Cashback online shopping site lets shoppers share their rewards with charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cashback Rewards is a new online shopping mall which lets shoppers choose how much of their cashback or commission to donate to charity.Cashback Rewards offers shoppers the chance to shop online with leading retailers and earn some of the commission that the site generates from these sales. Shoppers can then choose to donate some or all of this cashback commission to charity.There is no charge to the charity or the shopper for sharing this cashback as a donation. Indeed, shoppers are asked if they wish to make the donation via Gift Aid, boosting its value. In addition the site owners add 10% to each donation made through the site. Advertisement  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Trading Cashback online shopping site lets shoppers share their rewards with charitiescenter_img Cashback Rewards gives between 50% and 95% of the participating merchants’ commission payment to the customer. The site’s owners say that amounts of cashback generated “will vary from a few pence for doing a search on a search engine to £100+ with some retailers”.Charities interested in benefiting from this cashback can contact the site now in the run-up to its projected launch on 1 October 2006. Cashback Rewards say that “members active at this time should be receiving their first payout in time for Christmas.” When the site goes live, charities will be able to register using the Charity Registration Page, which will have to be completed by an official charity representative. Charities will be able to view their own account, keeping track of all donations made to the charity, as well as who made the donation (unless the member wishes to donate anonymously), and their Gift Aid declaration if they made one. Charities will be able to print the latter directly from the account.Participating charities will be givne their own web page on the shopping site which they can edit and keep up to date via an online control panel.Cashback Rewards asks that participating charities include a link on their site to the shopping site, which would make sense anyway as part of the scheme’s promotion to supporters. Howard Lake | 10 August 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

KymetaTM étend ses solutions de nouvelle génération en lançant le terminal u8 GOV et…

