first_img Social media – MHCLG General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 On 22 September 2017, the Midlands Engine Partnership published their Vision for Growth, in response to the government’s strategy. It sets out their vision and priorities for growth to create a Midlands Engine which powers the UK economy and competes on a world stage. We continue to work with the Partnership to turn this vision into action. Media enquiries Midlands LEPs awarded £392 million for local growth projects, bringing the total Growth Deal Funding for the Midlands to nearly £1.9 billion. A flagship £20 million Midlands Skills Challenge to improve skills across the Midlands. £4 million to support the Midlands Engine Partnership. 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Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The announcement came as the Secretary of State spoke at the annual Local Government Association conference held in Birmingham.Following this he also visited important Midlands Engine projects including unveiling plans with Birmingham City University for the site of the second phase of a new innovation centre – the STEAMHouse building – which has received £15 million of government funding.The Secretary of State also visited the proposed site of the new HS2 station at Curzon Street. This follows the Secretary of State’s visit to Ibstock in Leicestershire last week to see first-hand how Ibstock Brick Ltd are supporting government’s housing programme.Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine Chairman, said: The economic success of every region of the UK is vital to the success of our country as a whole and this is going to be more important than ever once we leave the European Union. I am delighted to be the new Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine and to act as its advocate across government. I look forward to working in partnership with Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, to drive forward the government’s plans to fire up the Midlands Engine to improve opportunities and quality of life across the region and to build an economy which works for everyone. I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Communities has been appointed Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine. He is already an enthusiastic supporter of our region and I look forward to working with him in the coming months to continue making our region a great place to live, learn and to run a business. There is no doubt that the Midlands is at the heart of the UK’s growth. The region is benefitting from the biggest increases in exports of any UK region and record levels of foreign direct investment – with 243 projects delivering over 13,000 new jobs in the last year alone. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund together with the Barclays Midlands Growth Fund are making over £600 million available to the SME sector, creating jobs and helping realise our region’s potential through enterprise. We are in the vanguard of innovation across many forward-thinking sectors from digital connectivity, advanced manufacturing and engineering to the life sciences, clean energy and battery technologies. And, we are poised to cement our position as the UK’s transport hub with the arrival of HS2. The Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (3 July 2018) confirmed he is picking up the baton as new Ministerial Champion to drive forward the government’s ambitious plans to fire up the Midlands as an engine for growth in the UK.A thriving Midlands region is essential to building an economy which works for everyone and the government is playing its part in supporting the Midlands Engine Partnership achieve their ambition of growing the Midlands economy by £54 billion by 2030 to make the Midlands an even better place to live, work, study and do business.With Coventry named UK City of Culture for 2021 and Birmingham announced as the hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Midlands is playing it’s role on the national and international stage.The Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more


first_imgSource: St Pierre GroupeSt Pierre Groupe has boosted its board of directors with two new hires, both from The Happy Egg Co.David Wagstaff, previously president and chief operating officer at the egg supplier, joins as board director while Jen Danby, former chief marketing officer, has been appointed international marketing director at St Pierre.The double appointment, according to St Pierre, is a ‘clear signal that growth in the USA market is key’ to its brand strategy for 2021 and beyond. Its portfolio includes St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood.Both recruits bring with them extensive knowledge of international markets. In the US, Wagstaff (right) created and launched The Happy Egg Co, introducing a new production model and building a national branded business of some $40m in only four years.Prior to that, he was leading partner in a consulting firm specialising in food and drink, responsible for several international projects that saw him operate in China, South Africa, Europe and the US for brands spanning dairy, frozen and nutrition sectors. He has also worked at McCain Foods and Dairy Crest.In his new role, Wagstaff will guide the business teams enabling the St Pierre brand to continue its growth across the United States.“St Pierre is a brand experiencing dynamic growth – in the USA it’s up 57% year on year. The team have already achieved amazing results, so with some extra direction, there is genuine excitement around and no limit to what this brand can do,” he said.Danby (right), meanwhile, will head up the recently expanded marketing department with a focus on brand-building both in the UK and US markets; she will be responsible for a strategy designed to grow brand awareness and educate consumers through advertising, PR, digital media and shopper marketing.“It’s an incredibly exciting time to join the business. Its growth has been phenomenal this year, especially considering the challenges faced due to the pandemic. There’s a great team in place and real momentum behind each of the brands to continue growth – with ambitious targets in place for the next three years,” she said.Paul Baker, St Pierre co-founder, added: “We have three brilliant brands in our portfolio and an incredible opportunity – particularly in the US for St Pierre – to build brand identities that connect with consumers. Our team has always been our greatest strength and now we have an incredible senior team in place to direct strategy and drive the growth of which we know we are capable.”Other recent hires include three commercial managers who joined the firm in May.last_img read more


