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News & Views Mayor’s charity helped by local takeaway

The Mayor of Fareham’s charity recently enjoyed a boost to its fundraising efforts, when the Gandhi India Takeaway in the Hampshire townt donated a full day of

its earnings. The then mayor Councillor Trevor Cartwright and mayoress Ruth Cartwright paid a visit to the restau- rant to try out some of Gandhi’s popular dishes and receives a cheque for £602. Celebrating its 21st birthday in 2012, the takeaway has given a day’s worth of earnings to the mayor’s charity for the last four years. The restaurant’s owner, Mr Abu Suyeb said: ‘I would like to thank my cus- tomers who have supported our char- ity fundraising event. Many of them brought their weekly curry evening for- ward to support a great cause, it was

an excellent community event. I’m over the moon with how well it went. I like to do something good for the community, and I look forward to doing it again next year.’

Councillor Cartwright has since left his post but during his time in office was able to raise more than £40,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Toe in the Water and Warsash Wasps Sports and Football Club. He was recently suc- ceeded as mayor by Councillor Dennis Steadman, who will be raising money for Wessex Heartbeat.

Start Up loans support scheme gets backing

the young Richard Branson’s of the UK to have a go. This is why we are abso- lutely behind this project and are adding weight to it.”

Lord Young’s work didn’t stop there, with the PM’s advisor on enterprise also persuading former Dragons Den star James Caan to get behind the Government’s initiative to provide start up loans to young people across the UK.

The Forum of Private Business and the Government have joined forced on a new project which aims to support young entrepreneurs. The initiative will offer start-up loans of up to £2,500 to aspiring business leaders to help them realise their ambitions. Successful applicants to the scheme will enjoy access to its online Credit Control Guide, a telephone consultation with a business adviser and the equiva- lent of a 40% discount on membership to the forum. These new benefits were agreed after the small business support

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organisation met with the Government’s enterprise tsar Lord Young, and is the latest attempt to get more young people setting up their own business, which in turn will hopefully give a much-needed boost to the economy. It is only available to 18-24-year-olds, with business that do well having to pay back at peppercorn rates and those that fail not having to pay back anything at all. Phil Orford, the Forum’s Chief Executive said: “We think this new Government initiative is a fantastic opportunity to get


On appointing Caan as Chairman of the Board of StartUp Loans, Lord Young commented: “James Caan understands enterprise in this country and is pas- sionate about helping young people to have the tools they need to start their own business. He’s also someone who gets things done, and with him as Chairman of StartUp Loans, I am con- fident that we will be able to kick-start the businesses of many young entre- preneurs contributing to a new gen- eration of successful and growing UK small firms. ”

Sept/Oct 2012

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