Blog #32 – Bayern Munich won their first UEFA Super Cup with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory against Chelsea following a 2-2 draw. A repeat of the 2012 Champions League final got off to a great start with Fernando Torres scoring in the first ten minutes. Newly crowned ‘UEFA Best Player in Europe’ winner, Franck Ribery soon got one back. Bayern fans had made a giant banner which was shown before the kick off. “one more trophy would fit” was the message they sent to Chelsea. With Munich more or less winning everything they enter, perhaps a new Trophy cabinet will be needed soon. (LRB Trophies would love to help, give me a ring Pep!) Two more goals made it 2-2 at the final whistle meaning extra time was needed. Chelseas’s Hazard punished poor defending with a great goal. The Champions Leagues winners and German title holders replied once again, Martinez slotted home in the last few seconds of extra time to send the Prague stadium wild. The match had to be decided on penalties. After nine successful spot kicks, Chelsea’s Lukaku stopped during his run up and his toe punted effort was saved by the Bayern keeper. Another trophy heading back to the already full Munich cabinet.
Blog #31 Bayern Munchen’s Frank Ribery has added a Ballon D’or trophy to his recent Champions League Winners medal. The award had been known as the ‘European Player of the Year’ but UEFA has given it a shake up in recent years. It is now known as the “UEFA Best Player in Europe Award”. UEFA President Michel Platini announced during the presentation in Monaco that Ribery had won, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as runner up and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo finishing in third place. Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo had formed the final shortlist after journalists from each of UEFA’s member countries had voted. 52 journalists from the European Sports Media association had looked at the top ten (as mentioned in my previous blog entry) and selected Ribery as the overall winner.
With preseason games still left to play, Cliffe FC played the second round of the York League Junior Cup. Current trophy holders Cliffe traveled to to the village of Melbourne. A very entertaining match lead to a 8-0 win for the away team. The next round of the cup will be played in March 2014 with Cliffe facing local side Cawood. The ‘LRB Trophies Opposition Man of the Match Award’ winner was awarded to Martin Peacock. Well done Martin. He wins a £25 discount voucher from LRB Trophies for the club to use in their future presentation requirements. The voucher is valid for one year so it can be saved for the end of season presentation if required. Please look out for future Opposition Man of the Match Trophy news.
The 2013 ‘Best Player in Europe Award’ will be voted for tonight during the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco. Journalists from each of the UEFA countries will vote from the list shown below. My personal favorite has to be Lionel Messi, as he has scored so many times during Barcelona’s 2012/2013 season. I have watched him play on the TV countless times and he has created goals from all areas of the pitch. I remember he once scored a hand full of goals while not fully fit. – With four of the ten players on list playing for the champions league winners Bayern Muchen, I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody like Muller nipped in front of Messi to win it. More news via the Blog when the winner is announced. The shortlist is: ~ Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur FC ~ Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid ~ Zlatan Ibrahimović – Paris Saint-Germain ~ Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund ~ Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona ~ Thomas Muller – FC Bayern Munchen ~ Franck Ribéry – FC Bayern Munchen ~ Arjen Robben – FC Bayern München ~ Bastian Schweinsteiger – FC Bayern Munchen ~ Robin van Persie – Manchester United FC
  BLOG #30 – At the end of the school year in June 2013, I wrote a newspaper column about the importance of school leavers and job hunters having a great CV to hand into businesses. All these school leavers have now collected their GCSE results. To help again, I have reprinted my top five CV tips from my previous experience as a Duty Manager for a large multi million pound retailer. 1) Include the correct contact details such as your current mobile number 2) Add your date of birth, new work rules means the company has to check you have a right to work in the UK. 3) Your CV should be typed neatly and presented correctly. Try and keep it to one or two A4 pages, you can discuss it further during the interview. 4) Don’t lie, or bend the truth, you will be found out and easily sacked because of this. 5) Be prepared to answer the phone to an unknown number. If you don’t answer, the manager might just move onto the next person. Hopefully the next stage will mean being invited to the ‘dreaded’ interview. During my career I have met hundreds of people trying to impress me, these first impressions are very important. Be confident and think of it as having a conversation with somebody on the bus, don’t just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ all the way through. Dressing smart and looking neat and tidy with help. I once waited for over an hour for someone to show up, I found out afterwards that they went to the wrong store… 15 miles away! That person then asked if they could have another interview at the correct store. I’ll leave you to wonder what my answer was.
Blog #29 ~ Training and Qualifications are very inportant in the modern business world. One of the biggest is having all of your team members trained in the latest Health & Saftey requirements. The following Q&A’s are from the owner of Selby’s number one training specialist Phil Harvey. Look them up via: (Originally Printed in the Selby Times earlier in the Year) ~ Name: Phil Harvey Company: Icetec Training Solutions LTD Position: Director No. of people working at your company: 5 Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply? ~ promote Selby to larger national business to try generate large names move to the area to create jobs. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? ~ Towards the extorsionate rates bills we and other Selby business are faced with each year which hinders growth and in some cases causes failure. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? ~ Towards an all ages charity training scheme to aid people back to work now that there is no funding available for training in the area and to aid those people to travel to areas with more work available. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? ~ Abbey Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. ~ Everything is accessable for all ages no cobbles,slopes or large amounts of steps. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? ~ 60 Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby. ~ Its history. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? ~The stigma it has attached to it for substance misuse and unemployment. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? ~ I would hope so but with the cost of overheads and lack of growth in Selby there are cheaper alternatives near to the town just as accessable which may force a move to allow growth. Q10, Best way to unwind locally? ~ Selby has an array of fine restaurants.
