Exhibitor Update Apr/May 2013 Issue 1

DOLLY FOLLY Exhibitors at the Brussels motor show were told earlier this year not to use women in body-hugging clothes, or few clothes at all, to sell their cars…

ORGANISER’S COMPANY BLOCKED FROM WINDING UP The compulsory winding up of exhibition organising company Business Exhibitions UK Ltd (No. 07429159)…

CO-LOCATION CONUNDRUM Given a trend for exhibition organisers to co-locate their shows in the same venue, on the same days is this a good thing for exhibitors? …

METRIC CONFUSION So is the area of your stand 6 square metres, or 6 metres square, and don’t they both amount to the same? …

BET THEY DIDN’T CHEAT, THOUGH. The owners of one of the world’s largest exhibition complexes, the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which also operates casinos…

LIFE SAVERS

Homeless charity St Mungo’s has had to open its London emergency shelter an unprecedented five times this winter, which includes the second-coldest March since records began. Government figures indicate that there were 5,000 more deaths this March than for the same period in previous years.

The shelter is used to save the lives of those sleeping rough, when temperatures drop to below zero for three consecutive nights and when all the permanent hostel beds are being used. They offer an emergency bed, a hot shower, hot food and clean clothes while the charity looks for more permanent accommodation. Continue reading

INSPIRATIONAL?

Animal welfare charities, such as Animal Aid, continue to attack horse racing, pointing out that nearly 400 animals are raced to death every year.

Especially targeted is the annual Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool, a long and dangerous race over jumps for the horses and one that makes considerable sums of money for those who knowingly risk the animals, and the bookies, media, sponsors and racecourses etc that all pocket a cut. Races involving jumps are far more hazardous than flat racing, resulting in one death for every 121 jump racing starts compared with one for every 2278 flat racing starts, or 18 times more. For this reason some racecourses in the UK have discontinued them, firstly Nottingham in 1996, then Windsor in 1998 and Wolverhampton in 2002. Continue reading

FORCES FOR GOOD – UPDATE

Christopher O’Neill, founder of the Forces for Good trust for wounded members of the armed forces, who used money granted to his charity by the Welsh Assembly to fund a lavish lifestyle, has been jailed for three years for fraud. See Charity Matters Feb/March 2013 Issue 47 FORCES CHARITY ROBBED BY FOUNDER.

Sentencing O’Neill, 51, on 20th February at Caernarfon crown court judge Niclas Parry told him:- “You have committed a wicked deception on the public purse”

PET CHARITY UNDER FIRE

Criticism has been levelled at the Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, Cambridge after the charity destroyed a donor’s golden retriever within hours of the donor’s death. (Mail Online)

Widow Lynda Hill had signed up for the charity’s Pet Promise Scheme in which Wood Green staff promise to try to find a new home for a pet if the owner is unable to look after it. In the event Mrs Hill was found at her home in Peterborough with her dog lying beside her after she had been dead for several days, and neighbours, used to seeing her walking the dog, became concerned and raised the alarm. Police breaking in to Mrs Hill’s home and finding her dead gave the dog food and water and played with it in the garden until it was collected by the charity. Continue reading

CHARITY EVENT TRENDS

Charities running events are moving away from balls, and hotels, and running a wider variety of events in a wider variety of venues.

These are two of the trends noted over the last 20 years by Mary Kay Eyerman, editor of the London Datebook charity magazine who notes that a number of charity sporting events are supplementing the London Marathon with more marathons, half-marathons, long walks, shorter walks for toddlers and bike rides. Events in hotels are being supplemented with some in livery halls, restaurants, art galleries, stately homes, and even prisons, ( good places to have Lord Archer at?) and all to offer donors somewhere different they might like to go to. Continue reading

HAVE A KIPPER

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has removed mackerel from its Fish to Eat list and placed the cheap oily fish, packed with Omega 3, on its Eat only Occasionally list. (Ethical Consumer magazine)

The charity says this is because mackerel have migrated into waters around Iceland and the Faroe Islands in search of their prey of squid and crustaceans, and are now being caught in vastly increased numbers by the fishing industries of these countries.

Those wanting to keep up their intake of Omega 3 are advised that sardine and herring are good sustainable alternatives to mackerel.

Another fish MCS have recently moved to their cautionary list is gurnard.

CHARITY SHOWCASE

Charities running events are invited to apply to attend a Charity Showcase event running at the Best Western Grand Hotel, Hartlepool on Friday May 3, 2013.

Guests will be able to network with local charities and learn how they have successfully run events at the hotel, as well as enjoy a four-course meal with wine, entertainment and a raffle. There will also be a showround of the function rooms at the Best Western Grand and a presentation of the special terms offered to charities by the hotel.

Tel 01429 266345 email [email protected]

Charity Matters April/May 2013 ISSUE 48

LIFE SAVERS Homeless charity St Mungo’s has had to open its London emergency shelter an unprecedented five times this winter, which includes the second-coldest….

INSPIRATIONAL? Animal welfare charities, such as Animal Aid, continue to attack horse racing, pointing out that nearly 400 animals are raced to death every year….

FORCES FOR GOOD – UPDATE Christopher O’Neill, founder of the Forces for Good trust for wounded members of the armed forces, who used money granted to….

PET CHARITY UNDER FIRE Criticism has been levelled at the Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, Cambridge after the charity destroyed a donor’s golden….

CHARITY EVENT TRENDS Charities running events are moving away from balls, and hotels, and running a wider variety of events in a wider variety of venues….

HAVE A KIPPER The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has removed mackerel from its Fish to Eat list and placed the cheap oily fish, packed with Omega 3, on its Eat….

CHARITY SHOWCASE Charities running events are invited to apply to attend a Charity Showcase event running at the Best Western Grand Hotel, Hartlepool….