Growth in its own retail outlets has driven a strong performance by Bristol-based pie chain Pieminister in the past year.Reporting a 17% increase in turnover to £10.8m in its accounts for the year to 31 March 2016, the business said it had benefitted from growth through its own restaurants and branded outlets operated by foodservice partners.Profit before tax rose from £99,000 in 2015 to £315,000, and the firm said it was confident the improved performance would continue into the next financial year.The business had opened new sites in Leeds, Nottingham and Bristol, and said it had focused on improving margins in the context of “competition in the fast casual dining sector and high real estate costs”.“We have also been focusing on developing strategic relationships with key partners in the foodservice industry, which has resulted in branded outlets in universities and a number of pub groups,” the business reported.Pieminister said its gluten-free pie range – which it has this month extended – had secured listings with independent retailers across the country, and that it was confident of growing distribution.“Product development will continue to be at the core of our strategy, delivering products that will perfectly complement our core range of pies and we will continue to utilise our unique strategic position of direct contact with consumers to become the leader in pie innovation with a target of 100% innovation launch success rate.”With regards to developing the wider business, Pieminister said it would continue its strategy of building a strong brand presence in the retail and foodservice channels.“Whilst mindful of the potential for some economic uncertainty in the months ahead, we believe the current economic environment presents significant opportunities and are confident in our strategy and the actions we are taking to grow a strong and sustainable business,” it added.Pieminister said it considered ingredient cost price increases a key risk for the future, but would mitigate this by continually evaluating its supply chain.
1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top football stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool are ready to smash the club’s transfer record to sign Jurgen Klopp’s prime target Naby Keita. The midfield player starred for RB Leipzig last season, and the Reds are reportedly willing to pay the £50m requested for him. (The Mirror)Manchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain as they plot a move for Brazil international Lucas Moura. Moura, 24, was close to signing for the Old Trafford club in 2012 before PSG offered more money, and Jose Mourinho is now keen despite the Ligue 1 side wanting to recoup much of the £40m fee they paid for him. (The Sun)Watford are closing in on appointing Marco Silva as head coach following his departure from Hull City. The Portuguese boss was the Hornets’ number one managerial target, and a deal is close to being finalised. (The Guardian)Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City wishlist. Bernardo Silva became City’s first summer signing on Friday, as Guardiola kickstarted his £200m recruitment drive, with deals for Alexis Sanchez, Kyle Walker and Silva’s former Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy also on the cards. (The Mirror)Antonio Conte is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2021. The Premier League-winning boss will be earning £9.6m-a-year following his success in 2016/17. (The Mirror)Claudio Ranieri could return to football for next season as Leeds United consider appointing the Premier League-winning manager as Garry Monk’s replacement. Monk resigned on Thursday, and owner Andrea Radrizzani is keen on his fellow countryman. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Wayne Rooney should not leave for China as he still has ‘so much to offer’, according to former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins West Ham United and Southampton are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, according to reports ItalyBorussia Dortmund are ready to trigger the £21m release clause of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Patrik SchickLiverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Hull full-back Andrew Robertson, according to reports in PortugalFormer Everton loan flop Lacina Traore has revealed he ‘dreams of returning to England’ – and could get the chance this summerDerek McInnes is refusing to allow speculation over his future distract from Aberdeen’s bid for Scottish Cup glory
ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have signed tight end Darren Waller to a multiyear contract extension.The team announced Wednesday the deal to keep Waller from becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.Waller has been one of the biggest bright spots for the Raiders this season. He leads the team with 37 catches through five games for 359 yards and 17 first downs. Waller entered the year with just 18 career catches for Baltimore and Oakland after being drafted by the Ravens in the sixth …
Tags:#Pinterest#Social Bookmarking If you’re still on the fence about Pinterest, here’s one way you may not have considered using it: as an online bookmarking service. From Delicious to Bit.ly, there’s no shortage of networks built around nothing more than bookmarking. But countless users have cast these aside in favor of the image-sharing platform.Perhaps the big draw is that unlike Delicious or Bit.ly, Pinterest started as a social network that users then adapted as a bookmarking service. Meanwhile, the former two services have not succeeded in turning a helpful product into bustling online communities, as indicated by their significantly lower traffic than Pinterest. But one clear advantage Pinterest has is the visual platform for which it’s best known. What better way to recall archived links than to recollect them with a visual cue?An Open-Ended PlatformPinterest is unique among leading social networks because its founders didn’t determine how people would use it. Users determined what Pinterest was for.Pinterest has such a visually appealing, malleable design that it’s been turned into all kinds of clones. Even Amazon is aping its style, presumably because it’s so adaptable. It’s not common knowledge that Pinterest, which