Half of the eateries in Aldershot’s Westgate complex have closed down in the six years since it opened. Harvester became the latest of the national food chains to close its doors on August 4 following “careful consideration” and a continual review of its estate. It has joined the closure of Subway, Toby Carvery and Prezzo closed since the complex opened in 2013. Mimosa, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny’s and Cineworld remain at the complex alongside four other units that have been left resembling a ghost town. A general decline in spending, expensive cinema tickets, parking time limits and the state of the current town centre are just some of the many reasons cited as to why businesses within Westgate have not been sustainable. Despite all of the closures, Westgate Leisure said the complex was “flourishing”. A spokesman said: “Despite some recent closures, Westgate Leisure continues to flourish providing a great place for … [Read more...] about Why are restaurants closing in Aldershot’s Westgate complex?
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The Russian army and common folk weren’t the only obstacles to Napoleon’s barbarous plans to destroy the Kremlin in his hated Moscow. Mother Nature also lent a hand. A not-so-warm welcome Moscow was very different to other European cities that crumbled before the military genius of Napoleon. Here, no crowds of locals came to gawp at the marching columns of theGrande Armée, and no local officials rushed to present him with the keys to the city. Instead, the French emperor was met by an empty, deserted, hostile city, which, to compound his misery, was soon totally engulfed in flames. Observing the glow of the Moscow fires, the dumbfounded Napoleon is said to have remarked: “What a terrible sight! They’re burning the city themselves… What resoluteness! What people! They are Scythians!” The French occupation of Moscow lasted just under two months. The situation for Napoleon was dire and getting worse. HisGrande Armée was turning into … [Read more...] about Why Napoleon failed to blow up the Kremlin
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has entered the presidential race, rounding the number of Democratic candidates to an even two dozen. Mayors of the largest city in the U.S. tend not to do well on the national stage — just ask President Trump's current lawyer and failed 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani. But de Blasio is hoping that he will be able to stand out from the myriad other contenders, and not just because he is the tallest candidate in the race at 6'4".His campaign slogan, "Working People First," echoes the populist message that catapulted him to the mayoralty in 2013, when he was the clear underdog in the Democratic primary. His interracial family, which was featured in advertisements in the 2013 race, could be an asset for a white man in a race full of white men. And de Blasio does have a real, concrete progressive accomplishment implemented during his tenure: universal pre-K for all children in New York City. The question for de Blasio is … [Read more...] about Why is Bill de Blasio running for president? Why not
Employers generally prefer their workers not to play video games at work, but that could be set to change if a new initiative has its way. This afternoon, a collection of high-profile businesses and the New Zealand Government gathered at an event in Auckland to unveil a video game they had all invested in. The group included Microsoft, Xero, Fletcher Construction, BDO, Building Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) and the Ministry of Social Development, which each contributed $150,000 to the development of a game called Construction Tycoon. It may sound like the latest iteration of The Sims, but this initiative is instead designed to give workers taste of what it takes to work in the real world. The brainchild of Joy Business Academy, the game was unveiled by Ministers Carmel Sepuloni and Willie Jackson as a tool to help New Zealand businesses improve staff training. At the launch, Sepuloni explained that the Government became interested in the project for a number of … [Read more...] about Why six businesses and the Govt invested in a video game
The new chair of the British Chamber of Commerce speaks about how the organisation has changed since he joined, and his ambitions for its future. Daniel Eischen is not the first Luxembourger to be head of the British Chamber of Commerce--François Tesch and André Roelants have both served as chair--and certainly doesn’t think his nationality will give him any advantage in carrying out the role. “I don’t come from that background, I am not an insider like that,” he explains. “Maybe it will help me make connections faster, but that was not one of the arguments that made them ask me to become chair.” Eischen joined the British Chamber pretty soon after founding Concept Factory and Interact in 1995. “As a young company everything you do is try to find clients. There was no Paperjam Club or Farvest,” he explains. “The chambers--Amcham as well as the British Chamber--were the highlights for networking. It’s completely … [Read more...] about Rethinking a business chamber: BCC’s Daniel Eischen