first_imgToday, the Baltimore-based funk act Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hits The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Their performance at Peach comes ahead of a busy weekend for the group, with the band making their way to Colorado for a sold-out show with Twiddle at the Boulder Theatre tomorrow, on Saturday night. However, that’s not all the group has in store for the weekend, as Pigeons just announced that they’ll be giving Colorado some extra love with the announcement of a surprise show on Sunday night. Dubbed “An Intimate Evening With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong,” the group will hit the intimate Globe Hall in Denver for two funk-fueled sets to finish off their weekend with a bang. Doors are 8 pm, and this show is set up to be a sell-out so snag your tickets here before they’re gone![Photo: Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2011 Dominican President Leonel Fernández announced new measures to combat insecurity in the country, especially in the city of Santiago (in the northwestern Dominican Republic), where an increase in common and organized crime has been recorded. “We will speed up consideration, approval, and implementation of the new Criminal Code, which should include new types of offenses and stronger penalties for those serious cases that are undermining security,” the president said. The president, who participated in the Civic Encounter for Security organized by businesspeople and civil society, committed to reinforcing coordination among the Government, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the police in order to provide improved security and deliver more surveillance equipment to that city. At the meeting, residents of Santiago expressed their concern due to the numerous murders of women (138 so far this year) recorded in the northern part of the country and to the numerous actions by organized crime, most recently in August, when three Colombians and one Venezuelan were murdered in a case linked to drug trafficking. They likewise denounced the rise in theft and kidnapping and the involvement of juveniles in crimes, as a result of which they demanded an increase in the maximum penalty from 30 to 50 years in prison. Griselis Martínez, a representative of the Santiago residents’ committees, asked that murderers and hitmen “not have the opportunity for review (of their sentences) or release on parole.” Fernández ordered a ban on the use of cell phones in prisons, a common practice in penitentiaries that has resulted in the involvement of prisoners in criminal conspiracies. During the meeting, the president also criticized the judicial branch, which he held responsible for letting criminals back out on the streets. “I can’t figure out how, if there are representatives of the Public Prosecutor’s Office working in these institutions and substantiating the case files, they then throw out the cases for lack of evidence. That makes no sense, and we demand an explanation of what it is that’s going on,” he indicated. In the Dominican Republic, with a population of ten million people, the homicide rate ranges between 18 and 25 per 100,000 inhabitants.last_img read more


first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Kraigg Brathwaite is eager to put advice from West Indies batting great Desmond Haynes to good use during next month’s Test series in England.Brathwaite was one of the heroes of West Indies’ shock win at Headingley in 2017, with scores of 134 and 95.Yet the 27-year-old has not made a Test fifty for nearly two years.But prior to coming to England for July’s three-match, biosecure series, Brathwaite consulted Barbados and West Indies opening predecessor Haynes, who scored over 7,000 runs in his Test career.“I had some words with Sir Desmond back in Barbados,” said Brathwaite in a conference call yesterday from the West Indies’ training base at Old Trafford, the venue for the second and third Test after a series opener at the Ageas Bowl.“We’ve always had a relationship, he was team manager of the Barbados team when I first started, so I had some chats with him. He was an opener as well so it was beneficial for me.“It was a lot about keeping it simple, not overcomplicating things too much. Spending time is crucial in Test cricket and it’s important for any batsman.”The Headingley match showcased Brathwaite’s patience at the crease, and it’s a quality the tourists are likely to need again after fellow batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer declined to tour England this time around due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.“We’ve got to buckle down and show discipline,” said Brathwaite.“Discipline can carry you a long way in Test cricket as a whole and particularly playing in England when the ball is moving.“If you can be disciplined for the whole day, not just half an hour or an hour, I think that will lay a platform for big runs.”West Indies beat England 2-1 in the Caribbean in 2019 and Coach Phil Simmons said last week it was vital the likes of Brathwaite raised their game if they were to retain the Wisden Trophy.“There’s a lot of pressure on the batsmen to perform, because the bowling unit have been carrying the Test team for a while now,” said Simmons.last_img read more