you a budding amateur cook?
CHANNEL 4 are looking
for amateur cooks to take part in a potential new exciting
They will tour across the UK in teams and compete against one
another in different cooking tasks... in a battle to be crowned
If you think your passion, sizzle and food could give rival cooks a
run for their money - then we want to hear from you!
Can you stand the heat... or will you have to get out of the
kitchen? Apply to take part by
or by calling:- 0207 534 2033 and telling us about yourself and your
passion for cooking. No professional cooking experience is
heads under fire from stressed out bosses
pressure from the recession are landing in hot water by taking a
tough line with tardy employees, according to employment law
experts. Lateness costs British businesses £1.8 billion every
year and stressed UK bosses are cracking down, with 1 in 6 prepared
to sack an employee for being late just two or three times.
However, businesses must follow the rules. Documented, objective,
fair warnings must be given in writing and the employee must have
the chance to correct any issues. In legal terms, being late for
work comes under general misconduct and doesn’t warrant dismissal
for a first offence. Bosses who don’t follow the rules could
end up at an Employment Tribunal and be ordered to reinstate or
re-engage the employee in a similar post, or more commonly, give
financial compensation to the employee.
The warning comes as the Tribunal Service publishes figures showing
a sharp increase in the number of employment tribunal cases brought
against employers. Over the past year, employment tribunal cases
have risen from 151,000 to 236,100, a 56% rise.
Neeta Laing, head of employment at law firm, Lewis Hymanson Small,
said:- “If you want to dismiss an employee, follow the rules
and avoid tribunal claims. Employment legislation is a minefield
with many employers still unsure how to dismiss an employee
properly. Employees should be given a verbal or written warning in
the first instance.
With many businesses still suffering as a result of the recession,
consistently slow starters can add to the pressure and policies and
procedures are often the last thing to be considered. However, it is
vital the correct systems, procedures and advice are in place to
protect employers from costly and unwanted tribunals.”
About Weight attacks Health Secretary
MD of All About Weight, was outspoken in her criticism of Government
plans to scrap the Food Standards Agency in its ‘bonfire of quangos’.
“Britain is gripped in an epidemic of obesity. Everybody understands that we are facing grim
economic times, but giving up the fight to improve Britain’s diet
will cost the country billions in future National Health Service
The Food Standards Agency was created 10 years ago to monitor food
processors following the e.coli and CJD health scares. Health
Secretary Andrew Lansley published a white paper that will
announce the Agency’s demolition.
"Andrew Lansley was duped by the food companies when he agreed
to dump plans for stiffer regulations on salt, sugar and fat in
return for producers supporting healthy eating campaigns last week.
Some regulatory control is vital to protect health." said Mrs Wetton.
All About Weight is promoting a large-scale health revolution to
combat obesity in adults and children, and foster healthier
attitudes towards food and lifestyle. All About Weight is the
fastest growing weight loss programme gaining over 30,000 customers
in its first three years of trading. It is the only programme which
mixes healthy food choices with specially prepared, full-nutrition
"All About Weight has proved that clients using a combination
of full-nutrition meal replacement and healthy foods can enjoy
better weight loss results than those who follow a total abstinence
programme, and maintain better health. The most important aspect of what we do is to change people’s
mental attitude to weight loss and to educate them about how food
works in the body. Not all food producers have the same responsible
attitude to health,. You only
have to hear what James Lowman, chief executive of the Association
of Convenience Stores, said in today’s press, that retailers only
stock what their customers want to buy and that his members will
stop stocking unhealthy foods when customers stop buying them.
We don’t think that’s acceptable, and it indicates that
self-regulation alone will not deal with the obesity crisis." said Mrs Wetton.
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