Exploring the Popularity of Online Scratchcards in the UK

Exploring the Popularity of Online Scratch Cards in the UK

Technology has made it possible to access scratch cards online. Digital scratch cards have become part of online casino games since gambling sites like Lottoland UK have been able to combine the charm of traditional scratch cards with the convenience of online betting, capturing players’ attention across the UK.

In this article, we’ll look at the reasons behind the rising popularity of scratch cards in the UK. But before getting into the nitty-gritty, let’s first understand what online scratch cards are:

What is an Online Scratch card?

Online scratch cards are digital versions of traditional scratch card lottery games that promise instant wins. Instead of purchasing a physical card from a store, players can access virtual scratch cards through online casinos and gaming platforms. The game’s objective remains the same: to uncover hidden symbols or numbers on a grid by clicking or tapping the designated areas. Revealing a winning combination can result in instant rewards or prizes, providing players with a thrilling and straightforward gaming experience.

Can You Play Online Scratch Games for Free?

Many casinos usually give a few scratch card games to try in demo mode. This is important, especially for novice gamers. However, you should know you can’t win any real money prizes in demo mode. Some casinos also offer Free Scratch cards as part of a Welcome Offer but may have wagering requirements for the wins. However, it’s a great way to start, and you might win.

Why are Online Scratch cards So Popular?

The popularity of online scratchcards in the UK can be attributed to the following reasons:

1.    Simplicity and Instant Wins

One of the primary reasons for the soaring popularity of online scratch cards in the UK is their simplicity and immediate rewards. Just like their physical counterparts, digital scratch cards offer a straightforward gameplay experience.

You’ll find various games, each displaying the rules and potential prizes clearly before you start. All it takes is a click of your mouse or a tap on your screen to reveal the hidden symbols, providing an instant rush of excitement as you hope for a winning combination.

2.    Accessibility and Convenience

In the fast-paced digital age, convenience is crucial in attracting players. Online scratch cards offer the ease of playing anytime and anywhere without the need to visit a physical store. You can access these games through your favourite online casinos, allowing you to scratch and possibly win from the comfort of your home or on the go.

The availability of scratch cards on various gaming platforms, including desktops, smartphones, and tablets, ensures accessibility to a broad audience, contributing to their widespread popularity in the UK.

3.    Diverse Gameplay and Themes

Unlike traditional scratch cards, their online counterparts offer an array of exciting gameplay variations and themes, catering to the diverse preferences of players. The options are endless, from slot machine-style scratch cards with slot reel panels to interactive roulette and blackjack-themed scratchers.

Players can choose from jackpot scratch cards with progressive prize pools or bonus scratch cards for extra surprises. Each theme and variation inject novelty into the gameplay, keeping players engaged and eager to try different scratch cards for unique experiences.

4.    Attractive Jackpots and Potential Wins

The allure of winning life-changing sums is a significant factor in the popularity of online scratch cards in the UK. Introducing scratch cards with higher jackpots, some even reaching millions, has enticed players to seek the ultimate thrill.

Many online scratch cards offer competitive Return to Player (RTP) rates, ensuring that players have a fair chance of winning prizes over the long term. While it’s important to remember that scratch cards are games of chance, the possibility of winning substantial amounts continues to attract a growing audience.

5.    Interactive and Social Features

Online scratch cards in the UK are not just solitary games—some platforms offer interactive and social features. Players can share their wins with friends on social media, fostering communities and excitement around the UK. Additionally, some scratch card games include interactive bonus rounds, adding a layer of engagement and immersion that keeps players entertained for longer durations.

Final Thought

The popularity of online scratch cards in the UK can be attributed to their simplicity, accessibility, diverse gameplay, attractive jackpots, and interactive features. They have intrigued both seasoned and novice players in equal measure.

And as technology advances and game developers innovate, we can expect even more exciting and immersive scratch card experiences. Moreover, players looking for instant fun must ensure to buy scratch cards from reputable gaming companies and gamble responsibly because gambling can be addictive and is not a reliable way to get rich quick.

