So I woke up this morning feeling pretty optimistic about the future, not least because the sun is shining and the nights are lighter. Like everyone in the country I am looking forward to seeing my friends and relatives in the garden over the Easter Break, starting with afternoon tea and fizz with 3 of my oldest friends, we have known each other for over 30 years.
You will see a theme running through this blog FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD! Since lockdown began, as a team, we have lost a combined 17+ stone! With one member of the team losing a massive 6 stone! Well done team. A lot of the team have also been getting more active in lockdown and I would like to make a special mention for our enrolment officer Sallie Lyons, who has done the ‘Walk all over cancer’ challenge 10,000 steps per day through the whole of March. This may not sound a lot for some people, but by Sallie’s own admission she didn’t normally do over 3,000 steps on a good day! Well done team DBC.
So reflecting on the past year when talking to people food and drink seems to be the main topic of conversation, whilst some of the team at DBC have come out of lockdown lighter. This started me thinking about businesses and how they have adapted especially the hospitality and food industries that have really suffered. With their customers under lockdown, businesses closed, cash flow drying up and their staff on furlough, many businesses wondered how they're going to survive
But amid all these threats, some companies have found great innovation and ways to forge ahead. In the Midlands we have some real success stories such as Project D, Colleague Box and Heavenly Desserts to name a few. We even took part in a virtual cocktail master class, whilst not the same as the real thing, the innovation and thought that had gone into the planning was fantastic. For anyone who knows me well, they know that I love FOOD especially chocolate and with Easter weekend just around the corner I am planning on eating a few chocolate eggs. A question I seem to see a lot on LinkedIn is "Does Chocolate belong in the cupboard or the fridge"? Neither for me Chocolate is much better frozen, it last longer! Although not at my house as my Chocolate Labrador (aka my kids) can even sniff it out in the freezer.
As part of the Food and Drink theme, DBC have partnered with our amazing friends and recruitment partners at Orbital recruitment to deliver a unique offering for the Food and Drink Manufacturing sector within the Derby/Derbyshire and Notts/Nottinghamshire (D2N2) region. This offer is a fully funded training and recruitment support package in the D2N2 region and has already helped many individuals on their success to change careers.
One individual who recently completed a one-week course said I went from serving coffee to delivering it. “This career change has allowed me to have more time with my family as I now no longer work weekends. Without the qualifications and support I would have never considered changing careers”.
If you or your business could benefit from finding more about Taste Local and how we can support your recruitment and training needs then get in touch via: firstname.lastname@example.org