Business community to state their case for affordable rates

first_imgEmail Print Linkedin THE Limerick business community is urged to attend a meeting at the Strand Hotel on next Tuesday, June 28, at 6.30pm, to assist in the nationwide campaign to fight for fairer and affordable rates.Employers for Affordable Rates (E.A.R), the voluntary organisation established in April, is organising a series of regional mass meetings in response to requests from all over the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up To date, employers from six regions have begun organising local groups with the aim of creating a national organisation to lobby the Government.E.A.R has also received support from business, trade and professional bodies and is gathering tremendous support nationally.Many Limerick city centre business people have repeatedly told the Limerick Post that they are struggling to cope with rates.“It is particularly difficult at the present time- business is very quiet and people are not just spending as in the past,” said one. E.A.R objects to what they describe as an inequitable system that has made the level of rates genuinely unaffordable.Rates, which the commercial sector alone has to pay, is the only funding source for local government apart from the exchequer. Employers, they argue, want fair play and say that they don’t mind paying their fair share, but point out that rates have risen by 300% since 1980 and it is unreasonable to expect them to carry this burden since they pay taxes as well.E.A.R believe they can make a compelling case to Government that will enable them achieve fair and affordable rates. Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleCastle plan based on Hollywood rather than authenticityNext articleCllrs. sing from same hymn sheet on Opera site admin NewsLocal NewsBusiness community to state their case for affordable ratesBy admin – June 23, 2011 587 Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Lantmännen foodservice brand makes retail debut

first_imgLantmännen Unibake has taken its Americana foodservice brand into the retail market for the first time.With retail bread supply under pressure, and the foodservice market under almost total lockdown, the business has launched a selection of frozen Americana products into Tesco.The retailer will be listing the packs of eight five-inch soft Americana Floured Baps and six Deli Rolls online and in stores across the country.Made by Lantmännen Unibake at its bakeries in Milton Keynes, they are produced using an American sponge and dough method, designed to give a distinctive flavour and texture. All Americana foodservice products are supplied frozen and pre-sliced.“It’s great to see the Americana brand make the transition from foodservice to frozen food retail in response to the Covid-19 lockdown,” said Lantmännen Unibake marketing and innovation director Peter Drew.He added that businesses needed to work together at this time, and that it was testament to the teams at Lantmännen Unibake and Tesco that they had turned the launch around so quickly.“The current climate means we are having to adapt quickly to changes and we are committed to supporting our customers however we can. This includes making rapid adjustments to our product to ensure it is available where and when it is needed most.”Britain’s largest bakers have fought to keep supermarket shelves stocked since March, with some removing niche SKUs from ranges to maximise capacity for core lines.last_img read more

Draw lifts Burnley out of drop zone

first_imgBurnley climbed out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September after extending their undefeated run to four matches. With three striped shirts close by, he negotiated room to shoot where a square pass for Boyd might have been the wiser move. It would not have mattered had his effort nestled in the top corner but Elliot beat the ball away one-handed. The Clarets continued to probe, Kieran Trippier catching the back four flat with a clever chipped pass that Ashley Barnes could only turn into a corner. Soon after Barnes flashed over from an even better opening after good hold-up work from Ings. Newcastle were playing largely on the counter but began to string chances together, Sammy Ameobi stretching Tom Heaton with a skiddy shot across goal and Cisse blazing high into the stands following a deft set-up by Gouffran. Heaton made a second decent save after 32 minutes, rushing to smother Mehdi Abeid’s toe punt. But it was Burnley who were playing with greater control and they were rewarded with the opening goal a minute later. Ings turned Trippier’s speculative long ball into something much more dangerous, winning the aerial battle and cushioning a perfect header into Boyd’s path. The Scot took a touch out of his feet and fired past the unsighted Elliot from 20 yards for his second of the season. The lead might have doubled just before the break when another deft touch from Ings invited Jones to shoot, only for the midfielder to miss the target. Pardew did not hesitate to change things, hauling off Williamson and Ayoze Perez at the break and sending on Steven Taylor and Remy Cabella. Within three minutes the scores were level. Cabella nearly made an instant impact, his goalbound shot blocked by Stephen Ward, but the goal arrived seconds later. Janmaat’s cross was flicked on instincively by Gouffran at the near post and Cisse rifled home from close range. Immediately the match took on a new complexion, Newcastle finally playing with fluidity rather than rushed breaks. Burnley were forced back, Cabella revelling in the space behind Cisse and captain Cheick Tiote starting to snap into tackles in the centre. The home side suffered another setback when Ward hobbled off, handing Ben Mee a first appearance since October 18. But the fort was holding for Sean Dyche’s men, who were happy to see Abeid twice launch hopeful long-range efforts over the top. The game began to open up again in the last 20 minutes, Burnley regaining territory and asking questions of their own again. They also asked for a penalty when Michael Keane’s header hit a Newcastle player at point-blank range but it would have been guesswork by Phil Dowd to call handball. Press Association A matter of weeks ago they were the only club in English football’s top four tiers not to have won a game, now with eight points from the last 12 on offer they are out of the drop zone. Hull replace them in 18th place, though they have a chance to change that on Wednesday night. Burnley’s resurgence has been built around the return to form and fitness of Danny Ings and although absent from the scoresheet he was again in excellent form. His cushioned header provided Boyd with the chance he needed to break the deadlock in the 33rd minute and whenever the ball came close to him in the final third, he gave fright to the Magpies defence. But a draw was the right result and Cisse’s fifth of the campaign set Newcastle back on course after a winning run of six matches ended in defeat against West Ham on Saturday. United boss Alan Pardew was relieved that his worst fears were not realised before kick-off, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mike Williamson all passed fit. But he was still without a handful of injured regulars and stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot, deputising again for the absent Tim Krul, was called into action in the eighth minute. David Jones’ one-touch pass set Burnley off in attack, giving Scott Arfield licence to run before touching the ball through for Ings. The match itself was unremarkable, an occasionally untidy 1-1 scuffle lit up by George Boyd’s 20-yard opener for the hosts and Yoann Gouffran’s clever flick that teed up Papiss Cisse’s equaliser. But the significance of escaping the bottom three is huge to Sean Dyche’s Clarets. last_img read more