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How To Choose Good Food Suppliers

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose Good Food Suppliers

Price is a key consideration, especially in tough trading times, but it should not be the only reason for choosing a supplier of your wholesale grocery suppliers. Consistent product quality is critical to ensuring the future success of your business. Other factors such as the level of customer service and delivery lead times should also be considered to ensure suppliers fit in with the way you operate. Catering food companies need to meet every criteria to be considered as edible, so there are strict rules.

Personal recommendations are an ideal starting point when sourcing any new suppliers. Ask colleagues and industry contacts who they would suggest based on their experiences and contact accreditation bodies and trade associations such as the Fresh Produce Consortium for their recommendations for your restaurant & kitchen food. When you find a potential new supplier, ask for testimonials and feedback from existing customers. Good suppliers should be happy to provide these, so don’t be afraid to ask. Visit each new supplier to find out more about their processes and how they source, pack and deliver each product. Traceability is another hot industry topic, particularly with meat products, so find out as much as you can about exactly where everything comes from.

When you find a supplier that you like, create some service level agreements (SLAs) – for example: delivery times and frequency, level of order fulfilment or your policy on product substitution. With these in place your new supplier will know exactly what is expected. There is now a greater emphasis on sourcing local suppliers to help minimise food miles and to make the most of fresh seasonal produce. Look for opportunities to use local suppliers where possible and make the most of this by highlighting locally sourced items on your menu. Selecting the right suppliers for your business needs is vital to ensure that you are able to deliver your products and services on time, at the right price, and in compliance with your quality standards. By implementing specific supplier’s selection criteria, it’s possible to identify companies that will work with you to meet the demands of your customers.

Create a list of the supplier’s selection criteria that companies need to fulfill to be able to provide you with the items you need. This could include issues like:

  • Lead times from receipt of your order to delivery
  • Minimum and maximum order quantities
  • Storage and handling facilities
  • Specific methods of delivery
  • Quality assurance processes
  • Payment terms and conditions
  • Return policy
  • Contactable references

Setting the criteria in advance will enable you to evaluate potential suppliers on each of the listed items and ensure that you don’t overlook any important requirements.

Identify the methods that you will use to find suitable suppliers. Decide whether you will publish your requirements in trade publications and call for bids, or whether you will approach selected companies directly for proposals and estimates. Allocate a time frame for conducting your suppliers selection process. Appoint qualified members of your team to review the proposals and recommend a short list of suppliers to choose from.

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Keeping Strong After A Death

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Strong After A Death

 

Death is not a topic that most people like to talk about. It’s morbid, sad and something that requires a lot of strength. As people, we have compassion and that means that we care deeply about the people around us. If we didn’t care, we wouldn’t grieve and to process a death, we need to grieve.

We are all very likely to experience the death of a loved one at some point in our lives, it’s never a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Once you’ve experienced the initial shock of losing someone you love, you are able to start speaking to Melbourne funeral directors to make arrangements for that final goodbye. Sometimes, a funeral can offer closure to you and your family; it’s a way to be able to be free to grieve after that goodbye is said. It’s also a way to truly let it hit home that you are saying goodbye to someone you probably saw every single day. The key is that you allow yourself to grieve effectively.

Grief hits us in many ways and it is our brain’s way to processing the facts that a death has occurred. You’ll always grieve in your own, unique way and there is no wrong way to grieve. There are some people who outwardly do not change their demeanour when they grieve, seemingly continuing on with life as if nothing has occurred. It’s important to realise that this is never the case. They understand that a death has happened but they also understand that life tends to move forward regardless of whether your life has come to a screeching stop.

Grief is a funny thing as no two people will cope with death the same. Grief manifests differently at different stages; you may feel is physically as well as emotionally. Physical grief is that ‘hit by a truck and winded’ feeling you get when you receive a shock. Most people will try and shake you out of your grief for weeks and months after the death of a loved one, but you have to ask people for patience while you process what has happened. For those we care for dearly, it can take a long time to get out of the funk of missing them and the idea you should ever ‘get over’ them is going to be about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

The way you grieve, as long as it doesn’t hurt other people, is perfectly fine. Whichever way you choose to place your feelings, you will never be wrong in doing so. the body and mind have to feel the loss in all its intensity, so never try and push feelings of grief away from you. Embracing the grief is likely going to be the most painful thing you ever face, but with support and time, you can slowly heal and come back into the sunshine again.

