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SHOUTING ABOUT! Our very own happy news stories from across Orchid WHAT A MYSTERY! The team at Hunters in East Kilbride were all smiles in March thanks to a score of 90% from a Mystery Visitor result. Manager Norman MacInnes wanted to offer special thanks to Ali, Grant, Sam and Lauren. He even bought them all a ‘wee’ drink to say thanks for their continued hard work!

THEWOODLANDS BECOMES A PKB! 100% Fresh Dough. Front of house kitchen. Plenty of live sport and entertainment. It can only mean one thing – a Pizza Kitchen & Bar! One of our newest PKB recruits is the Woodlands in St. Helens. If you get a chance check it out! Opening reviews have been tremendous. Well done to the team!

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SUMMER! Orchid Office employees got away from their desks, rolled up their sleeves and provided some assistance in helping make our pubs look tip-top for the summer months ahead. They’ve been busy painting, gardening, sanding, weeding, sweating, heaving and laughing all to help O-Land sparkle and shine!

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The Royal Marine in Sunderland (a massive Sunderland-supporting pub) got out the red and white balloons, flags and Sunderland strips for the big Capital One Final match between Sunderland and Man City. Newcastle Radio joined in the festivities by broadcasting the match live from the pub. Sadly for all concerned, the result ended 2-1 City; however, the day won’t be forgotten in a hurry!


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THE BIG S What is ‘The Big Sign-Up’? ‘The Big Sign-Up’ is a scheme running from midMarch to mid-June where we aim to kick off our goal of adding an extra 100,000 loyalty card holders across our pubs by the end of 2014! An increase in loyalty card holders will help us get closer to our customers provide them with our fantastic offers.

What are the benefits to the pub? You can achieve an average £1.81 increase per transaction as well as an average £8.12 additional profit per year, per customer! This could work out to as much as £60k profit for your pub in one year. Yes, one year!!

Which schemes do these cover? Diamond Club Card, Our Family Card, Spice Card and Slice Card are all covered in this scheme. Let’s not forget the greatest prize of them all. The pubs that achieve the top three highest full registration sign-up figures, per division, will receive the following cash prizes to go towards a staff party:

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SIGN-UP! “Earning our customers’ loyalty is incredibly valuable to Orchid both from a profit point of view and also in terms of building strong relationships. By linking our loyalty schemes to our till systems, we’re able to learn so much about our customers: who they are, when they like to visit and what they typically spend. This insight is fed into our marketing planning process to help us create really compelling campaigns and promotions that will drive our customers back into our pubs – this is the ultimate goal sitting behind the ‘The Big Sign-Up’ campaign and we hope that everyone will get behind this over the next few months!”

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‘BACK TO WORK’ HELPING PEOPLE GET BACK INTO EMPLOYMENT

Are you aware of the Government initiative schemes to get people back into work? No? Well your pub could be in for a nice saving! Read on! Wage Incentive Scheme • Provided by the local Job Centre. • 18-24 year olds (out of employment for 6+ months).

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• Employed like any other employee! • Paid at normal pub rate and issued with Orchid contract. If employed for 26 continuous weeks, a payment will be made to your P&L! To sign up to this scheme, contact your local Job Centre and inform Naomi Whittaker. Naomi can also e-mail you over a claim form.

Work Experience • Provided by the local Job Centre. • 18-24 year olds. • 2-8 weeks work experience in your pub. • Unpaid for the length of the work experience. • Could lead to full-time employment!

Unemployment has fallen by 63,000 with 60% attributed to the use of these schemes across the UK! OMG OMG

To sign up, contact your local Job Centre and inform Naomi Whittaker.

• 2-week programme with 1-week classroom training and 1-week on-thejob training. You only need to guarantee each person an interview with feedback on how they got on – this could lead to full-time employment! Contact Naomi Whittaker with regards to offering placements. Here’s your chance to help the unemployed get back to work and aid their development and lifestyle. You’ll benefit financially whilst helping the local community. Get involved!


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’ We are expecting over £11,000 to be hitting P&Ls in the next two months through the Wage Incentive! Read what some of our Managers think… “We use the Work Experience programme through our local Job Centre. It’s an eight-week programme where the candidates are referred from their job advisor and placed to train with us. There is no guarantee of a job role but we always ensure a reference is provided.

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We were contacted by our local Job Centre to initiate the scheme at our site. We met with them and discussed our wish list to ensure we took the right people. It has been a brilliant tool for us.

“We’ve tried the Youth Contract Wage Incentive (Ingeus). We contacted the Job Centre (process to initiate scheme) and luckily for us one of our staff members knew someone that was looking for work.

Our Reward: £2275.00 back on my P/L (and apparently the first venue in Orchid to claim the full benefit after 6 months employment!)

