The football world cup is only a days away, and a poll has been produced about the worries business owners have while it is taking place. 1 in 4 senior managers and directors are concerned about the drop in productivity during the tournament. The competition is taking place in Brazil this year, and due to the time difference, many of the games will be shown on TV late at night in the UK. Some fans may be tempted to celebrate (hopefully!) long into the night and have to ring into work the next day. Another headache for business owners and managers is the recent news that the licensing laws for England games will be relaxed to allow pubs to stay open later than usual. Half of bosses expect to receive extra requests for annual leave while still trying to accommodate staff who wish to take their kids away in the school holidays. The results also found that 57% would be willing to accommodate flexible working hours or shift changes to allow staff to watch games. Another option could be letting staff work from home one day a week. While these are the negatives, I should also mention the positives. Just imagine if England went a long way into the tournament? The whole event can be used to award small perks in the workplace. Having a staff sweepstake on the winner or top goal scorer adds some fun to the event. These can greatly increase morale and job satisfaction. Completing projects early could mean staff leaving early on match day, or arriving late the next day. Another idea could be introducing a TV or Radio to the canteen or reception area as a way to create a better working environment.

    Trophy Blog #89 ~ Here are a few facts about the Premiership Trophy. It is made by royal jewellers Asprey of London and contains different types of Silver. The trophy weighs 25kg and measures a 76cm high. The base is made up of a type of African stone called malachite and it has a list of all the League winners from its first season in 1992 to the present day. The green colour of malachite represents the colour of the field. On the trophy itself, there is very little lettering or writing. At the moment all it says is: ‘Barclays Premier League’ The Trophy tours various parts of the world every year. It has travelled to Mumbai, Delhi in India, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Seoul.
14075610525_79189da2cb Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned East Riding County FA Qualifying Cup Trophy winners with a 3-2 win over Drum Athletic. Malcolm Bryce writes. Cliffe FC travelled to the home of Pocklington Town FC on Tuesday evening to face Drum Athletic from the East Riding Amateur League. Manager Keith Tiplady making four changes from Saturday’s FA Cup triumph, saw his side take the lead within the first 10 minutes – Andy Addison pealing away from his marker to loop a great header past the ‘keeper into the net, 0-1. Si Houlder broke the offside trap but saw his shot placed just wide of the post. The referee set a standard from the first minute and let a lot go, in what seemed an attempt to let the game flow and 10 minutes before the half-time interval Drum drew level, Tony Cardwell breaking through and sliding the ball under Dave Laverack to make it 1-1 at the break, 1-1 HT. Cliffe began the better of the two sides at the beginning of the second-half, Tom Robinson beginning to get some joy down the left wing and man-of-the-match Lee Carter dominating in the air. Houlder came close once more but with around 20 minutes remaining Drum took a 2-1 lead, a loose ball in the six yard box pounced on by a Drum player to put the East Riding Amateur side ahead. Tiplady threw on an extra striker in the shape of Chris Jackson in an attempt to get his side back into the tie, and with no more than 12 minutes remaining a Jackson shot took a big deflection and looped over the ‘keeper to make it 2-2. Momentum was with the York League side now and with only 5 minutes remaining in normal time, Robinson and Houlder broke down the left squared it to Jackson who hammered home to send the travelling Cliffe contingent into raptures putting his side 3-2 ahead. Drum resorted to an ineffective long ball for the final minutes, Robinson and Addison protecting the ball in the corner for the final moments – 2-3 the final score, Cliffe FC – East Riding County Cup Winners 2013/14.  
Cliffe FC reserves welcomed close neighbours Hemingbrough United reserves to Oxen Lane in a preseason friendly and also to try and win back the Archie McCartney Trophy. This is awarded to the winner everytime the two neighbouring teams play eachother. The ‘LRB Trophies Opposition Man of the Match Award’ winner was awarded to Luke Zacharenko. Well done Luke. 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 award news. FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 1 – 3 Hemingbrough United Reserves
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.