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  • Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth had Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
    should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.

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  • Business Matters: Katharine Hamnett CBE & Jo Wood head red carpet at UK Social Enterprise Awards

    The annual celebration of British social enterprise was hosted by Scottish comedian and actress, Susan Calman, who entertained the 400 guests along with quirky songwriter and performer Lorraine Bowen of Britain’s Got Talent fame.

    Katharine Hamnett CBE took to the stage to present the Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year award to Instant Neighbour, which provides furniture recycling services in Scotland. Jo Wood presented the Women in Social Enterprise Award to Julie Hawker, chief executive of Cosmic IT, a digital agency based in Devon.

    Lord Victor Adebowale, patron of Social Enterprise UK and chief executive of Turning Point, presented the Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year award to Leading Lives, an employee-owned co-operative which supports adults with complex needs living in Suffolk.

    For the first time the categories included the Independent on Sunday Reader’s Choice Award. The winning social enterprise, WildHearts In Action, secured the highest number of votes from readers of the national newspaper and its Editor, Lisa Markwell, presented the winner with their award on stage. The Independent on Sunday is media partner to the Awards.

    The Awards, organised by the trade and membership body Social Enterprise UK, recognises outstanding achievements by social enterprises – businesses that reinvest their profits good, benefitting people and planet. The UK has more than 70,000 social enterprises, contributing more than £24 billion to the economy each year.

    The 13 winners were presented with bespoke trophies made by the Yorkshire based social enterprise, Henshaws Arts & Crafts, which supports people with disabilities. Social enterprises supplied all the goods and services on the night, including the catering, drinks and flower displays.

    Peter Holbrook CBE, Social Enterprise UK’s chief executive, said:

    “Social enterprises are needed more than ever to tackle the social and environmental problems facing Britain. Congratulations to the winners – the competition was fierce. Every year the Awards are a celebration of the social enterprise sector, but this year was truly remarkable. It was the largest Awards we’ve hosted to date with more than 400 guests and a wonderful evening for the UK’s social enterprise business community.”

    2015 winners

    Independent on Sunday Reader’s Choice Award – WildHearts In Action

    Glasgow-based WildHearts In Action uses its profits from selling office and business supplies to fund the work of the WildHearts Foundation. It has transformed the lives of more than 50,000 people in 37 developing countries through microfinance, and has taught entrepreneurial and employability skills to more than 25,000 British young people

    Social Enterprise of the Year – Vi-Ability

    Vi-Ability offers the disengaged training, work experience and qualifications in commercial sports management. In doing so also helping to sustain thriving community sports clubs around the UK

    One to Watch – Penrhys Partnership – Big Click

    Big Click is a trading arm of Penrhys Partnership, a community regeneration charity supporting disadvantaged communities. Based in South Wales, Big Click is a mobile app development agency, and delivers training to encourage the next generation of tech developers in the Welsh Valleys

    Social Impact Award – SolarAid/SunnyMoney

    SolarAid/Sunnny Money combats poverty and climate change by selling solar lights in Africa

    Buy Social Market Builder – Merthyr Valleys Homes

    Merthyr Valleys Homes have created contracting frameworks to encourage ‘buying social’, and spent £180k in the past year with social enterprises

    Investment Deal of the Year – Resonance/Fare Share

    FareShare takes surplus food from supermarkets and distributes it to people living in food poverty. Resonance helped the small charity complete the first ever social investment tax relief deal

    Health & Social Care Social Enterprise – Leading Lives

    Leading Lives is an employee-owned co-operative providing high quality social care support in the home and in the community for adults with complex needs across Suffolk

    Consumer Facing Social Enterprise – The Phone Co-op Limited

    The Phone Co-op Limited is the UK’s only customer-owned telecoms and internet service provider. Democratically run by its customers, it serves 30,000 businesses and consumers –

    Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise – Creative Alliance

    Creative Alliance helps talented young people to get into creative roles through careers education, apprenticeships, traineeships and business support schemes

    Environmental Social Enterprise – Instant Neighbour

    Instant Neighbour provide services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including furniture recycling, furniture storage and employability training

    Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award – The Aim Sky High Company