Mitchell Rayner had never worked in catering before and picked up the ropes very quickly and was even promoted five months later to become a Supervisor. There are young people

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We get up to eight weeks to see someone’s true colours, train them and then welcome them to our team - it’s a no brainer really. We have had brilliant results and have taken on five of our candidates so far, with plans to increase this further. We found by asking for certain criteria from the Job Centre, then interviewing each candidate before taking them onto the programme, that we ended up with great people. During the process we held reviews with the individuals and really brought them into the team. What other process could you spend eight weeks training a team member for free to be the best person for your team? Fantastic!” Jenny Whittaker Assistant Manager @ the Coulby Farm in Middlesbrough

out and about who have never worked in catering before and are willing to learn and work hard. We would strongly recommend that you take your time and invest in them!” Eddy Pede Manager @ the Rayleigh Lodge in Essex

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Social Media Case Study The Hand-Written Poster OVER TWO MILLION VIEWS! MANOR FARM, HULL

On Sunday 23rd March, the Manor Farm posted the photo to your left on their Facebook page. The photo is of Joe Page (Food Runner at the Manor Farm in Hull) holding a poster that reads… MY BOSS SAID IF I GET 200 LIKES I CAN HAVE APRIL 13TH OFF SO I CAN GO TO WEMBLEY! PLEASE LIKE + SHARE! #UTT CITY TILL I DIE :-) The photo received… • 400+ COMMENTS! • 2,000+ SHARES! • 53,000 LIKES! • 2.1 MILLION PHOTO VIEWS!

KIRSTY HARTLEY MANAGER @ MANOR FARM, HULL “Joe has a habit of coming up to me and asking for time off when he’s already booked a ticket for something, so this time I thought I would teach him a lesson and scare him a bit - even though I had already booked him the day off (I’m soft like that). I knew he would get a few likes with the focus on Hull City FC at the minute so I thought it would also give us the chance to get the likes up on our Facebook page. However I slightly underestimated how far it would go! 2,000,000+ photo views, 50,000+ likes, 2,000+ shares! Insane! I’ve now even volunteered to work Joe’s shift so he can be paid for it, a small price to pay from going from 400 page likes to over 1000! My advice to anyone thinking of doing the same would be to pick something local or something that people are passionate about in your area, monitor the comments coming in as mass exposure unfortunately brings the odd offensive remark so be prepared to delete anything nasty and lastly… just do it!

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I also want to give a huge shout-out and thanks to all of the team for getting behind us on this. They all shared the photo and even shared the newspaper article written about us! They did an amazing job in promoting the Manor Farm without even having to be asked. Love them all!”

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CRAFT FAIRS SWAN, HEDDON ON THE WALL

Idea “After having such a bad winter we thought about what event we could do to draw in the crowds.” “We spoke to the team for ideas and we all came to a joint decision of putting together a Christmas market. We took £1,900 and so it made sense to do it again in the summer!”

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“We went to see the local school, farmer’s market, local post office and deli store to ask if they wanted a stall set-up.” “The event was held in our car-park and we charged £5 per stall which went to Macmillan Cancer Support.”

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“There were plenty of stalls which included crafts, sweet shops and a Jamie Oliver stall. We even had a bouncy castle and a dog show. For the dog show kids brought their dogs along and a local newscaster (one of our regulars) judged the show!”

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“£50 cost to cover the mulled wine, mince pies and the section box and £150 for the bouncy castle”

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“We use local supermarkets and shops to promote as well as Facebook and Twitter. The local dance studios and hospital radio also promoted the fair, with the hospital hosting a live broadcast from the pub on the day of the event.” “We had extra promotion from the local newspaper ‘The Heddon Gossip’.”

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“The team drew up a table-plan and helped set up each stall with the relevant labels. They also helped transport tables to the pub, which were donated to us by the local village hall.”

Evaluation Total Sense: £200 Net Sales: £10,000 (the sun was shining!) “This event is part and parcel of the pub and it’s so important to the community that we have planned another for August Bank Holiday Weekend!”

CONTACT DETAILS: MANAGERS KATH & BILLY MORRIS

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Aside from maybe Manchester United’s slide from dominance, is there anything more entertaining in football right now than Tim Sherwood’s antics? I think not! Have a read of his Top 4 moments since taking the Hotspur reins…

SHERWOOD vs. COAT During the first-half of the North London derby, there was a break down the right-hand side of the field and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found himself one-on-one with Hugo Lloris. As it turned out, ‘The Ox’ executed a rather useless chip that ended closer to the corner flag than the back of the net. Nevertheless, Tim had seen enough. He took his gilet coat off, threw it down the tunnel and turned to his team like a deranged bull ready to charge.

SHERWOOD vs. SAGNA Stick it to the enemy! During the second-half of the same game, the ball was launched out-wide near the dugout by Arsenal’s arrogant ponce of a keeper Wozniacki Schenzy. As Arsenal’s fullback Bacary ‘Lasagne’ went up for a header, Tim’s eyes lit up. Rolling back the years he

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measured the flight of the ball, positioned himself for the take and pushed Sagna in the back. Beautiful midfield play by the, er, Manager. To cap it off, he passed the ball back to Sagna like an Americanleague baseball player delivering a deadly pitch. Don’t mess with the Tiger!

SHERWOOD vs. SOME RANDOM EUROPEAN REF Referee Antony Gautier got a mouthful from Tim after allowing FC Dnipro Dnipropsomething to waste time on a throw-in during Spurs’ last 32round Europa League match. The speech must have resonated with the ref, who went on to send off a Dnipro player and watch Spurs turn the tie on its head and qualify for the last 16.

SHERWOOD vs. JESUS Tim never shirks a challenge, as seen when he attempted to take on the Son of God. Jorge Jesus, Manager of Benfica, decided to wave three fingers in front of Tim’s face having seen his side net for a third time at White Hart Lane. Most people would just bow in the awe of the Lord Christ, but not Tim. He went face to face with Christ and put him in his place. If that wasn’t enough, he declared in his post-match press conference that he had ‘no respect for the man’. That’s some way to denounce Christianity!

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