An Asian bakery has helped a Costcutter forecourt boost weekly sales by 25%.The Yaadgaar bakery, which forms part of the recently rebuilt £1.2m Costcutter Gulf premises in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is the first of its kind on a UK forecourt and provides baked goods including fresh cakes, biscuits and savoury items as well as personalised celebratory cakes.“As well as offering international treats, we also provide all-day English breakfasts, lunch items such as burgers and samosas, chai lattes, Asian sweets and bakery goods, to keep people coming in throughout the day and evening,” said Yusuf Hans, one of five brothers in the family company MA Hans & Sons.“Our food-to-go offering now generates 25% of weekly sales and that figure is growing each month.”The decision to introduce the outlet, which has seating and also serves all-day English breakfasts and burgers, was made after speaking with regular customers and the local community, he added.The 3,000sq ft store, which is open 24 hours, seven days a week, has also developed an extended convenience range including food-to-go as well as PayPoint, National Lottery, a free cashpoint, fresh flowers and fuel.
Laura P. Dagan, the president, CEO and chairman of Dwight Asset Management Company in Burlington, has been named to the Board of Trustees at Champlain College.Dagan, a resident of South Hero, Vt., is an active member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, Institutional Investors US Institute, Old Mutual Top Leadership Group, the Stable Value Investment Association and the international and Vermont CFA Institutes. Volunteer activities include serving as the treasurer of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.Dagan is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and she earned her bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University.She joins the board of a private, baccalaureate college that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a strong core curriculum. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens.
continue reading » Kristy Hesse is the chief human resources officer of Community First Credit Union($3.6B, Appleton, WI), a position she has held since March 2019. Here, she answers Callahan’s leadership questions about her credit union’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Between the beginning of 2020 and now, how have your operations changed?Kristy Hesse: Wisconsin had a Safer at Home order, not a complete Stay at Home. We moved to remote work, and branch lobbies were open by appointment only. We leveraged DocuSign and other virtual capabilities. We’re all getting to be experts on Zoom, Teams, and WebEx.I oversee human resources and training, and although we briefly paused some training and development, we didn’t stop recruiting at all. We held remote interviews, and when we conducted new employee orientation, we did as much of the onboarding virtually as we could. What we couldn’t do virtually we moved to an empty office where we could control the number of people in the room, adhere to social distancing rules, and take frequent breaks to sanitize hands and surfaces.We decided it was more important to plan for the future by hiring talent than it was to control for operating expenses. It was a leap of faith, but we made the leap. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr