Welcome to The Sentinel 100 - a collection of some of the most inspirational and influential people across our patch. This list, which was prompted by the popularity of The Sentinel Hot 100 Businesses list, is not comprehensive. How could it be? There are literally thousands of people across the Potteries and the wider region who inspire us, provide valuable leadership in many spheres, inspire us, consistently raise a smile, or are genuinely the glue that bind our communities together. You'll find new and familiar faces this year, and hopefully a few surprises... BISHOP GEOFF ANNAS Bishop of Stafford Bishop Geoff is responsible for the Stafford episcopal area – the northern two thirds of Staffordshire. He has spent most of his ministry in urban areas – a decade in south London followed by 16 years in Southampton before coming to Staffordshire in 2010. He was consecrated by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul’s Cathedral and … [Read more...] about Sentinel 100: Our most inspirational and influential people for 2019
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For 50 years the World Bank has been the arbiter in development matters. Its annual publication World Development Report sets the priorities, and propagates the jargon, concepts and issues that go into formulating the very concept of development. From the reduction of poverty so close to the heart of Robert McNamara (its president from 1968-81) (1), to good governance by way of structural adjustment and sustainable development, the World Bank’s successive agendas have shaped debate, directed research and created knowledge. When it was formed in March 1946 the bank was the fruit of a compromise between the public officials of the founding governments, who wanted to control the terms of trade and rates of exchange, and the Wall Street bankers who were keen to limit Washington’s influence over it. Initially concerned more with reconstruction than development, and with guaranteeing investments rather than making loans direct, its operations were the very essence of prudent … [Read more...] about Repackaging the World Bank
By Seán McCárthaighIn 1988, the then Minister for Finance, Ray MacSharry, claimed that a proposed Industrial Development Authority (IDA) grant of more than £660,000, for the Apple Computers plant in Cork City was “unwarranted” due to the company’s own enormous financial resources.State papers released under the 30-year rule show that Mr MacSharry opposed plans by the IDA — which were supported by his cabinet colleague, Albert Reynolds, the Minister for Industry and Commerce — to provide a grant of £661,500 to the US computer firm.He also objected to a proposal by the IDA to give four acres of land, worth £60,000, to Apple for free.The company wanted to expand its factory at Holyhill, Cork, and establish a European Repair Centre. It estimated that the expansion would create 60 jobs.The proposed IDA grant would be a 35% contribution to the £1.89m cost of the expansion.A memorandum for government showed Mr MacSharry had remarked: … [Read more...] about State papers 1988: £660k grant for Apple expansion ‘unwarranted’
PUBLISHED: 13:27 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 28 August 2018 Ross Bentley Bruce Burgoyne, creative director at Mackman Kerry Knight KBK Photography www.kerrybknight.co.uk Many modern businesses look to partner with local charities but what is the best way of supporting a good cause that will deliver mutual benefits over the long term? Banners inside St Peter's Sudbury designed by MackmanCorporate social responsibility, charity fundraising and volunteer days are all initiatives pursued by modern, progressive businesses.But what is the best way for a business to support a good cause beyond a one-off event? How should companies go about aligning themselves with charities and non-profit organisations that give them the best chance of developing a long-term, sustainable relationship that benefits both parties?Who better to ask than the team at Suffolk firm Mackman, which last year was visited by The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Geoffrey Probert, who … [Read more...] about What should a business look for in a charity partner?
By Eamon QuinnConfirmation that Ulster Bank has struck terms with a vulture fund for a major sale of its troubled mortgages with a face value of €1.4bn has reignited the debate over loan sales by Irish banks, with debt advocates again questioning if regulators should insist lenders writedown debt rather than selling on loans.Ulster Bank, which first unveiled its plan in May, said it had agreed on the sale of 2,300 non-performing home loans, and the disposal of a further 2,900 buy-to-let or investment home loans, to Cerberus, the US fund which is best known for its buying of distressed Irish commercial loans, including the controversial Project Eagle sale by Nama.Ulster did not disclose the hefty discount that usually applies in such sales by banks but said no loans currently subject to a home loans arrangement between the bank and borrower were part of the deal.The average span of arrears on the loans was almost seven years, the banks said, and affected customers would be … [Read more...] about Ulster Bank €1.4bn home loans sale sparks row