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Press release: Welsh company shares top tips for exporting in new podcast series

first_imgSureChill CEO Nigel Saunders in Kenya.Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead said: Since launching its first product in 2011, Sure Chill has experienced international success and now plans to use the same cooling technology for domestic use in homes, retail, businesses and even airlines.The business gained greater publicity last year when CEO Nigel Saunders accompanied the UK Prime Minister on her trade mission across Africa to promote their technology and build trade links. Not only does the company work closely with UNICEF and the World Health Organization, it has also received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Shell Foundation.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: In 2011, the company developed a cooling technology to protect life-saving vaccines in developing countries. Their medical refrigerators can last without power for up to 12 days and have since protected 20 million vaccinations around the world.Launched this January, the ‘Local to Global’ podcast series features some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs sharing top tips for growing a business on the world stage. The podcast is hosted by Nick Hewer – famously known for his appearance on The Apprentice as one of Lord Sugar’s advisers.Sure Chill’s life-changing refrigerators are improving healthcare and living conditions in countries across Africa and Asia – especially those without reliable power. The company currently exports to over 50 countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Pakistan and Nepal, with plans to enter new markets in South America and the Gulf states. SureChill fridge in Vietnam.Nigel Saunders, Chief Executive Officer at Sure Chill, said: Sure Chill’s success in Africa and Asia highlights how exporting can improve the lives of those in developing countries thousands of miles away. It’s stories like this that inspire other UK businesses to explore overseas markets, and I’m pleased my department has been able to help Sure Chill deliver its life-saving refrigerators internationally. As demand for British goods worldwide continues to grow, we stand ready to support businesses in Wales and across the UK looking to explore overseas markets. I would encourage likeminded businesses to listen to the ‘Local to Global’ podcast and hear first-hand the stories of businesses on their export experience.center_img Sure Chill CEO Nigel Saunders will appear on Episode 4 of the ‘Local to Global’ podcast which goes live on 4 February 2019, and is available on all major podcast platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Acast. Innovative businesses like Sure Chill, who joined my recent trip to Africa with the Prime Minister, are contributing to a stronger Welsh economy, and I am delighted to see their success in the global marketplace. It’s encouraging for other Welsh companies to hear from those who have expanded their business internationally. There has never been a better time for Welsh companies to export to new markets. The UK Government is supporting Welsh businesses as they begin their export journey, whether that’s with financial support, attending overseas trade shows or connecting them with international buyers. We’re proud to be featured in the ‘Local to Global’ podcast. It’s great to share our experience with other businesses knowing that it might give them the confidence to begin exporting. Exporting has always been part of our business plan because the nature of our product means that the people who would benefit the most are in developing economies. The exporting process can be complex because different countries have specific requirements. Luckily, the Department for International Trade has provided us with insight into new markets and networking opportunities. Now we’re excited to take our ground-breaking technology to all corners of the globe and improve lives far and wide.last_img read more

Trying to understand the stock market/economic disconnect? Stop.

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » From the great cult classic movie “Big Trouble in Little China,”Jack Burton – “I don’t get this at all?”Lo Pan – “Shut up Mr. Burton! You were not brought upon this world to get it!”As U.S. equities continue their relentless march higher, the question reverberating from all corners of the investment world is, “How can the stock market completely decouple itself from economic reality in what is really just the first couple of innings of the COVID crisis?” It has been said that stocks are pricing in a perfect, V-shaped recovery. However, unless you are Larry Kudlow or Steve Mnuchin being shoved out of the White House to spread the message that all is well, there really does not seem to be too many takers of that prediction. Moreover, it really seems to us that we are backing into the V-shaped recovery scenario to explain what is happening with stocks, rather than the other way around.There really has not been any credible analysis that we have seen to show that a V-shaped recovery is coming. Rather, most analysis, as highlighted by the Federal Reserve in the past few weeks, points to a long, difficult road ahead with regard to economic recovery. Moreover, pronouncements from both corporate and private business leaders predict that major sectors of our economy are going to have to reshape themselves to operate in the world of COVID. Unfortunately, almost of all of the reshaping is negative for economic growth. For instance, this from the Wall Street Journal with regard to something even our grandparents probably took for granted, “Elevator Travel.”last_img read more

