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Blackbaud and PayPal offer low-cost web tools for US nonprofits

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Blackbaud and PayPal offer low-cost web tools for US nonprofits Howard Lake | 6 April 2009 | News Tagged with: Digital PayPal Software and services provider for nonprofit organisations Blackbaud Inc. has partnered in the US with online payment service PayPal to offer BlackbaudNow™, a low-cost “point-and-click website builder” with secure donation processing and the ability to send emails and record donors’ giving histories.The service is aimed at new and growing nonprofits in the US. There are no setup or monthly fees. Instead, nonprofits only pay fees on a per-transaction basis.Blackbaud and PayPal are inviting US nonprofits to take part in the $12,500 “BlackbaudNow Donation Sweepstakes”. From 30 March to 30 June 2009 nonprofits that sign up for BlackbaudNow will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. The winner will receive a donation of up to $2,500 and 20 additional nonprofits will receive donations of up to $500.Marc Chardon, Blackbaud’s chief executive officer, said: “Built on Blackbaud’s proven technology platform with secure payment processing through PayPal, BlackbaudNow provides a simple tool to help nonprofits quickly grow their supporter bases, accept donations and payments, and communicate their missions online.“This template-driven solution is ideal for new and growing nonprofits that need instant access to basic web tools.”Glenn Lim, general manager of alliances and non-retail payments for PayPal, said: “”More than 100,000 nonprofits already use PayPal for payment processing. We know that our work with Blackbaud, a trusted partner of nonprofits, will allow us to better serve our nonprofit customers and help them achieve their fundraising goals.”There are currently no plans to introduce the service in the About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Strikers win at Harvard

