In Brief

29 June, 2007

Sweet release

Yorkshire brewery Wentworth has launched a 4.3 per cent abv golden honey beer, which will have a slightly different flavour each season, depending on which flowers the local bees are pollinating. Wentworth has been producing Bumble Beer for some time, but a trademark issue stopped it officially launching the brew until now.

Memorial plaque

A memorial plaque in honour of the David Rhodes, a long-serving member of The Benevolent Northern Homes

committee, has been unveiled in the grounds of The Benevolent homes at Woodend, Chorley. Rhodes passed away in December last year, having served on

the committee for seven years. The Northern Buddies of the Benevolent is hosting a summer barbecue on July 6 at the Yorkshire Heart Vineyard in York. Contact for further information.

Awards for local brewers

The Society of Independent Brewers is looking to reward the member who has done most to support the off-trade. The category is one of 10 in this year's Local Brewing Business Awards. The awards, launched last year,

demonstrate local brewers' professionalism, innovation and commitment to increasing commercial results for their own operations and those of their customers. Chairman Peter Amor said: " Local beers are at the forefront of the ongoing revolution in food and drink." Entries close on Sept 1.

Business matters

The Department of Trade & Industry is to simplify the support available for businesses by reducing the number of schemes available from more than 3,000 to fewer than 100, while maintaining the same level of funding. In a consultation running for the next 12 weeks, the DTI will seek views on how best to simplify the system. Under the proposals, a new framework would be set up with Business Link as the first port of call for all

the government's business support. Businesses would then be directed to the most appropriate advice area, including help starting a business, access to finance and improving staff skills.


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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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