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Savortex takes on sustainable challenge for WaterAid

The managing director of Savortex Ltd, Syed Ahmed, completed a gruelling Six Peaks Challenge in July, to help raise life-saving funds for WaterAid in Bangladesh. In what he described as “one of the toughest challenges” of my life”, Syed joined employees of four UK water companies to climb six peaks: Snaefell (Isle of Man); Snowden (Wales); Scafell Pike (England); Ben Nevis (Scotland); Slieve Donard (Ulster) and Corran Tuathail (Ireland). To achieve the challenge, the team had to walk 50 miles, ascend 20,000 feet to summits ranging from 2,034 to 4.406 feet high, and drive 1,000 miles with two sea crossings... all within 72 hours. The challenge came as par t of Savor tex’s Corporate Responsibility Program. The company, which prides itself on having sustainability and durability at the heart of the business, manufactures energy efficient Vortex EcoSmart hand driers.

Super win for Zeera

A gourmet chef is giving an extra flavour to the re- opening of his family restaurant after being crowned the region’s curry king.

Kohinoor Choudhury, head chef of Zeera Indian Cuisine on Ocean Road, wowed the judges in the annual competition to find the region’s best curry chef. Winning chefs from Indian restaurants and takeaways from across the North East including Voujon in Newcastle, Spice Place in Wallsend and Backwaters in Sunderland, took part in the competition, which culminated in the final cook- off at City of Sunderland College’s Hylton Centre. Kohinoor Choudhury went on to be crowned North East Curry Chef of the Year, just in time for the reopening of his family restaurant Zeera

which has undergone an extensive refurbishment and has doubled in size. Kohinoor runs the business with brothers Shahanoor and second chef Abadur who have overseen the transformation of the restaurant. Shahanoor said: “It’s fantastic; re-launching our new look restaurant and winning this prestigious award. Kohinoor has won South Tyneside Chef of the Year twice in 2009 and 2011 and now North East Curry Chef of the Year 2012.” “We have worked very hard to expand the restaurant and invested a great deal of money and time to make it superb for our customers. We can now seat more than 80 people and have gone for a luxury look which has its roots in traditional Indian décor.”

33 Bangladeshi illegal workers arrested in the UK

Thirty three illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested in several enforcement operations on businesses across England and in North Wales in the month of May and June. The men, including a number of students, had committed immigration offences including entering the UK illegally, overstaying their visas and working illegally. The UK Border Agency has been working to remove all 33 men, 31 of whom were detained pending their removal. The illegal workers were arrested in enforcement operations by UK Border Agency and police officers in Middlesex, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Worcester, Wales, Merseyside and

Cornwall. The men were working illegally in restaurants and takeaways. A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: ““We will not tolerate illegal working, which undercuts wages and can exploit vulnerable workers. Foreign nationals who overstay their visas or otherwise abuse the UK’s immigration rules should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK. “Employers who think they can undercut competitors by employing illegal workers are warned that they face heavy fines and possible prosecution.”

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Together, the team raised more than £10,000 in sponsorship


delivering safe drinking water to people in Bangladesh. Syed said: “It was an honour to be par t of such a wonderful charity, especially as Bangladesh is the focus of this par ticular WaterAid challeng. Sanitation and safe drinking water are critical elements for a healthy life and SAVORTEX are proud to be supporting the Six Peaks for Bangladesh Challenge.” People wanting to support the Six Peaks for Bangladesh team should visit:

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