Esquires Coffee Houses expands on UK franchise

first_imgEsquires Coffee Houses UK has announced plans to grow its franchise by another eight stores in the UK, by summer 2009.The company, now in its tenth year of trading, currently has 25 outlets in the UK. It opened the first of its planned eight outlets in Letchworth Garden City, Herfordshire a couple of weeks ago and hopes to have another open by the end of February.Peter Kirton, managing director of Esquires Coffee Houses UK, said he had identified a number of locations that he believed would fit with Esquires’ offering. “We’ve had an overwhelming level of interest in the Esquires Coffee Houses franchise operation over the past year,” said Kirton. “Though we are not able to disclose exact locations at this point, I am pleased to say that the new stores will be well spread across the country.”Kirton sees the business as direct competition with the likes of Caffè Nero and Coffee Republic, but said the business hasn’t got the same presence yet, due to its lack of London sites.The coffee chain offers a range of sandwiches, paninis, sweet pastries, cakes and muffins, some of which are baked-off on-site. It also sells only Fairtrade certified teas, coffees and hot chocolate.In terms of changes to the food offering in future, Kirton said Esquires was considering offering more baked-off products in its outlets. “We’re continually reviewing our offering and also considering healthier options,” he added.The chain’s Canadian parent company has also just announced agreements to open a combined total of 585 stores across China, India, the Middle East and Egypt, as part of the firm’s plans to further expand its internatio- nal franchises.last_img read more

Birthday Bash for David Amram Includes Pete Seeger Tribute, Musical Pals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York People are buzzing about the upcoming show that some are calling “the greatest folk concert Long Island has seen in decades!”On Nov. 20, the Hillwood Recital Hall at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the Brookville campus of LIU Post will host “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger.”Not only is it a birthday bash for a world-renowned artist and a musical celebration of perhaps one of the world’s most influential folk artists, it’s also a benefit for the nonprofit Gold Coast Arts Center, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach—something that Amram has done throughout his own long career.Topping the bill is the octogenarian birthday boy himself, David Amram, and his quintet, featuring Kevin Twigg, Rene Hart, Robbie Winterhawk and Adam Amram. Also scheduled to appear are Amram’s close compatriots who’ve also shared the stage over the years with the late, great Pete Seeger, including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame), Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, The Amigos, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus and the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves.“This family of musicians feels honored to mark David Amram’s 84th birthday with a celebration of the life of our mutual friend, Pete Seeger,” said Rafael on his website, adding that they still feel Seeger’s presence today.Seeger was 94 when he died in January of this year.“We credit Pete as a great organizer and musician who blazed a path for so many by indelibly linking his music and activism,” said Rafael. “We thank him for bringing songs like ‘Guantanamera’ and ‘Wimoweh’ to the United States; for turning the traditional song, ‘I Will Overcome,’ into ‘We Shall Overcome,’ and teaching it to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pete Seeger brought American Folk Music into the homes of millions of Americans and those in countless countries around the world.”David Amram (left) performing with the late, great Pete Seeger (Photo courtesy of Econosmith.com)David Amram is another trailblazer, whose musical journey as a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author has bridged classical, jazz and world music. He’s performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Leonard Bernstein, Tito Puente, Odetta, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Betty Carter and even Jack Kerouac, to name a few of the diverse talents with whom he’s performed for seven decades and counting.Read about Jeck Kerouac’s time on Long IslandWho but Amram can claim Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Aaron Copland, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning as some of the influential mentors that helped him find his unique path? He continues to travel the world as a composer, conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar and narrator fluent in five languages. But on Nov. 20, he’ll be coming to Long Island’s North Shore: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, to be exact. The tantalizing evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. It promises to be a truly legendary night of great music.The Gold Coast Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For more than 20 years, they have been bringing the arts to tens of thousands of people in our area free of charge. They also sponsor artist-in-residencies at schools, after-school art programs, special assemblies, teacher-training workshops, as well as parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art, the Gold Coast Arts Center has also sponsored the Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its fourth year, which has furthered their outreach.Tickets went on sale Oct. 2, for $55 in advance, and can be purchased by visiting movementmusicrecords.com. For an additional $45, concertgoers can meet and greet the performers at a special VIP event backstage.Hillwood Recital Hall at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University at CW Post (aka LIU Post), 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. 516-299-2752. For more information about this legendary gig, visit tillescenter.org. To learn more about the Gold Coast Arts Center, go to goldcoastarts.org.last_img read more

