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Kingfisher names new CEO
Damon Swarbrick has joined Kingfisher as Chief Executive Officer of
European Operations, based at UBSN’s offices in Faversham, Kent.
Damon brings 12 years of experience in the food and drink busi-
ness, including over four years heading up Scottish and Newcastle’s
Speciality Brands team, to the Kingfisher Lager and Kingfisher Natural
Spring Water business.
Damon wasted no time in getting to the The British Curry Awards at
The Evolution Centre, Battersea Park, London earlier this month to
meet restaurateurs and their staff, suppliers, celebrities and special
guests at the prestigious event organised by Spice Business. Damon
said, “I am looking forward to working on this award-winning brand
and working with the team to deliver strong plans for 2010 and beyond.”
Restaurants face skilled job rule change
Restaurants will have to advertise skilled jobs for
longer to EU nationals before seeking migrant work-
ers. Phil Woolas, Minister of State for Borders and
Immigration, has announced that from 14th December
this year, the resident labour market test for Tier 2
General of the Points Based System will be extended
to four weeks. This rule, which covers chefs, will
replace the current requirement to advertise jobs for
two weeks, or one week for jobs where the salary is
over £40,000.
This change was proposed by the independent
Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and the govern-
ment argues that the flexibility of the Points-Based
System allows it to support UK workers and at the
same time meet the recruitment needs of businesses
and support the economy. However restaurant owners
have responded by pointing out that this will just make
it harder to recruit, as there is such a shortage in the
UK that there is little point in advertising for longer.
Rates revaluation could hit small firms hard
Members of the Forum of Private the present revaluation is based on October’s revaluation of rateable
Business (FPB) are being given access rent prices from April 2008, before the values, showed that 79% of respon-
to a free business rates appraisal ser- recession and when property prices dents believe their business rates
vice amid fears that they will be forced were high, small businesses are con- will increase in April 2010, when the
to pay inflated rates bills for five years. cerned that, despite the recent slump changes are to take place. The average
in the market, they will end up with expected rise was 3%, with high street
Business properties are revalued unfairly high rates bills. businesses forecasting an increase of
every five years to ensure that rate- more than 5%, and office-based busi-
able values reflect the changes in the The Business Location Survey, which nesses expecting a rise in excess of
property market. However, because was carried out by FPB ahead of 2%.
Spice Business Magazine 5 November | December 2009
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