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

Client Solutions’ Role in the Dell EMC Combination

first_imgI don’t know about you, but we’ve been looking forward to this day since last October when the EMC deal was announced. Well, the opportunity to better meet your overall IT needs, offer better solutions to your problems and do more for your organization – it all starts right now.I’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat for the massive transformation the technology industry has experienced over the past 30 years. It’s transforming even faster now, and with Dell and EMC coming together, I think you’ll see the speed of innovation only increase. Those innovations won’t be one-offs. Together, we can work across the entire infrastructure – from the device to the datacenter to the cloud and everywhere in between – and assemble complete solutions to your business challenges.That’s why I balk when people assume this combination doesn’t really impact Dell’s Client Solutions business. It absolutely does.Think about the way people work today. They’re creating content on primary devices. They’re collaborating and consuming on companion devices. They’re accessing and sharing data in the cloud. Employees expect companies to give them the flexibility to work when, where and how they want on devices as good as what they have at home.That’s what my team wakes up thinking about every day. We are here to help you offer your employees devices they’ll love that have security and management built in so IT can meet business requirements. The PC is the primary productivity device where work gets done, and we’ve invested in the best end-user computing line-up in our history, spanning thin clients, stylish 2-in-1s, laptops, workstations, desktops and (absolutely stunning) monitors. We’re the only Tier 1 vendor offering a rugged line; we apply learnings from those products to make the rest more durable. And because our devices are built for business, IT can maintain the level of control they need to manage the device and protect sensitive data no matter where may sit, on the device or in the cloud.Beyond the device, workforce transformation requires a cloud-based infrastructure to support people’s new behaviors, new devices and new expectations. EMC is a leader in the cloud technologies required to pull this off.I mentioned companion devices. Airwatch, the industry’s strongest EMM solution for managing phones and tablets, is now part of the Dell portfolio. And with cloud client-computing VDI solutions from VMWare, we’re the only true end-to-end VDI provider in the industry, from planning to deployment, datacenter to the endpoint, on- and off-premise.Bottom line: Combining EMC’s cloud capabilities with our award-winning PCs, we’ve just created a very powerful solution.On top of that, our ProSupport services cover the enterprise and the device. We offer the industry’s only proactive and predictive support technology that tells us (and you) something is going to break before it happens.That’s the kind of practical innovation I’m excited to be driving and building on.Ahead, I see only opportunity. Things that once only existed in science fiction are now alive in our labs and customers’ businesses – virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things. We’ve just given those innovations a huge shot in the arm with a ton of amazing IP from EMC and the entire Dell Technologies family.And by combining the purchasing power, supplier relationships and operational excellence of two leading companies, we’re going to make cutting-edge innovation accessible to more customers at a better value than ever before. I think that’s really powerful.If you’re a Dell client solutions customer today, thank you. More great things are coming. If you’re not, I hope we can talk about your business needs. I think we might surprise you.What a day.last_img read more

$8.7 million Vermont economic stimulus bill focused on jobs

first_img AttachmentSize S_288_As_Passed_Senate.xls24.5 KB The Vermont House is expected to begin working next week on an $8.7 million economic stimulus bill that its Senate sponsor says will put a lot of contractors to work.The federally funded measure, which would pump money into several of the state’s economic development programs, passed the Senate on a voice vote last month (see summary attached). Governor James Douglas says he supports the legislation.The funding is available to Vermont as part of the national economic recovery package developed last year by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress .Senator Vincent Illuzzi (R-Essex-Orlean), the bill’s main architect, says its provisions are intended to help repair some of the damage inflicted on Vermont’s economy by the national recession. While there’s no firm estimate of the number of jobs the legislation may create or save, Illuzzi suggests that its impact will be felt in many parts of the state and by Vermonters in many industries.The largest chunk of money in the bill, $2.9 million, is earmarked for providing 10,000 unconnected Vermont homes and businesses with broadband Internet links. Access to telecommunications and broadband services is this era s equivalent to rural electrification in the 1930s, the legislation declares.An existing state fund providing seed capital for Vermont start-up businesses would receive a $1 million infusion through Illuzzi’s legislation. He notes that the fund’s managers have identified 38 Vermont firms in fields such as life sciences, agriculture and software that are together seeking $45 million in early-stage equity capital. It’s estimated that as many as 700 jobs could be created if these entrepreneurs had access to their envisioned funding.Private capital markets have not been lending in the needed amounts, Illuzzi says. The legislation notes that although Vermont banks have made dramatic increases in their commercial lending in the past year, venture capital investment remains at dramatic lows, down nearly 33 percent in the last year alone.Another $1 million in the Senate’s stimulus bill is destined for job retraining programs. The state fund that covers these initiatives is likely to run out of money this month, preventing as many as 2000 Vermonters from receiving workforce training in manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and environmental engineering.Dairy farmers are also due to be helped by the legislation. It sets aside $1 million for an agriculture credit program overseen by the Vermont Economic Development Authority. The loan money will enable farmers to refinance or consolidate their existing debt, Illuzzi says.VEDA would also get $800,000 to be used for interest-rate subsidies on loans to Addison County businesses hurt by the closure of the Champlain Bridge. Businesses can qualify on the basis of higher expenses incurred as a result of increased travel costs.The legislation provides smaller amounts of money for a variety of additional programs, including $300,000 for the Department of Tourism and Marketing for additional media buys; $100,000 in tax credits for downtown and village center businesses; $150,000 for planning work on an aviation technical training center at Burlington International Airport; $100,000 for the Vermont Film Corp; $70,000 for rural emergency medical services; and $50,000 for a neighbor-to-neighbor project administered by Area Agencies on Aging around the state.The bill now moves over to the House where it is expected to move quickly. According to House Speaker Shap Smith s office, testimony on the bill will be taken up by the House Commerce and Economic Development committee next week, which is expected to at least tweak the legislation before it moves forward.By Kevin J Kelley. Vermont Business Magazine.last_img read more

