Two evening productions and a Saturday matinee of The Blues Brothers at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School played to packed audiences, the culmination of many months of planning and endless rehearsals which began some months earlier in the summer term.

The production yet again delivered a visually stunning stage show worthy of any West End production, together with a fantastic live band and two charismatic lead performers.

The musical was produced and directed by the school’s Deputy Head and Head of Music, Mrs Vikki Vincent, and Head of Drama Mr Mike Dunnington.

Mrs Vincent stated: “With so much happening on stage at any one point, the choreography, costumes, lighting, stage props and cast were phenomenal, delivering a wholly professional and captivating show for all to enjoy.

“As always, our sincere thanks to everyone, both in front and behind the scenes, including our Tech Club and PA, in making this production such a visual and musical success.”

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Image details L to R: Chloe Modley-Hill 16yrs and Arabella Withers 15yrs

School details:       Holy Trinity International School, t: +44 (0)1562 822929
w: www.holytrinity.co.uk
 

For all Holy Trinity press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact:

Kathryn Watts t: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected]

Bord Bia together with experienced UK and Irish food distribution company, Oakland International, played host to a visiting group of Irish food producers looking to capitalise on current growth in Irish food exports.

The day-long event for Irish Food suppliers, part of the Bord Bia UK Retail Programme, was organized to provide visiting companies with a broad overview of the UK retail market, along with supply chain information needed to enable effective product delivery into the UK Market.

Following detailed presentations by Bord Bia, IGD – Institute of Grocery Distribution and SPAR UK, as well as Oakland International and Oakland Distribution, the visitors then undertook a site tour to provide first hand information on how the supply chain works and then a fact finding retail tour to a variety of supermarkets in the area.

Oakland International’s MD, Dean Attwell, stated: “With a growing number of complex factors involved when working with UK retailers, these events continue to prove highly popular with producers in Ireland who are looking to export to the UK, as we both discuss and examine specific issues and needs of the producer, as well as focus on the operational experience required to successfully deliver their products into retailer depots.”

Aimed at potential export producers, the day provided a detailed overview of UK’s supply chain market and management facilities, as well as the functionality played by agents, to capitalise and explore the many opportunities available for Irish food exporters in the UK.

According to recent figures released by the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 12%, or €1 billion in 2011 to reach an all-time high of €8.85 billion, and as a result the sector accounted for 25% of the rise in total export revenue. The value of Irish food and drink exports over the last two years has increased by €1.8 billion or 25%.

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Image details:  Oakland International’s Managing Director, Dean Attwell with Vinesh Patel, SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller.

Editors Notes:

With distribution depots in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland and Redditch, Worcestershire in the UK, Oakland International is well placed to identify and assist with the distribution plans of aspiring producers looking to grow their businesses across both retail sectors.

Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics which has depots in the UK and Ireland, and encompasses Oakland Distribution.

Multi-award wins include 2012 winners of the Environmental Contribution Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the category of Contribution to Environmental Improvement: Climate Change, Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction and finalists in the IGD Food Industry Awards. 2011 winners of the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards 2011.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

* Export data sourced from Board Bia’s website www.boardbia.ie from their news and events section, published 11/01/2012.

Company details:       

Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222 Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com Twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact:

Kathryn Watts +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected]

From their Glenlough premises in Rathowen and known for producing the finest quality cooked meats, Irish family food producer Green Farm Fresh Foods is enjoying significant export growth, with support of specialist UK and Irish distribution partner, Oakland International.

Distributing Green Farm’s premium product to the UK since March 2012, Oakland International’s expertise and ability to deliver to all UK retailers, discounters and convenience store RDC’s, utilising a single hub strategy, has helped deliver growth partnership success, quadrupling Green Farm’s exports in just six months, from initially supplying one, to three retailers.

Managing Director of Green Farm, Kenneth Greene, commented: “With plans in place to grow our export sales to the UK retail market, it was imperative to have the right consolidator and logistic partner so that, Green Farm could offer our target market a professional service with 100%  service level compliance.

“As a producer of premium short shelf-life products we needed to insure product freshness wouldn’t be compromised while we offered our products to UK retailers.  After discussing our plans for growth with the Oakland team our mind was put at rest. Through their knowledge and professional attitude to business and taking our concerns on board, Oakland were willing to take Green Farm Foods on as a customer even though initial volumes were small. Oakland have  backed up their service to us with live order-picking and  stock control reports, so we can react quicker to the needs of our customers. Working with Oakland means we can offer our customers the service they require to sustain and develop the category.”

