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Small firms losing out on energy deals

With figures suggesting big companies are able to secure far better energy prices than small businesses, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is urging firms to shop around for better deals.

The latest industry data available from the Government shows that average electricity prices for small and medium sized firms increased by 15-17% between the third quarter of 2008 and the same period of 2009.

However, prices increased by 9-11% for large businesses and by just 5% for the UK’s biggest companies.

The FPB’s utilities adviser Colin Beake of Utility Options, explains that, “Big businesses can afford to employ pur- chasing managers whose job is to ensure they get the best prices on util- ities, but most small firms do not have that luxury.”

Members of the FPB can now take

Bangladesh shows ICT progress

The bobNetwork - a network of British Bangladeshi profession- als and entrepreneurs - held its second International ICT seminar at the Bangladesh High Commission, London. The event looked at some of the global challenges that are being met by software solutions developed by companies in Bangladesh. Allama Siddiki, the Deputy High Commissioner, moderated the event and had the Bangladesh Association of Software

and Information Services (BASIS) provide case stud- ies. The commercial coun- cillor, Mr Ahsan, gave an honest yet positive presenta- tion on macroeconomic situ- ation in Bangladesh. The event was well received by those attending. “The emerging potential of the ICT sector in Bangladesh was a real eye opener,” said one.

Restaurant improves after hygiene fine

The Newent Tandoori takeaway in Gloucester was fined over £1600 after inspectors took images of a dirty store- room adjacent to the restaurant. The owner, Mr Uddin, took swift action and demolished the store room, among other measures. The restaurant has now received a new three-star hygiene

rating from Forest of Dean District Council after a recent re-inspection. Keith Leslie, food and safety team manager for the Council, said,”The requirements are the same for kitch- ens and storerooms. In either case it needed to be in a decent condition, which it clearly wasn’t. The positive

Keeping an eye on saffron

Research has shown that saffron, which gives chicken korma its distinc- tive yellow colour, helps keep eyesight sharp. Test findings also suggest the spice reverses age-related macu- lar degeneration, or AMD, the most common cause of blindness in old

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people, the Daily Mail recently reported on its website. Saffron has actually been used in tra- ditional medicine for centuries to treat a range of ailments, and is well-known as an anti-oxidant. Researchers are now hoping to discover the ideal


dosage for sharpening up peoples’ vision. They will also look at saffron’s ability to treat genetic eye diseases that can cause life-long blindness.

side is the fact that, after the court case was all done and dusted, he was due a re-assessment and he had improved so much he received a good rating.”

advantage of a free, independent ser- vice from Utility Options, which can monitor when utilities deals are up for renewal and negotiates detailed contracts and service agreements. In addition, Utility Options will shop around on behalf of a business to secure the best price possible.

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