first_imgBy Ed Childs and Steve GillisCambridge, Mass.For 20 days Harvard Square was the scene of the most raucous, disruptive demonstrations this town had experienced since the Vietnam War. The workers at Harvard University Dining Services were on strike and Harvard wouldn’t budge. But finally the bankers who control the Harvard Corporation caved, literally overnight.At  1:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, leaders of UNITE HERE Local 26 announced “total victory” to cheering strikers and students who had been occupying the square and beating drums throughout the night.The 736 cooks, dishwashers and dining hall workers celebrated the details the next day at a packed ratification meeting. They won retroactive wage increases amounting to $3 an hour over the five-year contract; a substantial, first-time-ever stipend during summer layoffs; better, less expensive health insurance, including for retirees; increased uniform and shoe allowances; strengthened gender identity nondiscrimination terms; and union-power language that exceeded their initial demands.And there was more.The new contract established a Task Force in which union members will exercise power to stop discrimination and promote diversity in the workplace — a demand the corporation insisted it would never accept.In desperation to end the strike, Harvard’s board also agreed to pay the workers’ check deductions during the 20-day strike at 100 percent for health, vision, dental, life, long-term disability, home and auto insurance, plus parking fees and public transportation to and from picket lines. Some strikers who work at the subcontracted medical school and faculty club will also receive a $500 strike bonus.The vote was 583 to 1.‘Harvard’s attack was political’The whole world knew that the Harvard Corporation, with its $40 billion endowment, could afford contract justice for those who feed its community, who earned on average less than $35,000 a year before the strike.Ed Childs has been a cook at Harvard for 42 years. He’s a union founder, a Local 26 Chief Steward and a National Committee member of Workers World Party. Childs explained: “Harvard’s attack was entirely political. What the bankers from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Citigroup, who direct the Harvard Corporation, wanted most was to pick $4,500 per year of health insurance deductibles and copays from our members’ pockets. They had forced this on professors and other campus workers first; it wasn’t just their local program.“Read the headlines this week. All across the country capitalist insurance companies have announced increases of 27 percent and up for poor people using so-called Affordable Care Act products. We decided it was up to the cooks and dishwashers to draw the line for everybody and fight Harvard’s dangerous program of austerity!”Student/labor coalition fights for healthcareIt wasn’t just that the students, faculty and other workers on campus truly love their dining hall family, who sustain their work from breakfast to midnight snacks — even though that bond was evident daily in mass demonstrations that shook the ivied walls for three weeks.For nearly a year leading up to the strike, Local 26, plus students and faculty, had built a political coalition based on the demand that “healthcare is a human right.” Especially at Harvard’s Medical School and School of Public Health, hundreds of students organized and hosted meetings with dining hall workers to develop solidarity. Their public manifestos tore back the veneer of Harvard’s academic liberalism and exposed its neoliberal core.Student publications and protest actions at local corporate offices called out the interlocking connections of the Harvard Corporation and its Board of Overseers with Wall Street’s biggest banks and insurance companies, as well as with high tech and pharmaceutical giants like Google, Merck, Abbott Labs and CVS. They put anti-labor Harvard President Drew Faust in the same boat as criminal pharma CEO Martin Shkreli.In a Sept. 30 public letter that went viral before and during the strike, two students wrote: “As medical students at Harvard, we were deeply troubled to learn that our university was proposing changes to dining workers’ health plans that would make essential health care unaffordable. It is shocking that these low-income workers would be better off financially if they were not offered employer-sponsored insurance.”As the national stakes mounted and Harvard dug in, the International UNITE HERE leadership poured in vital resources and staff from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Detroit, New York and elsewhere to fortify the strikers’ fund and boots on the ground. Local 26 President Brian Lang and chief negotiator Michael Kramer joined nine courageous women strikers, Black, Latina and white, in civil disobedience arrests on Oct. 14 that shut down Harvard Square for hours. Meanwhile, more than 500 strikers and their allies banged drums, blew whistles and proclaimed, “No justice, no peace!”The next Saturday, Oct. 23, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO organized a demonstration of 2,000 in Harvard Square. As speakers blasted the corporation’s greed from the back of Teamster Local 25’s flatbed truck, that union’s president threw $10,000 into the war chest. Despite a force of militarized police lining the way, Cambridge’s main thoroughfare was shut down as a militant march on City Hall was joined by busloads from New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New Haven.Only one U.S. presidential campaign weighed in on this literally life-and-death national issue. The Monica Moorehead/Lamont Lilly campaign of Workers World Party was engaged through the candidates’ daily presence, assistance and pro-strike publicity, and they got an enthusiastic response from many strikers.Women lead the wayLawrence Summers has been a professor and president of Harvard, a chief economist at the World Bank, Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, adviser to the privatization of post-Soviet states and a favorite millionaire ideologue on the Wall Street lecture circuit. He infamously remarked while Harvard president that women are “underrepresented” in science and engineering due to a “different availability of aptitude at the high end.”The HUDS strike was led by women — Latina, African American, Caribbean, Asian, Indigenous, white, LGBTQ — who make up more than 60 percent of the workers. They engineered ear-splitting disruptions that created a profound crisis for the corporation and its overseers.While traditional picket lines played a role at 40 gates, strikers took on the street tactics of Occupy Wall Street and the Black Lives Matter movement. For 22 days, even after the “tentative agreement,” strikers daily converged from their strike posts to form mass marches for miles through “private” campus courtyards and inside buildings, turning five-gallon food buckets and kitchen spoons into weapons, along with whistles, trumpets, trombones, cymbals and bullhorns.The slogan “No peace” became reality for the bosses, from the tony business and law schools to the Crimson Homecoming of alumni and the usually staid Charles Regatta, whose 300,000 spectators were drawn into the inescapable fight. President Faust heard the constant drumbeat, day and night for 22 days, as protests followed her every move.Robin McDowell, a first-term masters student focusing on labor history, gave WW this eyewitness account of the walkouts and occupations of Oct. 25–26:  “At 2 p.m., the sound of drums and chants was heard all over Harvard Yard. Undergraduate and graduate students flocked to Massachusetts Hall to begin the walkout and march to 124 Mt. Auburn Street where negotiations were taking place.“When we arrived, workers lined up outside the doors as students poured into the lobby, still chanting, still beating on buckets. It felt like the four-story building was shaking with our energy. Curious employees came to the windows and watched.“After about 15 minutes of chanting, we all sat down, almost in unison. Everyone seemed to understand that we weren’t budging until Local 26 negotiators emerged victorious. We heard that we’d see the end by 5:30. After 5:30 rolled around with no word, we sat on the hard marble floor, reading books, talking amongst ourselves. At 6 p.m. the doors would close, so everyone inside texted friends and posted calls to social media telling people to arrive by then. Employees began leaving work. One woman encouraged us, ‘Keep this up. It’s working!’ as she left for the day.”Strike support scares the bossesThe Boston Globe and New York Times rushed an editorial and op-ed to web-print late that night announcing support for the strike — showing an open split among Harvard financiers.The strike settlement resulted in HUDS workers paying substantially less for health insurance than before. They got a better plan design than President Faust’s own family. All this exceeded the union’s goal of $35,000 a year and was a direct reflection of the power the rank and file were able to bring to the street, despite all the difficulties, sacrifices and hardships.As strikers return to work, these victories are being played out on the shop floor. At Adams House, the workers got a rousing ovation from students at breakfast.Sarah Cleary, one of the strikers who was arrested and a cook at a “Restaurant Associates” isolated, subcontracted shop at the medical school’s Longwood campus, described her experience: “Being on strike was truly one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Some of us in a way didn’t want that experience to end. I’d never been active in the union before. There wasn’t even a shop steward in my kitchen.“The first day back, I told my manager that I’d be assuming the responsibility of shop steward from now on. He told me, ‘Fine, you can talk to employees during breaks and after your shift.’ I look forward to the new contract printed and in my hands.“It calls for no discrimination for union activities, and it gives shop stewards the right to conduct union business with members anytime while on the clock. [These two are first-ever worker-power victories.]“I am very much looking forward to being a part of building the union stronger and using this experience of victory in struggles to come.”Ed Childs is chief steward of UNITE HERE Local 26. Steve Gillis is financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 8751.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Suspended jail terms and exorbitant damages award against newspaper publisher and cartoonist

