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Pam's People: Festival promises lots of fun, games... and sheep!

We have all seen models strutting their stuff on the catwalk but what about on the sheepwalk? The Sheep Show has become one of the most popular events at the P&O Dalriada Festival in Glenarm in partnership with UTV.

Guests at the launch of this year's event were delighted to hear that the woolly stars will be back, along with the Champion of Champions Highland Games, and they will be joined by Country Music stars Nathan Carter and Mike Denver and much more from July 13-19.

I love watching sport but I must admit I haven't really been glued to the World Cup so it is nice to have a bit of a distraction which came in the form of the World Cup Widows afternoon tea in the Europa Hotel. Like-minded ladies gathered for sumptuous sandwiches, sticky buns and lashings of Hastings specially-brewed tea – although I might need to up the exercise to work it off.

A sport that I will never miss is, of course, horse racing and I had a feast of it at the Down Royal Summer Festival of Racing. There was cracking racing over the two days and the competition continued off the turf in the grandstands with best dressed competitions at the Mencap Charity night and Magners Derby Day. It was a great weekend with many companies treating their staff and clients to a fun-filled day out of bonding. Roll on the next meeting.

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Maeve Monaghan is the executive of NOW, which supports training opportunities for people of all learning abilities.

Maeve Monaghan is celebrating news that social enterprise Loaf Catering has teamed up with Springvale Employment and Learning Solutions to open a cafe at Springvale’s Learning Centre headquarters on the Springfield Road in Belfast.

The cafe secures three paid jobs and two placements per-day for Springvale catering students.

Maeve said: “We run a profit-making cafe and corporate catering business, so it’s just what we do with our profit that is different.

“We are keen to encourage other businesses, large and small, to think of ways to integrate social enterprise into their supply chain.

“We want the conversations we have with businesses to change from one of Corporate Social Responsibility to one of mutually beneficial business.

“Local companies are committing to doing things differently and are starting to realise that their business is only as strong as the communities they represent.

“We are ready and willing to engage with companies and social enterprises to see how we can do business together.

“This collaboration shows a planned approach to business growth.

“We have used the Springvale Learning Centre cafe to launch our new Loaf brand and hope to roll this out to our two other cafes over the next 12 months.

“Loaf has proven it can deliver on quality and price and now have the structures in place to scale-up as the market develops.”

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