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News & Views Sun Mark honoured with enterprise award

Over 150 prominent members of soci- ety – including HRH Prince Edward – recently attended a special gala dinner hosted by the Institute of Export in honour of UK business that have been conferred with The Queens Awards for Enterprise in International Trade in 2012.

Among the big winners of the eve- ning was Sun Mark, which enjoyed special recognition for winning the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade four years in a row, a unique achievement in the history of the Queen’s Awards. The Institute’s National Chairman, Doug Tweddle,

presented the award to Dr Rami Ranger MBE, the founder and chairman of Sun Mark, who credited his success to the British sense of tolerance and fair play. This, he said, had allowed an ordinary immigrant like him to realise his ambi- tions and become an asset to his family and adopted country.

Ranger also praised his staff for working hard and sharing the company’s vision, which enables it to deliver the excellent customer service it is renowned for. The company exports British super- market products to over 100 countries and its motto is “we only succeed when our customers succeed”.

Blue Orchid celebrates anniversary

One of Amersham’s favourite Thai res- taurants, Blue Orchid, celebrated its 6th anniversary in June this year. To mark the occasion, the restaurant put on an extravagant meal for a selection of VIP guests, including Amersham’s Mayor Mimi Harker and the head of the Bangladesh High Commission, Rashid Choudhury. They were joined by some of Blue Orchid’s regular diners, who were there to toast the success of the pop- ular Buckinghamshire restaurant.

There were also Thai dancers at the venue to entertain guests in between courses. The restaurant was launched in 2006 by Amir Khan and, since then, has established a reputation for serving a high quality selection of authentic Thai specialities. The Blue Orchid has enjoyed a great deal of acclaim from food critics, including a highly coveted restaurant award from the Ministry of Commerce Thailand. It has also been voted ‘Best Restaurant in the

County’ as well as ‘Best Restaurant in Amersham’.

Britons waste millions a year

The country may be experiencing a double-dip recession but the people of Britain are still indulging in high levels of frivolous spending, according to protection specialists Bright Grey. The company’s Financial Safety Net Report found that over £1,431 million a month is spent on unnecessary products and luxuries across the country. This would indicate , the company suggests, that despite the economic climate, Britons are still not looking after their money.

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The report found that the average person claims to fritter away £28.90 every month, with one in 20 believ- ing that they waste at least £100 every month. Bright Grey’s proposition director Roger Edwards commented: “It is somewhat alarming that during a period when people fear for their finan- cial future, the average person is still wasting nearly £30 a month through simply not taking care of their cash or spending it unwisely. “

Sept/Oct 2012

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