first_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information to go further The court also ordered the newspaper’s “definitive closure.” The two journalists said they would appeal the verdicts in both cases.“Despite our many protests, a demonstration outside the Moroccan embassy in Paris, a meeting with three advisers to the Moroccan ambassador to Paris, and a news conference in Casablanca attended by Bouachrine and Gueddar (see video), we now have to express our deep disappointment about these verdicts, which sent a grim warning to the Moroccan press,” Reporters Without Borders said.The press freedom organisation added: “We hope there will be a royal pardon but meanwhile we publish the letter we sent to Hillary Clinton, as we said we would do during the Casablanca press conference on 27 October.”Read the letter to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who will begin a two-day visit to Morocco on 2 November.The Reporters Without Borders news conference in Casablanca and an interview with cartoonist Khalid Gueddar:Reporters sans frontières: Conférence de presse au Marocenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’actualité du moment en vidéo. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News A Casablanca court yesterday gave Taoufiq Bouachrine, the publisher of the Akhbar al-Youm newspaper, and cartoonist Khalid Gueddar three-year suspended jail sentences and ordered them to pay a colossal 270,000 euros in damages to Prince Moulay Ismaïl, a cousin of the king, for a cartoon of the prince published last month.The sentences were issued as a result of a suit brought by the prince accusing them of “failing to accord due respect to a member of the royal family.” The court imposed additional one-year suspended jail sentences and a fine of 9,000 euros in a parallel case brought by the interior ministry accusing them of “attacking an emblem of the kingdom.” October 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspended jail terms and exorbitant damages award against newspaper publisher and cartoonist RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistslast_img read more

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Former Mayor flies high for charity

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsFormer Mayor flies high for charityBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 996 Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on SundayMidwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association vice chairperson John Byrnes, Irish Parachute Club instructor Peter Breen, and Cllr Michael Sheahan taking part in a charity skydive on Sunday by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FORMER Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Michael Sheahan ended his term in office on a high as he leapt from a plane 13,000 feet in the air on Sunday to raise funds for the Midwest Spinabifida & Hydrocephalus Association.The Fine Gael councillor, who also completed the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run 10k event in aid of the MWSA, described his skydive as “a wonderful experience”.He told the Limerick Post: “It was a long day, we were there from 8.30 in the morning and we didn’t jump until 8.30 that evening because of wind problems. I was worried that it would be cancelled but thankfully it wasn’t and it was well worth it.“I absolutely loved it. It was frighteningly exciting. Just as you’re leaning out of the plane, that’s when the second of doubt creeps in because it’s not natural, you’re leaning out into open space. But once you jump then you’re in freefall for a few seconds and you just have to go with the flow. You straighten yourself out then and I was floating down like a frog. It was lovely.”Cllr Sheahan added: “I’d recommend it to anybody with a bit of positivity about them. It’s a very unique way to raise money for charity as well. I would definitely do it again. I really enjoyed it and it was for a very good cause.”The City East councillor, who recently handed over the title of Metropolitan Mayor to Cllr Jerry O’Dea, says he is enjoying the break from “the cut and thrust” of civic events, but promises that he still has “plenty of issues to work on” between now and the next local elections in four years’ time.John Byrnes, vice chairperson of the MWSA, who joined Cllr Sheahan in the skydive with the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly, thanked the former Mayor for his support for the charity during his year in office.The Midwest Spina Bifida Association & Hydrocephalus is a voluntary organisation providing services to more than 100 families.Only 35 per cent of the charity’s funding comes from the HSE so it relies heavily on fundraising; all funds raised go directly towards its services.All its services are free of charge and include physiotherapy, orthotics, counselling for members and family, computer classes, cookery, leadership and self awareness development, summer camps, swimming and art lessons, wheelchair sports and more.For more information, or to make a donation, got to WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Previous articleNew York welcomes The Lady DianaNext articleGarda vow on feuding gangs John Keogh TAGSCllr Michael SheahanIrish Parachute ClublimerickMidwest Spina Bifida Email Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Donegal drug detections up in first quarter of 2020 – CSO