Urgent Services Uses Inseego Video Telematics Solution To Achieve Safety And Delivery Benefits

Urgent Services, a London-based provider of same-day delivery and courier services, is using a connected multi-camera system from Inseego to improve road safety, reduce operational costs and better protect its reputation. The video telematics solution – fitted on a fleet of new vans that handle critical deliveries across London and Nationwide – has provided added visibility and support to both drivers and office-based managers.

The connected multi-camera system incorporates forward, rear, side and load cameras for a 360-view of the vehicle and cargo space, as well as and in-cab monitor that allows the driver to view all blind spots. This useful driving aid provides a view of nearby vulnerable road users (VRUs) and greater understanding of surroundings during low-speed manoeuvrers. Video is displayed based on specific actions, so the rear camera is shown on screen during when reversing, while the use of the indicators triggers live footage from the appropriate side camera to support any left-and right-hand turns.

Meanwhile, the video telematics solution has been used to determine the exact circumstances of a vehicle collision, helping Urgent Services to defend liability and challenge any 50/50 claims by having access to irrefutable video evidence and supporting data. There have been three incidents where third parties have knocked off a wing mirror when driving past a Urgent Services vehicle, which has been captured by the side camera and allowed the company to prove exactly what has happened.

There have also been multiple occasions where Urgent Services has used historical video to resolve customer disputes, with the multi-camera system configured to continue recording after the ignition has been switched to validate proof of delivery. Where recipients have claimed non-delivery, the company has used footage from the customer location showing the driver unloading and delivering the package. In addition, the load-facing camera has proven useful for monitoring how drivers are handling and securing cargo, especially when items are of high value or fragile.

In April 2021, Urgent Services undertook a journey to Ukraine to deliver a shipment of humanitarian aid. The multi-camera system was used to track the location and progress of the vehicle through cloud-based software, while live video from the cameras provided added peace of mind and confirmed driver welfare.

Derwent Jaconelli, Managing Director at Urgent Services Limited commented: “We have an excellent standing in the marketplace and the Inseego multi-camera system is helping to maintain this positive reputation and ensure we are operating safely and responsibly. There were some initial concerns amongst our drivers, but within a matter of weeks, we were able to use video footage to thwart several dishonest claims for non delivery claims, so this was quickly overcome.”

Steve Thomas, Managing Director of Inseego UK Ltd said: “We are seeing a growing number of fleet operators turn to video telematics as an effective way of safeguarding drivers, keeping other road users safe and protecting their business. Our comprehensive range of connected dashcams and multi-camera systems means we can create tailored solutions that meet the precise needs of our customers.”

Best of Both World’s recruitment campaign* shines a light on Registrar and Consultant career opportunities at Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KGH) is highlighting some exciting senior roles for Registrars and Consultants who are looking for a career change.

KGH is seeking a full time, highly committed and motivated Consultant Haematologist to join its dynamic and friendly team of Haematologists. The successful candidate will join a team of four other full time consultant Haematologists to provide a high quality comprehensive Haematology service to the local area. The salary range is £88,364 – £119,133 per annum and the closing date for applications is 6th August 2023.

Another opportunity is for an ENT Rhinology Consultant in ear, nose and throat surgery. Applicants should be well trained in general ENT surgery and should have developed an interest in Rhinology. They will help to lead an excellent multi-disciplinary team in a department that has a tradition of promoting innovation and development.

This is a full-time locum position based at Kettering General Hospital to provide 10 sessions per week (plus on call). The salary range is £88,364 – £119,133 per annum and the closing date for applications is 10th August 2023.

For Registrars there is a Trust Grade Registrar in Otolaryngology position to join a team of six middle grade doctors working at both Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital. They will be part of the ear, nose and throat team and will be expected to do daily ward rounds, as well as attend training in Oxford.  The salary range is £51,017 per annum and the closing date for applications is 10th August 2023.

