Pret strategy man joins Harris + Hoole

first_imgCoffee shop chain Harris + Hoole has appointed Pret A Manger’s head of strategy to lead its growth plans.Richard Harpham will join the Tesco-backed chain as finance director, with a focus on defining the company’s strategic direction, and brings with him experience of chain expansion.Nick Tolley, chief executive and co-founder of Harris + Hoole, said: “Richard has a huge amount of expertise in this area, having worked for brands across the food and drink industry. He will be a valued addition.”The appointment follows the chain’s March announcement that it was looking to recruit up to 500 new staff in its plans to add more sites across London and the south east.It currently runs 30 outlets with some already in Tesco’s new-generation stores.last_img read more

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SofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens Dealership Established in Vermont

first_imgUnited Turf Industries, developer ofSofTrak Synthetic Golf Greens the high-performance,low-maintenance turf for residential and commercial use that closelysimulates the look and feel of natural grass greens today announcesthe establishment of a new SofTrak dealership in Vermont and Eastern NewYork through Bob Kelly.Kelly, an avid golfer and longtime member at Burlington Country Club, willcover Vermont and the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence,Warren and Washington in New York with his dealership, SofTrak SyntheticGolf Greens of Vermont, LLC (802.985.9555 or [email protected](link sends e-mail)).Prospective customers can view and test an installed SofTrak SyntheticGolf Green by appointment. Measuring 1,200 square feet, the SofTrak greenfeatures two feet of fringe around its perimeter and five cups built intoits undulating surface. A sand bunker and a couple tee boxes located 15and 30 yards away – from which to hit onto his green from – are scheduledto be added as well.For further information about SofTrak, visit www.unitedturf.com(link is external).A graduate of Middlebury College (VT) and a retired Certified PublicAccountant, Kelly didn’t plan on getting into the burgeoning syntheticputting greens business. However, while researching synthetic turf brandsand the companies that supply them before purchasing a putting andchipping green for his backyard, Kelly had an epiphany.”I saw an excellent business opportunity that simultaneously gave me thehigh-performance green I wanted for my personal use,” says Kelly. “Thefact that PGA Tour players select SofTrak to practice on at their privateresidences, coupled with the comprehensive training SofTrak dealersreceive in the design and installation of the greens made this an easy andexciting decision.”Exclusively supplied by United Turf Industries of Wichita, KS(www.unitedturf.com(link is external)), SofTrak’s sophisticated construction processincludes two layers of crushed stone base, which enables undulations andcontours to be designed into the green as well as quick, thorough drainageof water.SofTrak’s proprietary RQS in-fill — a sand-like material that is uniqueto the industry in that it resists hardening over time — ensures SofTrakgreens provide consistent-rolling putts and accept shots into greens frommore than 125 yards. Also, the surface fibers of SofTrak greens are UV-rayresistant to help maintain the lush, green appearance.Kelly is confident his dealership will thrive in Vermont and Eastern NewYork. He says he could discover no synthetic greens supplier in the area.Also, because residents so value the natural beauty of the area, heexpects them to respond favorably to SofTrak greens, which look likenatural turf greens and blend seamlessly into existing landscapes.In addition to thousands of homeowners and commercial businessesnationwide — from retirement communities and college campuses to golfshops and condominium complexes — PGA TOUR stars Fred Couples and SteveFlesch use SofTrak in the convenient comfort of their respective venues.last_img read more

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Interviewing? Don’t overlook this opportunity to stand out!