    The Aim Sky High Company is a Manchester-based dance organisation for people aged 2 – 25, using the arts to teach leadership, teamwork and career planning –

    Women in Social Enterprise Award – Julie Hawker at Cosmic IT

    Over the past 16 years Julie Hawker has dedicated her time to developing Cosmic as a successful social enterprise, whilst contributing significantly to social enterprise development and support across the South West and UK

    International Impact – Zaytoun CIC

    Zaytoun CIC support Palestinian farming families to sustain resilient livelihoods and share their vibrant culture by helping them to grow sales of high quality fairly-traded produce

  • Business Matters: CBI hails £59BN contribution of scale-ups to UK economy

    In her first keynote speech as the CBI’s Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn will reveal that collectively the UK’s 3000 scale-up medium-sized businesses (MSBs) contributed £59 billion to the UK economy between 2010 and 2013, making the difference between recession and recovery.

    Speaking at the CBI’s MSB Summit in London – in partnership with Lloyds Bank – she will say that leveraging more MSB potential can propel even stronger economic growth for the UK. If the 2010-2013 scale-up rate had matched the 2005-2008 rate, the £59 billion contribution would have reached £85.6 billion.

    Launching a new CBI report, in partnership with Lloyds Bank and Experian, Life in the Fast Lane, she will reveal that seven out of ten scale-ups are located outside London and they include firms spanning all sectors and ages.

    Pledging further support for these scale-ups, defined as growing at an average rate of 20 per cent each year for three years, Carolyn will argue that while MSBs firms make up only 2 per cent of UK business, they are responsible for 1 in 6 jobs and generate nearly a quarter of private sector revenue and should be celebrated and supported.

    CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn will say: “As a country, we’re good at telling the beginning of the story. The traditional story of “start-up Britain”, a single person, with a single idea and a single-minded determination.

    “We’re also good at telling the end of the story. The story of “Brand Britain” of big, well-known firms which people recognise and interact with every single day.

    “Yet the ‘missing link’ is the most interesting part. It’s the part where entrepreneurs grow their great idea. Where they increase their profit, hire more people and expand beyond national borders.

    “We found that seven in ten scale-ups are located outside of London – from tech companies in Cambridge, to manufacturers in the Midlands and Dundee’s gaming industry. Scale-ups have the potential to help rebalance our economy and bring recovery to every corner of the UK.”

    Life in the Fast Lane also includes a roadmap for scale-ups to help them achieve their ambitions, including advice on securing the right talent and governance structures and how best to harness innovation.

    The CBI is also calling for the Government to throw its weight behind mid-sized firms to scale-up by:

    Reviewing the tax system to ensure it incentivises entrepreneurship and investment in medium-sized businesses

    Improving access to skilled workers that are essential for scale-up companies to grow by raising the Tier 2 (general) visa cap.

    Improve cash flow for innovative companies by shortening the timeframe for the payment of the R&D tax credit.

    Raise awareness of the benefits of the employee share ownership scheme for medium sized businesses.
    Push for standardisation of the European VAT threshold at €100,000.

    António Horta-Osório, Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Medium-sized businesses are playing a critical role in the UK economy, in creating jobs and growth, and we are determined to help their continued success. As part of our Helping Britain Prosper Plan, we’re supporting more businesses to start up and grow as well as helping more businesses to trade overseas through our UKTI partnership. This sector is the driving force behind the long-term strength of the UK and we support the CBI’s commitment to increase the number of businesses scaling up.”

    Max Firth, Managing Director for Experian Business Information Services, UK&I, said: “A relatively small number of scale-up businesses can make a significant contribution to economic growth, as our research shows. Finance providers and other forms of business support need to ensure today’s fast-growing MSBs receive the help they need to continue with their impressive progress. It’s also important to identify the next generation of MSBs ready to scale-up and understand what needs to be done to help them drive the economy forward in the same way.”

  • Business Matters: Final Month for Shell LiveWIRE entries to win up to £30,000

    As we approach Christmas, Shell LiveWIRE enters its final few weeks for applications. Shell LiveWIRE supports young, innovative UK entrepreneurs with ideas to meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

    The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 for each monthly winner, and the opportunity to be named the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the year. Winners also receive mentoring sessions with programme alumni, Shell senior business leaders, and the opportunity to participate in the Shell Let’s Go Trade Programme.