first_img Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebookcenter_img Donegal drug detections up in first quarter of 2020 – CSO WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTaoiseach confirms further easing of restrictions from June 29thNext articleLYIT allocated 308 free places on Springboard Plus courses News Highland Twitter Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – June 20, 2020 Pinterest Crime figures released by the CSO from January to the first of March suggest an increase in drug detections in Donegal over the same period last year.Crimes in most other areas fell, but drug detections were up significantly.The Central Statistics Office publishes crime figures “under reservation”, effectively saying that questions over how gardai have compiled their figures in recent years mean the CSO is unwilling to fully stand over the figures.In most areas, crimes during the first quarter fell when compared to the same period last year, but drug detections were up significantly.The number of people detected driving under the influence of drugs trebled, going from 13 last year to 39 between January and March this year.Controlled drug offences were up from 74 to 96, possession of drugs for personal use detections rose from 59 to 79. Detections of manufacture or cultivation of drugs rose from one to three, while cases of possession for sale or supply rose by one, from 12 to 13.These figures cover the period from January 1st to March 31st, which includes the first 19 days of Coronavirus restrictions.last_img read more

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Abandoned newborn girl found alive in plastic grocery bag

first_imgForsyth County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) — Georgia authorities are searching for information after they say an abandoned newborn girl was found alive in a plastic grocery bag. Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman called it “divine intervention” that the baby was found in good condition. The newborn was found along a road in Forsyth County at about 10 p.m Thursday, Freeman said at a news conference on Friday.Residents heard the baby’s cry and called 911, he said. “It was obvious that the baby was a newborn. We believe within hours of our discovery that the baby had been born,” he said. She was rushed to a hospital “where surprisingly, the baby was in good condition,” Freeman said.Now, the sheriff is desperate to find the identity of the baby and her parents.“We want to understand and find out how this baby was abandoned,” Freeman said. “Thirty-two years, this is the first one I’ve had of an abandoned child in this manner.” As the news spreads, residents are coming forward and asking about adopting the baby, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Jenny Belafi said Monday.The state has laws allowing for the safe surrender of newborn children. “Georgia Safe Haven Law allows a mother up to 30 days after the birth of an infant to drop that infant off at a hospital, a fire station, a police station, a sheriff’s station,” the sheriff stressed. “And as long as they turn it over to a person, a live human being, they cannot be charged with abandonment, cruelty to children. It is a way to make sure that a child like this is safely cared for.” The little girl has been temporarily named India, and is in custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Verbal job offer legally binding

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The importance of honouring a verbal job offer has been reinforced by rugbystar Joel Stransky who has successfully sued Bristol Rugby Club for breach ofcontract. Stransky was awarded £151,025 after the High Court found the formerSpringbok had been offered a job as Bristol RFC’s backs coach following aconversation with then-chief executive Nick De Scossa. Stransky claimed they shook hands on the deal and subsequently handed in hisnotice at Leicester RFC. However, when he visited the Bristol team the day before he was due tostart, he discovered that he was not being offered the position after all. Comments are closed. Verbal job offer legally bindingOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/3/18

first_img Written by April 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/3/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:     INTERLEAGUE Final  Seattle   6  San Francisco   4 Final  Boston    4  Miami           2, 13 Innings       AMERICAN LEAGUE Final  Kansas City   1  Detroit         0 Final  N-Y Yankees  11  Tampa Bay       4 Final  Toronto      14  Chi White Sox   5 Final  Houston      10  Baltimore       6 Final  Texas         4  Oakland         1 Final  L-A Angels   13  Cleveland       2     NATIONAL LEAGUE Final  N-Y Mets    2  Philadelphia   0 Final  Atlanta    13  Washington     6 Final  Milwaukee   5  St. Louis      4 Final  Arizona     6  L-A Dodgers    1 Final  San Diego   8  Colorado       4  Chi Cubs  at  Cincinnati   6:40 p.m., postponed     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Philadelphia   121  Brooklyn        95 Final  Cleveland      112  Toronto        106 Final  Orlando         97  N-Y Knicks      73 Final  Miami          101  Atlanta         98 Final  Milwaukee      106  Boston         102 Final  Golden State   111  Oklahoma City  107 Final  Houston        120  Washington     104 Final  Chicago        120  Charlotte      114 Final  Dallas         115  Portland       109 Final  Utah           117  L.A. Lakers    110 Final  Denver         107  Indiana        104 Final  Phoenix         97  Sacramento      94 Final  L.A. Clippers  113  San Antonio    110      NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT  Columbus        5  Detroit        4 Final  New Jersey      5  N-Y Rangers    2 Final  N-Y Islanders   5  Philadelphia   4 Final  Florida         2  Nashville      1 Final OT  Winnipeg        5  Montreal       4 Final  Tampa Bay       4  Boston         0 Final  Arizona         4  Calgary        1 Final SO  Vegas           5  Vancouver      4 Final  Dallas          4  San Jose       2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Shambolic Finals

