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This guys achievement and involvement in media is truly amazing..

Enjoy, the 5 things you should know about him.

1). Simon is an artist manager, television producer and creator of the Idol franchise,Pop Idol in the UK and over 100 other versions including American Idol, Australian Idol, Canadian Idol, Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Indian Idol, Nouvelle Star, New Zealand Idol and World Idol.

2). Simon Fuller is also the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox TV reality show So You Think You Can Dance and other US and European TV shows. He is an executive producer of Little Britain USA, a TV show signed to HBO and BBC TV in 2008. He is the manager of performers and entertainers including David and Victoria Beckham, Claudia Schiffer, Annie Lennox, Andy Murray, Spice Girls, Cathy Dennis, Carrie Underwood, Will Young, David Cook and others. His brother is comedy writer and director Kim Fuller.

3). Simon Fuller sold 19 Entertainment to CKX, Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth over $200 million in March 2005.
Simon Fuller has managed the career of Annie Lennox since the release of her multi platinum, award winning album Diva in 1991. Lennox has sold 80 million records and has been called ‘the greatest white soul singer alive’ by VH1.

4). He has these different awards
* 2008 Humanitarian Honour, Black Ball
* 2008 Peter Grant Award, Music Managers Forum
* 2008 Visionary Award, Producers Guild of America
* 2007 Top Trend Setter, Forbes Magazine
* 2007 Green Award
* 2007 Emmy: Governor’s Award: Idol Gives Back
* 2007 100 Most Influential People In The World, Time Magazine
* 2006 Entrepreneur Of The Year, GQ Magazine
* 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
* 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
* 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
* 2003 Grammy: Album of the Year – Nominee

5). He has launched the Beckhams’ fashion label DVB brand which includes perfume and denim ranges. The Beckham’s fashion range has become one of the most successful celebrity lines in the world with a retail value in excess of $200 million.
Fuller later formed a joint venture partnership with David Beckham, and masterminded Beckham’s million dollar move to LA Galaxy in 2007.

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To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle. We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life.”

Sir William Osler, 1849-1919
Canadian Physician

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The award offers budding entrepreneurs aged 16-30 within the first 18 months of trading the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and receive a cash injection of £10,000 for their business.

Don’t forget to:
Vote for your favourite Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Award elevator pitch video

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It states the following via the website
Do you have an exciting idea about a new business or venture?

Through the Llwyddo yng Ngwynedd project, it might be easier than you think to turn your idea into a reality. This is a new project which builds on the success of the previous project, Llwyddo’n Lleol.

To be eligible to receive the support, you must live within rural Gwynedd (any part of Gwynedd except for Bangor), and priority is given to support:

* farming families
* young people between 20 and 30 years old
* children under 10 years old (through schools or clubs)
* community groups
* under-employed individuals (e.g. unemployed, disabled people).

The programme will be implemented through the medium of 4 projects:

1. Venture: A project which aims to awake the enterprising spirit within groups or individuals who have not ventured before. The support available includes:

* a bursary of up to £1,000 to trial or start a new venture
* sessions to help stimulate new venture ideas.
2. Enable: This project offers practical support to new businesses, small existing businesses who are venturing to a new field, or community groups who are based on a farm. The support available includes:
* practical support to develop skills and mentoring
* financial assistance.
3. Innovate: The project’s main focus in on developing innovative products, services and processes within rural businesses and farming families. The support available includes:
* support to stimulate and develop ideas
* market research for new products or services
* funding to commission the management of technical development and detailed business planning.
4. Gwynedd’s offer: This project concentrates on supporting and promoting Gwynedd’s main selling point – the quality of the environment and the local products. Support will be given to support local products and local supply chains, and more innovative ideas will be used as technical information points are developed and located across the county.

For further information, or to discuss your idea for a new business or venture, contact Gwynedd Council’s Skills and Regeneration Service on 01286 679774 / 01286 679729 or rdp@gwynedd.gov.uk

The project has been funded through the Welsh Assembly Government 2007-2013 Rural Development Plan.

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YHP Interviews the founder of common cents

james trick

Hello how are you doing today?

Amazing, getting interviewed always makes my day

What influenced you to start common cents?

James and I have always been interested in fashion and art. We decided that we didn’t want to settle for ordinary life styles and to take a risk. We also knew that Comon Cents could make a difference in the art and fashion industries for the better.

Do you have any concerns regarding your target market; some consumers might feel it’s only meant for youth?

Our clothing was designed for the youth of this generation as well as anybody who wants to support our cause. Our designs were meant to be loud and filled with energy. We want to capture the essence of this lost generation. We couldn’t do that if our designs looked like they were only for the mature audience.

Well nowadays, it often seems like there is a lot of option for clothing, each offering different displays of personality, what would u say makes yours different from everything else?

