Mereway retailer, the Outlook Home Enhancement Centre has chosen the new Modern Classic collection for its brand new cookery school, located above the showroom in the heart of Alnwick, Northumberland.

The new business venture, Outcook Cookery School, was established by showroom owner Ben Keenan to create a vibrant food hub that promotes the best local produce and showcases the quality and design skills of the Outlook Centre.

“I knew when I first saw the Modern Classic collection that it would be perfect for the cookery school, “says Ben.

“We wanted the kitchen furniture to make a statement and to illustrate to our guests how great kitchen design can make cooking a pleasure.  It is the design details that really stand out, the tapered end panels, spice rack end units and open displays all create an amazing space.”

The cookery school has tall cupboards and open shelving around the walls with eight individual work stations for guests and one for the chef.   Appliances are from Mereway Premier Partner, Caple.

Graham Jones, Mereway sales and marketing director added, “We are delighted to be part of this exciting venture.  Ben and his team have created a  varied programme of courses that appeal to many different kinds of cooks and the venue itself is in great demand for private parties and events, we wish them all the very best of luck.”

Nearly 500 fun runners chased a man-sized banana around Hyde Park on Thursday 15th May in order to triumph in the 5k challenge ‘Beat the Banana.’

The annual event that uses a human fruit as a race pacemaker is organised by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK) to highlight the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles in the prevention of cancer.

BanaBay, as official banana supplier to WCRF UK, provided nutritious bananas for the runners to give them a slow release energy boost.  To show its commitment to the cause, BanaBay’s Marketing & Events Manager, Anna Viralainen, also took part in the run.  She said:

“Supporting this event held enormous appeal for BanaBay as it is a fun way to put across the serious message about eating well to reduce the risk of cancer.  As well as being important to include in a diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables, bananas are a popular choice for sportspeople to increase energy levels.  I hope that our bananas helped the race participants get around the course.”

BanaBay’s involvement also provided a vital boost to funds, said Michael Smeaton, Deputy Head of Fundraising, WCRF UK:

‘We are delighted to have the support of Banabay not just for our biannual Beat the Banana races but for our events and activities throughout the year. Their passionate support for World Cancer Research Fund UK and our mission to reduce the prevalence of cancer has been incredible. We hope, with their support, we will be able to raise nearly £50,000 over the summer races to help us stop cancer before it starts, through scientific research and increasing awareness in society.”


Auriga Services Ltd, the Sutton Coldfield based leading trust fund and grant management organisation has appointed Kim Wootton as Director of Operations.

Kim is responsible for leading the teams that deliver customer contracts, managing customer expectations and delivering successful outcomes.

Kim joins Auriga after 22 years with Severn Trent Water, working in a variety of customer facing and management roles.

Stuart Braley CEO at Auriga commented “I am very pleased that Kim has joined us.  She has highly relevant experience from her time at Severn Trent Water and is a valuable addition to our team. “

Kim said “I am delighted to be joining a company that has such a well-respected reputation in the sector for delivering innovative trust fund and charity management programmes.”

Auriga works in partnership with some of the UK’s leading utility companies and Trust Funds and has managed more than £103 million for the benefit of over 230,000 families since its inception 16 years ago.



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