With ‘nothing but natural’ a business mantra, Green Farm, established since 1991, is a brand leader in the premium sliced cooked meats market, recently adding to their range by launching Smart snacks, a low cost selection of tasty chicken snacks, Green Farm products are available in all major retailers and independent stores throughout Ireland, and are gaining in popularity with UK retailers and consumers.

Managing Director of Oakland International, Dean Attwell, commented: “We are delighted to be working with, and supporting Green Farm Fresh Foods. Their substantial growth in the UK is no surprise – great products coupled with our simplified route to market and an all-inclusive supply chain case cost, their opportunities for further expansion in the UK are significant.

“Utilising our specialist consolidation service model, tailored for suppliers of all sizes within this competitive market arena, Green Farm also derives benefit from our key location which is central to all major retailers’ RDCs, and we are looking forward to further extending our relationship as they further develop their product range.”

An innovative multi temperature supply chain specialist in logistics, warehousing and distribution, Oakland International is maintaining business expansion; increasing and further developing growth partnerships with other Irish, UK and European food producers.

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Editor’s Notes:

With distribution depots in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland and Redditch, Worcestershire in the UK, Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics, and encompasses Oakland Distribution, is well placed to identify and assist with the distribution plans of aspiring producers looking to grow their businesses across both retail sectors.

Multi-award wins include 2012 winners of the Environmental Contribution Award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the category of Contribution to Environmental Improvement: Climate Change, Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction and finalists in the IGD Food Industry Awards. 2011 winners of the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards 2011.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       

Oakland International Limited Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222 e: [email protected]  www.oakland-international.com

Twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected]

 

Students, staff and open morning visitors at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School (HTIS) enjoyed homemade cakes and a hot drink or two, helping raise £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of this year’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

Taking inspiration from sister IES schools from across the world, each of the four houses dressed in the typical dress of the country and decorated cakes in the national colours of Hungary, South Africa, South America and Britain.

Head student Chelsea Savoy said: “We really enjoyed taking part and helping support such a wonderful charity. Students, parents and staff sampled our many homemade cakes and sweets on sale in the senior school; raising an amazing £600 in just over two hours.

“We would like to thank everyone for attending our coffee morning and at the same time helping support Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Visiting families attending the school’s weekly Open Fridays, held between 8:45am to 11:30am, joined in buying and sampling the many cakes and sweets on offer.

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Image L to R: Head Student and Deputy Head Student, Chelsea Savoy and Alice Cox.

School details:
Holy Trinity International School t: +44 (0)1562 822929 www.holytrinity.co.uk

For all Holy Trinity International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts t: 07970 547469

Cure Leukaemia, BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal, following a sale of fried dumplings and Island Delight patties at the Church of God of Prophecy in Birmingham, has raised over £300 for the charity.

With approximately 110 dumplings and patties sold, Bishop Aldred was overjoyed: “The response to my specially made dumplings and an Island Delight pattie for a donation was overwhelming.”

In addition to those from the local Church of God of Prophecy congregation, Bishop Aldred was delighted to welcome friends from all over Birmingham who responded following announcements on both the radio and social media.

“We completely sold out with many waiting in line!” added Bishop Aldred, who has already been requested to make more fried dumplings, but isn’t promising anything at this point as he said, “It was hard work!”

Bishop Joe, presenter of BBC WM’s Chatback programme, and his team were tasked with doing something a little zany to raise £100 for Cure Leukaemia, so he decided to sell fried dumplings made to his own secret recipe for a minimum price of £1, with Cleone Foods matching the offer with 100 donated patties from their Island Delight branded range.

Said Bishop ALdred: “Special thanks to Wade and Wilma for their superb help with frying the dumplings on the Saturday evening, and for allowing me to fry them at Cleone Foods, not to mention the accessories, bags and serviettes. Also a big thank you to Andy Bailey from Enterprise Data Systems (UK) Ltd for donating £100!”

Island Delight patties:  Cleone Foods’ Island Delight short crust and new flaky pastry patties are available in all major retailers including ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, CO-OP and Sainsbury’s, as well as foodservice and independent retailers and distributors, with a series of store sampling sessions planned around the country to introduce consumers to the rich, warm and exotic flavours of the Caribbean.

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Image: Cleone Foods MD, Wade Lyn surrounded by Island Delight patties.

A small family business employing 50 staff, authentic Jamaican pattie producer, Cleone Foods Ltd, manufactures “Island Delight” branded Jamaican patties. They continue to promote the Caribbean ethos of friendliness, co-operation and community self-support, via its modern approach to responsible business practice.

Cleone Foods MD, Wade Lyn, is an active and well-known LEP Board Member and Business Director working within the Birmingham community.

