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Going for gold with hospitality

Jonathan Cocke Senior Vice President IMG

Hospitality is an effective tool that can help to create, strengthen and enhance your business relationships. Business is now increasingly

conducted via remote platforms and hospitality provides valuable face to face time with existing clients and new prospects. In addition, it can be beneficial in motivating and rewarding your workforce. The London 2012 Olympic

and Paralympic Games is fast approaching and in less than 250 days, the Opening Ceremony will take place at the Olympic Stadium. From athletics to water polo,

you and your guests could enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the greatest show on earth. With London only an hour away by train from Birmingham and official Prestige Ticketing on-site hospitality packages from just £345 + VAT per person, can you afford not to be there? Next summer the eyes of

the world will be on London. Who will be entertaining your most important clients at London 2012? IMG has access to some of the biggest events in the UK hospitality calendar in 2012 and beyond. We would be pleased to meet with you to discuss how hospitality can benefit your business and create the ultimate mix of entertainment opportunities to suit your individual needs. Availability is limited for London 2012 hospitality.

For more information, contact IMG today: 020 3048 2012, or visit /London2012

IMG has been appointed as an Authorised Sales Agent by Prestige Ticketing Ltd for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Firm leads call for tax credit for entrepreneurs


ccountancy firm, RSM Tenon is championing the cause of entrepreneurs. The Birmingham

company has published a report which highlights the key challenges that entrepreneurs face. Chief executive Andy Raynor said he wanted to

get straight to the heart of what makes a successful entrepreneurial business grow. He said: “We believe much more needs to be done to support the efforts of the entrepreneur and reward them.”

The survey focuses on entrepreneurial businesses with annual revenues of between £5m and £75m. Firms of all sectors are represented, as are all regions of the UK. The findings show that 68 per cent of entrepreneurs believe that abolishing the top 50 per cent band of income tax would do much to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK. Entrepreneurs believe that they should be recognised and rewarded for the contribution that they make to the economy.

‘We believe that entrepreneurs will lead this country out of recession’

In response to this and in agreement with them, RSM Tenon is calling on Government to relax tax on entrepreneurs and is aiming to achieve 100,000 signatures by April 2012. Alan Webb (pictured), regional managing director

at RSM, said: “We believe that entrepreneurs will lead this country out of recession. We’ve heard all the calls for the top rate of tax to be reduced to 40 per cent but we think entrepreneurs may deserve an even bigger incentive. We want an Entrepreneurs Tax Credit based on the jobs they create. “We’ve done our calculations and we think that by

reducing tax on entrepreneurs when they create employment the State will gain considerably..”

To support the campaign sign the petition at

Afia’s festive twist on the samosa

Christmas and turkeys are inextricably linked, of course, but here’s a first: turkey samosas. The samosas are the brainchild of Birmingham entrepreneur Afia Akram, who has a cottage industry based in Selly Oak selling Indian home cooked foods. As well as samosas, Afia’s

produces a range including pakoras, pickles and chutney – and also cooking ingredients such as pure tamarind. The company’s main routes to

market are individual party orders, and also farmers’ markets. Ninety five per cent of the

company’s products are samosas, and the turkey version – which has a filling of either cranberry or sage and onion – is a limited edition for the festive season. “It’s first come, first served – and when they are gone, they are gone,” said Afia, who currently produces everything sold through the business, with help from mum Rukhsana. Afia’s was launched two years

ago, and is a business that developed out of a hobby. The business is currently based at Afia’s


Afia Akram

home, but she has plans in the New Year to move to an industrial unit near the city centre. Afia is hoping that the turkey

version of the samosas will prove to be a festive hit, and is ready to offer Chamber members a ten per

cent discount on the tasty treats. Further, she is also going to make a donation to charity from sales.

Anyone who wants to sample the samosas should contact Afia on 07974 669194

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