Richard Stevenson, technical manager at NAMB, answers members’ queries on food and trading law and other business issuesQMust I register my business with the Local Authority?AYes. The new Europe-wide food hygiene regulations, which came into force in 2006, made this a specific obligation for all food businesses. In the UK before this date, it was already a legal requirement to register and it was not therefore thought necessary to get everyone to re-register under the new rules.Basically if you were in business before 2006 and have inspections from an Environmental Health Officer (EHO), you are OK. If you have only started since 2006 and never seen an EHO, I would recommend you contact your Local Authority immediately.When registering, the authorities will require basic contact information and particulars of the type and nature of the business. Under the legal obligations of the regulation the Authority is obliged to keep a list of all registered food establishments in their area, which is available to any member of the public requesting it. Personal details of you and/or your manager will not be published on this list, but will be required for registration.It is also likely they will ask you for details of your outside customers and suppliers for use in recall situations. Also, EHOs will often ask butchers to calculate their weekly supplies outside their premises, as well as request supporting evidence, such as invoice copies. Basically, they are checking that you are under the two tonne/week limit. Members who need more information on this and the ’local’ definition can call me for more details.
High street coffee chain Caffè Nero is to acquire the coffee chain Harris + Hoole from Tesco.The news comes as Tesco released its Q1 trading results for 2016/17, which showed a like-for-like sales performance in the UK up 0.3% for the 13 weeks to 28 May 2016. This represented a second quarter of growth for the firm for the first time in five years. Group LFL sales were up 0.9% at constant exchange rates.The company said the launch of seven new exclusive fresh foods brands in March had helped its UK outlets to meet more of its customers’ shopping needs. In a statement, it said: “Underpinned by Brand Guarantee, and including the investment in our fresh food brands, the cost of a weekly shop at Tesco is now 6% lower than it was in September 2014. We have continued to redirect coupon spend into lowering shelf-edge prices and focus promotional spend on the lines that matter most to customers.”The sale of Harris + Hoole is a continuation of the retailer’s strategy to divest non-core businesses. It has recently sold off its Dobbies Garden Centre chain its Giraffe restaurant business.In a trading update, the company said: “Following on from the agreed sales of Dobbies Garden Centres and the Giraffe restaurant chain, we are announcing today the proposed sale of Harris + Hoole to Caffè Nero. Together, these sales allow us to place even greater focus on our core UK business.”Harris + Hoole’s founders Nick, Andrew and Laura Tolley, who run London-based coffee chain Taylor St Baristas, sold their remaining 51% stake in the coffee chain to Tesco in February this year. At that stage, Harris + Hoole had 43 outlets including 29 in Tesco stores and employed over 500 people.According to British Baker’s 2016 Bakery Market Report, at the latest count Caffè Nero had 574 stores in the UK.Tesco still owns the Euphorium Bakery business, although rumours have circulated that this, too, could be sold off as Tesco continues to revise its strategy to concentrate on its core UK retail business.
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Information reaching Sportscrusader.com has it that Hearts striker Maxwell Boakye has been hit with a theft scandal after the player forged the signature of his colleague to withdraw money from his account.According to a Hearts of Oak source who disclosed this to sportscrusader.com said Boakye who is a roommate to goalkeeper Kinsley Kissi managed to issue a cheque on behalf of the keeper and forged his signature as well to withdraw an amount of GH¢200.00 from the keeper’s bank account.Officials of the Bank of Africa, where the goalkeeper saves, were alerted when they received a text from Kissi that he had not withdrawn or issued any cheque to anyone to withdraw such an amount. But this was after the bank had sent him a message to that effect, via the internet banking program.Alarmed by the incident, officials of the bank invited Kinsley to the Bank for further clarification and upon reaching there it was revealed from the CCTV footage that it was rather Maxwell Boakye who came to withdraw the money with a cheque issued from the keeper.“He managed to withdraw an amount of GH¢200.00 from Kissi’s account”, the source said.He said the Police in the company of some officials of Bank of Africa stormed the Hearts training grounds yesterday afternoon to affect the arrest of Maxwell, but the coach Mohammed Polo and his assistants managed to weather the storm by asking the Bank to withdraw the case with the plea that they will settle it amicably among themselves. “When the bank officials and the Police came to the training grounds, the player is question Maxwell Boakye who was actively participating in the day’s training program, did not deny the incident rather he apologized pleading for mercy adding that it was the work of the devil.”Though the Police and the Bank officials left without making the arrest, the source further added that they were not satisfied with the outcome and promised to allow the full rigors of the law to take its course.