Autumn hardly seems to have started - but the hospitality industry along the Skegness coast is already looking towards next spring and the start of the 2019 season. Bookings are now being taken for trade stands at the annual Caterex trade show - which will open for its 36th year at Richmond Holiday Park on February 6-7 next year.The event is a one-stop exhibition of everything required by the hospitality industry - from food for cafes and restaurants, to linen and products for bathrooms and toilets in hotels and B&Bs. It attracts hundreds of customers from a wide area, stretching along the coast as well as inland, many of which give accommodation providers and restaurants an early season boost by staying in the town.For 2019, the show also hopes to address a growing call to be eco-friendly and cater for special dietary needs, including gluten free and vegan.“Many of our customers were delighted last year to find everything they needed,” said June Howard, Business … [Read more...] about Caterex 2019 trade show in Skegness open for bookings
Trade show booth games to attract customers
ecently Tesco unveiled its first Jack’s discount store. With a strong emphasis on Britishness and home-grown products, the brand is seen as a challenger to the German supermarkets, Aldi and Lidl. I have often talked in this column about the growth of both Aldi and Lidl, and YouGov BrandIndex data points to the continued improvements both brands have achieved in terms of consumer perception. Among the general public, Aldi’s impression score (do you have a positive or negative impression of a brand?) has grown from 30 to 38 since September 2014. The retailer’s purchase consideration score has also improved alongside this, rising from 31 to 41 over the same time period. It is a similar story with Lidl. Its impression score has also improved, in this case from 22 to 30, while its purchase consideration rating has jumped from 26 to 31. Tesco has itself shown impressive improvement over the last couple of years, thanks in part to measures introduced by chief exec Dave … [Read more...] about Aldi and Lidl continue to attract customers – so what impact will Tesco’s budget chain Jack’s have?
JPMorgan Chase plans a big push into online investing offering 100 free trades and low fees in a bid to attract a new generation of investors, a spokesman said Tuesday. JPMorgan will launch the "You Invest" program next week linking it to the mobile phone app of Chase Bank, JPMorgan's retail bank, spokesman Darin Oduyoye said. Oduyoye said the bank hopes to spark more investing among existing customers, including millennials who may have shied from the stock market. But JPMorgan also aspires to attract clients from competing firms, he said. "In the Chase mobile app, you now have the opportunity to do your banking and checking," Oduyoye said. "And now we are offering opportunity to do online trading and investing for free." The first 100 trades will be commission-free, and after that customers will be charged $2.95 a trade, which is 60 percent below the fee of most online brokerage firms, Oduyoye said. JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon has hinted such a program was in the works, … [Read more...] about JPMorgan Chase offers 100 free trades to attract new investors
The BBC is to revamp its television politics output to engage younger and more diverse viewers, replacing the Daily Politics show with a more “modern” alternative producing viral Twitter and Facebook content. The corporation is also ditching programmes made for the BBC Parliament channel and the Sunday Politics show presented by Sarah Smith. Daily Politics will be replaced by Politics Live, a 45-minute “fast-moving, conversational show featuring a blend of political interviews, discussion and video content designed to be shared digitally”. It will continue to be presented by Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil, but a BBC source said the slot would be given a “makeover”, encouraging interaction with an online audience and “more shareable content” while making political interviews and discussions more “snappy”. BBC Parliament will continue to broadcast live and replayed coverage of debates, but will no longer make bespoke programmes and … [Read more...] about BBC axes Daily Politics show in bid to attract younger and more diverse viewers
The finishing touches are being put to this year’s Mirfield Show which returns next month. This year’s instalment takes place on Sunday, August 21 at the Mirfield Showground.One of the headline attractions at the event will be the Red Devils Parachute Regiment, who will be wowing the crowds with a series of amazing aerobatic displays as they swoop into the showground. Another feature at the Show will be the appearance of Blackrock llamas, which are the UK’s first and only llama agility display team and come from the Snowdonia National Park in Wales.To embrace this year’s carnival theme organisers have announced that a team of stilt walkers will be wandering around the showground along with some creative and colourful dance routines in the main ring from the Katie Phillpott School of Dance and Sutton School of Performing Arts.For music lovers there is a special line-up on the Mirf’fest Stage, featuring a host of local bands and solo artists who will … [Read more...] about This year’s Mirfield Show hoping to attract record number of visitors