  Blog #28 ~ Very exciting news confirmed this morning! Following on from our Theo Paphitis win news, (see below) we received the location information today. Our trip will be in late November so I have just been online and booked my hotel in central Birmingham. Please view our biography on his site. —— —— These are the ‘Press Releases’ I wrote at the time of winning, (Printed in three newspapers In July 2013). I’ve had some exciting news recently, following our Selby Times backed Local Business Accelerator award last year, I won a ‘re tweet’ from multi millionaire and Dragons Den panelist Theo Paphitis via his Twitter account. The ‘Small Business Sunday’ competition, shortened to the twitter hash tag, #SBS, runs each week and was created in October 2010. Each week businesses advertise themselves in just 140 characters via a single tweet. He has over three hundred thousand followers who will see our company details. The idea is to provide a boost to the winners and highlight to all his followers what we can do. I have tried various ways to catch his attention and I was amazed when the email arrived. At first I thought it was a wind up and had to read it a few times before it sunk in. The best part of the news is that I will get to meet him in person later on in the year. When I do, this column will be the first to get the news and hopefully a photo together! – Our twitter account had hundreds of ‘congratulation’ tweets from all around the world and it took a while to reply to them all. I have also been allowed to create an profile on his website. It just shows how much persistence shows off. This comes a week after a brief twitter conversation with another famous dragon, Duncan Bannatyne, about restaurant recommendations in the Lake District during my visit.
Blog #27 – Continuing our ‘2nd Birthday in the office’ celebrations… I have dug out the very first ‘LRB Trophies’ photo I took to advertise a posting on ebay – (this is it shown above) – a lot has happened since posting that photo online. In April 2013, when we celebrated the business actual birthday (we ran from April to August 2011 as an ‘online only business’) I wrote a newspaper column that included my own answers to the ‘Top 10 Q&A’ section I did. I have reprinted these below for you to read again. ~ 10x Q&A’s I have been asked a few times about my own answers to my Big 10 questions, so as it’s a special time for us, here they are: 1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. Free Parking, even if it is just a few days of the week, if the powers that be can get the people into the town centre, it is up to the businesses to do the rest. 2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? A nice dinner for my family who help run the business or listen to all the positives and negatives we have each day. 3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? Hopefully the old Do it All site would be available for some of that money, I would change it into two parts, first would be a ‘In Shops’ indoor market for new or small traders to test out the water before setting up in business. On the other side create a ‘ramps and skater foam pit’ so our local teenagers have somewhere to hang out and burn off some energy. We also need a new and modern football site as football is such a big sport in this area. 4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Everyone so far has given the Abbey as the answer, which is true, so I might have to change the question soon. (perhaps the Selby Times Readers could send in suggestions?) 5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. Lots of local independent shops and businesses who don’t have to go on courses to learn about ‘customer service’ as they already know it. 6, How many hours do you work each week? Each week is different depending on the Deadlines for our orders & deliveries. 7, One reason to be proud of Selby. It is improving all the time. I have been to far worst places during my travels. 8, One thing you would change about Selby? Give more power and funding to groups such as the Selby Chamber and Selby Hands of Hope so that they can spend the money on projects quickly without any red tape. 9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Hopefully yes, Selby will be my HQ. 10, Best way to unwind locally. I support and help run Cliffe FC, but sometimes I’m not able to unwind when we lose! I also like to take my 2 year old daughter to feed the ducks and horses in the local area.
Blog #26 – August 2013 sees our 2nd Birthday of trading from it’s current Market Lane location. In between April & August 2011, we ran the company from home as an ‘online only’ business. – To help with our 2nd year office celebrations, I have edited the column I wrote in April 2013. ~ This month we celebrate our 2nd birthday of trading. It all started at the dining room table and changing our ebay account name to LRB Trophies. Since then we have served over 1500 customers and we send our items to customers all over the world. After our first four months of online trading we we’re in a position for myself to give up my duty manager job at Argos and work full time from our current Market Lane location. In the last year or so we have really got into our stride after our setting up period. Winning the Selby Times Local Business Accelerator award really catapulted us into the limelight. We would like to thank all of our local customers for using us, many of them mention reading about our own award and ask if we have met Debra Meaden from Dragons Den yet, sadly the answer is No, but she is most welcome to pop in for a brew whenever she is in the North! Without sounding like a never ending awards acceptance speech, myself, my business partner Janet and brother Andrew would like to thank a few people who have provided help and guidance whenever it was needed; Keith Tiplady, Paul Spiteri, Nigel Adams MP and all our family and friends who have encouraged us and also pointed out in no certain terms where we can improve on things. We are always looking to expand and create an ‘LRB’ empire so keep an eye out on our future news.
  Blog #25 ~ Lending an Helping Hand. Recently I helped to start a 1800 mile journey for 46 bikes that will be used by Children at an Orphanage in Bulgaria. These bikes we’re purchased, donated, serviced and fixed by a unemployed 50 year old Selby man (who wishes to remain nameless). I spotted an appeal by the charity to help complete their logistical nightmare. The charity had already done the hard work by gaining freight space on a Bulgarian lorry that was due to leave Bradford. All that was needed was a van and a driver to get them from Selby to Bradford. I spoke to my business partner, and we agreed that LRB Trophies would cover the hire van cost, diesel and my time as the driver. The couple who run the charity are based in Peterborough, but they have family and friends based in Selby. The couple regularly visit the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage in Silstra based in North East Bulgaria and have sorted out a smaller freight company to meet the lorry in the capital city of Sofia. This is something that we all should do once in a while, spare a few hours to help someone. You don’t have to spend money on hiring a van. But you can do your good deed for the day. I’m sure there is a local charity or children’s club near by crying out for that little bit of help. Business owners are use to making quick decisions and spending money to get the job done. For more information on the Orphanage or to make a donation please visit: