North West eateries urged to
enter the Food Porn Awards as expert judging line up announced
FOLLOWING its launch last month,
eateries from across the North West have just a few weeks left to enter this
year’s Food Porn Awards.
Celebrating the region’s best looking food, the awards close for entries, on 13 November
2016, with restaurants, bars, pubs and eateries encouraged to submit
images of their most tantalising dishes to be in with a chance of winning the
coveted 2017 award.
Online submissions have already started pouring in from across the region since
entries opened and an expert judging panel has been appointed, which will have
the challenging task of selecting 12 finalists, as well as the final winner.
The confirmed line up includes Maria Bracken, editor of leading industry
publication, Eat Out, Jo Cooksey, editor of North West food and drink website,
Taste Today, and acclaimed journalist, Renate Ruge. They will be joined by three
of the judges involved in last year’s hugely successful launch, Professor
Stewart Morell from Manchester Metropolitan University, Robert Gong, Food
Development Chef at All About Food, and Oliver Zebedee-Howard, Owner and
Managing Director of specialist food creative agency, Shoot the Moon.
With decades of experience in the sector between them, the panel will come
together to select an initial shortlist of 12 entries from restaurants, bars,
pubs and eateries across the North West, which have been submitting images of
their most mouth watering dishes over the past month with a hope of scooping the
acclaimed award. The finalists will then move through to the live cook off
round, working with the curators of the Food Porn Awards, STM Photography, to
capture images of their dishes before the entries are revealed and the judges
make their final decisions.
The inaugural Food Porn Awards took place last year and following on from its
success, have returned in its search to find the region’s finest culinary
delights. This year, the awards are also welcoming entries from Yorkshire and
Cumbria, with the final winner announced at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show
in March 2017.
Phil Marshall, STM managing director and curator of the Food Porn Awards, said:-
"We are delighted to welcome back three of the judges from last year and
very much looking forward to Maria, Jo and Renate joining the team. The quality
of entries we received last year was outstanding and judging by the entries
we’ve already received, this year is on course to be even better. I’ve no doubt
that the panel of experts we have on board will be ideally placed to select a
Sponsors and partners for this year’s awards include catering equipment
supplier, Stephensons; specialist food photographers, STM Photography; social
media agency, STM Social; PR agency, Refresh PR; and video production company,
WhiteNoise Media. For more information on the awards and how to enter, including
full terms and conditions, please visit:-
Stolen Medication in Maghull
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for the
public to be cautious following the theft of some medication from a car in
Maghull. It is thought that the following was stolen from a car parked on South
Meade, alongside an iPad, in a black and pink bag. The tablets are as follows:-
Creon 2500MG 30 tablets; Loperamide 2MG 18 tablets; Cyclizine 10MG 6 tablets and
Ondansatron 10 tablets. Taking medication that is not prescribed for you can be
harmful and can even prove fatal. If you come across this medication, please
contact:- 101 or hand it into your nearest Pharmacy or Police Station.
UK business confidence
steady despite Brexit fears, finds major ACCA survey
GLOBAL business confidence is at its
highest in 12 months, with OECD countries anticipating a rise in government
spending, a 4 year confidence high in China leading to an uplift in emerging
markets and the US continuing a stable recovery.
With protectionist sentiments on the rise across many nations, the US
presidential elections in November could have a significant impact on whether
this improving confidence translates into genuine increases in employment and
Faye Chua, head of business insights at ACCA, points out that despite the UK
vote to leave the European Union, business confidence has so far held steady:-
"In the UK, confidence has held up in the wake of gloomy predictions; this
may be partly linked to greater willingness from the incoming administration to
loosen the purse strings (despite a high budget deficit) and rate reductions
from the Bank of England to pre-empt a slowdown.
Yet we must remember that, despite perceptions, the process of Brexit has not
begun yet and that overall the UK represents only 4% of global trade GDP. Nearly
60% of global respondents said that they had not been affected by the vote."
Faye Chua says that the survey highlights the importance of governments
supporting growth and their increasing realisation of the limits of monetary
policy, "Over 51% of global respondents expected government spending to
rise, which has driven global business confidence to the highest point in over a
year. After years of reduced investments in most Western economies, a
combination of falling budget deficits and bond yields is encouraging
governments to reach for their wallets. This is good news for business in a
continued depressed climate for investment and hiring."
Yet Faye Chua says that despite improvements in confidence, the world is yet to
see it translate into a meaningful boost to hiring and investment, "Only
19% of firms said they are considering hiring new staff, and only 14% said they
are looking at opportunities to invest in new technology. In every region, there
were more businesses planning to cut staff than those planning to hire more."
Faye Chua argues there could be bigger challenges ahead for the global economy
in the next quarter, "The World Trade Organisation is reporting record
levels of trade restrictions between nations, and there has been a pronounced
protectionist turn in the US presidential elections with regard to trade.
The outcome and response to that election, together with the prospect of Brexit
negotiations drawing closer, will provide a test of this fragile confidence."
The Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS), carried out jointly by ACCA (the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (the Institute of
Management Accountants), is the largest regular economic survey of accountants
around the world, in terms of both the number of respondents and the range of
economic variables it monitors. Its main indices are good predictors of GDP
growth in themed countries and its daily trend deviations correlate well with
the VIX or ‘fear’ index, which measures expected stock price volatility.
Fieldwork for the Q3 2016 GECS took place over 2
September and 19 September 2016, and
it attracted 1,512 responses from ACCA and IMA members around the world, including
more than 150 CFO's. The report can be viewed
Action on Uninsured Driving
MERSEYSIDE Police are teaming up with
MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) in a national week of action, running from 17
October to 23 October 2016, aimed at tackling uninsured driving.
Operation Drive Insured is the 1st national
week of its kind and Police Officers across Merseyside will be engaged in the
Ashton West, the MIB’s Chief Executive said:- “We are pleased to be
running the first Operation Drive Insured with the National Roads Policing
Intelligence Forum and police forces to help raise awareness of the consequences
of uninsured driving. The work of MIB and the Police is essential in dealing
with uninsured driving. This week is a concerted effort to tackle an estimated
one million uninsured drivers still driving illegally on our roads.”
Sergeant Dave Yorke from Merseyside Police Roads Policing Department said:-
“20% of the most serious collisions across Merseyside in the last year have
involved a driver who either wasn’t insured or licenced correctly and it is
these risk taking drivers we intend to take off the road. Please take the time
to check your driving licence and insurance is current, to avoid being targeted
Anyone with information on persons driving without a licence or without
insurance can call Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111 or report it online..