There is also a Consultant Rheumatologist role based at Kettering General Hospital, with outpatient clinics in Corby, Wellingborough and the new Nene Park development in Irthlingborough. The salary range is £88,364 – £119,133 per annum and the closing date for applications is 29th August 2023.

Plus a Consultant Anaesthetist with a Specialist Interest in Intensive Care Medicine  to join a team of eight full time consultants providing daytime consultant cover and out of hours on-call service for ITU, supporting all disciplines within the trust including Accident and Emergency and Acute Cardiology. The salary range is £88,364 – £119,133 per annum and the closing date for applications is 29th August 2023.

These roles offer the chance for Registrars and Consultants to progress their career in a leading Trust, which is going through a period of transformation since joining forces with Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust to become a Hospital Group[1][i] in 2020, enabling both hospitals to strengthen their services through their collaborative work.

The Trust has affiliated teaching hospital status, with links to Leicester Medical School, and receives medical students for teaching and training, as well as foundation doctors, core and specialty trainees on rotation from Health Education England, East Midlands. It’s also one of the largest employers in the area.

Kettering is centrally located with easy access to London in less than one hour by rail. By road, Kettering is within easy reach of five international airports and 75% of the country can be reached within two hours. Northamptonshire offers good value housing, excellent schools and a fantastic quality of life which can give consultants a better work life balance.

* Kettering General Hospital is part of the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ recruitment campaign. The campaign brings together the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital, St Andrew’s Healthcare and Northants GP and aims to recruit nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to live and work in Northamptonshire.

 

To find out about all vacancies visit: https://bestofbothworlds.uk.net

Why Fuzzing isn’t enough to Test your APIs

Written by Harold Bell, Director of Content Marketing, Noname Security

In today’s fast-paced development environment, a comprehensive API security testing strategy is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Testing your APIs for security gaps ensures that your APIs functions are reliable, secure, and perform as expected under different circumstances. It helps to identify issues such as incorrect data formats, missing or inaccurate data, and faults in authentication or authorisation.

Proper API testing can also help to minimise downtime, reduce the risk of errors, and improve the overall quality of the software system. However, its important to note that comprehensive API security testing is a discipline in and of itself.

The hacking of APIs has increased significantly as todays cybercriminals have become sophisticated actors who exploit APIs and compromise sensitive data. One of the common techniques used in software testing to identify potential vulnerabilities or bugs in a programme is fuzzing. But what exactly is fuzzing, what limitations does it present, and why is it so important to have a robust API security testing approach.

What is fuzzing? 

For those less familiar fuzzing is a method that inputs random data or unexpected inputs into software in an attempt to uncover vulnerabilities. The aim of fuzzing is to cause the programme to crash or behave unexpectedly, which can be an indication of a security weakness or programming error. The use of fuzzing can help identify issues that may not be apparent through traditional testing methods, such as unit testing or manual testing.

Fuzzing can be performed manually or automated using specialised tools and can be tailored to specific applications or APIs. The results of fuzzing can provide insights into the robustness and reliability of a software programme and can be used to improve its overall security and performance.

Limitations of fuzzing 

Although fuzzing is a valuable method for identifying security weaknesses, it does have limitations. One of the main confines of fuzzing is that it can only test for known vulnerabilities and cannot detect unknown vulnerabilities. For example, it may not be able to identify vulnerabilities in complex systems or those that require a specific sequence of events to trigger.

Fuzzing can also be limited by the quality of the input data used in the testing process. Its also important to point out that fuzzing can be time-consuming and resource intensive. While fuzzing can be an effective tool for identifying security weaknesses, its important to recognise its limitations and use it in conjunction with other testing techniques if at all.

Importance of robust API testing 

API security testing helps identify issues such as bugs, performance bottlenecks, and resolve security vulnerabilities, which is especially important when dealing with sensitive user data. By conducting thorough API testing, developers can ensure that their software applications perform optimally and deliver a secure seamless user experience.

