ANNUAL CHARITY WALK RIVALS LONDON MARATHON!!!
YOU can just
imagine the reaction to this headline! But hold on just a moment...
Yes, London has more
participants, yes, it's further, and yes, more money is raised for
charities and good causes.
BUT, even though we don't have the TV cameras on every corner, and
the sky is empty of helicopters, the Walkers in the Southport Rotary
Annual Charity Walk are just as dedicated, just as motivated, and
just as keen to do good as their colleagues in the bigger events.
AND there is one enormous advantage to the Annual Charity Walk. If
you want to walk, you can. There's no balloting for places, no worry
whether you'll get in. Your Walk awaits!
The Walk starts from Heaton's Bridge Inn at 10am on Sunday 13 May
2007, so there are just three weeks left. Three weeks to complete
the sponsorships, look out the comfy shoes, and arrange transport to
the start and from the finish.
But there is one deadline which is even closer. The closing date for
reduced entry fees, and participation in the FREE £100 draw, is 1
May 2007. You can still register and take part right up to the Day,
of course, but that £100 prize won't be yours!
This year we decided to add a little spice to the Walk. Everyone who
starts the Walk will be given, entirely free of charge, a copy of
the Walk Quiz. Ten questions about the canal, the buildings and the
countryside. Just keep looking around you as you walk, and the
answers to the Quiz will appear, just like magic. The questions will
be in order, so once you have found the first answer you should
start looking for the second, and so on!
Fill in the answers, hand in the Quiz sheet when you leave the Walk,
and maybe you will be the lucky winner of a £100 prize. If you win,
the money will be yours to do with as you like.
Most of the information you will need can be found on our
Click on 'Charity Walk' and everything will be
You can see on our
website whether there are any last minute hitches (there aren't at
the moment!) and check on the weather... though with only a five-day
forecast, our information isn't that good until nearer the day!
You can also download and print off Registration and Sponsorship
forms, and read all about where to go and what to do.
If you would like to talk to a real person about anything to do with
the Walk, please give us a call on 07906 594144.
If we aren't there
when you call, we will ring you back. Alternatively, send us a
and we'll respond.
companies outstrip Europe's
with thanks to the Department of Trade and Industry
largest companies are continuing to outperform their European
competition, with those investing more in research and development
or new equipment tending to be more successful.
The Department of Trade and Industry's 2007 Value Added Scoreboard,
released on 23 April 2007, shows UK companies dominating the list,
with 210 of the 750 biggest value adding, or wealth creating, firms
The annual scoreboard uses 'value added' by companies,
or the difference between sales and cost of bought-in
materials/services, as a measure of businesses' economic
contribution. It uses value added per £1 of staff and depreciation
costs, or 'wealth creation efficiency', as a key performance
Over the last four years, large UK-based companies have had higher
profitability, faster value-added growth and higher wealth creation
efficiency than their French and German equivalents.
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling, said:-
"The UK is home to some of the world's best companies and it's
a good place to do business. As the recent Budget shows, the
Government is backing business and helping the UK to stay on top.
Of course, innovation is key to business success. That's why we're
enhancing R&D funding for business, raising skills and improving
access to world markets for UK-based companies."
Analysis shows that the most successful and sustained wealth
creation results from ongoing investment particularly in areas like
innovation and skills.
One reason for the UK's high performance has been its strength in
high-value sectors such as financial services and oil and gas. But
strong performances by individual UK companies within these and
other sectors have also played a part.
The scoreboard lists the value added, or wealth created, by the top
750 European companies and the top 800 UK companies.
Key findings include:-
* Value added based measures continue to provide some predictive
power for investors. Shares in 19 high performing companies
identified in the 2003 Scoreboard are now worth 166 per cent more on
average; the FTSE 350 index has risen by only 89 per cent.
* 55 per cent of value added is concentrated in the top 100 of the
750 European firms, while 45 per cent is found in six out of 39
sectors (Banks, Oil and Gas Producers, Automotive, Fixed-Line
Telecoms, Electricity, and Travel and Leisure).
* French companies are ahead of their German counterparts in wealth
creation efficiency, but behind UK firms.
Companies of all sizes can use the DTI's value added calculator to
check and set a benchmark for their own performance.