UAE’s Broc­coli sprouts in to global mar­ket

First Minister looks at coun­try’s ‘op­tions’

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS - Writes Is­mail Se­bug­waawo. is­mail@7days.ae

The head of the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment has reached out to Ger­many, the Euro­pean Union’s most pop­u­lous mem­ber, as she tries to keep Scot­land in the bloc — and is ar­gu­ing that Scot­land should be able to re­main part of the EU with­out leav­ing the United King­dom.

Scot­tish First Minister Ni­cola Stur­geon told Ger­man broad­caster ARD that “be­cause we are in un­prece­dented cir­cum­stances, we should be pre­pared to think about un­prece­dented so­lu­tions. And that’s the spirit that I will have in any dis­cus­sions”.

The UK as a whole — which in­cludes Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land — voted to leave the EU in a June 23 ref­er­en­dum, but vot­ers in Scot­land voted by a wide mar­gin to re­main in the 28-na­tion bloc.

And Stur­geon be­lieves this vote should al­low them to re­main in the EU.

“I would have thought it was very pos­i­tive for the wider Euro­pean Union for a part of the United King­dom, if not the whole of the United King­dom, to want to con­tinue to be part of the Euro­pean fam­ily of na­tions,” Stur­geon said.

The Scot­tish leader, who has al­ready trav­elled to Brus­sels to press the same ar­gu­ment, met in Ber­lin on Tues­day with Ger­many’s deputy for­eign minister, Michael Roth.

He is re­spon­si­ble for Euro­pean is­sues at the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry.

Stur­geon re­it­er­ated her stance that a new ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence from the UK re­mains “one op­tion” for Scot­land to stay.

Roth said the meet­ing was a “very pleas­ant and con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion be­tween two ded­i­cated pro-Euro­peans”. “I hope that the UK finds a way for­ward that will ben­e­fit Europe as a whole in the end,” he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Bri­tish gov­ern­ment hasn’t yet for­mally set in mo­tion the process of leav­ing the EU, and it re­mains unclear what fu­ture re­la­tion­ship it will seek with the bloc.

Mean­while, the Euro­pean Union has set new dead­lines for Spain and Por­tu­gal to bring their bud­get deficits into line af­ter both coun­tries es­caped fines for fail­ing to rein in spend­ing.

EU head­quar­ters said that “Por­tu­gal is now re­quired to cor­rect its deficit by 2016 and Spain by 2018 at the lat­est”.

The two coun­tries must sub­mit a re­port by Oc­to­ber 15 on how they plan to bring their deficits un­der the EU ceil­ing of 3 per cent.

Por­tu­gal ex­pects its deficit will fall from 4.4 per cent of GDP last year to 2.2 per cent this year. Last year’s deficit in Spain was 5.1 per cent. A home­grown res­tau­rant is branch­ing out from the UAE and go­ing global - with its new­est out­let now op­er­a­tional in the UK,

Broc­coli Pizza and Pasta has opened the doors to its first branch in Covent Garden, Cen­tral Lon­don, hop­ing it will be the gate­way to fur­ther ex­pan­sion. “We wanted to ex­tend our great tast­ing piz­zas to Europe by open­ing up our first branch in Lon­don,” said James Pa­trick Bon­doc, from Broc­coli Pizza and Pasta. “The open­ing of the new branch in UK is our first step to op­er­at­ing in Europe. We will soon open a sec­ond branch in the UK be­fore go­ing to other Euro­pean coun­tries.” Ex­pan­sion into the UK, ac­cord­ing to Bon­doc, is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year of hard work and now they are look­ing to grow quickly. Broc­coli serves up piz­zas, pas­tas and sal­ads, with a fo­cus on fresh in­gre­di­ents with fast and friendly ser­vice. To fit in at Covent Garden, renowned for its high den­sity of of­fice work­ers, Broc­coli has adapted to of­fer daily meal deals and ‘grab & go’ meals, with Chicken Pasta and the freshly made Lasagne prov­ing pop­u­lar. The res­tau­rant’s top-sell­ing dishes in the UAE, how­ever, in­clude the 4 eggs (any style) dur­ing break­fast, Chicken Pasta at lunch and the Deluxe Pizza in the evenings. The first Broc­coli res­tau­rant opened in Te­com, Dubai in De­cem­ber 2011. There are now 26 branches - 18 in the UAE, seven in Saudi Ara­bia and one in the UK, with plans to open 40 new branches - 19 in the UAE, 17 in Saudi Ara­bia, two in Bahrain one each in the UK and Oman.

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