Following the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.Spencer was crowned winner of the 12th series of The Apprentice in December last year, securing a £250,000 investment and a 50/50 partnership with business magnate Lord Sugar.She told British Baker multimedia reporter Ashley Williams how incredible it was for the company to be finally up and running and the advice she would give to entrepreneurs looking to start their own bakery business.You’ve completed your transition from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana in January 2017 and you have now officially launched the business. Is this a dream come true for you?“It was a big deal for me to launch the brand and I knew it would be a step in the right direction. It’s incredible; I never felt like I would get to this point and it has just been a world of craziness really.”What has the reaction been like since winning The Apprentice? And what discussions have you had with Lord Sugar about the plans for the business?“We’ve been talking every day in the run-up to the launch. He does like to be on top of everything, which is really good. However, he doesn’t get heavily involved in the details of the business; he would never want to invent a recipe or anything like that.”How have you managed to get your head around going into a 50/50 partnership with one of Britain’s richest men?“It was kind of hard to get used to at first, because you are used to just doing what you want in a business sense. Now there are two of us, I felt a bit more under pressure and it did seem daunting, but after getting to know him better, he is incredibly helpful and he’s great to work with.”What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start their own bakery business?“You don’t really need a huge investment in a bakery business, really; if you just start selling at local food markets then you can grow from there. The brand almost comes second and just make sure you are strong-willed to succeed.”Why do you think your products stand out from any others around?“There’s a big trend at the moment towards healthy eating. However, while I’m obviously not asking people to indulge all the time, my products are purely indulgent stuff and I think there’s not much of that around anymore. For example, the peanut butter fudge cake is just the best thing ever – it’s very rich and very delicious.”How important is the provenance of ingredients to your business?“It’s massively important to me. When I started, my parents had chickens in their garden, so I would use their eggs and Welsh butter. We still use free-range eggs, but we have outgrown using my parents’ eggs now. We also only use Belgian chocolate in all of the cakes; when I went out sourcing for ingredients that was something that I was absolutely never going to sway on.”From looking at your Twitter account, you said you have some exciting changes to come over the next few months. Could you tell me what those changes are?“After leaving The Apprentice, I sat down with Lord Sugar to set up a business model, and this was something that was all new to me. I just thought, well, we will try to sell more cakes. But we actually decided on a business model, where we will have ambassadors. So they will be self-employed people working not just on the sales, but for the Ridiculously Rich brand. They will be selling at farmers’ markets, food festivals and they will also be able to sell in cafés and delis, which is incredibly exciting.”I know you have just started out your business, but do you have any major refurb works in the pipeline for the brand?“We have ordered new packaging and that should be arriving by next week, hopefully. The old packaging was just a quick adaptation of the Narna’s brand and we did this to get the cakes out as soon as possible – for people to try them and see what they thought. The packaging really needed updating and to become Ridiculously Rich rather than Narna’s. The website will also be fully ready at the end of April. That is going to have a clever feature where the ambassadors can log in and see what other ambassadors are up to – what they are doing, where they are going? Then they can order all their stock. There is also a wholesale page where cafés and delis can order directly.”What’s your vision for the business? How big do you expect it to be in the future?“I really want the business to improve the luxury cake market, and I think it absolutely can do that. There is a lack of really indulgent luxury cakes out there. That’s my goal for the brand in the next five years.”
QPR have taken another step towards completing the signing of Esteban Granero after agreeing personal terms with the Real Madrid midfielder.Granero, 25, was due to arrive at Loftus Road on Thursday evening to undergo a medical and sign a contract.Earlier in the day, Rangers agreed a deal with Real for the former Spain Under-21 international.Click here for the Man City v QPR quizSee also:QPR discuss Mbia as Barton has medicalSpurs reluctant to let Dawson goQPR confirm signing of midfield ace GraneroFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Raheem Sterling is close to signing an improved contract at Liverpool.There has been speculation about the Harlesden teenager’s future while his representatives have been negotiating a new deal.Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all reported to be monitoring developments.But Liverpool always remained confident Sterling would commit himself to the club and the 18-year-old had indicated that he wanted to stay at Anfield.See also: Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
India’s Jet Airways has announced the introduction of daily direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai from 14 April, using a state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route. He said that South Africa and the African region was an important market for the airline, and that they were confident of capturing and growing the market. The launch of the new route marks the first time that Jet Airways will fly to Africa. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Strong linkages’ 3 March 2010 Karkassis said the airline was confident that it would soon emerge as one of the first-choice carriers on the popular route, given its vast domestic network in India and expanding international footprint. “Given the strong linkages between India and South Africa, and the large number of people of Indian origin living in and/or working in South Africa, we believe that there is untapped potential, and this new route promises to serve the needs of our discerning corporate and leisure flyers,” he said. The wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 will be configured in two classes, with 30 seats in business class and 190 seats in economy. Flight 9W 242 will depart Mumbai at 2.05am daily, arriving in Johannesburg at 7.35am. On the return leg, flight 9W 241 will depart Johannesburg at 11am daily, arriving in Mumbai at 11.30pm. “Jet Airways is delighted to enter Africa with its daily Mumbai-Johannesburg service,” Jet Airways CEO Nikos Kardassis said in a statement last month. “South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourist and business destination, and the fact that it will play host to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, also presents a huge opportunity for Jet Airways.”
