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Issue Date:- 7 April 2008

Nominations now open for ABF Tiger Awards

THE ABF Tiger Awards call for nominations is now open and all ethnic minority-owned businesses across the North West are being encouraged to participate.

The awards take place on Friday 20 June at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton and nominations can be made via the website.

Last year’s awards drew an audience of nearly 1000 guests and helped to raise over £6,500 for their chosen charity, Barnardo’s.

It is expected that this year’s awards will be an even bigger success for the ABF, with key-note speaker James Caan from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den helping to support and promote the event. Demand for tickets and table sales is expected to be high this year and early bookings are being encouraged.

Sponsorship for the awards has already been secured from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) for the Creative, Digital & Media Award, the Environment Agency for Sustainable Business of the Year, Manchester Metropolitan University for Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Business Link have sponsored the Business of the Year Award.

There are now 9 award categories, listed as Business Link Business of the Year, Business Personality of the Year, New Business Start-up of the Year, International Company of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Sustainable Business of the Year Award, Digital Media Company of the Year, Outstanding Woman in Business and Outstanding Customer Service Award.

The ABF’s Associate Director, Asif Sadiq, says:- “We’re looking forward to receiving this year’s nominations.

It’s an exciting time for the awards, we’re delighted to have secured the support of key partners from various sectors with additional award sponsors to be announced soon and look forward to extending a warm northern welcome to James on the night. 

Last year’s winners all received extensive coverage in the press, helping to raise their profile and providing a welcome boost to their sales.

We’re expecting to see a significant increase in nominations this year and are certain competition for winners in each of the award categories will be intense”.

Young motorists urged to put safety before price

YOUNG drivers need to consider safety before price when buying their first car. That’s the view of, after the Department for Transport released figures highlighting that one in six fatal road accidents concerning drivers under 25 involved at least one car over 12 years old.  The cheap run-around is a British institution for most new drivers, with first cars typically being vehicles that are coming to the end of their natural lives. This is seen to have many advantages, such as low initial outlay and cheap running costs, but drivers across the country may be unaware of the consequences they could face by driving older cars.  Cars over 12 years old are more likely to offer less protection in an accident. Indeed, prior to the late nineties and the common usage of EuroNCAP safety ratings, car owners were unaware of the performance of their vehicle in a crash and more importantly what levels of testing, if any, had taken place. Also airbags and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) were not common in smaller models, the staple car type of the young driver.  Research carried out by into the buying habits of first time drivers found that over half of those surveyed said that their cars were typically between eight and 20 years old, while 2/3rds of those surveyed said that their first car was bought for less than £1,000. 

Simon Palmer of, the online initiative that helps drivers dispose of their old cars, explains the importance of understanding the issues in older vehicles:- “Being positioned at the end of the vehicle lifecycle we are seeing first-hand the differences that modern technology has made to safety. While the cost factor will be an influence when young people are buying their first car, we urge everyone to make safety a crucial part of the decision.  Safety should be paramount and it is important that, as a nation, we get better at acknowledging when a car has reached the end of its useful life and also more knowledgeable about what to do with it when it does. Disposing of a car really is a simple process and one that we must all be more aware of. Drivers need to ensure that they take their cars to a registered Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) and that they are issued with a Certificate of Destruction to avoid unnecessary penalties, including DVLA fines.  If we all do this we can make the roads a safer place and ensure that, once a vehicle is handed over for disposal, it is processed safely and no longer poses a risk to anyone.”

Drivers are obligated under EU legislation to dispose of their vehicles at an ATF to ensure they go through the correct depollution process. Drivers can find their nearest ATF by visiting

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