HCT Group secures £17.8m funding

first_imgCommunity transport operator HCT Group has secured £17.8m funding to “accelerate growth, providing working capital to continue the rapid expansion and to provide the funds to acquire commercial bus operators and turn them into social enterprises.”Founded in 1982 and led by CEO Dai Powell, HCT Group is now the UK’s ninth-largest operatorFounded in 1982 and led by CEO Dai Powell, social enterprise HCT Group is now the UK’s ninth-largest operator, running 732 vehicles from 13 depots.Big Issue Invest – the social investment arm of The Big Issue magazine – led the round, which consists of a refinance of legacy debt and an injection of new capital.It is the largest fundraising by a UK social enterprise so far in 2018.City Bridge Trust, Esmée Fairbairn, HSBC, MFS, Phone Co-op, Social and Sustainable Capital, TriplePoint and four high-net-worth individuals from the ClearlySo network – an impact investment bank – also participated.last_img read more

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Nuclear energy projects power Robert Wynn

first_imgThe company’s specialist heavy lift barge, the Terra Marique, was loaded with a 498-tonne module at Ellesmere port on the Manchester Ship Canal, and offloaded on a beach adjacent to the Sellafield power station for the Evaporator D project – one of the UK’s largest energy construction projects.The unit, which was the height of six double decker buses, was the last of 11 modules carried in six separate shipments over the past two years.Following the offload at Sellafield, the Terra Marique sailed for the French port of Cherbourg, where she was loaded with a 485-tonne reactor vessel destined for the Flamanville 3 construction site.After the 60 km coastal journey to the port of Diélette, the cargo was offloaded before the short road transportation to the site. The shipment is the first in a series destined for the project in Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant, with four more planned for later in the year.   Watch Sellafield site’s video of Robert Wynn’s delivery for the Evaporator D Project:  www.robertwynnandsons.co.uklast_img read more

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High school softball: Benton advances to second round of Class 4A playoffs

first_imgThe Benton Lady Tigers advanced to the second round of the Class 4A softball playoffs with a 6-1 victory over Westgate on Tuesday at Benton.Benton (16-15), the No. 12 seed, will travel to Bourg to face No. 5 South Terrebonne (23-7) in the second round later this week. Second-round games must be played by Saturday.Bourg is located about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans.No. 21 Westgate closed its season 14-20.Elsewhere, the No. 22 seed Haughton Lady Bucs fell to No. 11 Live Oak 14-5 in a Class 5A first-round game at Live Oak.Benton got off to a relatively slow start against Westgate, which is located in New Iberia and also nicknamed the Tigers. In fact, the teams’ uniforms were close to being indentical as both wore purple jerseys and white pants.After Benton left the bases loaded in the second inning, senior pitcher Sarah Koeppen got the her team on the scoreboard in the third. She smacked a 2-0 pitch far over the left-field wall, giving Benton a 2-0 lead. Koeppen’s bomb scored Abby Kent, who had singled in the previous at-bat.Westgate cut Benton’s lead in half in the top of the sixth, scoring a run on a double and two singles.Benton answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning with the first, by courtesy runner Savanna Erickson, coming on an error on Macey Bridges’ sacrifice bunt attempt. Hallie Saintignan doubled with one out and Makenzie Chaffin followed with a single, scoring Bridges. Saintignan scored on Kent’s bunt attempt. Chaffin came home on a sacrifice by Koeppen, making it 6-1.Koeppen finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. She allowed six hits with three of those coming in the sixth, struck out six and walked only one.Chaffin, Kent and Taylor Jones all had two hits. At Live Oak, Haughton fell behind 9-0 after the first two innings. The Lady Bucs made things interesting with five runs in the sixth, but Live Oak came back with five in the bottom of the inning.Haughton’s McKayla Burkart went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Hannah Borah had a two-RBI double. Savannah Salley, Courtney Garrett and Leah Hopson all had doubles. Haughton finished the season 14-15.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFood World MagazineMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsFood World Magazine|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoOceandrawThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowOceandraw|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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