Brooks steps down from Finsbury

first_imgDave Brooks, chief executive of major own-brand premium cakes supplier Finsbury Food Group, who steered the business into its number two position within the UK cake industry, is to step down from his role with effect from 29 September.Brooks will be replaced by major shareholder Martin Lightbody, previously group strategic development director.Brooks, 41, who spearheaded the group’s acquisition trail after it formed in 2002, told British Baker that his departure would be unlikely to lead to a change of direction for Finsbury.He said: “I don’t see us moving away from premium, celebration, health or from our brands.”The board is very clear that the next 18 months will be about driving the businesses we’ve got during tough econo-mic times.”Brooks revealed he had no imminent plans, other than to fulfil a consultancy role for Finsbury until March 2009, and left for personal reasons.Lightbody said “The group has an excellent portfolio of products, so despite the fact that I am taking over at a challenging time, it is an opportunity I relish.”last_img read more

Bookmakers to deliver 325,000-strong petition of support

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 Share BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 Related Articles A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country will be presented to 10 Downing Street at 11am this morning as the beleaguered betting industry fights back against its portrayal in the media.The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the Government to support an industry that employs 43,000 people, serves six million customers and which has been trading on the high street for 55 years.More than 300 betting shops have been forced to shut in the past two years as a result of more regulation and higher taxes.  Customers and staff now fear there could be hundreds more closures if more unnecessary regulation is introduced by the Government.The huge petition will be presented to Number Ten Downing Street by shop staff and industry representatives, ranging from major operators to family-run independent businesses. The instigation of the petition was triggered by the growing scrutiny of regulations around betting, specifically the extension of the Triennial Review into assessing the impact of FOBTs.Vicky Knight, who works for independent bookie JenningsBet and has signed the petition, commented: “The support we’ve had from our customers over the past few weeks for our campaign has been fantastic. They enjoy their local bookie and would be devastated, as would staff, if the Government took draconian action against bookies.“We care about our customers and we are there to help the very small number of customers who get into problems with their gambling.  Bookies cater for millions of people who enjoy over-the-counter betting and gaming machines (FOBTs), if we lose either of these, we are finished. And, without bookies, there will be even more empty shops and fewer reasons for people to come into town.”Malcolm George, Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said: “Britain’s betting shops have been open for business on our high streets and in local communities since before The Beatles.“They have a long record of ensuring customers can bet safely and responsibly and it is vital that the work of staff and the voice of our six million customers are not ignored. We hope politicians and the public will visit their local betting shop to see for themselves what a great community they are and talk to the staff and locals who enjoy their flutter at the bookies.”The petition says: “More than 6 million people use betting shops every year. These shops have been part of our community for over 55 years and need support. Hundreds of betting shops have already been forced to close and many more risk closure. I should be able to spend my money as I choose and I choose to support my local bookie. I urge the government not to undermine that freedom or put thousands of jobs at risk through further regulation or tax hikes.”last_img read more

Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks shocked the L.A. Clippers 135-133 in overtime of Game 4 to even the series at 2-2.PreviousDallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) reacts to referee Zach Zarba, lower left, and referee Kevin Cutler, right, during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) talks with referee Zach Zarba during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic, right, of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammate Seth Curry, left, to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Dorian Finney-Smith (10) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) knocks out a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Lou Williams (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, right, reacts after making a basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) reaches for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dorian Finney-Smith, center, of the Dallas Mavericks and Lou Williams, right, of the Los Angeles Clippers reach for a ball during overtime in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates his game-winning three-point basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9) drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) shoots his game-winning 3-point basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Reggie Jackson (1) defends during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Mavericks won 135-133 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, and J.J. Barea talk during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates with Seth Curry (30) after making a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, front left, grabs a rebound against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber (42) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Stephen Curry, center, cheers on his brother Seth Curry, of the Dallas Mavericks, from the digital fan stands during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots against Dallas Mavericks’ Maxi Kleber, left, during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer watches his team play the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, right, talks with Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) celebrates his winning three-point basket with teammates during overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, left, talks with Luka Doncic (77) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) falls as Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) dribbles past him during overtime of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Dallas Mavericks’ Seth Curry (30) drives between Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Luka Doncic, center, of the Dallas Mavericks, celebrates his game-winning three-point basket with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the first quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)NextShow Caption1 of 31Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Expandcenter_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more