Without proper testing, a minor error in the API could have major downstream effects on the functionality of the entire application. By implementing a comprehensive API testing strategy, developers can ensure that everything is working as intended before it is released to the end-user. This can save time and resources while also improving the overall quality of the application.

What is business logic validation and why is it better than fuzzing?

Business logic is the underlying logic or rules that govern the behaviour of a system or application. It defines the expected behaviour of an application, which is based on a set of rules, algorithms, and workflows. It ensures that the application operates as intended and produces the expected results. Testing your business logic is mandatory if you really want to unearth potential vulnerabilities. Feeding random input data to an application to detect vulnerabilities through fuzzing is not enough.

While fuzzing can be a useful method for identifying security vulnerabilities, it is not effective in detecting issues related to the applications business logic. This is because fuzzing does not consider the expected behaviour of the application, but instead focuses on identifying weaknesses in the input validation process.

Overall, comprehensive API security testing is a critical step in the API development process, guaranteeing that the API securely functions as expected. It is essential to conduct this testing phase to ensure that the API is reliable, stable, and performs optimally throughout its lifespan. Failure to perform thorough API testing may result in the emergence of errors and defects, which may compromise the security and reliability of your APIs.

APIs have become indispensable, and the use of APIs continues to evolve rapidly, likewise the opportunity for vulnerabilities in APIs is also evolving at pace, therefore having a comprehensive API security strategy in place is essential to protect today’s modern infrastructure.

Helping Customers Optimise and Secure Digital Transformation

Written by Brian Ramsey, VP Americas, Xalient

Rewind a couple of years and enterprises were heavily focused on acquiring new tech to drive forward their digitisation plans. Then, when the pandemic struck, organisations were forced to fix any technology gaps in their environment and digitise services to hastily plug these gaps.

Cybercriminals – aware of the opportunity that the new remote landscape offered – were also taking advantage, quickly exploiting vulnerabilities across the digital ecosystem to infiltrate and breach organisations. The evolving threat landscape and subsequent widespread data breaches also led to an increase in security-driven initiatives to protect sensitive assets. But unfortunately, this approach also resulted in technology sprawl and duplication with overlapping security tools adversely impacting security posture. Organisations made a new addition every time a security gap or vulnerability was found, and technology was identified to address it.

This technology sprawl not only added complexity, but it was also expensive, resource-intensive, and difficult for network and security teams to manage. And while these sprawling environments brought flexibility for the workforce, the compounded cyber risk presented network and security teams with an immense challenge, as they struggled with an overload of technology that all required deployment, operational support, and maintenance.

Continuous monitoring and stronger defence

Fast forward to 2023 and the paradigm is shifting again. It is moving towards a more continuous approach to monitoring and securing data and networks that balances the needs of regulatory compliance, robust protection, and security. Without a doubt, cloud and mobility have driven, and continue to drive, digital transformation initiatives in the quest to make businesses more agile and competitive. But this must be achieved while protecting users, workloads, endpoints, IoT devices, and more in the face of ever-growing, sophisticated cyberthreats.

Now enterprises are searching for ways to consolidate, centralise, and integrate their technology while also optimising it, and they are increasingly turning to specialised, reliable managed service partners to assist them in doing this.

A distributed workforce requires a Zero Trust approach

Additionally, with workforces scattered over several locations, countries, and continents, this new highly distributed environment demands a completely different approach; another shift in how the technology stack is implemented, managed, and secured, one that takes a Zero Trust approach.

In effect, digital transformation means that users, devices, apps, and data can be anywhere, meaning that traditional perimeter-based approaches to network security are no longer fit for purpose. That’s why a Zero Trust (or a trust no-one) approach to achieve secure, efficient connectivity is essential to minimise business risk, eliminate point products, and reduce overall costs and complexity.