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Picking the Perfect Wedding Gown

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Picking the Perfect Wedding Gown

Sometimes your body shape can make all the difference to the type of dress you choose. Don’t forget, your dream dress on the hanger may look more a nightmare on the body so be open minded and have fun! If you are more of a pear shape, look for a skirt that gradually flares out in a line formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. This balance of your hips and shoulders gives you a faux hourglass shape and looks as if you have cinched that waist right in. Sturdier fabrics such as duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective, since they won’t cling. We women come in all shapes and sizes and usually there are very few items of a wardrobe that have a one size fits all sizing. This can be really annoying we all know that, you can be in a particular size in one shop and in three other sizes in other shops. It’s a universal cruelty. However, wedding dresses are no different and there are a lot of different wedding dresses out there on the rack in the bridal shops and department stores on the high street. Websites like http://www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com can give you some guidance on what dress you should choose for your personal style and most importantly your body shape.

A spaghetti strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body. Keep in mind a classic a line silhouette lends itself to formal weddings, but it can also be dressed down when made from a more casual fabric like eyelet lace or raw silk. Having a more busty shape should mean you look for a dress with a scooped neckline. Websites like http://www.thebridalcollectionharrogate.com advise you on the type of neckline you should choose for your shape. It will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you love the look of strapless gowns, choose one that has a sweetheart neckline rather than a style that goes straight across the body, which will make your bust appear even larger and more shelf like. Fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it should be kept in mind as it will add volume and call to attention your chest.

Ruched material will have the same effect. An empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows down into a gradual floor length a line is especially flattering for those who are in the plus size range. Make sure the empire seam doesn’t start on the chest, but under the bust and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress you choose should play to your shape as if it is too loose it can add pounds rather than flatter your curves. Find fabrics like satin that provide structure rather than anything too flowy. If you like the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base. A dress that cinches in at the smallest point of the waist is your best bet with a flare out in a gradual a line and really flatters an apple shaped figure. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it so think ruche or lace detailing – that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset like effect. The most slenderising neckline for you is one with a deep V shape as it will draw eyes to the vertical not the horizontal.

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Choosing To Be A Wedding Planner

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing To Be A Wedding Planner

Every single job out there has its pros and cons and wedding planning is no different. With a job as fast paced and emotive as wedding planning, there is a lot of stress involved in it but there is also a lot of joy. There really is no doubt that planning weddings is both fun and rewarding while being incredibly emotional. Even as a planner you get to witness both the stresses and dresses of a wedding and that’s bound to draw a tear or two! You get to attend cake tasting sessions and help your brides choose their linens and give sage advice on what to do and what not to do when it comes to the day.

Seeing months and months of very hard work pull together on a perfect day is one of the most rewarding experiences you can do in your career. The perks are also fab, such as being invited to all

Joining an established company as a luxury wedding coordinators in Cheshire can seem very glamourous but there are definitely reasons not to do it. Like with anything, there are the downsides and here in this article there are things for you to consider.

  • Weddings happen to hit weekends and evenings and client meetings that fall on these days take the time away from your own family and friends which can be difficult. Being a wedding planner means that you have a hectic and ever changing work schedule where no two days are the same. If you own your company doing wedding planning, you can set boundaries to help with the whole issue of unsociable hours but being realistic, weddings happen on a Saturday 95% of the time. It does get harder being that mentally ‘on’.
  • Stress is a big factor for a bride when they’re planning their wedding but that stress is shared with the wedding planner. You are at the wedding party every week making sure things go off without a hit and you can experience a ‘wedding hangover’ where all the planning is done, the event is successful and breathe!
  • Bridezilla is a term we hear more and more of these days and they can be the most difficult clients you can work for. As much as you try and weed out the clients who aren’t your ideal clients can really take its toll mentally. Without intending to be, you are the sounding board and possible verbal punch bag for the bride. It isn’t fair, it isn’t fun but it is part of the job.
  • As a planner you have to keep your own vision of what you think a wedding can be inside and help your bridal party plan for THEIR dream and vision and this can really be a challenge for some planners. You will end up planning a wedding that doesn’t fit your taste but that’s okay and you have to make it okay with you as well.
  • This job takes a great deal of multitasking and organisation and if you cannot keep your head and manage your workload then the total stress for this role will shine through and will make you feel like you’re overwhelmed.
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Which Dress Is For You?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Dress Is For You?

