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Edition No. 200

Date:- 09 May 2005

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FOR some of us, the end of the month means counting the pennies until payday, but not for one Century FM listener, who has won £10,000 playing '10K Request' during 105.4 Century FM Breakfast with Darren Proctor.

Scott Henderson, 34 and a father of 2 from Southport, won £10,000 with 105.4 Century FM, simply by asking the radio station to play his favourite songs. To play "10K request" in association with Greggs the Bakers, all Scott had to do was to choose 3 of his favourite songs, one from the 80's, the 90's and from Now and fill in a £10K request form. 

Scott's winning 10K Requests were, Whitelines, Grandmaster Flash from the 80's, Lucky You - Lightning Seeds from the 90's and Keane, This Is The Last Time from Now. 

10K Request winner Scott Henderson was a bit lost for words when he found out live on air he had won, he said:- "Thank you so much, I just can't thank you enough, we can go and see my auntie in Australia now - I just want to say to everyone, Century FM is the best."

Regional Marketing Controller Stephanie Barker commented:- "£10K request is a unique competition which gives our listeners the chance to win £10,000 just for telling 105.4 Century FM what their favourite songs are! We're all really happy at 105.4 Century FM that Scott has won and we hope that he and his family enjoy spending the money" 

Do you know a volunteer worth a 'Royal Mint'?

YES nominatations opened this week for the public to choose 2,005 volunteers from across England to be awarded a prestigious Year of the Volunteer medal. The commemorative medal, produced by the Royal Mint, is being awarded as official recognition of the positive contribution made by volunteers.

Across the country more than 26 million people volunteer their time each year. Volunteers engage in a wide variety of projects that help their local community, from supporting homeless people, young offenders, disabled people and older people to improving the environment or looking after animals.

Nominations forms can be accessed online at until Monday 18 July, when an award selection panel will shortlist 2,005 volunteers to receive the Year of the Volunteer medal. Alternatively, nomination forms can be requested from CSV on 020 7812 0034. Volunteers can be nominated in different categories; Commitment, Impact, Inspiration, Innovation and Partnership.

Lord's Lieutenants and Lord Mayors will award the shortlisted volunteers their medals in a series of regional ceremonies to be held this autumn. Medal winners who make particularly outstanding examples of volunteering will be invited to a national awards ceremony, to be held in early 2006 at an exclusive location in London.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, Executive Director of CSV, a lead partner of the Year of the Volunteer, said:- "Volunteers' service should be positively recognised. The Year of the Volunteer highlights the impact that volunteers make every single day of the year and the medals are about showing their contribution to local communities. This is a chance for everyone to recognise a volunteer who is making a difference." 

Britain's only Theatre Ship to stage Noah's Ark as part of the Mersey River Festival

WALK the Plank will be returning to Liverpool in June after setting sail on the first leg of the national summer tour this week. After a month at sea the ship will drop anchor in Liverpool, with performances of a new production of the world's most famous nautical tale, Noah's Ark from the 7 to 16 June, to coincide with the Mersey River Festival.

Walk the Plank's production tells the story of Noah's grandchild who, left in control of the helm, finds herself tangled up in the chains of evolution. The intimate theatre on the aft deck of a former Norwegian cargo and passenger ferry creates an atmospheric setting for this creaking, ramshackle story of an Ark, along with wonderful puppetry and music, which combine to create a captivating family show in one of the most unusual theatres in the world. The team all live and work on board ship, with the actors heaving ropes and scrubbing decks; and the Captain helping to rig lights and fly scenery.

The strong creative team features a number of Liverpool theatre makers, written by Esther Wilson and Lee Beagley, who also directs, with design and puppetry by Anna Siegrot and Jo Pocock and music by Andy Frizell. The shows in Liverpool have been supported by the Liverpool Culture Company through the Mersey River Festival; and are part of a national tour, which takes in Tyneside during the Tall Ships, Portsmouth for the International Festival of the Sea, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland. 


DIRECTORS call for Government to cut red tape as a matter of priority. Research undertaken by the Factors and Discounters Association (FDA) released today reveals that red tape is one of the main business issues to give Directors of SMEs sleepless nights. 21% of SMEs in the North of England believe that removing the red tape burden would help their business to grow and they are calling on the Government to make it a matter of priority. 

Recruiting employees that they can trust is another issue that causes insomnia - over one third of businesses in the North of England, 37%, named that as a barrier to doing business. 18% also stated that employment issues such as increased maternity pay, reduction in income tax and an extra bank holiday would have a huge positive impact on their business. 

Lack of cash flow, how to gain finance and dealing with debt were also problems that kept 22% business directors in the North of England awake at night The FDA believes that if businesses were to use factoring or invoice discounting to free up the cash tied up in their sales ledgers, SMEs would find that they were better able to fund business expansion and plan for growth.

Kate Sharp, FDA Chief Executive commented:- "Many SMEs are finding it increasingly time consuming filling in forms to comply with Government administration. Cutting the huge mountain of red tape needs to go to the top of the Government's agenda in order to allow more SMEs to grow as well as relieve some of the burden put upon them." Sharp continues:- "Cash flow, financing and debt are also of huge concern for many SMEs, who are not sure where to turn for advice and support. With the average number of debtor days increasing from 57 days in 2003 to 60 days in 2004. SMEs are finding the general business environment much tougher. SMEs should turn to more innovative funding solutions, such as invoice discounting, to inject cash into their business."

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