Doing more with less

Also, in today’s volatile and uncertain landscape, with the expanded attack surface that organizations are tasked to defend – despite industry-wide talent shortages – the new mantra is increasingly turning to how enterprises can “do more with less”. This doesn’t mean working harder or longer. It means applying and optimising technology to amplify what an organisation can achieve amid today’s challenges of constant change.

AI is certainly being hailed as the answer to unlock benefits that free precious resources for more productive work. This is certainly what Microsoft has been promoting, pushing organisations to be more data-driven, to optimize current tech, to deliver efficiency with automation and AI, to innovate through the use of cloud, to reenergize the workforce, and finally protect, everyone, everything, everywhere – all at once. Certainly, cloud-powered technologies, such as AI, IoT, and ML, offer organisations unparalleled agility and efficiency by automating processes, which accelerates innovation and makes security comprehensive while driving growth and advancing sustainability commitments.

Do cybersecurity budgets address enterprise requirements?

And despite the economic and other geo-political challenges, enterprises must continue to adapt to evolving market dynamics to meet customer needs. Their solid digital foundation has gone a long way in helping them innovate quickly and deliver critical business outcomes – but in this new environment have they gone far enough?

recent Neustar International Security Council survey found that 49% of security decision-makers felt that their organisation’s cybersecurity budget was insufficient to fully address their requirements. In the survey, a large majority of respondents agree that C-suite and board-level decision-makers understand the current security threats their business is facing (83%), but a significant share of respondents (69%) are also concerned that current budget constraints are limiting the use of new strategies, technologies and implementation practices.

We are finding that customers have similar concerns and are increasingly turning to us for help. Embracing a trusted managed service partner enables them to implement the necessary critical technologies at a lower cost and also understand how best to consolidate and optimise their current technology infrastructure.

Shifting from a CapEx to an OpEx model

In my experience, a trusted provider can help customers deploy the required solutions with the right level of expertise at the right time, augmenting in-house resources. Additionally, they can enable enterprises to scale solutions and services up or down as requirements evolve and change. Working with a managed service provider also enables enterprises to shift costs from a capital expenditure to an operational expenditure model and to phase out services and technology they no longer need.

We take on the responsibility of investing in and maintaining solutions and infrastructure, as well as hiring teams to manage the technology and stay abreast of industry developments and the latest threats.

Not all managed service providers are created equal

However, a word of caution, not all managed service providers are created equal, so enterprises should look to work with the right partner. This means looking beyond cost savings to all the other benefits that a partner brings to the table such as superior technology, an innovative approach, exceptional service, deep expertise, speed to results, and the flexibility to ensure that solutions can adapt to the organisation’s unique needs. This should include reducing silos within large enterprises, and allowing for organizations to align and gain the visibility and control necessary for cyber protection.

Managed services will continue to be an attractive option, regardless of the global economic picture, as enterprises look to be more resilient, adaptable, and responsive, while doing more with less. Partners who focus on securely and efficiently connecting users and devices to applications and data quickly and cost-effectively will be in demand as they enable the digital transformation needs of large enterprises both now and in the future.

How can companies leverage machine learning to mitigate cyber threats?

Written by Tom Ashoff, SVP of Engineering, ThreatQuotient 

Cybersecurity has become one most crucial aspects of many organisations due to the speed at which cyber threats evolve. The “speed of cybersecurity” makes it vital to have timely and agile defence measures to detect, analyse, and mitigate cyber risks – as it is the only way to stay ahead of attackers and protect assets in an increasingly dynamic and interconnected world.

New technologies like cloud computing and automation have led to transformative changes in cybersecurity, though these changes weren’t immediate. The use of the cloud within other IT teams advanced much faster than it did in cybersecurity departments, as security teams were hesitant to cede control to technologies in the hands of others.

Similarly, while automation flourished in general IT applications (e.g. Puppet, Chef, Ansible) and business units like marketing (e.g., Pardot, Eloqua, Marketo), adoption lagged within the more risk-averse cybersecurity teams as they needed to get comfortable with both the risks and rewards prior to deployment.

