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JANUARY 2014

Jon Ashworth MP formally launches the Highfields Business Forum

Friday January 24 2014

Jon attended the launch of the Highfields Business Forum at the Highfields Centre.

Speaking ahead of the event Jon said: “The Forum is an excellent initiative to bring together businesses from Highfields and St Matthews. Not only can common issues be identified but the businesses will have a stronger and louder voice to be heard. The Belgrave businesses have shown what can be achieved by uniting together with one voice, and I’m confident the Highfields Business Forum will be as successful.”

The Highfields Centre has been delivering business support services in the area for the last year. Those gathered for the Business Forum launch heard from local people who have already received support, including Malcolm Fife who has been assisted to set up Muzik-I, a music and entertainments business.

Priya Thamotheram, Head of Centre, commented: “The launch of the Highfields Business Forum will provide a much needed opportunity for local businesses in the Highfields and St Matthews areas to come together and to have their voice heard in a way that has not been done before.”


 
Jon speaking at the launch next to Priya Thamotheram, Head of Highfields Centre
“It will also be an opportunity to find out how our new Leicester for Business support service, including the new Business grants, can assist with your particular business objectives and how in turn it can contribute to the betterment of our communities.”

The event on Friday was the first in a series of round table discussions on the issues facing local business, wioth local people volunteering to be on a ‘steering group’.
 
Jon taking questions from the floor, next to a representative of Belgrave Business Association
Photo above left, Jon speaking at the launch next to Priya Thamotheram, Head of Highfields Centre photo above, Jon taking questions from the floor, next to a representative of Belgrave Business Association
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Jon Ashworth MP visited Leicestershire Ethnic Elderly Advocacy Project (LEEAP)

Friday January 17 2014

Jon Ashworth MP met with Committee Members, staff and people who have used the service and their relatives

Speaking during the visit, Jon said: “It is clear that the Project provides an essential service to the elderly members of the community. The need for this service will continue to grow as family structures change and people leave their home city to find work and to settle down.”

LEEAP provides support, advice and advocacy for elderly members of the black and ethnic minority communities. It is a unique Project that is based within the communities that it serves.

One service user commented to Jon: “Although I am new to the Project it is very welcoming and there is a sense of belonging. The staff understand, and are sensitive to, the needs of the community.”

LEEAP has over a thousand service users and Jon heard about the different work the staff and Committee Members have undertaken including claiming welfare benefits, ensuring the City Council provides the necessary property adaptations to enable people to remain in their homes, applying for energy efficiency measures to help reduce energy bills and housing problems.

 
Jon answers questions with Padmini Chamund (Vice Chair), Nanubhai Patel (Secretary) and Councillor Manjula Sood MBE
Jon was joined on his visit to LEEAP by the Assistant Mayor for Communities, Councillor Manjula Sood MBE. Jon stated:

“It was a pleasure to come and visit the scheme with Councillor Sood and meet with the Committee Members, staff and service users and hear at first hand the need that the Project meets.”
 
Jon is presented with a garland by the Secretary of LEEAP, Nanubhai Patel , with the Vice Chair, Padmini Chamund
Photo above left, Jon answers questions with Padmini Chamund (Vice Chair), Nanubhai Patel (Secretary) and Councillor Manjula Sood MBE, photo above, Jon is presented with a garland by the Secretary of LEEAP, Nanubhai Patel , with the Vice Chair, Padmini Chamund
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Jon Ashworth MP chairs a Parliamentary meeting to develop a strategic business relationship between the UK and India

Wednesday January 15 2014
Jon Ashworth MP chaired a Parliamentary meeting of the Industry and Parliament Trust, UK India Business Council and prominent businesses to develop a strategic business relationship between the UK and India.

The meeting was attended by numerous Ministers and Members of Parliament, including Baroness Verma of Leicester, as well as business representatives from varying sectors.

The Director of Tata Limited, Dr David Landsman, spoke at the meeting, as well as representatives from companies such as Rolls Royce, Cox and Kings, Diageo, Tesco and others.