The rights of disabled people are enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, and legislation requires that public buildings and other places be accessible to everyone.Wheelchair Tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world. South Africa is one of the global success stories in introducing the sport. (Image: WTSA)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth Africa has, in general, become much more aware of travellers with special requirements and most major attractions and facilities across the country can be counted on to accommodate visitors with disabilities.The rights of disabled people are enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, and legislation requires that public buildings and other places be accessible to everyone.Visitor attractionsMajor attractions, airports, service stations, public buildings, game reserves and shopping centres have appropriate access, ablution facilities and parking.South African National Parks’ camps and visitor destinations, for example, provide ramped access into their main facilities. In many cases, accessible public ablution facilities are provided, including those at the camping sites. Many short trails also have Braille-interpretation plaques.There are also selected units in many of the camps that have been adapted for use by mobility impaired guests (people in wheelchairs, using crutches, with prams, with frailty or reduced energy levels).If you have specific accessibility requirements, your best bet is to request appropriate accommodation when you make a booking.Most visitor facilites at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden are wheelchair friendly. However, it is set on a very steep slope and not all areas of the garden are accessible. There are parking bays for the physically challenged at the main gates.SA National Parks: www.sanparks.org.za, with detailed information for visitors with disabilitiesKirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: www.sanbi.orgMaking it simplerCompiled by an occupational therapist, Disabled Travel lists facilities, accommodation and restaurants that have been evaluated with travellers with special needs in mind. Especially useful are the photographs of the facilities’ bathrooms.You may want to join a custom tour with an operator such as Rolling SA. All accommodation venues on their tours have been inspected to ensure that they are accessible and disabled friendly.Flamingo Tours also specialise in tours for people with disabilities, especially blind or sight-impaired and deaf or hearing-impaired guests.Eco-access is a Section 21 company that has a database of accessible destinations, especially those that give people with disabilities access to nature.Getting aroundGuide dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owner on most domestic flights, including all South African Airways flights. Be sure to confirm this when making your booking.Adapted rental cars, including those with hand controls, are available from some of the larger car rental companies, such as Avis, Budget and Imperial. Make sure you book in advance.The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link’s stations are fully accessible and every second train and feeder bus has special access for disabled passengers. Hearing and sight-impaired travellers are also catered for.You can hire wheelchairs and scooters from Mobility One in Johannesburg. They will deliver to the airport or your hotel.Read more: Driving in South AfricaAccommodationThe Tourism Grading Council of South Africa has integrated universal accessibility into its grading criteria. This aims to encourage compliance by the hospitality sector with international standards, especially those related to access, signage, and ease of general daily tasks.Tourism Grading Council: www.tourismgrading.co.zaMoneyNew South African banknotes are marked for tactile identification, although there are still some unmarked notes in circulation. The large geometric shapes on the front of the notes are meant as an aid for partially sighted.Money templates and coin selectors can be purchased from the South African National Council for the Blind.Useful linksSouth African National Council for the Blind: www.sancb.org.zaSouth African Guide Dogs Association: www.guidedog.org.zaDeaf Federation of South Africa: www.deafsa.co.zaQuadPara Association of South Africa: www.qasa.co.zaDepartment of Tourism: www.tourism.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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View comments MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Football player hurt as lightning hits field in Brazil His opening goal against Wolves was a 10th-minute tap-in following a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was sent free by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte.When Wolves defender Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva, it quickly became a damage-limitation exercise for the visitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett.City piled on the pressure in the second half — it finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Since losing back-to-back league games to drop out of the lead and, at one point, seven points behind Liverpool, City has been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup.This latest victory moved City five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, which lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham.Boly’s straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, left, scores with penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)MANCHESTER, England — Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League on Monday, moving the champion back to within four points of Liverpool.The Brazil striker has seven goals across three competitions in the past nine days for City.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Newcastle line up move for AC Milan left-back Laxaltby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are interested in signing AC Milan left back Diego Laxalt.According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan is out of favour at the Italian club.While he would rather earn his place back in Gennaro Gattuso’s team, it is possible he will leave on a loan for the rest of the season.It is no secret that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his squad as they attempt to stay in the Premier League this season.The 25-year-old has only started four Serie A games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say