusted accordingly. Many spring-flowering plants, such as azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron, set flower buds in the fall, so pruning during the fall or winter months would eliminate or decrease their spring flower display.Plants that typically flower during the summer form flower buds on new growth and can be pruned during the winter without affecting their flowering. Examples of this type of plant include crape myrtle and abelia.As a general rule, plants that flower before May should be pruned after they bloom, while those that flower after May are considered summer-flowering and can be pruned just prior to spring growth.Exceptions to this rule include the oakleaf hydrangea, a summer-flowering shrub that forms flower buds during the previous season, and the late-flowering azalea cultivars that bloom during May, June or even July. Prune both the oakleaf hydrangea and these azalea cultivars after they bloom. Ornamental plants that are not grown for their showy flowers can be pruned in late winter, spring or summer months. Avoid pruning during the fall or early winter because it may encourage tender new growth that is not sufficiently hardened to resist the winter cold.Some shade and flowering trees – maple, birch, dogwood, beech, elm, willow, flowering plum and flowering cherry – tend to bleed or excrete large amounts of sap from pruning wounds.Sap excreted from the tree is not harmful, but it is unsightly. To minimize bleeding, prune these trees after the leaves have matured. Leaves use plant sap when they expand, so the tree excretes less sap from the wound after leaves have matured.The following plants should be pruned after they produce flowers: azalea, beauty bush, bigleaf hydrangea, Bradford pear, bridal wreath spirea, clematis, climbing roses, crabapple, deutzia, dogwood, doublefile viburnum, flowering almond, flowering cherry, flowering quince, forsythia, Japanese kerria, Japanese pieris, lilac, mock-orange, oakleaf hydrangea, pearlbush, pyracantha, redbud, saucer magnolia, star magnolia, shrub honeysuckle, thunberg spirea, Vanhoutte spirea, Weigelia, winter daphne, wisteria and witch hazel.For more information on pruning, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication “Pruning Ornamental Plants in the Landscape” at read more

Celebrate the “bobs” at your credit union

first_imgMy parents are awesome. I am really thankful for their diligence in teaching my twin sister and me the value of hard work and instilling a solid work ethic in us.We learned that there is a lot of gratification in the process of completing a hard days’ work. We also learned at an early age that hard work can be a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories is from swimming lessons when I was five years old.I had never been swimming before and was really excited to jump in the pool to get started. First, the instructor took time with each of the kids in my class helping us to feel comfortable in the water. Then we had to learn what they called “bobs,” which is ducking down until your head is completely below the water level.It was scary, but I conquered my fears, held my breath and pretty soon I was bobbing all over the place. It was a great feeling! My parents were so excited, they took us to McDonalds after class to “celebrate our bobs.” This was a big deal to us as getting to go to McDonalds was a special treat growing up. And we continue to this day to use the phrase “celebrate your bobs” when something good happens to anyone in my family.This fun memory popped into my head this week during a conversation with a small credit union about strategic goals for 2016. I was going through the process of developing the marketing plan when a gentleman stopped me and asked, “how much of this process is motivational?”My answer was this: after years of working through this process many times over the years, I have seen that there is a direct link between the time and effort credit union leaders spend on “celebrating bobs” and the amount of success the credit union experiences.In your credit union, there are “bobs” happening every day in every department. It doesn’t take a huge budget or a big elaborate incentive program to develop a culture of celebrating and rewarding success in order to build and create momentum. It’s different at every credit union because the people are different at every credit union.As we finish out 2015 and planning for 2016, a majority of credit unions are aiming for more loans and younger membership growth. Goals are important, but your “bobs” should be top priority. Similar to how my “bobs” were made really important by my parents because they initiated the celebration, it is vitally important for senior leadership in particular to look out for “bobs” and initiate the celebrations within your credit union.If you get good at celebrating those and building a culture of teamwork and camaraderie, success will be the result you enjoy for celebrating the bobs that happen every day in your credit union. Cheers to 2016 – may you have many occasions to celebrate your bobs. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Got to learn a lot from MS Dhoni while playing for Jharkhand: Ishan Kishan to India Today

first_imgPushed and rotated down the order in first four games by the Gujarat Lions, Ishan Kishan is much relieved to finally open the innings, a slot he bats on while playing for Jharkhand in domestic cricket.   From No 4 to 7, the Gujarat Lions team management experimented with the 18-year-old on all four batting positions in the first four games of the season. The talented youngster could only muster a total of 54 runs from three outings, which included a 16-ball 39 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.Now, back in his usual opening role, the left-hander has responded with two 30-plus knocks in the last two matches.”I have to make most of this big opportunity. The team combination was such that I was batting lower down the order. But, I never thought that it is not my slot. I wanted to perform in whatever role was assigned to me. Now, opening the innings with someone like Brendon McCullum, is a big thing for a youngster like me,” Kishan told INDIA TODAY.Much before he rubbed shoulders with international stars in this year’s IPL, the Ranchi lad, just like the rest of his state team players, was lucky to have the company of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the dressing room this domestic season.It turned out to be a perfect preparation for the T20 extravaganza.”When you have someone like MSD in your dressing room, there is no need to ask for anything else. I got to learn so much from him while playing for Jharkhand this season. Batting alongside in the nets, he used to tell us about all aspects of the game. It helped me a lot while batting in a pressure situation during the IPL with more than 40,000 people present in the stadium,” says Kishan.advertisementNearing 36, Dhoni can still give many youngsters a run for their money when it comes to testing fitness levels. Kishan is hugely inspired with the way former India skipper manages his body.”What he (Dhoni) stresses most on is about maintaining a good fitness level. He told me that if you are not working on your fitness then it will eventually affect your game a lot. I used to always concentrate only on bating and bowling earlier. If you look at our team’s showing this season, Jharkhand did well in every format. It was all due to the superb fitness level maintained by the players. We were putting the same kind of effort in our eighth Ranji game as we had put in the very first one.”Another India great who has had a huge impact on the wicketkeeper-batsman is Rahul Dravid, also the national Under-19 team coach.”During the World Cup, Dravid Sir was our coach. He told me about the mistakes I was making and all the technicalities. He also told us about the player-owner relationship in the IPL, about how much confidence a player gets if his owner supports him. It has really helped me a lot.”With his U-19 mates Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson having already made their India debuts, Kishan knows that the opportunity will come knocking his door as well.”It is really a good competition (amongst youngsters), they are doing really well too. But, I don’t want to think about them. I keep telling myself to get better with each game. That is what I want to focus on right now.”last_img read more