Scottish ingredients firm enjoys rise in turnover

first_imgIndependent bakery ingredients manufacturer Macphie has reported a 3.5% growth in turnover to £44.4m. The results, to March 2014, have been attributed to “stronger trading across foodservice and food manufacturing channels” as an effect of increasing consumer confidence. However, the continuation of unsettled raw material prices, particularly in the dairy sector, has impacted on gross margin, which decreased by 5% on the previous year, the company said.The company has brought all outstanding R&D tax claims up to date over the past 12 months, resulting in an overall positive profit position of £2m.Alastair Macphie, chairman, said: “The current economic climate will continue to be a challenge, both in the UK and internationally. However, we are pleased to see some positive early signs of recovery. Looking forward we will continue our significant operational capital investment programme and award-winning employee development initiatives, to ensure we remain the vital ingredient for our international customer base.”In January Macphie moved from his position as chief executive to chairman to focus on longer-term objectives. Andrew Underwood replaced him as chief executive.last_img read more

Ella Jo Briggs, 90

first_imgElla Jo Briggs, 90, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus. Born July 4, 1926 in Griffin, Indiana, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Grace (Axton) Haywood.  She attended school in Grayville, Illinois.  She married Staff Sergeant Louis Mobley who was killed in WW II.  They had one daughter who died in infancy.  Ella had five brothers; Horace, Bill, Tom, Fred, and Norman, all deceased. One sister, Mary Grace Watts of Clinton, Arkansas. Ella married Roger D. Briggs on November 25, 1971 and lived happily for 40 years on his farm in Decatur County.  After Roger sold the farm, they moved to Greensburg where he preceded her in death on February 17, 2004. Roger had four children, Thomas, Steven (Deceased), Lance, and Melanie.  Ella loved her step children as her own. There are eight grandchildren, Amy, Daniel, Nicole, Alex, Katherine, Justin, Christal, and Melanie.; seven great grandchildren. Ella was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Her motto for daily living was “To live each day with an attitude of gratitude. Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

`Mice’ Cummings remembers playmate Gibbons as a very ‘smart defender’

first_img… Former national player to be laid to rest todayFORMER national forward and arguably Botofago’s best football player ever, Nigel ‘Mice’ Cummings, is saddened by the death of former national player Phillip ‘Scholar’ Gibbons, who will be laid to rest today after a funeral service at the Calvary Temple Church in Oronoque Drive, Retrieve Mackenzie, before his remains are interred in the Bamia cemetery on the Linden highway.Gibbons, 55, died after a brief illness at the Mackenzie Hospital on January 2.His buddy friend ‘Mice’ Cummings, now residing in the United States, sent his condolences to the Gibbons family on this sad occasion.From his base in the U.S. Cummings said: ‘Scholar’ and I grew up together and we started playing soccer at a tender age at the Silvertown battlefield where we played Under-16 and Under-19 first- and second-division football for Botofago FC and then Upper Demerara.”Cummings noted, “As team members he was our right-back and I loved to play with him because of the love and dedication he had for the game. He was a very smart defender.”According to `Mice’ Cummings, Gibbons would before taking a corner kick yell out his name as Gibbons was “right on point in finding my head”.Cummings said he recalled the time his very good friend “got married and moved from across the Demerara River at Wismar to Mackenzie, but ‘Scholar’ remained a Botofago die-hard and was very pleasant and free-handed.”Cummings said when he first had knowledge of Gibbons’ sickness they (Botofago FC) did contribute to his eye surgery and while he was at home last year he did visit Gibbons to see how he was doing.Gibbons, after his playing days were over remained committed to football and served the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) as a referee for many years. He was also up to the time of his passing, treasurer of the Mackenzie Sports Club.After his years of service to the bauxite industry ended, the former Mackenzie High School student was at one time Town Clerk (ag) with the Mayor and Town Council of Linden.Cummings remarked, “When I heard the news of his passing, it was a shock to me still. I am still in mourning and he said the former standout Botofago player would be greatly missed.”President of UDFA, Terrence Mitchell, also weighed in on the passing of Gibbons as he remembered the contributions of the former national player not just as a player, but also as a referee.He was always willing to give his best and always there to do what was necessary to let the game be played on the field.President of the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC), Avery Trim, also remembers Gibbons who was always willing to serve beyond the call of duty.Trim said, “He was one of those guys whom you can count on, to put the interest of the club first, even though he knew the challenges which were ahead of collective decision-making.He said he was one of a few persons who were always present to assist and get the job done and even through his illness he was still prepared to serve the club.last_img