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Posted on 18th August 2013 in Chris Dawson, Jobs, Plymouth, Plymouth News, The Range

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Chris Dawson is to Create 6,750 jobs and expand the Range empire from 76 stores to 121 in the next three years.

He has just opened his 76th store in Glasgow of which 1,750 of these jobs will be created in Scotland.

He said: “With stores planned all across the UK, we are excited to be creating so many jobs.

“In under three years we plan to create over 1,750 jobs in Scotland alone, with the remaining 5,000 in England and Wales, totalling 6,750 new jobs.

“We have been working towards opening stores in Scotland for a long time but wanted to make sure the company was structured to support the expansion.

“We have recently opened a huge 750,000sq ft warehouse in Doncaster that will support Scotland temporarily while we look at a specific warehouse in Scotland.

“The Scotland warehouse will bring another 400 jobs”

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Argyle Development Given Go-Ahead

Posted on 15th August 2013 in Plymouth Argyle

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Councillors today give the go ahead for The ambitious proposal from Argyle owner James Brent’s Akkeron Group is to redevelop Argyle’s Mayflower stand and build an ice rink, hotel, cinema and shops.

Martin Starnes, chief executive of Plymouth Argyle, said before the decision: “We’re all hoping there’s going to be a positive outcome from today’s planning meeting because it’s extremely important for the future of the football club.

“We want to get on with a development which will mean increased revenues and better facilities for our supporters and for the city of Plymouth.

“The better facilities you can offer, the easier it is to attract both players and supporters.

“I am of the opinion that a football club, football being the biggest spectator sport in the country, should be at the hub of sporting facilities.”

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Plymouth Flavour Fest 2013

Posted on 15th August 2013 in Leisure, Plymouth Flavour Fest

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Two new high profile celebrity chefs Michael Caines and Anton Piotrowski, winner of Masterchef Professional 2012, will be holding master cookery demonstrations during the 10th anniversary celebrations at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest.

The event is the South West’s largest food and drink festival and returns to the City Centre’s Piazza from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013.

Flavour Fest has continually grown in popularity with footfall figures regularly exceeding 150,000 for the three-day event, offering visitors a lively and exciting way to experience the true taste of the South West region. This year Flavour Fest will welcome additional trading stalls to the 2013 event which will stretch through the heart of Plymouth’s city centre from the Kitchen Theatre on the Piazza, to Place de Brest where the Real Ales and Wines area will be located. A variety of local ale, wine, cider and beer stalls will feature in the new Real Ale and Wine area along with entertainment from the Covent Garden entertainers including an international street dancer, an escape artist and a lack rope walker.

The event’s Kitchen Theatre is a hugely popular feature attracting large numbers of spectators who come to watch the live cookery demonstration’s by the impressive line-up of celebrity and well-known regional chefs. Located directly below the Plymouth Big Screen which will be used to stream the full three-day event, the Kitchen Theatre kick-starts the event with Flavour Fest’s version of ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’.

This year Chris and James Tanner will go head-to-head in the competition with two surprise celebrity guests. Presented by Natalie Cornah from ‘BBC Spotlight’, the event will feature live on BBC Radio Devon and then on ‘Spotlight’ evening news bulletin. Located in the centre of the event site, the ‘Food is Fun’ marquee, awarded the Children’s University Certification, educates and engages the younger audience offering plenty to keep the whole family busy. Equipped with a mini cookery theatre, the marquee hosts cookery demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and healthy educational stalls for children as well as face painting and other fun activities.

Holly Reynolds, Assistant City Centre Manager said: “Over the past nine years Flavour Fest has firmly established itself as a key attraction in our summer events calendar and that of the surrounding area with locals and visitors alike coming down to show their enthusiasm for the Westcountry’s produce. As the event is set to grow even bigger this year with extra stalls and the new ales and wines area, we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the South West and further afield to experience the best traditional and contemporary produce the region has to offer. “ She continued “As one of the most widely attended events of this kind we remain proud to offer a free food festival in the heart of the South West, giving the opportunity to all to sample local produce from organic meats, pasties and pies, to Cornish cheeses and Devonshire ice cream.”