Betfair customers write off French Socialist party ahead of debates

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon According to the Betfair Exchange Manuel Valls and Arnaud Montebourg boast little chance of success in the upcming French election.Ahead of the first of the Socialist Party TV debates Valls and Montebourg have been given just a 2% chance of victory.The debates are an opportunity for those wishing to become France’s Socialist Party candidate ahead of the presidential primary elections later this month. Arnaud Montebourg is a 49/1 shot while Manuel Valls is around 64/1. The race appears to be between National Front candidate Marine Le Pen and Republican Francois Fillon. Naomi Totten, Spokesperson for Betfair, said: “Interest in politics and political betting has never been higher with the recent US Election trading an inconceivable £200m on the Next President market alone. Now attention turns to the market for the next French President which had only traded around £15k on the day of the US Election but now has nearly £2m matched.“Francois Fillon is the early 4/5 favourite ahead of National Front representative Marine Le Pen trading at 7/2 and also seeing plenty of support, but with the Socialist Party primaries still to come and modern political campaigns stopping at nothing to be elected there is likely to be plenty of moving and shaking in the market over the next few months.”The outgoing President Francois Hollande has left the Socialist Party in need of a strong leader who can reinspire confidence in it. As it stands, that’ll be a push with Fillon the odds-on favourite at 4/5 with a 56% chance of winning the election having leap-frogged far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who was trading at around 2.92 on November 12th.Of course that’s no reason to say this won’t change, as we’ve seen more than once in recent times, political markets can be quite volatile. Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

First of Fort Hancock Buildings Are Leased By Private Owners

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSANDY HOOK- After attempts reaching back to 1999, The National Park Service (NPS) announced on May 9 that it has finally issued the first lease on a building in Officers Row in historic Fort Hancock.The lease was issued to Brian Samuelson and Joseph Dorsey.Daphne Yun, acting public affairs officer, said the details of the 60-year lease were not available.Samuelson, of Atlantic Highlands, said that work was being done on the two-family house, known as building 21, which faces Sandy Hook Bay. The goal is to get one section, which has three bedrooms, ready for occupancy this summer.Samuelson said Tuesday that the building would be rented out for monthly or seasonal use, or for holiday vacations, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. This is consistent with his application, which said the house would be used as “a family residence in the off-season and a weekly, monthly or seasonal rental during the summer months.”Samuelson, an airplane pilot, said that “everything is up in the air,” when asked if he would be using the house as a residence.The application also said that Samuelson was interested in rehabilitating “between one and five” other buildings on Officers Row.When asked if he would be doing other renovations of buildings at the fort, he replied that he would handle “one crisis at a time,” but “I’m keeping an open mind.”The announcement from the park service of the lease quoted Samuelson and Dorsey as saying, “We hope to eventually make accommodations for the general public for summer rentals” which plan to advertise with a website.The park service’s first attempt to lease the buildings was in 1999, when a 60-year lease was given to Rumson developer James Wassel to renovate and commercially develop more than 36 buildings at the fort. The park service said it did not have the funds to restore the buildings covered in the lease. The proposal was met by strong opposition from local residents who formed Save Sandy Hook, a grassroots organization, to oppose the plan.The Wassell lease was cancelled in 2009, when the developer, after a series of extensions, was not able to show he had the financial means to rehabilitate the buildings.In 2012, a notice was put in the Federal Register that an advisory committee would be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with White House Approval to form plans for Ft. Hancock’s future. The committee, named the Fort Hancock 21st Century Committee, has 23 members, including local elected officials.The interior of the building. Photo: Liz SheehanLast December, a spokesperson for the park service said it was in negotiations with potential lessees for three of the fort buildings.According to the park service website, those leasing the buildings have to pay to renovate the structures, following the standards of historic preservation properties. The proposed rent would be offset by the cost of renovation.The terms of the lease would be based on fair market value, John Warren, External Affairs Officer at the NPS, said.According to the NPS the Fort Hancock has been a major factor in the defense of the New York harbor since colonial days. It served as a proving ground and was renamed in 1895 and deactivated in 1974.last_img read more