What does AI bring to cybersecurity?

The same measured approach makes even more sense while facing a new technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is bigger in scale than cloud or automation. AI holds tremendous promise for companies in bolstering defence mechanisms, detecting threats, and enabling faster incident response.

While the recent interest in AI has focused on generative technology, it is not the only aspect of AI to consider. AI technologies can be applied to security operations in various ways, providing businesses and organisations with unique capabilities. Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML) and Generative AI are among the three critical pillars of AI technologies to offer tremendous support for organisations’ security operations.

 

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) focuses on the interaction between computers and human language. It involves analysing and understanding language to enable machines to comprehend and respond to human-created text. This is critical when parsing unstructured data in many forms – reports, emails, RSS feeds, etc.

There are various ways organisations can leverage NLP to streamline a variety of security operations. For example, companies can identify and extract Threat Intelligence such as IOCs, malware, adversaries, and tags from unstructured data, using named entity recognition & keyword matching.

It can also be used to extract meaning and context from unstructured text in data feed sources and finished intelligence reports and parse any reports, events, or PDFs. This way, it saves analysts time by removing the manual steps they undertake today reading and extracting data from reports, freeing them to be more proactive when addressing the risk within their environment.

 

  • Machine Learning (ML) enables computers to learn from data and make predictions or take actions without being explicitly programmed. It involves algorithms that iteratively improve their performance based on training examples.

Organisations leverage ML to make sense of data from disparate sources in order to accelerate detection, investigation, and response. This process generally starts with getting data in different formats and languages from different vendors and systems to work together. It can also help incorporate results from automation for learning, and further action can be initiated. The more data and context, the more the machine learning engine learns and improves. The engine focuses on correlation and prioritisation, which ultimately aids in getting the right data to the right systems and teams at the right time to make security operations more data-driven, efficient and effective.

 

  • Generative AI focuses on creating systems capable of generating original content, such as profiles, reports or security automation. It uses deep learning to learn from data to produce realistic outputs resembling human creativity. Generative AI is the most recent form of AI that’s captured everyone’s attention.

There are several tools already out there today such as ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Microsoft Bing Chat. However, as this technology evolves, the possibilities seem endless. Generative models can learn patterns from existing malware samples and generate new ones, aiding in identifying and detecting malicious software. They can develop adversarial examples, helping in testing and strengthening the resilience of organisations against attacks. They can generate automated responses or actions based on identified threats or attack patterns, enabling faster and more effective incident response.

 

Responsible collaboration is vital in enhancing security operations

As cybersecurity continues to grapple with the ever-accelerating evolution of attacks – which themselves will begin to use AI and machine learning techniques – embracing transformative technologies becomes crucial. It is impossible to overlook the great promise and the enormous potential of Generative AI and other AI implications for organisations’ security operations to assist in enrichment, automation, and remediation.

While the promises are significant, we must understand the risks and rewards before they can be widely adopted. It is essential to approach the implementation of any AI technologies responsibly and understand the rewards and risks it brings. Companies should take measured approaches, focus on specific use cases, choose the parts they plan to rely on carefully, and be open to learning and improving over time.

ISA Training Pioneers Virtual Reality Training for Hairdressing Apprentices in Wales

ISA Training, a leading apprenticeship provider in Wales, is breaking new ground by becoming the first to offer training through virtual reality (VR). Set to launch in August 2023, this innovative initiative in partnership with CEMET promises to revolutionise the teaching and learning experience for hairdressing apprentices.

 

Virtual reality will be integrated into the salon environment, providing learners with a risk-free and sustainable platform to master their skills. By offering VR technology, ISA Training aims to enhance the learning experience for apprentices, allowing them to develop hair colouring techniques and improve without potential damage to clients’ hair or wastage of chemical products.

