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Subway Sandwich Chain to create 6,000 Jobs across UK and Ireland

26 January 2012

Sandwich chain Subway is to expand its presence in the UK and Ireland, creating 6,000 jobs over the next 3 years.

The fast food franchise - famed for its foot-long fresh rolls - will open 600 new branches across the two countries by 2015.

The expansion follows rapid growth over the past seven years, with the number of UK stores increasing by 500% to 1,423.

There are currently 99 outlets in Ireland, with the latest announcement taking the combined number of franchised-branches to more than 2,000.

Subway president and co-founder Fred DeLuca said: "We are proud of the fact that over the years, the Subway brand has been able to provide entrepreneurs with opportunities where they can open and operate their own small business and provide great food, exceptional customer service and job opportunities in their communities."

The company, which was founded in 1965 and has branches in 98 countries, has also agreed to display calorie information on all its menu boards as part of a Government health initiative.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "1 in 6 meals are now eaten outside the home and for those meals we often have no idea how many calories we are eating.

"That's why it's great to see that Subway have signed up to this commitment as part of the Responsibility Deal, which will help customers know the calories in their favourite foods and think about the choices they're making."

There are now over 9,500 UK food outlets which have agreed to provide calorie labeling this year.

In the 2010 Zagat® Fast Food Survey, the Subway brand was ranked "Number One" by consumers in the "Most Popular", "Top Service" and "Healthy Options" categories for food brands with 5,000 or more locations. 

Counting the exact costs of your Purchase

The cost of energy to power a door access system is seldom taken into consideration. With the cost of energy escalating (an increase of more than 30% in the last two years) and set to increase substantially over the coming years, energy costs should not be left out of the purchasing decision.

As an illustration, here is a calculation for the cost of energy to power a 100-Watt domestic light bulb assuming it is left illuminated for one year:

0.1kW (100 Watt light bulb) x 24 (hours in the day) x 365 (days in the year) x £0.106 (cost of 1kWh of electricity) = £92.856 (cost of energy for one year)

Using these figures as a guide we can easily calculate the cost of energy for an access control system. Legacy access control systems often consume around 85 Watts or more for each door controlled (hence if a 100 Watts light bulb cost £92.856 then 85 Watts will cost £92.856 X 0.85 = £78.93 to power one door for one year).

The cost of energy consumed over the lifetime of the system can be substantial and for low cost solutions the energy cost could easily amount to more that the initial purchase price of the equipment.

It therefore makes sense, before putting forward a solution, to calculate the total lifetime costs of each of the systems under consideration taking the following costs into account: - purchase price, infrastructure, labour and energy.

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