first_imgPresented by City National Bank, the Cal Cup Turf Classic is one of five statebred stakes on annual Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anita ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Northern based Alert Bay heads a wide open field of 12 California bred or sired, 4-year-olds and up, in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic going 1 1/8 miles on the grass.Bred in California by Thomas Newton Bell and Ross John McLeod, Alert Bay will once again ship in from Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, CA in hopes of winning the Turf Classic for the second year in-a-row. Since joining the barn of Blaine Wright in November, 2014 Alert Bay has gone on to win the Grade II Mathis Brothers Turf Mile on Opening Day of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Dec. 26 in 2014, the Cal Cup Turf Classic by a neck over returning rival Boozer Jan. 24, 2015 and the Grade II City of Hope (Turf) Mile, Sept. 27.Alert Bay, who boasts the highest-ever Beyer Speed Figure in this group with a 105 from his City of Hope Mile win hopes to rebound from his most recent turf attempts. Seventh in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar on Nov. 27 and sixth in the Grade III Daytona here on Dec. 26, Alert Bay will stretch back out over a turf course that he seems to excel over.The 5-year-old gelding by City Zip out of the Dushyantor mare Hickory, is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd and will be ridden by Martin Garcia. Alert Bay is 6-4-0-1 over Santa Anita’s turf course and is 22-11-4-2 overall with earnings of $980,735.The complete field for the California Cup Turf Classic, to be run as the 9th race on a 10-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tamarando, Edwin Maldonado, 121; G.G. Ryder, Santiago Gonzalez, 126; Unusually Green, Joe Talamo, 119; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 121; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 126; Grazen Sky, Tyler Baze, 124; What a View, Kent Desormeaux, 121; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 121; Somethings Unusual, Iggy Puglisi, 124; Poshsky, Flavien Prat, 126; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 121; Awesome Return, Rafael Bejarano, 121. Also Eligible: Cowboy, Jose Varenzuela, 119. There is a special first post time of 12 noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

QPR’s striker search

first_imgManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a shock swoop for Frank Lampard, according to the Daily Mail.The Chelsea midfielder, 33, is said to be open to the idea of a move to Old Trafford now he is no longer a first-team regular for the Blues.Meanwhile, Tottenham are reported to be rivalling Chelsea for the signing of Serbia winger Milos Krasic from Juventus.The Mail also mention QPR’s ongoing interest in Fulham striker Andrew Johnson and Celtic’s apparent interest in signing R’s forward Jay Bothroyd on loan.And The Sun say Blackburn have rejected a £1.5m bid from QPR for in-form striker Yakubu.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Prefab Green Homes: Blu Homes Soldiers On

first_imgTwo years ago, when we last checked in on Blu Homes, a prefab specialist based in Waltham, Massachusetts, the company had purchased the assets of architect Michelle Kaufmann’s mkDesigns, which included modular-home designs marketed as Glidehouse, mkLotus, and Sunset Breezehouse.Glidehouse and Breezehouse are now among the seven Blu Homes models that can be customized via computer program to meet the client’s needs, built in the company’s factory in Springfield, folded up to fit on a semitrailer, and shipped to the site. Setup and finish work take about a week.A story about the company’s design and manufacturing processes – and the ambitions of Blu Homes’ co-founders, Bill Haney and Maura McCarthy – recently posted to the Forbes magazine website. The story’s author, Todd Woody, also posted a follow-up item, in his Forbes Tech column, elaborating on the vision of the owners and the challenges they face in trying to make their way in the tiny prefab sector.Invoking an innovatorHaney and McCarthy say they aim to take an “Apple approach” to the business by offering compelling designs that clients can customize with the help of CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application) modeling software. CATIA presents 3D images of suggested modifications, as well as their cost, giving both the client and Blu relatively tight control over the process and confidence in the eventual outcome.The company seems to have enough backing, including about $25 million raised from investors, to keep operating in this difficult market, and is even forging ahead with plans to open a factory north of San Francisco.Haney and McCarthy told Forbes that the company has sold 28 homes so far, has orders for 42, and would be in the black if the annual pace of orders and production reaches 50 – a goal the company should hit in 2013, according to McCarthy. At least one observer told Forbes prefab in general is a long way from economic stability, the sector is thinly populated with companies such as Clayton Homes’ i-House and Zeta Communities, both of which are still plugging along.Blu Homes prices start at $95,000 for a shell of the 18×24-ft. version of company’s Blu | Origin model and go to about $500,000, excluding land, permitting, and siting costs.The homes’ general specifications include R-38 structural-insulated-panel (SIP) roofs, exterior walls insulated to R-28, and floors insulated to R-32. Roofs are topped with standing-seam metal roofing. (Click here for a pdf of the specification guide.) The company offers a variety of HVAC options, depending on the model, including hydronic heating and minisplit heat pumps, although all models feature a Venmar heat-recovery ventilator (HRV).Airtightness ranges from 6.0 to 4.0 air changes per hour at 50 pascals pressure difference, says Colleen Barry, Blu Homes’ director of marketing, who adds that the overall energy efficiency of the company’s homes is twice that of a comparable structure built to code. Blu Homes does not currently offer an air-sealing upgrade, Barry says, but it is an option the company is considering as its product line evolves.last_img read more