first_imgFrench finalists were dealt yet another blow last Thursday when the Chairman of Examiners and the Proctors issued a letter stating that the listening examination for this year was to be discounted. Students across the University are enraged that greater weight will be placed on the oral examination, claiming that this disadvantages candidates who are poorer at speaking than listening. There is further anger that their revision and teaching time over the past three years has been wasted on a part of the subject which will no longer have a bearing on their overall degree. The decision was taken after a flood of complaints from both students and dons criticised “shambolic” execution of the new style of listening exam, which took place in 0th week and was brought to wider public attention by Cherwell in 1st week. Students feared that muffled sound quality, poor video footage and tiny television screens could have reduced their overall marks by a whole class and some emerged from the exam room distressed at having answered less than 20% of the paper. However, the Junior Proctor, Ian Archer still claims, “the Examiners made every effort to ensure that this new-style examination ran smoothly.” A French finalist at Lady Margaret Hall expressed her disappointment at the “slap-dash attitude” of the French department in dealing with the shortcomings of the exam. She added that the Language Faculty “would struggle to organise a piss-up in a brewery.” A French don urged students to concentrate on preparing for the rest of the examinations rather than dwelling on the failings of the listening exam. It would seem though that the mood among language finalists is one of indignation and many already feel that they have been put through a “traumatising ordeal.”ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

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Biggin’ up the baker

first_imgI get by with a little help from my friends” is a familiar phrase. “I get by with a little help from my local regeneration agency” is, perhaps, less catchy. But that’s exactly how one start-up bakery has managed to survive the daunting prospect of setting up in one of England’s most deprived districts.Keith Glenton opened Newbiggin Home Bakery in Newbiggin-on-Sea on 25 October 2006 and, following its huge success, in May this year he expanded to open a factory outlet in North Seaton Industrial Estate.”My family and I have worked hard to get the business to where it is today without the incredible support from my wife, Janet, the business would not have got off the ground to begin with, and the two of us could not have done it without the strong chain of support present in the area,” says Glenton.He was fortunate throughout the set-up of the business to be able to cherry-pick advice from Go Wansbeck, a long-term, government-backed Local Enterprise Growth Initiative programme that began in 2007 to turn around the area’s enterprise culture.The county council’s regeneration team also stepped in to help out when, as a result of converting his premises from residential to commercial, the electricity estimate came in at a shocking £10,000. “I had no idea how to cover the cost and without this and all the support, the business would not have made it past first base,” he recalls. “And for that I feel extremely lucky.”Profitable productsSince opening, Glenton has worked hard to increase the profitability of the business in a number of ways first and foremost through focusing on making scratch products. “We have always worked hard to produce as much as possible from scratch,” he says. “Avoiding outsourcing has radically reduced costs and, although it increases workloads, guaranteeing our customers are getting quality, homemade products is hugely important to us.”In recent months, Newbiggin has begun to promote itself within the local area and region and has received press coverage in both the local newspapers and on television. “The results have been fantastic,” he enthuses. “Many people have come into the shop having seen the publicity, and profits have increased. I have learnt that it is about embracing all opportunities that come your way raising the profile of the bakery in the community is a huge and valuable boost to business.”On 19 December the bakery will be hol-ding a Christmas Fair at both of its properties, where it will have Christmas products on sale, as well as tastings and samples for people to try. “Seasonal events are something we have missed out on in the past, due to lack of time and resources, but this year we very much plan to make the most of all the marketing opportunities,” explains Glenton.Despite recession, he has a view to expanding the business into a chain of shops. “I definitely want to continue to spread the success of the bakery in the future,” he says. “In an ideal world, one day I will be able to open another five shops around the coast of north-east England. For now, however, I intend to continue building on the success of my current bakeries and to provide a high-quality service to the community.”l For more information on Go Wansbeck visit read more

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