first_img Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 KymetaTM étend ses solutions de nouvelle génération en lançant le terminal u8 GOV et la mallette u8 GO Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleNational Geographic Taps Harry Hamlin (“Mad Men,” “Shameless”) and Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife,” “Hunters”) as Guest Stars Alongside Previously Announced Leads Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim for THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAXNext articleTafi Brings Daz 3D’s Massive 3D Content Library to Unity Digital AIM Web Support Facebook REDMOND, Washington–(BUSINESS WIRE)–févr. 9, 2021– Kymeta ( www.kymetacorp.com ) – la société de communication qui rend le mobile global – a annoncé aujourd’hui l’expansion et la disponibilité de son produit Kymeta TM u8, incluant le terminal u8 GOV de Kymeta avec un modem iDirect 950mp intégré et le terminal transportable u8 GO. Les terminaux u8 GOV de Kymeta sont conçus pour répondre aux besoins des gouvernements, et pour être utilisés dans un cadre militaire ou commercial spécialisé. Ce communiqué de presse contient des éléments multimédias. Voir le communiqué complet ici : https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209006101/fr/ The u8 GOV terminal and u8 GO provide the complete connectivity solution for on-the-go communications. (Photo: Business Wire) Le terminal u8 GOV comprend un module FIPS, 140-2 de niveau 3 TRANSEC et répond aux demandes des utilisateurs tactiques dans des scénarios nécessitant une connectivité sécurisée des données, de la voix et de la vidéo dans des applications militaires, gouvernementales et autres applications hautement mobiles où une réponse rapide est nécessaire. Le terminal u8 GOV couvre toute la bande Ku et est disponible dès aujourd’hui en tant que produit clés en main doté d’un modem satellite, d’un modem cellulaire et de capacités SD-WAN. Il est conforme aux exigences de sécurité en vigueur telles que définies par le National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). « Les solutions de Kymeta répondent aux besoins critiques des militaires, des premiers intervenants et des clients commerciaux en fournissant une connectivité permanente pour les plateformes mobiles, rendant les communications au cours des déplacements plus fluides et plus fiables que jamais », a déclaré Rob Weitendorf, vice-président du développement commercial chez Kymeta. Également disponibles dès aujourd’hui, les terminaux transportables u8 GO sont proposés dans plusieurs configurations, y compris les terminaux ODU, Commercial et GOV, et peuvent être transportés en toute sécurité grâce à une mallette de transport renforcée et robuste qui assure leur protection. Ils sont fournis avec une fixation au véhicule intégrée pour faciliter les communications pendant les repos (communications on the pause, COTP) ainsi que les communications lors des déplacements (communications on-the-move, COTM). Cette configuration transportable, facilement maniable et idéale pour les déploiements rapides, a été testée par rapport aux normes de transport militaires, notamment MIL-STD-810H, Transit Drop, Transportation Shock et Loose Cargo Vibration. Le terminal u8 GO est fourni avec une alimentation extérieure de type CA/CC et prend en charge les communications pendant les repos (COTP) avec un mécanisme d’inclinaison à 25 degrés. Il peut par ailleurs être monté sur un véhicule pour un déploiement facile s’adaptant à une multitude de cas d’utilisation. Les solutions Kymeta u8, qui incluent désormais également le terminal u8 GOV et la mallette transportable u8 GO, offrent une solution de connectivité complète pour les communications lors des déplacements (COTM) et les réseaux lors des déplacements (networks-on-the-move, NOTM), vous permettant d’en bénéficier quand et là où vous en avez le plus besoin. Le terminal u8, doté de la technologie révolutionnaire de direction de faisceau électronique définie par logiciel de Kymeta, est discret et facile à monter sur les véhicules et les bateaux. Les solutions u8 clés en main sont disponibles dans plusieurs configurations de terminaux, permettant aux clients de disposer exactement du matériel, des logiciels et de la connectivité dont ils ont besoin. Kymeta a lancé son antenne, son terminal et ses services de nouvelle génération au quatrième trimestre 2020, et a reçu une réponse extrêmement positive de la part de l’industrie. Kymeta Connect™, le terminal u8 associé aux services de connectivité hybride satellite-cellulaire de Kymeta, transforme l’achat et la consommation des données mobiles grâce à un abonnement mensuel tout compris, incluant matériel, connectivité et services. Le Kymeta u8 est au niveau mondial la seule antenne à panneau plat pilotée électroniquement disponible dans le commerce bâtie spécifiquement pour la mobilité et conçue pour les besoins des militaires, des premiers intervenants et des clients commerciaux. À propos de Kymeta Kymeta libère le potentiel de la connectivité satellite à large bande, combinée aux réseaux cellulaires, pour satisfaire la demande massive de communications au cours des déplacements, et de globalisation de la téléphonie mobile. Lepton Global Solutions, une société de Kymeta, héberge les solutions de connectivité par satellite de la société, et offre au marché des solutions clés en main, uniques, complètes et groupées, basées sur les meilleures technologies, et des services sur mesure axés sur le client qui répondent aux exigences de mission de ces clients, et même les dépassent. Ces solutions, combinées à l’antenne satellite à panneau plat de la société, la première en son genre, et aux services Kymeta Connect™, fournissent aux clients du monde entier une connectivité mobile révolutionnaire sur des réseaux satellites et satellites-cellulaires hybrides. Soutenu par plusieurs licences et brevets américains et internationaux, le terminal Kymeta répond au besoin en systèmes de communication haut débit, légers et fins, qui ne nécessitent aucun composant mécanique pour s’orienter vers un satellite. Kymeta facilite la connexion pour tous les véhicules, navires ou plateformes fixes. Kymeta est une société privée basée à Redmond, dans l’État de Washington. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez kymetacorp.com. Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence. Consultez la version source sur businesswire.com :https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209006101/fr/ CONTACT: Demandes d’informations commerciales concernant Kymeta : Jon Maron Vice-président du marketing et des communications Kymeta Corporation +1 425.658.8827 [email protected] d’informations de la part des médias concernant Kymeta : Amanda Barry Directrice adjointe des RP, The Summit Group [email protected] KEYWORD: EUROPE UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC WASHINGTON INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS ENGINEERING SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE NETWORKS HARDWARE SOURCE: Kymeta Corporation Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 02:32 PM/DISC: 02/09/2021 02:32 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209006101/frcenter_img TAGS  WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

