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Villeroy & Boch extends Gabi Schupp’s contract


The Supervisory Board of Villeroy & Boch has extended Gabi Schupp’s contract as director of dining & lifestyle until 2025. In 2019 she was appointed to the management board with responsibility for Dining & Lifestyle. “The extension of Gabi Schupp’s mandate demonstrates the continuity and stability in the company’s management,” said Andreas Schmid, chairman of the supervisory board of Villeroy &


Boch. “Gabi Schupp continues to consistently drive forward the ongoing reorientation of the Dining & Lifestyle Division and successfully positions it to meet future demands. We look forward to continuing our cooperation.” In recent years, Villeroy & Boch has extended its tableware division to include home accessories and gifts. The renaming of the division from Tableware to Dining & Lifestyle at the beginning of


the year reflects the increasing numbers of people using the products outside the home.


Six National Finalists announced for The Roux Scholarship 2021


clams, plated together with two simple or composed accompaniments and a sauce. For the 2021 Mystery Box, the brief was to prepare a dessert for four people using the mystery ingredients supplied.


The finalists are Ryan


After the regional finals in London and Birmingham, the Roux family has announced the names of the six chefs who will compete for the title of Roux Scholar 2020/21. This year’s challenge


was to cook the recipe they submitted with their application, which uses one whole fresh gutted hake and 600g of live whole grooved carpet shell/palourde


Baker, Maison Francois; Ben Champkin, The Newt, Somerset; Nathan Cornwell, The Barn at Moor Hall, Lancashire; Jonnie Ferguson, The Raby Hunt, County Durham; Curtis Tonge, The Forge, Chester and Oli Williamson, The Fat Duck, Bray.


The final will take place at


a prestigious award dinner at Westminster Kingsway


College, London on 25 October. The winner will receive up to £12,000 and a three-month stage at a three- star Michelin restaurant anywhere in the world. As a sponsor of The Roux Scholarship for many years, the team at Global Knives will be in attendance on the night and will see the winner presented with a Limited- Edition 10-Piece Chef’s Set including 8 deluxe knives and accessories, a leather apron and chef’s roll. The other finalists will receive a 5-Piece Chef’s Knife Rack Set which includes 5 beautiful Global classic knives with a magnetic knife rack.


What More offers free confidential medical checkup for its entire workforce


Retail report finds bargains are key for 49% of British shoppers


A new study looking at British high street shopping trends has found that UK shoppers believe ‘finding a great deal’ is the most important part of the shopping experience. The survey, conducted by discount code website Savoo, found that the most important things consumers want from


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their shopping experience are as follows: Finding a great deal (49%); seeing, touching, and trying out the item in person (36%); speed and convenience (33%); ease of finding the product (29%); buying something from the comfort of own home (25%). The number of shoppers


visiting the high street once a week has declined by 16% on average since the pandemic, but the survey has indicated that 60% of consumers have said that post-pandemic they expect to buy from local shops (compared to 40% shopping locally pre-COVID).


What More UK,the organisation behind popular brand Wham, has recently implemented a programme to give each employee the opportunity to attend a health check, if they choose to take it up. Run by a qualified doctor, the purpose of the health checks are to give colleagues the opportunity to discuss any ongoing or previous health issues with a doctor, including any concerns or pre-existing conditions. It’s been widely reported that only 58% of GP appointments in England in August 2021 were face-to-face, compared with four in five before the pandemic in August 2019.


Company director Tony Grimshaw OBE, said: “It concerns me that people might have health worries they can’t get to a GP for. We’re very happy to invest in this initiative, even if it’s just for peace of mind it is well worth doing - and might even be a lifesaver in the worst case. We have a great team here at What More, and we want them all to be happy and healthy!”


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