    Former winners include Caventou, a unique company which uses solar energy to create energy storing furniture; and Aqua Power Technologies, which uses a unique design allowing wave energy to be harnessed from any axis and will be establishing a wave power farm in 2016.

    The eligibility criteria is simple: The award is open to any UK-based entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 6 months, and has an innovative idea that addresses the UK’s future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to live in.

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  • Business Matters: Government to close Business Growth Service by March 2016

    The scheme will stop taking on new customers from the end of November with all support and related activity contractual commitments being honoured until 31 March 2016 when it officially ends.

    The business support helpline will continue to be available after that date and will be the main support mechanism.

    BIS will also provide further funding for Growth Hubs allowing them to provide tailor made support small businesses to start and scale up in local areas. The government will be giving these hubs £12m in 2016/17 and £12m in 2017/18.

    Commenting on the service’s closure, small business minister Anna Soubry said:“The most important way we can help small businesses is to continue to secure a strong, growing economy and that’s exactly what this government is doing. We’ll keep cutting red tape and have extended small business rate relief for an extra year, freeing up small firms to do what they do best.

    “Where taxpayers’ money is used to provide support, this is best done at the local level which is why we’re providing further funding to Growth Hubs and away from Whitehall.”

    The Business Growth Service was formed in December 2014 and has helped around 9,700 businesses to date.

    Businesses eligible for the service needed to have less than 250 employees, based in England and with a turnover of under £40m to improve and grow. Businesses had their own personal account manager which provided a package of support tailored to their needs.

    Communications of the service closure began to its users on Friday. A BIS spokesperson said: “In the last parliament we responded to concerns that small businesses couldn’t find the support they needed. Since then we have funded the creation of Growth Hubs and by April 2016 there will be 39 of them providing support to businesses across England.”

    BIS added that the British Business Bank will create a fund of over £400m with Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North West, Yorkshire & the Humber and Tees Valley to invest in smaller businesses. Together with a separate North East fund, this will make over £500m available across the Northern Powerhouse.

    Tax partner at UK200Group member firm Whittingham Riddell Duncan Montgomery said he lamented the demise of the Growth Accelerator as it had made a “big difference” to many of the firm’s clients.

    “Removing this service abruptly as part of a programme of cuts that do not appear thus far to have balanced our annual books, seems to be counterintuitive. Small to meduim size businesses create jobs, pay taxes and drive the economy upwards. Helping them do that is a positive investment,” he said.

    There was no mention of the closure in the spending review, and some people have been left disgruntled.

  • Business Matters: iWin: Pensioners sues Apple after honeymoon pictures are deleted by ‘Genius’ tech support

    Retired Deric White, 68, from Pimlico, London, took his iPhone 5 in for repairs at the con outer giant’s Regent Street branch in December last year after receiving a text message saying there was fault on the device.

    But when the phone was handed back to him by staff all of his pictures, contacts and videos had been wiped from the phone – and only then was he asked if he had backed it up.

    A disgruntled Mr White said: ‘My life was saved on that phone. I lost my favourite video of a giant tortoise biting my hand on honeymoon in the Seychelles.’

    Today, in a David and Goliath-style battle Mr White faced down Apple’s lawyers at Central London County Court and was delighted when he was awarded £1,200 in compensation, declaring it ‘a victory for the common man’.

    He was given £1,200 compensation and £773 in court costs by the judge who ruled Apple had been ‘negligent’.

    During the hearing Mr White told the court: ‘I was absolutely livid and my wife had been in tears.
    ‘We had beautiful pictures of the Seychelles and other pictures as well, of African rhinos.

    ‘All my contacts had gone and they had vandalised my phone. They knew they had done this and send me on my way. This is where my anger is, they sent me on my way like an imbecile.’

    White said he went to complain to Apple when he kept receiving text messages twice daily during his honeymoon telling him to reset his password.