DSNews Webcast: Wednesday 2/19/2014

first_img About Author: DSNews in Featured, Media, Webcasts Sign up for DS News Daily Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The National Association of Home Builders released their Housing Market Index Tuesday, reflecting a 10 point decline to 46. The index measures builder confidence in newly built, single family homes based on current home sales. It was the first time since May of 2013 that the index measured below 50, the neutral point between a market that is viewed as either good or bad. Observed traffic of prospective home buyers fared even worse over the month, falling 9 points to 31.All four regions measured by NAHB reported declines in confidence. Losses ranged from 7 points down to 46 in the South, and a 14 point loss to 57 in the West. Poor weather, combined with existing credit and labor concerns, were all factors in bringing homebuilder confidence down this month to its lowest level in the better part of a year.HomeSteps, the real estate sales division of Freddie Mac, announced it is offering cash incentives to real estate agents who list or sell HomeSteps homes in 23 states. Real estate agents will receive a $1,000 incentive and listing agents a $500 bonus when they complete sales of HomeSteps homes. The promotion extends to homebuyers, offering $500 that can be used towards condominium association dues, flood insurance premiums, or a home warranty. 2014-02-19 DSNews Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Previous: Zillow Marks Upward Trend in Mortgage Rates Next: Potestivo & Associates Welcomes New Attorney The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 19, 2014 413 Views Home / Featured / DSNews Webcast: Wednesday 2/19/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago DSNews Webcast: Wednesday 2/19/2014 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

HUD Receives Technology Innovation Award

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HUD Receives Technology Innovation Award Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save HUD Receives Technology Innovation Award Tagged with: FinTech HUD Technology in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News  Print This Post May 17, 2019 2,878 Views Previous: CoreLogic Updates Collateral Valuation System Next: The Week Ahead: Charting Economic Activity Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received the 019 Federal Information Technology Innovation Award from Microstrategy. HUD received the award for its Office of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) modernized Grants Dashboard.Steven W. Rawlinson, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for CPD, and Maribel Gatica, Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for CPD, received the award on behalf of HUD at MicroStrategy’s Federal IT Summit in Washington, D.C.“It is a great honor to receive MicroStrategy’s 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award. We have made it a priority to modernize our systems to improve the way HUD does business,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “We still have work to do until all of HUD’s systems are up to date, but this award shows that our efforts are paying dividends and the results have made HUD a stronger, more nimble agency.”CPD’s Dashboard provides funding information for each city and state that receives CPD program funds, in a place-based format. The Dashboard details the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities. HUD notes that before modernizing the Grants Dashboard, it relied on manual reports that could not efficiently drive critical decisions or provide oversight into all grant programs.“We are incredibly proud to recognize the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award for their exemplary use of analytics to achieve significant ROI and operational efficiencies,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO,  MicroStrategy Incorporated. “Their CPD Grants Dashboard showcases an innovative enterprise analytics solution while serving as a blueprint for digital transformation initiatives across the federal government.”Secretary Carson discussed technology development in the housing industry at HUD’s “Innovative Housing Showcase,” co-hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “It’s important we highlight these new building technologies that are answering the call for more affordable, durable housing options for families across America,” said Secretary Carson. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago FinTech HUD Technology 2019-05-17 Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

Major storm targeting Midwest, Northeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — More than 14 inches of snow fell the last few days in Seattle, marking the snowiest February in the city’s history as powder also fell in Portland, Oregon, and throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains.Snow and ice fell in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with some regions seeing 8 inches. Even Hawaii saw its share of active weather, with wind gusts of up to 60 mph, as the summit of Muana Kea recorded a gust of 191 mph.On Monday morning, 37 states are under alerts for snow, cold or flooding.A comparatively weaker storm system is moving through the mid-Atlantic Monday morning, resulting in slick roads from Washington to Philadelphia.But a new major storm heading out of the West has its sights set on the Midwest and Northeast. The South also may see heavy rain, snow or ice.Heavy snow is forecast to begin Monday night from Kansas up to Michigan, with areas south of there, including the Ohio River Valley, experiencing significant rainfalls.Areas from Chicago to Detroit may see freezing rain, as by Tuesday morning, heavy snow will head northeast into Philadelphia and New York City. Washington may see more rain.Heavy snows in Philadelphia and New York will be short lived as warming temperatures produce more rain from the storm system. Boston may see some snowfall beginning in the afternoon.Minneapolis is likely to see at least half a foot of snow, with Green Bay receiving as much as a foot. More precipitation is expected along the East Coast, with portions of the inland Northeast potentially seeing more than a foot of snow.South of there, from Arkansas to the Tennessee Valley to the Ohio River Valley more than 4 inches of rain may fall, which could produce flooding.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