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Details You’ve found your dream job and sailed through the screening process. You are wrapping up a fantastic interview where you connected easily with the search committee, sharing your ideas to carry the organization forward. You have a good feeling about this! Just as you start to relax and take a deep breath, one last inquiry is made: What questions do you have for us? Your mind suddenly goes blank. You had done research about the organization and the role ahead of time. The engaging dialogue throughout the interview made you even more confident you want this job. There really isn’t anything else you need to know to move forward, but it would be a mistake to miss this opportunity.  The candidate’s chance to ask questions of the search committee is a key element of the interview process, and one more way to stand out as the right choice. It is also one of the most overlooked and often missed opportunities. As a hiring manager or a recruiter, I find myself on pins and needs for the candidates when we get to this point: I have seen many great interviews quickly go south when this time is focused on compensation or benefits rather than strategy and insight.Curious if this was just a personal pet peeve or a belief shared by other experts, I reached out to Lisa Burroughs, Director of Search and Strategy at O’Rourke & Associates for her perspective. Burroughs shared that by the time candidates are presented for an interview, they have already been well-vetted and deemed fully capable of doing the job. A primary purpose of the interview is to assess cultural fit and chemistry. “At O’Rourke, we spend a lot of time educating candidates about what the board is looking for in their next CEO. Smart candidates leverage that knowledge in their answers to questions and in the questions they ask.” Here are ten appropriate questions to ask at the end of an interview. Bring three or four with you to your next interview and you won’t miss your opportunity to stand out. 1. What characteristics are most important for someone to bring to this role?After listening to their answer, it is appropriate to respond with why you are confident that you possess those characteristics. 2. What are some of the biggest challenges or obstacles that I might encounter in the first year? After you have listened, acknowledge the reality of these challenges and explain any experience you have overcoming similar obstacles or lessons you have learned that may be applied. 3. How would you describe the team I will get to work with? This is a good chance to understand the organizational culture. Be honest with yourself: Will you like the fit? If not, is there an appetite to change this culture for the better? How easily will others come along?4.What is the first thing I should do or learn in order to set the stage for success?Take the opportunity to show that you are ready to make a difference from your very first day… and that you are already thinking about how you will add value.  5. What was the greatest strength of the person who previously filled this role?Listen carefully here… The response should leave you confident that employees are valued and help you understand what kind of shoes you need to fill. 6. Why are you looking to fill this role now?Maybe you already know why the role is open: It is a new position, your predecessor was promoted or retired, or he or she left the organization. If you don’t know, the response to this question will give you one more chance to understand how employees are valued, as well as if there are skeletons in the closet that might need to be addressed with remaining team members.7. What does the organization value most? Are defined values communicated to employees?For the candidate, this provides an opportunity to gain insight into organizational culture, while also showing an interest in working somewhere he or she will really belong. For the organization, it positions the candidate as a team player who wants to be part of something greater than him- or herself. 8. What is the organization’s philosophy on employee training and development?If continued growth is important to you, an answer that demonstrates commitment to employee development should make you feel good about accepting this position. Asking this question gives an opportunity to show your interest in ongoing education and self-improvement, and also provides a look at the value the organization places on its people. 9. One year from now, what will we have accomplished together that will make you proud of hiring me?This is a great opportunity to show enthusiasm for how you can help the organization reach its goals. After listening, you can respond with your ideas for how to get to that end point.   10. What are the next steps in the hiring process?While questions about salary and benefits are not appropriate during the interview, this question demonstrates an enthusiasm for moving forward, and a desire to be well-prepared for whatever may come next in the screening process.last_img read more

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Steuben County reports 7 additional COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe Steuben County Health Department says that one or more of the infected individuals are connected to previously reported cases. The health department says all individuals are being quarantined and monitored by the health department.  For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. April 1 or April 2 – Post Office in Bath April 1 – Burger King drive-through in Corning April 1 – Rite Aid in Bath April 1 – Save a Lot in Bath April 2 – Kwik Fill in Hammondsport April 6 – Pilot in Kanona April 6 – April 8 – Ready, Set, Grow Child Care Center in CorningApril 7 – 7-Eleven in Corning April 8 – Dunkin Donuts drive-through in Corning April 8 – Traveled from NYC April 8 – Traveled from Queens, NY April 9 – Arby’s drive-through in Bath STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Steuben County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus on Sunday.  Additionally, the health department has provided information regarding exact locations of where individuals tested positive have been. They say this information is collected starting 48 hours before the first symptom. One or more of the individuals reported visiting the following locations: The health department says additional information regarding locations visited while symptomatic was shared by a previously reported positive patient. The health department has reported seven new positive cases of the virus, bringing the total to 154. The health department has provided a list, including where the residents who tested positive live. The individuals are residents of: They also say that management was notified of these cases and closed down their locations to disinfect. April 4 & April 7 – Taco Bell in Hornell Town of BathTown of ErwinTown of Urbana (2) Village of Bath (2)Village of Hammondsportlast_img read more

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‘Anxious, hopeful’: US voters react as polls close

first_img– Advertisement – ‘Anxious, hopeful’: US voters react as polls close. Video, 00:00:54‘Anxious, hopeful’: US voters react as polls close- Advertisement –last_img

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