Month: April 2014

How many engineers? 

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander Managing Director of C.E.A.C. Ltd [Seek] Hello, my name is Peter Campbell and I am the Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited. We help people from the Caribbean and around the world to make Britain their home legally, efficiently and hassle free.  As an immigrant myself, I have been exploring the British landscape and taking notes of ways things could be done better at the grassroots level. I have been making increasing progress in meeting decision makers as my company joined the London Chamber of Commerce in March of 2014. My first ever contact with a British politician was with the centrist Liberal Democrat Right Honourable Danny Alexander who happens to be an MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. I had the chance to ask him a question at a London Chamber of Commerce event hosted at the Chamber HQ on Queen Street in London on Tuesday 29th April 2014. I asked him [in light of the immigration debate], “How many engineers from the Commonwealth were ‘enough engineers’?” I quite admired his answer in terms of its technical adherence to how a politician should answer a question. He highlighted his party’s strong suits while highlighting the need to train up more British Pupils in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.  He however declined to put a specific...

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They just lost one

We hold the future in our hearts and as such the lost is not ours but theirs as they have missed an opportunity to contribute to something great.  Hello, my name is Peter Campbell and I am the twenty-four year old Managing Director of Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited.  I have some bad news for those in the Commonwealth who are waiting for the gates of Britain to open. Newham Council, one of the poorer London boroughs with a high concentration of Immigrants,  declined to fund Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited with a £2000 grant from a fund for disabled entrepreneurs. The grant would have been used for essential training for senior staff learning about the government procurement process. The song by Lauren Hill comes to mind, “You might win some but you just lost one.” Refusal The grant team gave what to me are semi-plausible explanations as to why they could not give the grant.  I have published the essence of their misgivings here as well as the rebuttal to their refusal. Their specific concerns included: ·         the value for money issue relating to services to be provided by our agency to the client ·         the risk to reputation of the company around partially guaranteeing loans taken out by clients with overseas banks for set up costs and flights, and general financial risks relating to the loans for the lenders...

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