the site of a former farm building on vacant land opposite its Greenfield mill. Plans for the build will be submitted for approval to Oldham Council with the hope that the school would be completed and ready for use in 2019.

Zoe said: “Robert Scott has secured our future and given us a platform from which to implement some big plans that we have for our school. We are so grateful to Daniel and the board of directors. The company will also benefit from the development of the site to create a new car park for its staff, but we just couldn’t believe that someone would go to the lengths of building a whole new school for us – it’s so generous.”

Robert Scott promises bright future for schoolchildren

Robert Scott has announced plans to build a new school for local children on land next to its head office and mill in Greenfield, Oldham.

Bright Futures School, founded in 2010, is a small independent school dedicated to helping children with autism. In April 2018, the school was informed its rented premises were to be sold and had been living in a state of uncertainty about its future ever since.

In June 2018, Daniel Scott, Operations Director at Robert Scott, learned of their predicament and visited the school. Due to the specific nature of its requirements for pupils, the school’s management team including proprietor, Zoe Thompson, had been struggling to find suitable premises in the local area within their limited budget.

Following consultation with its board of directors, Robert Scott has offered to build a new school for Bright Futures on

Bacterial contamination found at leading UK pub chains

An undercover investigation has revealed that ice and soda water served at a number of leading food and drink chains in the UK are contaminated with faecal bacteria.

The BBC’s Watchdog Live programme sent investigators into 10 different branches each of JD Wetherspoon, Harvester, Slug and Lettuce, Hungry Horse and Marston’s Two for One, totalling 50 visits.

The undercover team collected samples that found bacteria levels were reportedly ‘too high to count’ at all five chains. Among the bacteria, coliforms, including faecal coliforms – which are usually found in the gut and associated with faeces – were present in samples of either ice or soda at each of the chains investigated.

The news comes less than 18 months after Watchdog Live found traces of faecal bacteria in the ice at high street coffee shops including Starbucks, Caffè Nero and Costa.

The findings indicate that such high concentrations of bacteria and presence of coliforms are the result of failings in cleaning standards, and may present a risk to health,


Daniel added: “Having heard about the plight of the school and subsequently learned what a fantastic institution it is, we wanted to help. It was clear that Bright Futures School’s needs were unique and as we have a plot of land that would really lend itself to meeting those needs, I was happy to offer to help. Between us, we have been working on creating a fantastic small, nurturing learning environment, allowing the school to continue its amazing work with the children.”

The school has also been supported by Chartered Architectural Technologists, Whittaker Design, who offered help in locating alternative premises, and Saddleworth South Councillor Jamie Curley, who helped navigate some Council-related issues.

The move is part of Robert Scott’s commitment to helping local communities served by its business and those of its distributors.

particularly those with weakened immune systems.

All of the named chains have responded with shock and surprise to the findings, promising internal investigations and reiterating the importance of cleanliness and hygiene, promising to take on board the findings.

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78