How Amazon’s Rising Headwaters Could Threaten Google

first_imgderek brown Guest author Derek Brown is a technology executive and analyst who blogs at One Blind Squirrel.Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz with the Midas touch, recently opined that Amazon’s e-commerce capabilities and successes represent a meaningful threat to Google’s product-search-related advertising business.I will take Jeff’s thesis — with which I fundamentally agree — one step (maybe even more) further by saying that I believe Amazon is one of the few companies that has the ambition, permission, structure, and, maybe most important, data, to actually beat Google at its own game.What Makes Amazon DifferentAs an Internet equity research analyst from 1996-2009 — go ahead… throw your drink on your screen and curse me loudly enough that the barista hears you — I had a front seat to The Show. I covered Amazon from its days as “just” a bookseller and Google when it was still a private company, in addition to eBay, Yahoo!, Excite, About.com, Netflix, Omniture, aQuantive, CNET, E*TRADE, and many other industry-defining companies.(See also: The Epic Battle Between Apple And Google Is Over)From the earliest days, it was clear to me (and a few others, obviously) that Amazon was no ordinary company, at any level. However, three attributes set it (far) apart in my mind:Vision and ambition that were orders of magnitude beyond those of others team that I encountered (until, that is, I met Google);A cult-like dedication to customer experience/satisfaction that permeated every decision made by every person at the company; and,A business model that not only valued long-term cash flow and absolute profit potential, but also deemed near-term profits and profit margin largely irrelevant.Individually, these characteristics have been powerful; in combination, they have been revolutionary. Jeff Bezos’ worldview gave his entire team permission — in fact, it gave them the mandate — to think Big, with a capital “B.” Customers’ pure delight with every Amazon interaction gave the company permission to sell (almost) anything to (almost) anyone.And, finally, management’s clarity of financial intent (i.e., to perpetually focus on long-term potential) has, from day one, conditioned shareholders and Wall Street to expect a business that will forever be amorphous and unpredictable, with razor-thin margins.The Yin To Google’s Yang, Sort OfLiberated from more typical corporate constraints, Amazon has evolved like few other companies in history — from its humble origins as an online bookstore into: Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute, Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Flexible Payments Service, state-of-the-art warehouses (~70) everywhere, Amazon Cloud Player, AmazonFresh, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Prime, A9, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Diapers.com, Silk, Amazon Cloud Drive, Zappos, Amazon CloudFront, Kindle, and so on.Sound familiar? It should, because this transformation mirrors that of Google, itself, which began as “just” a search engine company focused on “organizing the world’s information,” and has now become: Gmail, Maps, Apps, Drive, Chrome, Android, Motorola, YouTube, Wallet, Voice, Google Cloud Storage, Shopping, Chromebook, Google App Engine, Google+, and so on.(See also: How Google Is Kicking Sand In Apple’s Face)While not perfectly matching each other solution-for-solution, Amazon and Google now find themselves overlapping across, and competing within, most major categories of Internet-fueled technology and business. SaaS. Hardware. e-Commerce. IaaS. Enterprise. Media. Consumer. Applications. Browsers. Storage. Payments. Consumer. Tablets. And so on.Amazon’s Trump Card: DataDespite all these evolutions and comparisons and similarities and overlaps, I actually think there’s one final aspect to Amazon’s business with which Google cannot (yet) directly compete, and which may prove to be the difference-maker in this faux-ish battle: Data.With 17+ years of history and hundreds of millions of transactions across almost every category of goods, Amazon now has massive quantities of data about the actual buying habits of tens, if not hundreds, of millions of consumers around the globe. Not just what people are searching for (Google, though Amazon.com actually has it too). Not just what people “like” (“like” that, Facebook).(See also: Will Facebook Go Out With A Bang?)Not just what people want (Pinterest, though Amazon.com actually has it too). Not just what people tweet about (Twitter). But the items that people actually pay for with their own hard-earned dollars!Armed with this unique transaction- and SKU-specific data, at scale, Amazon.com has the potential to become one of, if not the most signficant advertising platforms in the world, in my view — matching, if not besting, Google.Look at it this way: if advertisers pay Google $44 billion per year for connecting them with consumers that it oftentimes thinks have interest in their product(s), what might those same advertisers be willing to pay Amazon for connecting them with people they know are interested in their products (or those of their competitors, or those in which they will soon have interest)?What That Data Might Be WorthFor instance, do you think Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, Ford, et al., might be willing to pay a small fortune to be introduced to an individual in Huntington Beach, CA, who suddenly begins buying newborn diapers by the pallet? What about Gymboree? Gerbers? Whole Foods? Safeway? Fab? Gap? Pottery Barn? Ross? Home Depot?Similarly, how much interest might be generated among home decor vendors, local service providers (e.g., physicians, athletic clubs, veterinarians), home maintenance vendors, etc., by a change in shipping and billing information for one of Amazon.com’s long-time customers? Say, someone whose pattern of purchases are highly suggestive — remember, Amazon.com has developed one of the best predictive commerce models in the world for its own e-commerce franchise — of a home with at least one child and one dog, an avid athlete/runner/yogini, with a taste for gourmet cooking and a passion for gardening, among other attributes?And these hypotheticals say absolutely nothing of the extraodinary value Amazon could (theoretically) deliver to its customers/partners by sharing with them relevant online transaction activity that might follow said advertisements, effectively offering a closed loop marketing environment unlike any other.By some accounts, Amazon has (finally) started focusing on the business potential of advertising. For years, it has run ads on its own sites. Then, in late 2010, the company also began serving advertisements on others’ sites, introducing what is, in effect, a full-fledged online advertising network. But these are just warm-ups in my mind — Amazon methodically experimenting (as is its custom) and purposefully tiptoeing around the edges of its potential.I’m convinced the day will come — sooner rather than later — when Amazon unleashes its data and announces itself as an advertising powerhouse. And, when it does, I think the gloves officially come off and the real battle with Google commences.Lead image via Flickr user Jorge Lascar, CC 2.0 Tags:#Amazon#Google How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Romo Disputes Cris Carters Claim He Threatened to End

