If you haven’t be sure to get down to your local Micro Market, top up your Express Refreshments card and get your hands on these new products: Twix white, Maltesers buttons and Kinder Bueno white. These chocolate additions are perfect snacks for everyone around the office and make a great break time snack. So, what are you waiting for? Read more
On the back of our exciting Black Country Business Festival event, we’ve now extended the options for you to come and view our brand new showroom! And it couldn’t be easier. Simply click here to book your preferred slot and we’ll send you a confirmation email once it has been approved.
We recently announced that we will be taking part in this years’ Black Country Business Festival by attending the Spring Exhibition. In addition to this, we can now confirm we’re hosting our very own event which will allow visitors to view our exciting new showroom and learn more about how our vending services can benefit their business. This will take place within 3 separate slots on Monday 13th May, so make sure you save the date and book your FREE place!
We could get used to this. For the third time in less than a year, Coinadrink has been selected as a finalist for one of our recent award entries! This time it’s for the Express and Star Business Awards, which means all three of our finalist nominations have been for three different, prestigious corporations, the other two being the Black Country Chamber and The Vendies respectively.
The KitKat Matcha Green Tea bar is going to be the newest addition to Nestle’s collection. Considering the adventurous chocolate bar was successful for 15 years in Japan, eight European countries are now set to see what all the fuss is about. And the UK is one of those eight! Some of the others are Italy, Switzerland and Germany to name a few. Carry on reading for a greater insight to the matcha powdered treat that Nestle have provided for us… Read more
Ask some people what their favourite chocolate bar is and you’ll probably receive a wide range of answers. The fact remains that there’s now more to choose from than there ever has been before and our preferred choice is truly unique to us. Now, though, there’s another one to consider. Brand new Cadbury Darkmilk is coming very soon, and those with a Micro Market should be particularly excited… Read more
Here at Express Refreshments we are proud to announce an exciting, new addition to our Micro Market selection: the new KitKat Ruby! The KitKat Ruby introduces a fourth variety of chocolate and we’re delighted that our Micro Market customers can now experience the refreshing tongue-tingling sensation.
For those who follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed our little poll that asked our followers just how many KitKat varieties there were in Japan. It may seem a strange question, but a good one nonetheless because the answer is simply staggering. As 58% of you correctly guessed, there were indeed over 200 variations of chocolate wafer bar in production. And as this title *ever so subtly* hints at, there’s actually 350 of them…
Coinadrink Limited is set to attend the Black Country Chamber Spring Exhibition as part of the Black Country Business Festival, the region’s largest business event! From 9am until 1pm on Wednesday 22nd May at the GTG Training Academy and Conference Centre in Wednesfield, we will be showcasing our vending services to attendees on Stand 6. Of course, we will also be offering premium hot drinks from one of our tabletop coffee machines. So, will we see you there?
One of the UK’s greatest initiatives was the apprenticeship. In a lot of cases they were indentured and for a five-year period. It was widely used to train people to acquire a wide range of practical skills.
It enabled the UK to have a well trained and qualified work force. It was the envy of the world. So, what went wrong? For some reason in the 1970s they became less popular as most large companies believed they had enough people and the cost of employing apprentices was something they could do without. Historically apprentices had been paid the equivalent of today’s £3.75 per hour.
In recent times the education system has been geared towards 50% of young people going to University. The tuition fees have been ramped up and if you add in accommodation and living costs most students leave with a debt of £50,000. Research shows that many of these graduates will struggle to find work. They would have been better off with an apprenticeship. Paid work with a structured education programme, thus giving them lifetime skills.
There seems to be disconnect between the funding of the education system which rewards schools colleges who send students on to university as opposed to an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship levy has not helped either.
There is one local initiative with a website called nextgenmakers.co.uk. Its aim is to make employers large and small aware of the benefits of apprenticeships and has formal arrangements with local colleges.
It deserves to succeed because they are acting to put the 1,000 + young people who will finish college in May into apprenticeships. Now most of these youngsters have no job to go to. What a waste. Look at their web site and see if you could take one of these youngsters on to the long term benefit to your business.
I must declare an interest as I was an apprentice from 1956 to 1961.
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