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18 November 2010
Crimestoppers cracks down on counterfeiting in Merseyside
Crimestoppers launched a hard hitting campaign this week to tackle
counterfeiting and raise awareness of the more serious links it has
to organised crime. This coincides with the release of the new
Harry Potter Film and the best selling video game Call of Duty.
With Christmas approaching and the effects of the last recession
still hitting hard, there is often a greater temptation to buy fake
goods; however, few understand the consequences and serious
implications behind counterfeiting.
34% of people questioned in a You Gov survey in the North West
region said they have purchased an item believing it was authentic
only to later find out it was fake. 27% said they had knowingly
purchased a fake DVD.
Gary Murray, Crimestoppers North West Regional Manager said:-
“Christmas is a time when many are trying to find ways to reduce
costs. I would urge the public not to be tempted to buy often
cheaper fake goods. Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. The
consequences are far wider than the simple transaction. It can fund
serious crimes such as human trafficking and drug crime which can
harm our community. This is one of our most hard hitting campaigns
yet as we try to educate the public that what they perceive as a
bargain can lead to lives being destroyed.
Anyone with information about counterfeiting should call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the online
anonymous form on
With the publics help we can make big steps in cracking down on this
type of crime in Merseyside”
The campaign is being run with the support of the Home Office,
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Federation Against Copyright
Theft (FACT), the Bank of England, Film Distributors Association (FDA)
microsite has been produced which has
information on each strand of the campaign and information about the
serious organised crime links, harmful affects, fraudulent activity
Posters and leaflets will be distributed throughout Merseyside.
In Merseyside in the last 6 months Crimestoppers have received over
1598 pieces of information from the public. Local people can and do
make a real difference to the safety of their local community.
Don’t leave staff
holiday calculations until the last minute
A small business support group is
urging firms not to leave their 2010 staff holiday calculations
until the last minute. The Forum of Private Business is
calling on smaller companies to work out their employees’ holiday
entitlements now in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises at the
end of the year.
Due to repeated changes to legislation, calculating statutory annual
leave entitlements has become an increasing confusing process for
business owners over the years. Part-time staff, maternity leave and
sickness absence pose a particular problem for employers. As a
result, the Forum’s website provides free information on holiday
entitlement and a free holiday entitlement calculator.
However, the pages see a huge surge in traffic during December and
early January, when employers realise they need to make their
calculations before the end of the calendar year.
Suddenly discovering that employees are owed more leave than
anticipated often causes major problems for small to medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs). With a smaller pool of workers to absorb absence
among colleagues and greater fluctuations in overall company
workloads, SMEs are disproportionately vulnerable to staff shortages
when compared to big businesses. As a result, the Forum
believes that smaller employers should find out how much leave is
owed to their staff for 2010 as soon as possible – and also start to
plan ahead for staff holidays in 2011.
The Forum’s finance and administration director, Nick Palin, said:-
“If smaller businesses fail to keep tabs on how much leave
their employees are owed, it can lead to a lot of workers taking
their holidays at once, causing potentially damaging staff
Like many areas of employment law, the rules surrounding holiday
entitlements are complex. The legislation is particularly tricky to
interpret in areas such as sickness absence and maternity leave, so
it’s perhaps not surprising if business owners put off dealing with
the issue until they have to.
However, by leaving holiday entitlement calculations until the last
minute, employers are increasing the likelihood of staff shortages
and potential legal problems. This doesn’t have to be the case -
holiday entitlement calculators like the one on our website are easy
to use and should allow business owners to work out their employees’
entitlements in a matter of minutes.”
The calculator can be found under the ‘HR’ section of
website. Paying members of the
not-for-profit organization can also access expert advice on
employees’ holiday entitlements through the Forum’s helpline, along
with its ‘Practical Employer’ package.
The Forum provides its members with a range of other
employment-related products and services through its ‘HR Director’
business support solution.
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