Company details:  Cleone Foods Limited UK: +44 (0) 121 551 2772 e: [email protected]  www.island-delight.co.uk

For all Cleone Foods and Island Delight press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: [email protected]

Demand for electric access points across the Midlands is only set to increase as growing numbers of electric vehicles take to the UK’s roads, and one forward thinking business, Oakland International, not only purchased an electric car, but also installed a public charging access point, having been approved under the Midlands Plugged in Places scheme.

Kath Turner, Oakland International’s Renewable Project Coordinator, explained the company’s electric strategy: “There has been an interest in electric vehicles for some time now, so the Nissan Leaf is a good first step to testing the technology in a business setting.

“Having won the BITC carbon reduction award, the car forms part of our overall energy saving strategy. There are no carbon emissions, and we intend using it as a company pool vehicle, with staff charging it after trips via the public charging point.”

With a longstanding history of utilising environmental and green technologies where possible, at the firm’s HQ in Redditch the Nissan Leaf will help evaluate and test the technology to see if it fits with their daily business needs. Emphasising though that it’s not just for environmental reasons, but also the savings the new electric car will deliver. Although they do their utmost to utilise environmental technologies whenever possible, it also has to make good business sense, being both environmentally friendly as well as a key driver in making the business more efficient.

By going electric Oakland envisage a number of other benefits being derived by staff, and by the region and wider communities, with the opportunity to assess the car’s capabilities and provide reassurance with regard to range in miles, speed and also the positive look of the car; a green form of transport that reduces everyone’s carbon footprint through zero carbon emissions based on the car travelling on average 10,000 miles per year, Oakland International anticipate saving around *2500 kgCO2/yr.

Although only one car at present, it forms part of the company’s overall move towards carbon neutrality; improving the environment, reducing reliance on petrol or diesel vehicles, with the long-term intention to purchase further cars in the future.

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Image:  Renewable Project Coordinator Kath Turner sitting in Oakland International’s new electric car.

Editors Notes:

*Figure stated is based on possible CO2 imitations saved based on a 1.6 petrol car rating at 149 CO2 g/km against an electric car rated at zero emissions.

Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics which has depots in the UK and Ireland, and encompasses Oakland Distribution. Multi-award wins include the Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction, the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards 2011.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222

Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected]  

www.oakland-international.com twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact:

Kathryn Watts t: +44 (0) 7970 547469 e: [email protected]        

Students at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School (HTIS) invited representatives from Age Concern in Stourbridge to help them celebrate their annual Harvest Festival.

Donating an array of food products, HTIS Head, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright stated: “The school has been supporting Age Concern in Stourbridge for many years and we are always more than happy to assist in any way we can.

“The service they provide is vital to many elderly people in the community and it is essential that they continue to do so. A much loved organisation which is also feeling the effects of challenging economic conditions, as is so many other charitable organisations across our region.”

Children from across all areas of the Nursery, Preparatory and Senior Schools and Sixth Form brought in a collection of canned goods, tea, pasta, vegetables, biscuits and cakes to their Harvest Festival celebrations, singing songs and gathering together with parents and Derek Elton from Age Concern Stourbridge, for a cup of tea and homemade cakes care of the school’s Parents Association.

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Image L to R: (back row) Derek Elton, Deputy Head Student Alice Cox, Head Student Chelsea Savoy. (Middle row) Noah Catherwood and Ria Chance. (Front Row) Sam Austin and Holly Crocker.

School details:       Holy Trinity International School t: +44 (0)1562 822929 www.holytrinity.co.uk

For all Holy Trinity press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: [email protected]    

Students at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School (HTIS) invited representatives from Age Concern in Stourbridge to help them celebrate their annual Harvest Festival.

Donating an array of food products, HTIS Head, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright stated: “The school has been supporting Age Concern in Stourbridge for many years and we are always more than happy to assist in any way we can.

“The service they provide is vital to many elderly people in the community and it is essential that they continue to do so. A much loved organisation which is also feeling the effects of challenging economic conditions, as is so many other charitable organisations across our region.”

Children from across all areas of the Nursery, Preparatory and Senior Schools and Sixth Form brought in a collection of canned goods, tea, pasta, vegetables, biscuits and cakes to their Harvest Festival celebrations, singing songs and gathering together with parents and Derek Elton from Age Concern Stourbridge, for a cup of tea and homemade cakes care of the school’s Parents Association.

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Image L to R: (back row) Derek Elton, Deputy Head Student Alice Cox, Head Student Chelsea Savoy. (Middle row) Noah Catherwood and Ria Chance. (Front Row) Sam Austin and Holly Crocker.

School details:       Holy Trinity International School t: +44 (0)1562 822929 www.holytrinity.co.uk

For all Holy Trinity press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: [email protected]    

Based in Ashbourne Co. Meath and working in partnership with leading European fresh pasta producer, Giovanni Rana, supply chain specialist in warehousing and logistics, Oakland International, is directing their extensive distribution network to support positive growth in demand for fresh pasta products in Ireland.

