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News & Views FPB positive on Budget measures

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) responded to the recent Budget statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, by welcoming several measures on taxa- tion as steps towards creating a tax system conducive to small business success, rather than a barrier to it.

The Forum’s Chief Executive, Phil Orford, said: “The overall verdict is that there have been some tenta-

tive steps in the right direction, and perhaps the beginnings of a road map for the future.”

In parallel to the Chancellor’s Budget statement the Government published a report entitled ‘Making tax easier, quicker and simpler for small busi- nesses’, which contains a series of pledges it hopes will create ‘the most competitive tax system in the G20 and make the UK the best place in Europe to

start and grow a business’.’ The report is a response to a review of small business tax carried out by the Office of Tax Simplification, which published its final recommendations in February, and is part of the Government’s Plan for Growth.

British doctors bring sight to Bangladeshi poor

Two doctors from Kingston Hospital in Surrey have successfully given some of Bangladesh’s poorest people the gift of sight. Hooman Sherafat and Ziaul Haque travelled to the country in February this year to perform cata- ract surgery as part of their work for the Global Aid Trust charity. The team worked with local ophthalmologists to remove cataracts in 158 people in just one week.

Dr Haque is a director at Global Aid Trust, a UK-based independent charity whose primary aim is to promote

education among the underprivileged. The ophthalmologist said that the people who received the surgery were very grateful at having been given the operation.

“There are 1.3 million blind people in Bangladesh, with 80% of these cases being due to cataracts – a condition reversible with basic surgery,” said Dr Haque.“The people that we operated on were so happy to be able to have this life changing surgery that they otherwise would not have been able to afford.”

Royal Eye Unit consultant lead

clinician Mr Sherafat said that the trip was a rewarding experience. He added that many lessons were learnt for his future charity trips, which he completes in his annual leave each year.

Dr Haque and the Global Aid Trust are aiming aim to raise £200,000 to purchase a mobile medical unit that can be used to perform operations across rural areas in Bangladesh throughout the year.To donate money to the Eye Cataract Project, visit www.justgiving com/GlobalAidEyeCatract.

Bukara pops up in Knightsbridge

The critically-acclaimed Delhi res- taurant Bukhara will ‘pop up’ at the Sheraton Park Tower, Knightsbridge for a two week stint from May 17th through June 1st 2012. This will be both an indoor and outdoor experience and will be styled by Waris Ahluwalia.

Chef Manjit Gill will introduce some of his signature dishes such as Sikandari Raan - marinated whole leg of spring lamb; Murgh Malai Kebab - creamy chicken kebab and Dal Bukhara - a combination of whole black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic slow-

cooked over coals for 18 hours. Bukhara Pop-up will be open for dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each night. Reservations can be made at or by calling +0208 045 0715.

Spice Business Magazine


May/June 2012

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