    He said a member of staff at the exclusive Raffles hotel in the Seychelles had reset the password for him during his honeymoon, but the messages kept arriving.

    He went to the store on December 11 last year and left his handset with staff while he went Christmas shopping for presents for his wife.

    However, when he returned Mr White said he was told there was something wrong with his phone and he would be given a replacement.

    He was sent to the ‘genius bar’ at the flagship store, and a technician took his phone away to analyse it.

    ‘He came back and said everything’s working alright on that now, and he gave me the phone’, he said.

    ‘As I was about to slip off the stool, he said: “Have you got everything backed up on that?”

    ‘I said no, I don’t think so – I don’t like the databank in the sky.’

    Mr White said he eventually agreed to sign up for iCloud, but when he got home he realised his phone had been restored to factory settings.

    He went back to the store the following day and spent two-and-a-half hours demanding that his data was returned.

    ‘I said I’m not leaving the building, you will have to call the police’, he said.

    ‘I just wasn’t going to let it drop, why should I let someone tread all over me and treat me like an imbecile and then walk away and be left with all the mess to pick up?

    He told the court his wife had taken a few snaps during their honeymoon, but he had taken the majority of pictures and also videos.

    He said he has already spent £850 on the legal challenge, and originally wanted to ask for 10,000 euros to pay for a new honeymoon.

    ‘They slapped me across the head and sent me out of their store like an idiot’, he said. ‘That insult is still with me, my grief is with Apple.’

    District Judge Ruth Fine, sitting at London County Court within the Royal Courts of Justice, today said Apple was guilty of unreasonable behaviour for failing to settle the case before it got to court.

    ‘I accept the claimant’s version of events’, she said. ‘The defendant’s employees were negligent in the treatment of the claimant’s telephone, causing the claimant loss of photographs of particular sentimental value and the loss of all his contacts.

    ‘I’m satisfied he was unable to retrieve the lost photographs and contact details. Just because damages are difficult to assess does not disentitle a claimant to compensation.’

    The court heard Mr White first demanded 10,000 euros from Apple staff to compensate him, and when that was refused said he would settle for a new computer screen and printer, worth around £1,000.

    However, his efforts to settle the case were rebuffed by Apple, leading to today’s High Court hearing.
    The judge awarded Mr White £205 for the cost of filing the claim, £350 for the hearing fee, £28 in travel costs, and £190 for his time preparing the case.

    ‘I find the defendant has behaved unreasonably in these proceedings’, the judge added.

    Retired advertising man Mr White, who is now a landlord and property manager, said he spent £7,500 on the honeymoon to the Seychelles, and does not know if he and wife Maria, 50, will go again now.

    He said he has lost hundreds of photos, including pictures with the nurses who helped him overcome oesophageal cancer last year.

    Speaking outside court, he said: ‘They have dragged me through the mud for this. It’s a victory for the common man who sought to stand up against multi-national corporations.

    They should be brought to boot when they do wrong, but they are usually too big for anybody to take on.

    Mr White added that despite his ordeal, he has not ditched Apple altogether.

    ‘It’s a great piece of equipment’, he said of the iPhone6 he now has. ‘Their product is quite good.’

    Victoria Nottage, for Apple, argued in court that Mr White’s wife had also taken photos on the holiday, and some of his lost contacts could be retrieved from other sources.

    ‘Photos from the iPhone5 have unfortunately been lost, the claimant’s wife did take a camera and did take some photos’, she said.

    She said Apple continues to insist it was not at fault for the phone being wiped.

    ‘The claimant made the affirmative decision to take the phone into the Apple store in Regent Street to have the phone serviced or repaired’, she said.

    ‘In doing that, he made the decision to hand the phone over to them knowing the iPhone was not backed up and the pictures and videos were therefore at risk.’

    Ms Nottage added: ‘It’s the defendant’s case he did warn Mr White in restoring the phone the data was in jeopardy, they couldn’t guarantee its integrity.

    ‘It is something we inform all customers of before they carry out any action on phones or iPads.’

    Apple has 14 days to pay compensation and the costs to Mr White.

    In the court papers Apple’s lawyers said: ‘The claimant has not demonstrated how he suffered any loss.’

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