These green homes come up roses … and heliconias, gingers too

first_imgInside the Eudlo property’s home. The flower farm at Redland Bay has a brick home as well as a granny flat.In Redland Bay, just over half an hour from the Brisbane CBD, the owners of a large 10.76ha property are throwing their 40-year-old flower business in with the sale of their home, including their two dozen igloos. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Brisbane puts Sydney, Melbourne in the shade “It is great to have choices and this property gives you that opportunity. Plenty of water with a dam and bore that has never run dry in 40 years.” The Eudlo property. A gardener’s dream at 319 Highlands Road, Eudlo.It has four accommodation options including a one bedroom cottage, a liveable shed, the main house with three bedrooms, and two pickers’ accommodation.“Options are endless and this is year round return — not waiting for seasonal crops. Walk in, walk out and reap rewards immediately.” Everything’s coming up gerberas too on this Yungaburra flower farm.If you’ve got a little more cash to splash then Yungaburra estate could be for you. It’s being marketed heavily by four agencies including Darren Hithersay of Malanda Real Estate who listed the horticultural seven bedroom, three bathroom, four car space property as one where you can literally “wake up and smell the roses”.The flower farm set up 37 years ago had become almost an “institution on the Atherton Tablelands”, producing not just roses but also carnations, gerberas, stocks, snap dragons and assorted filler flowers and greenery.All were “packed on site and supplied to local florists, farm retail customers and as far afield as Brisbane and Darwin” with five staff and three contractors maintaining spraying, weeding and fertilising on the farm.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago The 10.76ha Redland Bay property is on the market for $1.89 million.THESE surprisingly self sufficient Queensland green homes peddle petals to pay their mortgages, come with their own igloos and a chance to reap rewards.From just over half an hour outside the Brisbane CBD to as far north as the Atherton Tablelands these properties have been successfully making a living out of Queenslanders’ love of cut flowers.Prices vary from as much as $2.25m for a sprawling 17.8ha estate in Yungaburra — an hour from Cairns to $1.89m for a 10.76ha functioning flower farm in Brisbane’s Redland Bay suburb. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER How Kylie Jenner is cashing in A cheaper alternative was the 6.88ha estate at 319 Highlands Road, Eudlo, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland — on the market for offers over $1.5m.The eight bedroom, six bathroom property was marketed by Mike Burns and Meng Meng of Elders Palmwoods as a “flourishing business set on a fabulous rural retreat of approximately 17 acres”. The Eudlo property is on the market for offers over $1.5 million. This property at Eudlo, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is on the market for offers over $1.5 million. The 19.56ha property is made up of about three hectares of plantation, 14ha of improved tropical pastureland, and three hectares of scrub on the back boundary.The tropical flower farm has 21 varieties of heliconia. “Currently the heliconias and gingers are being sent to market on a weekly basis throughout the year.” The property comes with the flower business, including 24 plastic tunnel greenhouses, or igloos.The $1.89m property has a brick home, granny flat, three large sheds including one for machinery, three phase power and 24 igloos — otherwise known as plastic tunnel greenhouses.“The business is included complimentary and not represented in the value of the property. No financial statements or books will be provided.” Not a bad spot for a cuppa to look over the flower farm at Utchee Creek: On the market for $1.3m. The Utchee Creek flower farm. Broncos star sells home after finals exit The Utchee Creek property has a permanent creek.Another option is the $1.3m flower farm in Utchee Creek about 23km from Innisfail — which also has exotic fruit 19 abiu trees, 22 lychee trees, 65 rambutans, and also dragonfruit, durian, Fiji longans, star apples, star fruit and assorted citrus. Inside the Eudlo property’s home.last_img read more