QS Network News – Devon and Cornwall Food Action thanks sponsors, donators and volunteers

devon_and_corwall_food_action_logox1Local food charity Devon and Cornwall Food Action uses surplus, short-date or end-of-line food stocks from producers, manufacturers and retailers to distribute food to charities that feed disadvantaged people in our communities. By using food that may go to waste otherwise DCFA is supporting people unable to feed themselves or their families as well as helping local businesses to minimise waste and reduce landfill tax.

DCFA would like to thanks sponsors, donators and volunteers for their recent generosity leading up to Christmas.

In early September we faced a crisis as some of our funding bids had failed, but by the end of November we will have raised over £18,000 to keep the Plymouth Food Hub and the charity itself going well in to 2017.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors – the Allen Lane Foundation, the Masonic Charitable Trust, Fareshare, Devon and Cornwall Housing, the Truro Dioceses, the Rotary Club of Plymouth and local supplier Paramount 21 for their faith in us. It will help to keep surplus food supplies moving to up to 3000 vulnerable individuals in Plymouth. We are also pleased to be supporting new food initiatives in Saltash and Torpoint, bringing the ideal of rescuing food from the tip home to the Tamar Valley. This is a huge ‘thank you’ from everyone at DCFA and a call for any retailers who’d like to channel their surplus food stocks through us. It’s great for the community, for Corporate Social Responsibility targets and for the planet.”

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QS Network News – China Fleet Country Club invests in leisure, dining & accommodation refit

cf_logo_monoChina Fleet Country Club is undergoing a £1.5m refurbishment, with dining areas, accommodation, the pool area and leisure centre all receiving changes.

In early 2014 China Fleet spent £450,000 on their new Aqua Spa with Managing Director Dean Bennett saying: “Customers have more power now because of things like TripAdvisor. Their expectations are so high and we have to exceed those expectations wherever possible.”

With 4,500 members to impress and others visiting to use the golf, leisure and dining facilities China Fleet has no plans to slow down refurbishment works with £750,000 set aside to upgrade the accommodation on offer at the Country Club. The apartments will be modernised, with new amenities added, as the reception areas for both the leisure and accommodation areas will receive £60,000 of renovations.

Following a £10,000 investment and new 3-course menu in the Upper Deck Bistro, The Lounge Bar has seen a £20,000 refit as another £8,000 has been earmarked for a bar in collaboration with world-famous St. Austell Brewery.

With much more to be spent on both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes facilities, including the new website, find out what else China Fleet Country Club is planning on.

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QS Network News – New ownership for Martin Luck Group secures future growth

mlgFollowing the recent retirement of their Chairman, Plymouth and Helston based business supplies specialists, Martin Luck Group, have become part of Complete Office Solutions (COS) Group. Both sites will remain as regional sales and distribution centres, which is very much a part of COS’s five year expansion strategy. 

Richard Coulson, COS’s CEO, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the acquisition. Martin Luck Group fits perfectly into our nationwide model, with the Helston and Plymouth sites being of strategic value in our plans.”

He concluded “We intend to expand both organically and through further acquisition across the UK. We are supremely focused on establishing a nationwide network of hubs, maintaining local stock holding, providing local employment, and increasing our buying power to guarantee our competitiveness”.

Clearly taking pride in his success in building a team of specialists providing a single trusted source for a broad range of business services and products including furniture, print, stationery, and workwear, Martin Luck Group’s Managing Director, Tim Yorke-Dunne reported yet another record year for growth. He said, “Becoming part of Complete Office Solutions comes at a fantastic time for us. This will secure our continued growth and allow us to further evolve our product and service offering to our clients. We began diversifying into branded clothing, janitorial and catering supplies almost 4 years ago, and this has resulted in delivering significant cost savings to our clients, whilst ensuring profitable growth for us. I’m sure that the next era in our 34 years of trading will allow us to further expand our local workforce in the coming months and years”.

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