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    Washing up liquid- cleanIf you want to know the best cleaning without chemicals try using washing up liquid and nothing else for the shiniest. It is so shiny though you will have to plan your exit after cleaning the floor of a  room or hallway and keep away from  the area for a couple of hours. It is also great for kitchens on surface and in bathrooms use 🛀 all over baths and showers and rinse clean with water 💦 instead of bleach filled bathroom cleaning products or use bubble bath. The washing up liquid soap cleans all of the tiles in the bathroom and everything else.

    All glass and glass surfaces are the shiniest including mirrors. Try a small sponge and use a water squeeze- water squeege- like window cleaning. So clean and eco friendly compared to other cleaning products. 💫 Use the smallest amount on glass and flooring. Tell us if you like it in the comments.

     

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    Italian chain to close 67 restaurants as it takes action to tackle debt

    PizzaExpress has put its UK business up for sale and warned of 1,100 job cuts as it takes more drastic action to stave off collapse as the coronavirus crisis deepens for the casual dining sector.

    The 55-year-old Italian pizza chain will close 67 restaurants — 15 per cent of its UK estate — and offload its Chinese business as part of a sweeping restructuring deal agreed with Hony Capital, the Chinese private equity firm that owns the group.

    Hony, which bought PizzaExpress in a debt-fuelled £900m deal in 2014, has agreed to take the Chinese arm of the business, leaving PizzaExpress’s UK and international sites, as well as the brand, in the control of its senior secured creditors unless a buyer is found.

    The arrangement, which will also see £144m of fresh capital injected into the business, is designed to provide stronger financial foundations for PizzaExpress after it revealed net borrowings of £1.1bn with interest charges of £93.1m in April last year.

    Half of the £144m will be used to refinance debt and the other half to fund the reopening of its 449 UK restaurants. The 67 restaurants earmarked for closure as part of the restructuring will not be reopened.

    The company said on Tuesday that it also planned to its cut debt substantially, from £735m to £319m, and that the transaction would “significantly strengthen the group and provide funding to deliver its future growth plan”.

    Andy Pellington, chief financial officer, described the deal as a “complete solution to our balance sheet issues”. 

    The UK’s casual dining sector, already weakened by huge oversupply in the market and rising overhead costs, was particularly vulnerable coming into the pandemic.

    At least 15 national chains have put themselves up for sale or appointed advisers since the crisis began. 

    Some, including Casual Dining Group, the owner of the Bella Italia and Las Iguanas brands, and Azzurri, which owns ASK and Zizzi, have been sold off in cut-price deals to private equity houses in recent weeks.

    Unlike many other chains, the majority of PizzaExpress’s restaurants were profitable on an individual basis before the crisis hit, but financing its debt was weighing heavily on the group.

    Talks for a major financial restructuring had been under way since last summer.

    A person close to the negotiations said the company voluntary arrangement — which will allow the chain to exit the 67 underperforming sites — was not a “do or die matter”.

    “It’s a very important component for PizzaExpress, [but] the rent bill is not the largest of their issues,” they said.

    In order to secure the business, any potential bidder would have to offer more than the £465m that PizzaExpress owes to the senior secured bondholders, the person added.

    A source close to the business said running a sales process was useful in order to give the company a provable valuation while negotiations with its unsecured creditors are ongoing but said that they thought it was “pretty unlikely” a buyer would emerge.

    The deal is expected to complete in the autumn with the CVA to take place shortly after that.

    David Beadle, vice-president of Moody’s Investors Service, said the amount of cash PizzaExpress had to burn through while it was closed would “negatively impact the recoveries for existing lenders in the proposed restructuring”.

    PizzaExpress has so far reopened 166 of its restaurants in the UK and said it planned to open another 80 on Thursday in order to take advantage of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme, which is running throughout August.

    Lazard, the investment bank, is running the sales process while Houlihan Lokey and Kirkland & Ellis are advising PizzaExpress on the restructuring.

