2019 begins and in the blink of an eye Easter arrives! It’s scary to think that mid-April means we’re one third into the year, but there’s no doubting that Easter is a special occasion that means something to almost everyone. There is, of course, the religious aspect of it which should never be ignored, but in more recent times the younger generation, in particular, marks the event with chocolate eggs and presents. And then there’s the bank holiday, which is always welcome… 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!
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
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…
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.
We’ve recently seen lots of renovation work carried out here at Coinadrink and for very good reason. The work on our exciting new showroom is getting closer to completion with each passing day and it’s great to see its continuing development. What’s more, we’ve now been able to view a thrilling mock-up of the end result…
Remember when we announced before Christmas that ‘My Coinadrink’ was in development? We’re now excited to say that some aspects of the portal are now on trial, and customers have the option as to whether they want to take part in its progress and contribute to its growing evolution.
When you’re an advanced vending company with a customer-centric approach like what we have, positive customer care results are almost to be expected. But thanks to a committed team that consistently push the boundaries for our customers, we never rest on our laurels. So you can image how chuffed we were to see some excellent customer care results once again for 2018!
We know Valentine’s Day is usually reserved just for your partner, but why not go the extra mile this year and present your workforce with something special? There’s still time for you to get the perfect present and we’re here to help with a wide range of equipment both through Coinadrink and the Refreshment Shop, one of our divisions. Say goodbye to the kettle once and for all. The taste of the coffee shop is here.
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