is usually perceived as a feminine social network, was actually cofounded by men. But instead of the founders determining its use, female early adopters, including CEO Ben Silberman’s mom, populated it with content that gave it the fashion-savvy reputation it has today. If men had discovered it first, it’d probably be used very differently. Short of the terms of service, there are no directions about how to use Pinterest. That’s probably why Pinterest as a bookmarking service has grown so steadily despite getting far less coverage than its use as a fashion- or design-sharing tool. To people discovering Pinterest for the first time, visual bookmarking just makes sense.To prime your browser for one-click Pinterest bookmarking, install the Pin It button. To see what others are sharing now, a cursory search on Pinterest for pinboards titled “articles”, “pin now, read later,” “articles to read” or “news” will give you a good idea of how much bookmarking is used. Another trick: try going to http://pinterest.com/source/NameofWebsite.com, with your preferred site address at the end of the URL, to see just how many people are bookmarking your favorite site for future reading. Something “Timeless”At last year’s South by Southwest conference, Silberman observed that one of his favorite things about Pinterest was its “timelessness.”“I wanted to create a service that was a little bit timeless,” he said. “If something’s your favorite book, it’s no less your favorite book five years from now or ten years from now. It can still say something about who you were then and who you want other people to know you as. But at the time, all the services were totally relevant. Twitter was the buzz. You never see a tweet older than 48 hours, unless it’s ironic. Pinterest has a timelessness that I really love, and I think boards are a part of that idea.”Unlike a tweet or a Facebook status, each which stays relevant for less than a day, pins have enduring long tails that keep them clickworthy for months. Or as a Pinterest spokesperson said in an email:Pinterest is unique to other services in that the article is easy to save on a board and reference it later, and is easily discoverable over time, as it doesn’t fall off the page. On other platforms, news is valuable but legacy content goes nowhere. Great content lives on in Pinterest and old stuff is rediscovered all the time.When you save things for later on Pinterest, you’re not just prolonging your own news discovery cycle, but that of every other pinner, too. Photo by SimplySteff on Flickr. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts lauren orsini A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the silver medal in women’s moguls at the Pyeongchang WinterOlympics.Dufour-Lapointe scored 78.56 on a fast and aggressive final run.France’s Perrine Laffont won with 78.65, while Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva took bronze with 77.40.Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., skied last in the final but did not finish.Dufour-Lapointe, from Montreal, won gold four years ago in Sochi, Russia, with sister Chloe finishing second.Only Canada’s Alex Bilodeau has defended an Olympic moguls title,winning in 2010 and 2014.Canadian long-track speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen (BLOO’-mehn’) has won a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Bloemen wasedged off the top of podium in the men’s 5,000 metres by legendary Dutchman Sven Kramer.Kramer who broke his own Olympic record to take his third straight gold in the event in six minutes 9-point-7-6 seconds.Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris have won Canada’s first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics.Parrot captured silver in men’s slopestyle while McMorris took bronze.Redmond Gerard of the United States won the gold.Parrot fell in his first two runs but nailed his third to bump McMorris out of the silver medal position with a score of 86.00.McMorris had been sitting atop the standings after his second-run score of 85.20 before Gerard surpassed him with 87.16 points in his final attempt. McMorris fell in his final trip down the course.It’s the second Olympic bronze for McMorris, who is coming back from life-threatening injuries suffered in a backcountry crash less than a year ago.The 24-year-old from Regina suffered breaks to his jaw and left arm, a ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. He spent 10 days in hospital and was on a liquid diet for six weeks.From the start of his recovery, he was determined to get back to his previous snowboarding form. McMorris showed he could do it by winning a World Cup just eight months after the crash.McMorris won bronze four years ago at the Sochi Games when slopestyle made its Olympic debut.Tyler Nicholson of North Bay, Ont., finished 7th while Sebastian Toutant of L’Assomption, Que., ended up 11th.The women’s slopestyle qualification is set for Monday afternoon. The final rounds will go Tuesday morning.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has no concerns over his form this season, despite the criticismThe 32-year-old missed the majority of last season with a broken foot and struggled to regain his best form at the World Cup.Neuer struggles from Russia have continued at Bayern this season with the captain only managing to keep two clean sheets in 11 Bundesliga games.14 goals have been conceded in the process with Bayern only fifth in the league table and seven points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Neuer remains unconcerned after last Saturday’s 3-2 Der Klassiker defeat to Dortmund.“I’m in good shape; I had a good match against Dortmund. I’m confident,” Neuer told reporters on the DFB website.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Joachim Low’s side will face Russia in a friendly on Thursday before facing the Netherlands on Monday in a must-win UEFA Nations League game.“We want to bring a rather negative year to an end,” added Neuer.“We want to win both games. We are optimistic that we can put in two good performances.”Meanwhile, Dortmund captain Marco Reus sat out of Tuesday’s training session for Germany with a bruised foot.Julian Draxler will not feature against Russia after Low allowed him to leave the team camp on a compassionate basis.