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  4. Bella Freud Love Hurts sweater in pink

    Freud was born in London, Englandon 17 April 1961. Her parents were Bernardine Coverley and Lucien Freud. Freud was the great-granddaughter of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Freud has one sister Esther Freud. Freud was raised in Marrakech, Morocco with her sister Esther. Esther chronicled their childhood in the book Hideous Kinky. Hideous Kinky was released in 1992 and adapted into a film in 1998. Their father Lucien Freud stayed in London and sent money to the family in Marrakech. Freud’s mother embraced a hippy lifestyle and embraced Sufism. Freud rebelled against her mother’s lack of boundaries and loved school and work. Freud went to study in Rome once she was old enough. 

    Freud was born in London, Englandon 17 April 1961. Her parents were Bernardine Coverley and Lucien Freud. Freud was the great-granddaughter of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Freud has one sister Esther Freud. Freud was raised in Marrakech, Morocco with her sister Esther. Esther chronicled their childhood in the book Hideous Kinky. Hideous Kinky was released in 1992 and adapted into a film in 1998. Their father Lucien Freud stayed in London and sent money to the family in Marrakech. Freud’s mother embraced a hippy lifestyle and embraced Sufism. Freud rebelled against her mother’s lack of boundaries and loved school and work. Freud went to study in Rome once she was old enough. 

  5.  Corona beer covid19 🍺

    New York (CNN Business) Corona beer isn't making any changes to its advertising despite the name's unfortunate similarity to the deadly coronavirus. 

    Constellation Brands (STZ), which brews several variations of the popular lager, said in a statement that its customers "understand there is no link between the virus and our business." 

    "Sales of Corona remain very strong and we appreciate the continued support from our fans," Constellation Brands spokesperson Stephanie McGuane told CNN Business. "Our advertising with Corona is consistent with the campaign we have been running for the last 30 years and is based off strong consumer sentiment."

    Constellation said Corona Extra sales grew 5% in the United States in the four-weeks that ended February 16. That's nearly double the trend of the past 52 weeks. Corona's sales are heavily dependent on the US market, unlike some of its far-more-international rivals.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this terrible virus and we hope efforts to more fully contain it gain traction soon," said Bill Newlands, CEO of Constellation Brands, in a statement. "We've seen no impact to our people, facilities or operations and our business continues to perform very well."

    Yet the spread of the coronavirus couldn't have come at a worse time for Constellation, which is spending $40 million to launch its new Corona-branded hard seltzer. Part of the promotion includes a sponsored tweet that has sparked criticism for using the phrase "coming ashore soon." 

    Replies to the tweet say the ad is in "poor taste" and that the brand should "lay low for a few weeks."

    Two surveys released this week show that the Corona's brand is suffering from negative buzz. 

    5W Public Relations said that 38% of Americans wouldn't buy Corona "under any circumstances" because of the outbreak, and another 14% said they wouldn't order a Corona in public. The survey encompasses polling from 737 beer drinkers in the United States.

    In another survey conducted by YouGov, the firm found consumers' intent to purchase Corona fell to its lowest level in two years. The survey also showed that Corona's buzz score, a metric that that measures favorability, has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year.

    Constellation's Newlands said those reports do not reflect the company's business performance, calling the "misinformation" about the virus' impact on Corona's business "extremely unfortunate."

    Online searches for "corona beer virus" spiked in early February, but have since declined. 

    Constellation Brands' stock dropped 4% on Friday and 8% on Thursday, although the entire stock market has fallen sharply as fear grows about the spread of coronavirus. The number of cases have climbed to 83,577 globally Friday. Nearly 3,000 people have died from the virus.

    Read on CNN- https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/28/business/corona-beer-marketing/index.html

  6. Happy new year 2020

    In 2020 the Made in the UK- Clothing, Fashion & Accessories Initiative (UKCFA) is celebrating it 10 years since it was founded. This year we will be sharing awards for UK fashion and releasing our special edition annual journal. The Made in the UK- Clothing, Fashion & Accessories Initiative (UKCFA) invite contributions of articles and papers on all aspects of UK fashion, style, costume and textiles to be published in the peer reviewed official journal.

    Accepted Formats:

    Articles are usually 3000-5000 words. Also interviews, case studies and photography in relation to UK fashion and costume. Submit through the UKCFA website https://www.ukfashion.org.uk/journal.html