 

The collaboration with CEMET, known for its expertise in cutting-edge technology such as Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. This partnership evolved through the dedicated efforts of ISA Training’s Digital Development Officer, Daniel Sims, who identified CEMET’s commitment to supporting Welsh SMEs through innovative technologies.

 

“ISA Training is proud to be at the forefront of incorporating emerging technologies into education,” says Deborah Birkett, the Curriculum Development Manager at ISA Training. “By leveraging the power of virtual reality, we are providing our apprentices with an unparalleled learning experience in a safe and interactive environment, while fostering their curiosity and interest in emerging technologies.”

 

The VR resource, following comprehensive testing to ensure alignment with learning objectives, will be accessible to all hairdressing apprentices enrolling with ISA Training over the next six months and beyond.

 

“Embracing technology in education is a natural progression in response to generational shifts in learning expectations,” adds Birkett. “Our commitment to integrating technology aligns perfectly with the digital 2030 strategy, ensuring our apprentices develop essential digital competencies throughout their educational journey.”

 

ISA Training is part of the Educ8 Training Group.

 

For more information on ISA Training and its innovative VR program, visit https://www.isatraining.co.uk/

Birmingham Based Be The Boss International Expands Team As Part Of Exciting New Growth Development Plans

“THESE APPOINTMENTS WILL HELP TAKE US TO THE NEXT STEP”

An award winning entrepreneur is expanding her team as part of an “exciting new phase” in the development of her business.

Daniella Genas, whose company supports growing businesses, has made  appointments in two key roles.

Foluke Famous joins as a Client and Partnership Coordinator. Foluke will be providing support to existing and new Be the Boss International clients and she is also helping to manage Ms Genas’ internal Founders Network.

She will also be supporting Ms Genas, to identify and engage new partners for the business and for the e-learning platform which will form a significant part of the business’ growth goals.

Neo Ramathibela has been appointed Business Process Management Assistant.

Neo met Ms Genas when she was doing a guest expert session at Aston University where he is studying for a postgraduate degree.

He reached out, and offered his assistance and has been invaluable in supporting the Founder. He has extensive experience and will be pivotal in the expansion of this area of the business through the Build MY Business offering (details of this service can be found on the website).

Ms Genas said: “These are exciting new appointments and I am delighted to welcome Foluke and Neo to Be The Boss. Both are already adding significant value and this is part of an exciting new phase in the development of our business. They will help take us to the next step.
“The business is moving from a mainly one to one offering, to more of a one to many service. This includes the launch of a range of digital products, a bespoke e learning platform with the VISSA Business Growth programme being the flagship course for business owners.

“Over the next twelve months, there will also be the launch of the Boss Builder programme which will support business owners/entrepreneurs to be trained in the VISSA framework so that they are able to support other business owners/entrepreneurs to achieve growth.”

 

Popular Wrexham Pub Reopens it’s Doors Following Extensive Refurbishment

Hydes Brewery has reopened The Stanton House in Chirk, Wrexham, following a complete interior refurbishment.

The transformation of the popular village pub, part of the Hydes tenanted estate, includes a complete interior redecoration with new furniture throughout and a newly configured bar areas, together with a full refresh of the exterior. 

The refurb, is sympathetic to Stanton House’s existing features, retaining all the character which has made it a popular destination pub with drinkers and a main focus of community activity in Chirk.   

This latest refurbishment forms part of an ongoing multi-million pound investment programme in the Hydes estate over the next few years. Throughout 2022 Hydes committed over £4.5m to refurbishments of pubs across its estate and it intends to increase that investment substantially throughout 2023.

Mark and Chelly Jones, who have over 20 years of successful tenancy experience with Hydes and have managed Stanton House since 2001, have established it as a real community hub for the people of Chirk and surrounding areas and are thrilled that Hydes has invested in the pub.

Popular with locals and visitors to Chirk, The Stanton House is located within a designated conservation area and in walking distance of the Castle and the narrow boat basin. A broad selection of beers and other popular drinks are complemented by an enticing homemade food range which is served throughout the week.