T20 WC: Will take Sri Lanka very seriously, says Harmanpreet kaur

first_imgMelbourne: India’s spot in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 semi-finals is already safe, but captain Harmanpreet Kaur has insisted that they won’t take Sri Lanka lightly in their final group game to be played on Saturday.India were the first to sail through to the knockout stage after securing wins against hosts and defending champions Australia, as well as Bangladesh and New Zealand, in the first week of the tournament.On the other hand, Sri Lanka have lost both the matches they have played so far against Australia and New Zealand and are almost out of the contention of making to the last four-stage.Victory over Sri Lanka would see India top Group A and head into the semi-finals full of confidence, and Kaur doesn’t want to settle for anything less.“I know we have qualified, but the next game is still crucial for us,” said Kaur. “We will be taking Sri Lanka very seriously.“They’ve been doing well. I know they haven’t won a game, but they were almost there on both occasions.“We will be taking it very seriously before we start thinking about the semi-finals,” she added.The Indian skipper further said the wicket of Chamari Athapaththu would be crucial and that’s why they would try to take the wicket of the Sri Lankan batter as early as possible.“We try to take every wicket in all of our games. Every wicket is an important one at this level,” said Kaur. “We just have to try and stick to our plan, especially to get out the likes of Chamari Athapaththu early. That will be crucial,” she added. IANSAlso Read: Harmanpreet Kaur wants team not to repeat mistakesAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

Shane Stafford explains how BetVictor makes the most of its Liverpool partnership

first_img GLMS calls for increased vigilance regarding betting sponsorships July 23, 2020 Related Articles Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Submit Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, Betvictor’s head of brand Shane Stafford described having a ‘strategy’ as ‘key to utilising the assets’ that come from a sporting partnership. Addressing the sponsorship panel, Stafford said: “When going into Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter don’t just go into it without a strategy, I’ve seen lots of brands that have just jumped onto Snapchat and haven’t got a clue what they’re doing and didn’t know how to communicate. “With our partnership with Liverpool FC, we have an allotment of access to players and managers. It’s all good negotiating a partnership, but you need to know what you’re going to do with that allotment throughout the season.“We’ll try and cross pollinate into our other biggest events, our horse racing so in March and April, we’ll try and use footballers and bring them in and bring their customer base in as well. But, you need to have that strategy in place or you’ll have to have invested in a partnership that essentially, and I’ve seen a lot of companies do it, you have invested in and don’t know how to utilise it, so all they’re using is the LEDs at the side of the match and the interview backdrop branding.Stafford then emphasised how football’s ‘loyal fan base’ can make it incredibly beneficial to brands, stating that for BetVictor the priority was to ‘piggy back onto that loyalty and as a brand communicate that we share the same values as this club.Marketing and strategy will be discussed in great lengths at this week’s Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September). The event, which boasts one of the strongest array of speakers the sports betting industry has ever seen will take place at The Olympia Conference Centre, to find out more, click here StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Ashes 2019: Rain causes delayed start to final day of second Test at Lord’s

first_imgThe home side will resume on 96-4 in their second innings, meaning a lead of 104 runs. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will be back out in the middle, the pair having survived a tricky period of play late on day four to reach the close unbeaten on 16 and 10, respectively. Rain caused a delayed start to the final day of the second Ashes Test but England and Australia were set to resume their intriguing battle at Lord’s prior to lunch.Umpires Aleem Dar and Chris Gaffaney announced play would get under way at 12:10 local time following an inspection. Yet it was the duel between England paceman Jofra Archer and Australia talisman Steve Smith that was the major talking point following Saturday’s action at the home of cricket, the latter felled a bouncer and forced to retire hurt on 80.Day five deck as the sun shines at Lord’s #Ashes pic.twitter.com/tcZ3ikdxqM— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 18, 2019The right-hander did return later in the innings, though, adding a further 12 runs before he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes, the tourists eventually bowled out for 250 in reply to England’s first-innings score of 258.Australia lead the series, 1-0, after a 251-run victory in the opener at Edgbaston.last_img read more