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Tackling workplace stress

The mental health charity, Mind, has released research which highlights the full extent of the problem of workplace stress in the UK. With almost 20 per cent of employees surveyed admitting to calling in sick because of ‘unman- ageable’ stress levels, this is a prob- lem that should be at the top of every manager’s agenda.

Spice of life

A Wigan restaurant helped to kick- start a woman’s labour with a special ‘magic’ curry. Staff at the Spice Lounge took up the challenge of helping preg- nant 28-year old Nadene Whittle, who was five days overdue and desperately uncomfortable, to give birth.

Nadene’s parents visited the Spice Lounge quite a lot and they knew about the curry’s claimed properties. A take- away was ordered and within less than 24 hours Nadene went into labour. Nine hours later, baby Phoenix was born.

Spice Lounge owner Graham Uddin says, “We experiment with recipes quite a lot and came up with this one for pregnant women who are overdue. It’s nice when you get people ringing up to say thank you for helping them.”

Lisa Wynn, director and executive coach at Corporate Potential believes that this problem has always been an issue for businesses, but this research shows it is increasing at an alarm- ing rate. Lisa explains, “For too long many employers have allowed exces- sive workloads, bullying and job secu- rity worries to play on the minds of

their staff members, but this research shows it has to stop.” She argues that not only does this stress effect individual employees it also effects the business overall. The consequences can include low pro- ductivity and a high absentee rate.

Restaurant boss jailed for setting fire

A Scottish businessman has been jailed for five years for his part in a fire at a curry house run by a rival. Bangladeshi Gulzar Miah paid a former waiter at his restaurant to set fire to the Taj Mahal but was found guilty by a jury after a six-day trial. Last October, three other men involved in the blaze were con-

victed and received a combined sen- tence of 7 years.

Det Insp Mick Sutherland, of Northern Constabulary, said the case had had an impact on the local community. He said: “Many people were shocked and saddened by what happened and I

Curry on slimming

Britain has got what is claimed to be its first “curry slimming group” after a woman who dropped 19 kg on the diet decided to launch an exclusive slim- ming centre. Suki Burai, a sales con- sultant, has come up with a menu of

Spice Business Magazine

healthy Indian recipes for her mem- bers. Meals include tandoori fish curry, chapatis and lentil dishes.

Burai says, “I spent years on failed diets, but I started making my own rec-


ipes with different ingredients. I found I could enjoy curries on a regular basis and still lose weight.” The recipes are said to be quick and easy to make, suit- ing women who work full-time.

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think this was reflected in the number of calls we received with information. Everyone who had information relat- ing to this case came forward to assist police and we would like to pay tribute to the local community and thank them for their support.”

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