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Aside from our designs, we pride ourselves for what we are trying to accomplish with this clothing line. Not only do we want to create a successful brand, but also support the art world along the way. We plan on aiding schools who don’t have the funding to support their art programs. Art is one of the only ways people can express themselves and get away from the many troubles of the world around them.

So the name, common cents, why common cents?

We originally wanted to have the name Common Sense to show that we didn’t appreciate the lack of rational thought the world has right now. We spelled the name wrong to be a little symbolic in a way. We wanted to show that even we are lacking a little common sense ourselves ha-ha.

I see your clothing displays a lot of personality through art, can you tell me a bit more about the art. Is it done by you, can consumers have their art printed?

The art work is done by me; I have been growing up my whole life in a household filled with artists. My father was a singer, my brother an architect and my grandma was a painter. As for having other people submit their designs, we really want to make our mark on the art world first to get people to know what we are about and what our style is. Down the line though we plan on doing many collaborations.

Money is usually seen as a big issue for any entrepreneur, how did you manage to raise money for your venture?

kris searle singing

Saved up from work, nothing too special. You just have to be able to watch every penny you spend. When you have your own company you are always on a budget.

Your website is still under some construction, what should we be expecting when it all ready to go?

Right now the only thing under construction is the portion where we have the locations of the stores that are carrying our product. We want http://www.comoncentsclothing.com to really be a place where artists can meet and discuss what inspires them as well as post their own work.

How would we be able to get hold of common cents clothing?

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aconover@comoncentsclothing.com or jschiff@comoncentsclothing.com,

Were there any challenges u feel you faced while starting your clothing, if so, how did manage to pull through?

We had many bumps along the road. The hardest part was actually to find a good screen printer. Another was finding the best target audience to sell our clothing to.

Would you say art or clothing was more your passion?

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Art has always been a passion. Clothing really started to be part of my life as I grew up a little and realized that fashion was a form of art in its own.

So when you guys are not busy thinking up big ideas, what other things occupy your time?

Museums, music, and probably the beach.

So how are you finding the life as an entrepreneur?

It’s the most challenging thing either of us has ever done, but it’s certainly feels like you are living life to the fullest and on your own schedule which is amazing. You really have to be ready to be obsessive with what you are trying to do, if you breathe for a second you are already old news.

Where do you see common cents and your selves in the near future?

We hope that Comon Cents will be a name tied to the art culture itself and not just a clothing company. We want to make an impact, and make a difference for others.

Thanks for your time.

Interviewed by Michael Adeyemi.

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5 Things you should you know about this Jamaican-Canadian investor.

1). He is the founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc., a privately held investment company, he is currently Executive Chairman of AIC Limited (a Canadian mutual fund), and the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.

2). In the latest Forbes Billionaires List, he was placed at number 701, with assets worth around $1.0 billion, Canadian Business has named him as one of the richest people in Canada.

3). Portland purchased 75 per cent of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica for 6 billion Jamaican dollars (US$127 million) from the Jamaican Government, other companies he owns/manages includes:
* AIC Limited – http://www.aic.com/
* Columbus Communications –
* Cable Bahamas – http://www.cablebahamas.com/
* Caribbean Crossings – http://www.caribbeancrossings.com
* Columbus Communications Jamaica Ltd. / Flow Jamaica – http://www.flowjamaica.com/
* FibraLink – http://www.fibralink.com/
* CVM Television Group – http://www.cvmtv.com/
* Merit Communications – http://www.meritcom.net/
* New World Network – http://www.nwncable.com/
* Americas Region Caribbean Optical-ring System (ARCOS)
* Sauce Cable Company
* Affordable Enterprise Ltd.
* Cabana Cable Ltd.
* Dynamic Corp, a company in the making Eastern Cable Network Ltd.
* Home Commercial Satellite Ltd.
* Universal Cable Network Ltd.
* Columbus Communications Trinidad Ltd/Flow Trinidad – http://www.flowtrinidad.com/
* Columbus Communications Grenada Ltd/Flow Grenada – http://www.flowgrenada.com/
* Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Company (ECGPC)
* National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB) – http://www.jncb.com/
* Radio Jamaica – http://www.radiojamaica.com/
* Reggae Beach (resort), Jamaica
* Senvia – http://www.senvia.com/
* Total Finance Bank of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd.
* Trident Hotel (Resort) – http://www.tridentjamaica.com/

4). In 2002, Lee-Chin received the ‘Harry Jerome Award’ for ‘Business Leader of the Decade, Time Magazine named Lee-Chin one of ‘Canada’s Heroes’ in July 5, 2004.

5). He is also a generous philanthropist, Donation includes: C$5 million to McMaster University (which he attended)which awarded him an Honorary Degree in November 2003.
JMD$155 million (approx. USD $2.4 million) to Northern Caribbean University.
C$30 million to the Royal Ontario Museum which commissioned a new building named the Michael Lee Chin Crystal

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The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses.
No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.
The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey –
and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.
This is the day your life really begins.”

Author Unknown

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