In his day, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski did some pretty volatile and nasty stuff, like spiting in J.J. Stokes’ face and viciously beating up a teammate. But he made it clear he did not threaten to end former receiver Cris Carter’s career, as the former wide receiver claimed on Tuesday.“It is absolute fiction,” Romanowski said on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday.  “If he could read my mind in pre-game, yeah, maybe he had it right. But I didn’t talk before games. I was in the zone.”On ESPN radio’s Hill and Schlereth show, Carter said he had approached his offensive lineman to offer a bounty on opposing players, including Romanowski, who he said told him, “Carter, I’m gonna end your career” during pregame when he played for Minnesota and Romo for Denver.“I’m guilty of it,” Carter said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever admitted it, but I put a bounty on guys before. And the guys tried to take me out, a guy tried to take a cheap shot on me, I put a bounty on him, right now.”Said Romanowski: “If he put a bounty on me, it wasn’t very good because it didn’t work,” Romanowski said. “I just think this is his way of trying to make himself relevant for what is going on now.” read more

Usain Bolt Makes Donations To Cancer Charity

Usain Bolt is known for his lightening speed and gold medals, but very rarely is he recognized for his charitable donations to the community; thus, Bolt has made to two big contributions to the British community.He donated a pair of autographed running spikes to nine-year-old Matthew Smith, who is a cancer victim that had to have his leg amputated in April.  Smith is currently learning adjusting to using a prosthetic limb, which he is hopeful that the limb will allow him to return the soccer field and play for Brislington Juniors FC in Bristol.The Olympic champion in the 100 and 200 meters, heard about Smith’s situation from his cousin Vinette Jones.  Jones with Smith’s soccer coach.“I think the story really struck a chord with him,” Jones said.  “Usain is a very quick runner so he thought about what it would like for him to lose a leg.”Bolt’s mother, Jennifer, presented the signed spikes to the family before flying to Jamaica after the London Olympics.The Smith family was shocked and thankful for Bolt’s gratitude.“Having Usain Bolt’s mum come and present Matthew with a signed pair of his spikes was brilliant,” said his father, Colin.  “Matthew really appreciated it and couldn’t believe that one of the biggest superstars in the world had done that for him.”The family has placed the shoes on eBay and hope to raise $1,300 to help go towards medical expenses.Bolt did not just stop his charitable ways with the Smith family, but he recently helped out Great Britain’s Mel Edwards.Edwards, 69, was a reserve for the Great Britain marathon team in 1968 Mexico Olympic Games, was diagnosed six years ago with multiple myeloma and bone marrow cancer.Edwards was able to get Bolt to autograph one of his Jamaican international running tops for his cancer charity. He understands how rare of an opportunity this for his charity.“He only signs three or four vests each year for charitable purposes so I am delighted he has decided to choose my charity,” Edwards said.The top will be auctioned off on Nov. 8 at London’s Dorchester Hotel at a gala dinner for Myeloma UK charity. read more

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