ANTI-BULLYING WEEK 2010 SCHOOL COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), based at NCB, is delighted to announce
the winners of the Anti-Bullying Week 2010 school competition.
Carolyn Fraser,10, from New Brighton Primary School, Wallasey, was
the key stage 2 winner and Hannah Stanger,13, from Thornhill School,
Sunderland, won the key stage 3 competition.
Children and young people were asked to design a screensaver based
on this year’s theme ‘Taking action together’. The competition was
designed to get pupils thinking about the issues ahead of the week,
which takes place 15 November to 19 November 2010 and was judged by a panel including
members of Young ABA.
Carolyn and Hannah’s winning designs have now been turned into
lively screensavers and desktop wallpapers that are available for
schools and youth groups to download from the ABA website.
Sue Steel, National Manager of ABA, said:- “We’re delighted to
have received more than 1,200 entries for the competition, which
displayed huge creativity and originality. Anti-Bullying Week 2010
offers a great opportunity to encourage children and young people,
teachers, parents and our communities to work together to stop
Carolyn Fraser, aged 10, said:- ‘'I am really happy I have won
this competition and I hope it helps children who are being
When she was told that she had won, Hannah Stanger, aged 13, said:-
“My heart was pounding and I felt nervous and happy at the
same time. I am so excited that my picture was chosen”
WICKED the musical, a long standing supporter of ABA and of
Anti-Bullying Week each year, has kindly offered Carolyn and Hannah
and their families tickets to see the show at the Apollo Victoria
Theatre, London. Carolyn and Hannah’s schools will also receive a
prize, a special pack of 50 Anti-Bullying Week hologram rulers, 100
Anti-Bullying Week pencils, 5 awareness raising posters and 500
To order your Anti-Bullying Week 2010 hologram rulers, pencils,
poster and sticker sets and ABA badges to help spread the message
that together we can take action against bullying, the shop at
or phone:- 0845 458 9910.
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businesses drive local recovery
Business Regional Impact Index in conjunction with Kingston
University, reveals that the North West is benefiting from the
contribution of its SMEs, and their optimism for the coming year.
The figures, based on an in-depth study of 1,000 owner managers
combined with qualitative analysis by Kingston University's Small
Business Research Centre, shows owner managers of small businesses
in the region have a broadly positive view of next year, with 53% of
firms in the North West expecting to grow.
Small businesses in North West England obtain 63 % of their supplies
from within the region, providing strong support for other
businesses in the area.
These firms are also contributing to the
region's economy by selling 32% of the goods and services produced
outside of the region, bringing additional revenue to the area.
However, over 66% of sales by these businesses are to customers in
the North West, higher than in any other region in Great Britain.
In addition, small businesses in the North West are actively engaged
in innovation, with 69% of firms bringing new products to the
industry, within the past 3 years. This has the potential to further
increase exports outside of the region in the future.
20% of SMEs in the North West are set to make investments in
training next year, suggesting a move to increase employee skills
and training to increase productivity. In addition, nearly a fifth
of firms are seeking to increase employee salaries in 2011 too,
perhaps to retain skilled talent.
Firms in the North West look set
to make important contributions to the graduate employment market
with 10% of firms looking to create full-time jobs. This suggests
that SMEs in the North West value the skills and knowledge of their
employees, and are investing in training for the local workforce.
Commenting on the findings, Professor Robert Blackburn, Small
Business Research Centre, Kingston University who developed the
Index said:- "Within the UK, 99.7% of all firms employ less
than 250 people and their importance to local and regional economies
as well as the national economy cannot be overstated.
Overall the analysis shows that small businesses make a major
contribution to their local and regional economies, particularly in
the North West where links to local customers and suppliers are
strong. However, whilst this localism is crucial to providing
opportunities for consolidation and growth, it is also important for
these businesses to look for customers and markets further afield if
they are to move to a next stage of development."
Ian Aitchison, Head of Local Business in the North West believes the
research provides further evidence that the contribution off small
businesses to the overall economy has never been greater.
Ian Aitchison said:-
"We hear a lot of rhetoric around the importance of small
businesses, but this analysis illustrates just what that means the
North West. Businesses in this region are focused on using local
suppliers and selling to local customers, and have also been
instrumental in creating local jobs.
Small businesses have contributed, and continue to contribute to the
resilience of local regions amid unstable economic conditions, the
credit crunch and public sector cutbacks. They are without question
the ones driving growth and creating jobs in every city, town and
village in the UK.
The UK's small businesses are demonstrating both a resilience that
is inspiring and an entrepreneurial drive to succeed even in