Some of the best days of our lives happen during our nuptials. Not just the day itself but all the parts leading up to that day, including deciding the shape of your wedding dress. We all have been the little girl who hangs a pillowcase off the back of her head to pretend to be a bride. Every little girl daydreams and moons over large princess dresses a la Cinderella but the reality as an adult is different – well, mostly – we all come in different shapes and sizes so choosing the wedding dress of your dreams may not always be a walk in the park.

There are a lot of types of wedding dresses out there ranging from wedding dresses on offer by caroline castigliano to a full gowned Vera Wang affair. They come in many colours and lengths and you could have an absolute ball with your bridesmaids trying dresses on and sipping champagne especially if you’re going for a designer wedding gown. Not that cost should matter but the bigger budget dresses come with a reverence that most other bridal gowns tend not to. Finding the right bridal boutiques can be a difficult affair and finding high street buying a caroline castigliano dress isn’t always easy. However, there are always those out there available to you!

Choosing the right style of wedding dress will really depend on a lot of factors. Your age, colouring, height and even weight can come into it. Every girl wants the dream princess dress but whatever that means for you, you want to look good. Your weight itself doesn’t matter (except to some brides it does) but realistically you want to choose a dress that will flatter your shape whatever that is. Wedding dresses come in so many different styles it can be really hard to choose but what looks good on the hanger needs to look good on you and when you find the right dress, you’ll know for sure. Ensure that you have a good tailor to alter yours and your bridesmaid’s dresses. Obviously it would beneficial if no one got themselves pregnant between trying on dresses and the big day but sometimes these things happen and as long as you have a great tailor, then they can be on hand for alterations as time goes on.

Choosing tea length dresses for a more fifties style of wedding can be a beautiful fit and you can even choose colours that aren’t ivory or white. A coloured dress is ever more popular as the years go on, with some people choosing to be wed in fancy dress which is actually less popular. There’s something so clean and beautiful in a white or ivory dress so if you are the traditional type, you’ll find different shops up and down the country will have your dream dress. Even the high street houses places like John Lewis and Debenhams and Marks and Spencers, which all carry elegant wedding dresses but without the custom made boutique price tag. You want to feel like a princess on your wedding day and we all know that the power to do that lies not with your future husband, but in the silk and layers of your wedding dress.

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Going To A Festival Abroad

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Going To A Festival Abroad

Festivals are fun events and should be treated as such but you can only have as much fun as you allow. It’s not just the UK that has several festivals and celebrations through the year, the Virgin Islands have their fair few and the island of St Johns is famous for its arts festival. When summer rolls around festival time begins, celebrating the culture of St John with amazing food and music.

When you head off, you need to think about what you bring with you. Of course the basics of a change of clothes and personal effects are what you need to bring but it’s actually advised against taking a phone with you. Even if it doesn’t get lost of broken, you will spend most of your time trying and likely failing to find reception. The internet also doesn’t need another bad quality video of The Bamboula dancing either so instead of bringing a high tech smart phone, try and enjoy yourself in the moment and experience the music and atmosphere properly and not behind a phone screen.

There are many carnivals and events through the year on the island and the natives love getting the vacationers involved. Local hotels and St Johns bed and breakfast  are always available to book for those wanting to attend festivals and taking a holiday in the Virgin Islands allows for visiting so many other cultural places. Make sure you bring swimwear with you so you can head to the beach after! There’s something for everyone at the arts festival and each year you can enjoy Mocko Jumbies and Bamboula Dancing. There’s a lot of tips out there for festival goers and the biggest one is to bring the sunscreen. The weather is vastly different to the UK so if you are off enjoying yourself then you need to make sure you are covered.

Lots of festival goers wear fancy dress for fun but as the night goes on that leopard print leotard or Tina Turner wig can get hotter and itchier which really isn’t fun! Festivals are packed with acts and sometimes that can mean it’s a bit of an overload. Choose a few favourite acts to see and see those. Trying to see everything can actually ruin the whole experience for you so pacing yourself is the best option. Every festival has an act you won’t be familiar with so choosing to go and see a new act can really open your eyes! Bring sun cream and a hat with you as there generally isn’t any way to be undercover in an open field.

If you have kids, pick a child friendly event and have a blast. These festivals can appeal to all ages and tastes so choosing an extra-large tent and bringing the whole family along is a real experience! Make sure you get a good night’s sleep and always bring spare loo roll and a torch. Festival toilets aren’t the best and always seem to run out of paper really quickly. Bringing your own stops that from happening and having a torch will help you find your way in the night!

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