A summary of the Flavour Fest Kitchen Theatre programme for 16th to 18th August is as follows:

FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST 2013

9.45am Mich Tonks, Rockfish Seafood, Sutton Harbour

10.15am Chris and James Tanner

10.45am Martyn Scott, Fisherman’s Arms

11.15am Scott Paton, The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy

11.45am Matt Corner, The View Café

12.15pm Ready Steady Cook with BBC Radio Devon introduced by Natalie Cornah, chefs: Chris and James Tanner, guests: Bill Buckley and special guest

1.15pm Michael Caines

2.00pm Dez Turnland, Brend Hotels

2.45pm Mal Harradine as seen on Ideal World

3.00pm Dave beazley, City College Plymouth

3.30pm The Treasury

4.00pm Rhodes @ The Dome

4.30pm Craig Arbuckle, Montys

SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2013

9.30am Mal harradine as seen on Ideal World

10.00am Richard Farleigh and Jamie McMurrich, City College Plymouth

10.30am Anton Piotrowski, Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Winner of Masterchef Proffesional 2012

11.15am Toby Bragg, Column Bakehouse, Devonport

11.45am Bamix of Switzerland

12.00pm Neil Haydock, Watergate Bay Hotel

12.30pm Mike Palmer, Two Bridges Hotel, near Tavistock

1.00pm Jasleen Kaur, Inventor of The Curry Measure

1.30pm Richard Hunt, Gipsy Hill, Exeter and Courtland, Exmouth

2.00pm Darrin Hosgrove, Ashburton Cookery School

2.30pm Glassblowing House

3.00pm Dave Jenkins, Rock Salt Café

3.30pm Chris Penk, Cornwall College, Saltash

4.00pm Sammy Loundes, Plymouth Art Centre

4.30pm Closed

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST 2013

10.00am Mal Harradine and Jacques Marchal

10.30am Rob Deves, The Market Plaice

11.00am Nigel Johns and Chris Sandham, Theatre Royal

11.30am Russell Brown, Sienna Restaurant, Dorchester

12.00pm Paul Eynon, Lemon Tree, Elburton

12.30pm Richard Valder, Angela’s, Exeter

1.00pm Brett Camborne- Paynter, Austells, St Austell

1.30pm Dan Gillard, St Elizabeths House, Plympton

2.00pm Andrew Ferns, Chloe’s Restaurant, Plymouth

2.30pm Joe Draper and Andy Richardson, River Cottage, Royal William Yard

3.00pm Nick Barclay, The Blue Plate, Downderry

3.30pm Peter Gorton, Gortons, Tavistock

4.00pm Closed

M.A.D Award

Posted on 6th August 2013 in Uncategorized

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Many congratulations to Emily Gruitt from our North Plymouth Branch for earning the M.A.D. Award for this quarter. Well done also to Toni Dustan from our Torpoint and Rame Office who was highly commended and demonstrated great consistency given that she was, until this morning the incumbent holder of the award.

The award is presented quarterly to a member of staff who has gone ‘above and beyond’ in customer service during a 3 month period.

Emily was selected for MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the sale of a property in the Derriford, which exchanged contracts last week. Our vendor was in a nursing home and suffers from Alzheimer’s, the family had power of attorney and negotiations were increasingly difficult due to other issues which cropped up along the sales process. Emily skilfully navigated this landscape which became increasingly political, whilst reassuring her client and the family at all times, including a number of visits to the care home, nurturing the transaction through to exchange. This took an enormous amount of patience and sensitivity on Emily’s part.

Toni, has been singled out for the help and kindness that she has afforded to a client who she sincerely befriended and has spent a lot of time with her, helping her with her gardening which has in turn ensured that the house is better presented for sale.

As well as receiving their certificates and, in Emily’s case the prestigious MAD Award, the ladies will be rewarded with vouchers of their choice (£100 Emily, £25 Toni).

Plymouth based Managing Director Darren Lawson commented “I’m sure that you’d like to join me in congratulating Emily and Toni for their efforts and will agree with me that this recognition is well deserved. Well done Emily & Toni. Keep being MAD”.

Pictured: Plymouth based Managing Director Darren Lawson presenting Emily with her award. Also pictured is Toni receiving her Highly Commended Certificate.

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