Managing director of Hydes Brewery, Adam Mayers said: “It’s great to see The Stanton House reopen again with a refreshed look and feel, just in time for the busy summer holiday season. Mark and Chelly are one of our longest-standing tenants at Hydes and are committed to providing a first class customer experience. Together we make a great team and look forward to seeing what the future brings.

“We’re happy to support our tenanted pubs and a complete refurb represents a positive investment that will help them to drive the business. As a very popular pub that plays an important role in the local community, we’re confident that customers old and new are going to enjoy this newly refurbished venue.

“Hydes is fully committed to all of the pubs across its estate and this latest round of investment is part of an ongoing programme of multiple redesigns and refurbishments. Providing our customers with a first-class experience is a key priority at our pubs such as The Stanton House.”

Hydes, with its brewery in Media City, Salford, was formed in 1863 and supplies beers to wholesalers, pub companies and other brewers throughout the UK and a pub retailing estate of nearly 50 pubs across the North West of England and North Wales.

To find out more about Hydes Brewery visit https://www.hydesbrewery.com/.

Park Plaza Cardiff celebrating esteemed eco-accolade

One of Wales’s leading hotels, the four-star deluxe Park Plaza Cardiff, is celebrating after its eco-friendly measures and first-class service were recognised with a prestigious industry accreditation.

Following a rigorous review process, the illustrious city centre hotel has been awarded the esteemed global Green Key Accreditation in recognition of its concerted sustainable practices and progressive environmental policies. This means that as well as relaxing in luxury, guests can enjoy their stay ‘guilt-free’ knowing that they are in a hotel that prioritises sustainability.

The sought-after Green Key certificate is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry and is recognised in more than 60 countries worldwide. The prestigious credential represents a commitment by businesses to uphold the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education which is maintained through frequent and thorough assessments.

Park Plaza Cardiff, which is one of only a handful of Welsh hotels to have achieved the endorsement, has established an environmental committee made up of hotel team members and implemented a stringent environmental policy action plan which the hotel will update each year to incorporate further sustainable practices.

Director of Sales and Revenue Stephanie Millard said: “At Park Plaza Cardiff we believe that it is perfectly possible to combine exceptional luxury hospitality with being environmentally friendly and we are devoted to continuously reducing our impact on the planet. In order to achieve this, we make conscious choices and implement sustainable policies to shape the social responsibility throughout the hotel. We also challenge our suppliers to observe this ethos and expand their own environmentally friendly culture.

“This achievement would not have been possible without the input of every one of our fantastic team, however, a special mention should be made to our Maintenance Manager Andrew Bickers and Finance Director Alison Skinner for their contribution in overseeing and upholding the changes.

“Receiving the internationally recognised Green Key is an honour that reflects our ongoing green commitments and endorses our efforts to provide a first-class sustainable experience within the tourism sector in Cardiff.”

 

Replacing single-use plastic mini toiletries with multiuse dispensers, swapping light bulbs to LED and energy efficient alternatives, using motion sensors for lighting in certain areas of the property and separating waste are just some of the measures introduced to ensure guests enjoy an eco-stay. The hotel also uses eco marked cleaning products and maintains flower planters in outside spaces.

The entire team has received training on environmentally friendly practices for them to use at work and at home. They are all knowledgeable about the local green spaces, bike hire and electric car charging points so they feel confident offering this advice to guests.

The Laguna Kitchen & Bar endeavours to use as many locally sourced products as possible including items from the Welsh sustainable enterprise ‘Grounds for Good’.   All the menus are varied offering vegan and vegetarian items to encourage guests to consider the environment whilst enjoying our wonderful hospitality.

Hotels, small accommodations, campsites, holiday parks, conference centres, restaurants and attractions are eligible for Green Key credentials.  The team at Park Plaza Cardiff would encourage as many businesses as possible to engage and make a difference.

 

To find out more about Park Plaza Cardiff visit www.parkplazacardiff.com.