With Oakland International managing transportation, storage, product and case labelling, prior to onward distribution throughout Southern Ireland since 2010, Giovanni Rana benefits from the supply chain specialist’s local knowledge and bespoke distribution route service for their unfilled, filled pasta and lasagne products via a major retailer’s stores distribution network.

Harry Johnston, Commercial Manager for Giovanni Rana (UK) stated: “Oakland International provides us with the flexibility we need to manage our logistics from Italy and Belgium into Ireland efficiently while at the same time responding effectively to our customers’ needs.”

Close contact between the two firms has ensured accuracy, flexibility and reactivity to any specific event, with Oakland International’s Ashbourne site able to offer its customers both ambient and chilled product warehousing prior to onward delivery into all Irish retailers.

Oakland Ireland General Manager, Richard Hill, stated: “Having created a bespoke solution to fit Giovanni Rana’s requirements, we manage the transportation of their fresh pasta from the UK, prior to storing and then transporting direct to the retailer’s distribution facility.”

With a reputation for delivering a highly reactive, innovative and customer focused service offer, significant opportunities are available within both the Irish and UK retail markets for European food producers to export. Service driven at lower cost, the firm’s supply chain solutions appeals to exporters previously concerned by the high entry cost and perceived difficulties in order management processes associated with the Irish retail sector.

Richard Hill added: “We are delighted to be supporting Giovanni Rana’s success in penetrating the Irish market and establishing a strong recognisable brand with Irish consumers.”

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Editors Notes:

Oakland International is a specialist in third party supply chain warehousing and logistics, and is a multi-award winning company. In 2011 they secured the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards and the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards. Oakland International supply chain functions encompass warehousing, picking and distribution for ambient, chilled and frozen products for producers and manufacturers, supporting Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       Oakland International Limited Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts t: +353 (0) 1835 4855 m: +44 (0)7970 547469 e: [email protected]    

SPAR UK and Oakland International have won the Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence Award, for the SPAR UK National Consolidation Scheme, a partnership between the two companies in this year’s 2012 IGD food industry awards.

Dean Attwell, Oakland International Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win with SPAR UK as both companies are dedicated to reducing their carbon emissions through the introduction of renewable innovations ensuring we continue to deliver a sustainable and efficient supply chain initiative.

“By working together, we have been able to provide an environmentally beneficial service for the end retailers as well as suppliers and in-store customers,” he said.

SPAR UK and Oakland have been working together in this innovative and hugely effective collaboration, which is aimed at reducing SPAR’s overall carbon footprint, improved freshness and availability of product in stores and reduced wastage.

The scheme involves collaboration throughout the supply chain, including SPAR central office, RDC’s, retailers and their suppliers as well as Oakland International, leading to a huge impact on carbon reduction, saving road miles by using an efficient and sustainable supply chain route.

Vinesh Patel, SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller, said: “Since we launched our consolidation scheme three years ago, we have been able to deliver exceptional results in areas including improving freshness, availability of product, reduction of waste and reduced numbers of vehicles arriving at depots.

“I am delighted that both companies are being recognised as a finalist for such a prestigious award,” he said.

Tarun Patel, IGD’s director of supply chain and award judge said: “The finalists for this year’s Ian MacLaurin Award for Supply Chain Excellence have showed not only great vision, but also strong and successful execution in their supply chains. The changes they have made go above and beyond the requirements for day-to-day trading.”

The Ian MacLaurin Award is given to a company that has had a real quantifiable impact on the supply chain, thanks to recent innovations in areas such as cost reduction, faster flow of product, application of technology or synchronisation of production.

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Image details from L to R: Oakland International’s MD, Dean Attwell with Vinesh Patel, SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller.

Editor’s notes:

Oakland International is a multi temperature supply chain specialist in warehousing, distribution and logistics which has depots in the UK and Ireland, and encompasses Oakland Distribution. Multi-award wins include the Business in the Community Award for Carbon Reduction, the award for Best Logistics at Ireland’s Checkout National FMCG Awards as well as the UK Business Initiative of the Year award at The Grocer Gold Awards.

Key industry associations include; British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Road Hauliers Association (RHA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and accredited by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Company details:       

Oakland International Limited UK: +44 (0) 1527 596 222 Ireland: +353 (0) 1835 4855 e: [email protected] www.oakland-international.com Twitter: @OaklandIntUK

For all Oakland International press and media enquiries in the first instance, please contact:

Kathryn Watts t: +44 (0) 1299 266 149 m: +44 (0) 7970 547469 e: [email protected]