The number of BB’s Coffee & Muffins stores in the UK is expected to nearly halve after going into administration last month, prompted by two years of trading losses.The café chain, which previously consisted of 37 company-owned and 111 franchised stores in the UK, is in the process of being scaled back to around 80 stores. Thirty of these will be directly owned by Kapelad, a new company set up by BB’s previous directors to buy the business out of administration, which is headed up by chief executive Paddy McCarthy.Negotiations are now under way with franchisees, with up to 50 expected to remain under the BB’s brand. Around 40 franchisees have left the group to trade independently and 25 stores in the UK have been closed.BB’s UK arm made a loss of £1.5m in 2008 and was projected to make a loss of just under £1m in 2009, said a spokesman. The directors had made unsuccessful attempts to negotiate lower rents with landlords before going into administration.”The economic environment meant business had decreased and something had to be done to protect the company going forward,” said the spokesman.BB’s Coffee & Muffins’ Irish business, comprising 30 stores, did not go into administration and continues to trade profitably, he added.One of BB’s franchisees, now in negotiations with Kapelad, told British Baker that his future remained “very uncertain”. “The old contract with BB’s is null and void, so I am waiting for a new agreement. I’m still not sure whether I will sign it,” he said.In April, BB’s announced that it was planning to open up to 25 outlets in petrol station forecourts in the UK by the end of next year, after launching its first one at a branch of Shell in Middlesbrough in May.
There is really no experience quite like Jam Cruise. The annual cruise is a delightful blend of everything right about the live music scene, self-contained on a glorious voyage throughout the open seas. After revealing that Jam Cruise 15 would be held on a new boat, the Norwegian Pearl, from January 20-25, today the festival has revealed their 2017 lineup.Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, Percy Hill, Frequinox, The Suffers, Lebo & Friends (ft. Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garrett Sayers, Lesley Grant & The Combustible Horns), Neville Jacobs, Reed Mathis Presents Electric Beethoven (ft. Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch), Brothers Comatose, Earphunk, Magic Gravy, Love Canon, BIG Something, Nikki Glaspie Super Jam, Everyone Orchestra, Nathan Moore, Manic Focus, and DJ Soul Sister.As always, the cruise features a bevy of treasured special guest artists-at-large, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Steve Kimock, Cyril Neville, Steve Berlin, Mike Dillon, Col. Bruce Hampton, Skerik, Katelyn & Laurie Shook (of the Shook Twins), and Roosevelt Collier will all be on hand to lend their talents wherever needed.The ship sails from January 20th through 25th, 2017, leaving from Miami, FL and traveling to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island. The full lineup can be seen below, and all additional information, including tickets, cabins and more, can be found on the Jam Cruise website.
Allardyce said: “Andy is ready to start, but he is not 100 per cent fit. “He is eager and ready to go, as is Carlton Cole, and we have Enner Valencia too, so we have good options now.” Allardyce is determined to keep everyone at the club grounded. “It is far too early for us to be thinking that we are going to finish in the top five or six of the Premier League,” he said. “We are showing signs and capabilities that we may be able to do that, but this is our big test now – November and December, with all the international games finished. “What we achieve between now and January will give us an indication on whether we are good enough or not.” Allardyce, meanwhile, revealed talks with New Zealand defender Winston Reid over a new contract were “ongoing”. He said: “At the moment he is very comfortable here, but like everything else it is probably down to the money.” Allardyce also said Argentinian forward Mauro Zarate was still very much a part of his plans, despite struggling to break into the team. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been left counting the cost of the international break as both striker Diafra Sakho and midfielder Stewart Downing are doubts for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton. Press Association Downing had just earned himself a recall to the England squad following fine form in the Hammers’ promising start, but suffered a knee problem in the first half against Scotland at Celtic Park on Tuesday night. Sakho, who had netted six goals to help West Ham climb to fourth, was not able to take part in Senegal’s African Nations Cup qualifier against Botswana on Wednesday because of a back injury, and will be assessed after his belated return to east London. “If it is as serious as it was to miss the game completely, then we haven’t got a lot of time to cure the problem,” said Allardyce. “If need be, we will wait until Saturday morning to see what he is like. “Stewart came off with a knee problem in the England game, so we have to assess that. “Some of the situations with today’s demands on players is causing all managers throughout the Premier League huge problems regarding injuries. “It is something we have to cope with as a squad, but it is disappointing that you come to face Everton and, through no fault of your own, you lose your players. That is the way it is today. “We need to be very careful about our fixture list coming up and if we risk a player on Saturday, if it aggravates the injury even further, then we could lose him for two or three weeks, and if you do, you lose him for four or five games.” Should Sakho, signed from Metz in the summer, not be fit, then Andy Carroll could be in for a first start of the season having recovered from ankle surgery. The England forward sharpened his match fitness when playing the full 90 minutes and scoring in a behind-closed-doors match against Fulham.
While on its way to a first-place finish in the Dec. 6-7 Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had plenty of time to watch Liverpool in the same tournament.Twice, the Warriors played, each time going through overtime and ending in a shoot-out, Liverpool falling to Syracuse in the first round, but recovering to edge Fulton for third place.Now B’ville would get its own head-to-head battle with the Warriors last Tuesday night, and fine all-around play resulted in a 4-1 win. B’ville then took on Whitesboro Friday night. Those other Warriors were off to a 3-1 start and were emerging as the main threat to reigning state champion Skaneateles in Division II.And Whitesboro proved its worth by topping B’ville 3-1, its defense stingy as 20 of the Bees’ 21 shots were grabbed by Warriors goalie Cameron Manley.Meanwhile, all the Bees could get on the attack was Ryan Dickinson’ s goal, assisted by Nick Purdy and Garrett Sutton. Troy Chamberlain led Whitesboro, scoring once and assisting on tallies by Frank Centro and Noah Scranton.B’ville knew that a more important game would take place Wednesday, a rematch with Syracuse, but this time at Meachem Rink before it traveled Friday to Casey Park to face Auburn.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockey Much of the game was played in Liverpool’s end, and the Bees stayed patient even though Liverpool goaltender James Welch kept turning shots back – 37, in all.Still, the Bees went up 1-0 after one period, absorbed Marco Palumbo’s second-period tally by scoring twice itself and pulled further away in the latter stages.Matt Speelman led the way, earning two goals and one assist. Alex Pompo and Luke Hoskin each got a goal and two assists as Braeden Lynch piled up three assists. Brad O’Neill turned back 21 of Liverpool’s 22 shots.