3 dead in shooting at Georgia spa; suspect at large

first_imgCherokee Sheriff’s OfficeBy IVAN PEREIRA and MATT FOSTER, ABC News(ACWORTH, Ga.) — At least three people were killed in shootings at a spa in Acworth, Georgia, on Tuesday, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.When responding to the location, deputies found two people dead and three injured. The three injured were taken to to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where one later died, said Capt. Jay Baker, director of communications from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.The shooting took place just before 5 p.m. local time.There was no information on the ages or genders of the victims and whether they were employees or customers.The suspect is still at large. Authorities shared photos of the suspect leaving the spa, identified as Young’s Asian Massage.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The complete mitochondrial genome of the stomatopod crustacean Squilla mantis

first_imgBackgroundAnimal mitochondrial genomes are physically separate from the much larger nuclear genomes and have proven useful both for phylogenetic studies and for understanding genome evolution. Within the phylum Arthropoda the subphylum Crustacea includes over 50,000 named species with immense variation in body plans and habitats, yet only 23 complete mitochondrial genomes are available from this subphylum.ResultsI describe here the complete mitochondrial genome of the crustacean Squilla mantis (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Stomatopoda). This 15994-nucleotide genome, the first described from a hoplocarid, contains the standard complement of 13 protein-coding genes, 22 transfer RNA genes, two ribosomal RNA genes, and a non-coding AT-rich region that is found in most other metazoans. The gene order is identical to that considered ancestral for hexapods and crustaceans. The 70% AT base composition is within the range described for other arthropods. A single unusual feature of the genome is a 230 nucleotide non-coding region between a serine transfer RNA and the nad1 gene, which has no apparent function. I also compare gene order, nucleotide composition, and codon usage of the S. mantis genome and eight other malacostracan crustaceans. A translocation of the histidine transfer RNA gene is shared by three taxa in the order Decapoda, infraorder Brachyura; Callinectes sapidus, Portunus trituberculatus and Pseudocarcinus gigas. This translocation may be diagnostic for the Brachyura. For all nine taxa nucleotide composition is biased towards AT-richness, as expected for arthropods, and is within the range reported for other arthropods. Codon usage is biased, and much of this bias is probably due to the skew in nucleotide composition towards AT-richness.ConclusionThe mitochondrial genome of Squilla mantis contains one unusual feature, a 230 base pair non-coding region has so far not been described in any other malacostracan. Comparisons with other Malacostraca show that all nine genomes, like most other mitochondrial genomes, share a bias toward AT-richness and a related bias in codon usage. The nine malacostracans included in this analysis are not representative of the diversity of the class Malacostraca, and additional malacostracan sequences would surely reveal other unusual genomic features that could be useful in understanding mitochondrial evolution in this taxon.last_img read more

Yorkshire agency invests in groundbreaking VR technology

first_imgHome » News » Yorkshire agency invests in groundbreaking VR technology previous nextProptechYorkshire agency invests in groundbreaking VR technologyThe Negotiator24th March 20200160 Views Croft Residential, specialists luxury homes in Yorkshire, has launched hyper-realistic virtual property tours as an alternative to conventional viewings.Working with Cloud 9 Architectural Photography in Leeds, Croft has invested in immersive three-dimensional technology to create highly accurate scale models and virtual tours of properties, viewed on bespoke headsets. Originated by Silicon Valley’s Matterport, the 3D imaging hyper-real virtual tours enable viewers to zoom in on details such as kitchen fittings and views.Toby Cockcroft, who founded Croft Residential in 2010, said, “We’re ahead of the curve with this high-tech service for our clients here in Yorkshire, it will be immensely helpful to overseas buyers and the growing trend of Londoners relocating to York.”Cloud 9 Director Jonathan Taylor said, “We have been shooting property for 30 years and seen many developments in digital technology, but the new Matterport 3D scanner is the first bit of kit that really struck me as a great leap forward.“The house models are stored online so that all you need to view them is an internet-connected device.”Toby said, “Buying a property sight unseen happens a lot these days in the US cities, where there’s high demand and low supply. A virtual tour is unlikely to be the only viewing before someone here buys a property, but it’s definitely a game changer in terms of the accuracy and ease with which you can now view a house and decide whether to add it to your shortlist. It will be a real boon to our clients and will help us to sell their properties for them, which is what we are all about.”luxury homes in Yorkshire Cloud 9 Architectural Photography three-dimensional technology virtual tours of properties 3D imaging hyper-real virtual tours Jonathan Taylor Toby Cockcroft Croft Residential virtual property tours VR March 24, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Lecturer – African American Studies – (ADJ000043)