Jon said: “The whole point of this meeting was to see how we could improve our trade and investment relations with India. India is an emerging economic superpower, and our large Indian diaspora in Britain, particularly in the business world, means that we can contribute to that growth.”
 
“Leicester is an obvious example of how UK-India trade can work. We have a strong local business community that already has trading links with India, and if we can expand that it’d be great for the local economy.”

“But it’s not just in Leicester where I’d like to see this; I want to see trade and investment with India in all parts of the UK.”

India has had high levels of economic growth in the last decade. Its lowest level of GDP growth was 4.4% in the second quarter of 2013, but this rose again to 4.8% in the third quarter. Comparatively, Britain’s economic growth for those quarters was only 0.7% and 0.8%.

UK businesses have already been working to strengthen trade and investment with India. The UK Indian Business Council has opened its first business centre in Gurgaon, roughly 20 miles south west of New Delhi, and plans to open hubs in Mumbai and Bangalore in 2014.
 
Jon Ashworth MP chairs a Parliamentary meeting to develop a strategic business relationship between the UK and India
 
Jon commented further: “The facts speak for themselves. Businesses organisations are keen to develop these links further – the knowledge, expertise, and existing links we have in Leicester means that we can really contribute to and benefit from these developments.”

Jon Ashworth MP ‘takes a step’ against prejudice by signing the Holocaust Memorial Book of Commitment

Tuesday January 14 2014

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day this week, Jon Ashworth signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

Monday 27th January will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

 
Jon Ashworth stated: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We are proud that Jon is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. It is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.”

 

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Jon signiing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons

Jon Ashworth MP officially opened the Sue Ryder charity shop

Friday January 10 2014

Shoppers keen for some budget-friendly retail therapy will be able to bag some fantastic finds at the London Road store, which is located in a prime position, just two minutes from the train station.

Sue Ryder business manager Annette Wallis said: “Our fabulous new store will offer an excellent shopping experience, whether you're looking for clothing, handbags, books, furniture, DVDs, electrical items or any number of other shopping delights. Why not make it your first port of call when you arrive in town? Sue Ryder promises to be the place to shop in Leicester, with proceeds going to help Sue Ryder provide specialist hospice and neurological care.”

Led by shop manager Emma Harrowven, the Sue Ryder staff and volunteer team were on hand to show shoppers around the store, which was packed to the rafters with a great selection of quality second hand clothes, accessories, furniture, electricals and books as well as a wide range of new goods, including gifts clothing and dolls' houses. The new shop promises to be a treasure trove of bargains including special furniture and electricals department.

Jon Ashworth stated: “As well as helping to fund care for people with life-changing illnesses, this new Sue Ryder Shop provides volunteering and employment opportunities for local people. And after the expense of Christmas there will be lots of bargains for Leicester residents.”





 
Jon cutting the ribbon with people waiting to go into the shop and look for a bargain,
Money raised from the shop will help Sue Ryder to continue to provide local expert and compassionate care to people living with end of life and long-term conditions such as cancer, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and motor neurone disease.

There is a dedicated information point in the shop where shoppers will be able to find out more about what their money will be spent on and how they can join in other fundraising events and activities.

Shop manager Emma Harrowven said: “We are recruiting volunteers to help with everything from sorting and preparing stock to merchandising and sales and are also appealing for people to donate good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac. By supporting Sue Ryder in this way, local people can help us to make a real difference to the lives of the people we care for each year.”

 
Samira Jamaale (Assistant Manager), Jon and Emma Harrowven (Shop Manager)
Photo above left, Jon cutting the ribbon with people waiting to go into the shop and look for a bargain, Photo above, Samira Jamaale (Assistant Manager), Jon and Emma Harrowven (Shop Manager)
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Anyone wanting to join the volunteer team should email Emma at emma.harrowven@sueryder.org
or call 0116 2554376.

For further information about Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org

 
 
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