first_imgThe African American Studies Program at the University of Houstoninvites applications for part-time lecturer positions in the areasof: The Black Church in America, African AmericanExperience through Theatre, and African American Journalismand Media. AAS is an interdisciplinary body of knowledge, whichincorporates research and writing in the humanities, naturalsciences, social sciences, and professions.Successful applicants will have a demonstrated commitment toimproving access to higher education, enhancing the diversity offaculty and students, as well as experience in the global workforcewith professional experience. Preferred applicants with a Ph.D. inAfrican American Studies. Candidates with a Master’s and Bachelor’sdegrees or with substantial years of professional work experiencewill be consideredThe University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Prefer applicants with a PhD in the African American Studiesdiscipline.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

Covered Market extension proposed

first_img“It’s not gonna happen” said a long-serving sales assistant at Nothing, a shop selling jumpers and jewellery. “How long have they been talking about redoing the Westgate centre? Probably since before you were born! We’d be delighted if it happened, of course, but I just don’t think it will.”At Cardew’s Coffee and Tea, sales assistant Flynn Faudot-Boston also expressed doubt. “It would be great to get more customers coming through, but I can’t see the Council forking out £4 million. Where are they going to find that kind of money?” he wondered, before adding: “They probably get enough from parking tickets, actually.”Nigel Ramsay, a local resident and regular customer at the Market who was buying tea at Cardew’s, advised caution. “I fear this may be another example of the City Council’s nasty habit of putting short-term concerns over income ahead of the long-term interests of residents.” he said. “If these plans will mean more fly-by-night, here-one-day-gone-the-next clothing shops in the Market, I’d rather they weren’t implemented.” Sarah Browne, a florist at The Garden, said she feared that a major renovation, paired with rent increases, might threaten the Market’s independent spirit. “If you make the Market newer and glossier, I worry that only a glossier, more high-rent type of shop will be able to move in here. The rents are already too high as it is. I don’t want to see chains moving in.”Daniel Greenwood, a third-year biochemist at Magdalen who often shops at the Covered Market, also emphasised the importance of maintaining the Market’s atmosphere. “Oxford is very lucky to have such a unique market,” he said. “It is great to hear that the council are putting serious thoughts into its future, though it is essential that any expansion plans favour the kinds of quirky independent businesses that make the place so special.”The Council are presently seeking public comments on the proposals. A consultation page on the Council’s website will be open for input from the public until 29 November. Councillor Cook invited Oxford students specifically to give their views on the Market’s future, telling Cherwell, “any input from students would be very welcome.” The Executive Board of Oxford City Council is considering a set of proposals to substantially revamp the city’s historic Covered Market. The proposals, included in a ninety-page report compiled by consultancy firm The Retail Group, include the installation of rooftop eateries, a major renovation of the Market Street side of the Market, and a thirty-two percent expansion of retail space through the construction of first-floor shop and restaurant facilities, all at a potential cost of £4 million.The Council, which owns the Covered Market, commissioned the report in the hopes of finding ways to attract more customers to the site, where foot traffic and sales have fallen noticeably over the course of the last decade. Colin Cook, a Labour councillor in charge of City Development on the city’s Executive Board, wrote in the Oxford Mail that the Council “want[s] to make the place sustainable, vibrant and profitable into the long term, both for the traders and for the city council.”In formulating its plans, The Retail Group took inspiration from successful “destination” markets like Brixton’s Village Market. One area of opportunity they highlight is improving the Market’s prepared food and beverage offering. “If you look at other successful markets, they all have restaurants and cafés playing an anchor role,” Paul Frater, the director of the The Retail Group, told Cherwll. “The food in the Covered Market is lagging 20 years behind.”“Where you do have high-quality food that targets the student market, for example Alpha Bar, sales are very high,” Frater said, in reference to the Market’s popular salad bar. “That shows me that when it comes to food, the Market is punching under its weight.”The firm sees another opportunity in the revitalisation of the Market Street entrance of the site, which it says currently “appears to be the service and delivery area” for the Market. The consultants propose that a new façade might be built along the Market Street entrance, and that the street might be pedestrianised between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.Reactions from the Market’s traders to the proposals have been mixed. While most said they were pleased that the Council was looking at ways to increase business, many appeared sceptical that the plans would actually be implemented.last_img read more