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From Iain Dale’s blog, The Daily Telegraph has followed up ConservativeHome's story about the new company the Conservatives have appointed to run their conferences. It is called Fingerprint Conferences and was only set up in November. One of its principals is Azahar Hussein, who was also a key staff member of CCO Conferences and has effectively run the commercial exhibition at the conference for the last three years. A likeable and cheerful chap, Azahar will bring a great degree of enthusiasm to the task ahead, but one can't help wondering if this is a change of name rather than a change of personnel. Tim Montgomerie is asking questions to CCHQ about how this potentially lucrative contract was awarded, but has so far received no answers. NO CHANGE OF PESONNEL THERE THEN? The Press Release which CCHQ originally posted and then pulled said, Sharma Hussain Director said, ‘Fingerprint events is honoured to be awarded the contract’. (Note Director but as according to Companies House not a Main Board Director). The Release also reveals Sharma Hussain ‘was formally with events agency Octopus for over six years’ Octopus is a genuine events agency and its website (http://www.octocomm.com/people.htm#) has a profile on Shama Shama Hussain is Director of Operations for Octopus Communications. Shama is responsible for the company's account and logistics team and ensures that all standards are adhered to and that events are delivered to the highest possible levels. Shama has full responsibility for managing delivery of the company's key accounts including GAM (UBS) and De Beers Trading Company. Shama has worked at Octopus Communications for over 6 years and has more than 11 years front line experience in the event management industry. Prior to joining Octopus Shama was an integral member of the team that delivered the Millenium Dome Celebrations in January 2000. Shama has personally delivered over 75 events in 16 countries. …..an integral member of the team that delivered the Millenium Dome Celebrations in January 2000??? WAS THIS THE SAME TEAM KNOW AS LIVE PRODUCTIONS RUN BY MIKE LOCKETT WHO HAPPENS TO RUN AND OWN CCO CONFERENCES LTD? IS THIS THE SAME TEAM AND SAME MIKE LOCKETT REFERRED TO IN THE FOLLOWING HANSARD FROM 24TH MARCH 2000? IF SO THEN NO CHANGE OF PERSONNEL THERE THEN?! IF SO THEN FINGERPRINT ARE A REINVENTION OF CCO CONFERENCES LTD. 24th March 2000 Millennium Dome Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much Live Productions are being paid for their role in the opening ceremony of the Dome; if the penalty clause in their contract has been activated; and if he will make a statement; [104523] (2) if he will set out the remuneration package for Michael Lockett in respect of his role as Project Director for the opening ceremony of the Dome, including details of bonus payment arrangements. [104522] Janet Anderson [holding answer 13 January 2000]: Early on in the considerations about the Dome Opening Celebration (DOC) NMEC decided that the event should be developed and managed in-house. The main factors influencing this decision concerned security, budget and the need to work closely with many of NMEC's existing creative and technical team whose duties also included delivery of the public opening of the Dome on 1 January. Mr. Michael Lockett (Chairman, Live Communication) was consultant project director. Fixed monthly fees were negotiated for Mr. Lockett and for those of his staff who supported him. NMEC established from the outset that the agreed fixed fees compare favourably with those applying in the major event organisation market. In developing and managing the delivery of the DOC, Mr. Lockett and his team worked as an integral part of NMEC's in-house team. Bonus payments are not applicable to any of the Live Communication personnel; final payment for the DOC work they undertook is being made following the normal process of invoice approval by the client. The contract is subject to normal resolution procedures.
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The registered company address of Fingerprint Events is 117 Lea Street, Kidderminster. This happens to be the office of a Chartered Accountant and Conservative activist called Roy Lote who stood for the Brinton Park ward of Kidderminster in 2001. Roy is a decent family man but to the best of my knowledge has no history in the events business. Valedictoryan says The director and Secretary are the company formation agents. This is bog standard for an off-the-shelf company registered only two months ago - there's nothing even slightly whiffy about this. Nonsense! The purpose of setting up a company is to make money. The people who do this are the directors of the company who own shares in it and receive dividends. Companies House reveals no share capital has been issued to the Hussains. This is unheard of. WHO OWNS THE SHARE CAPITAL OF FINGERPRINT EVENTS? Valedictoryan says Nor is there anything whiffy about the registered address being their accountant's. The Hussains live in London. The accountant’s address is in Kidderminster which is 130 miles and nearly 3 hours drive from London. Roy Lote is an accountant registered at this address. Coincidentally he has connections to the Tory Party. CAN THE PARTY COME CLEAN? IS ROY LOTE MOVING INTO THE CONFERENCE TRADE? IF NOT WHY HAS HIS BUSINESS ADDRESS AGREED TO FRONT THE COMPANY?
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Re yesterday's announcement on new conference organisers for Conservative Party events and conferences - THE PLOT THICKENS....The press release on the Party’s website refers to "newly formed events agency Fingerprint Events Ltd". Newly formed indeed - Fingerprint was formed 6th Nov 2006. There is no website and no humans feature on its main board of directors - the Hussains certainly do not. The main Board of Directors are unusually ‘Company Directors Ltd’ and ‘Temple Secretaries Ltd’. Yesterday Umbrella Man posted: “Central Office has a poor record with contracts and it is essential that this contract was agreed in a transparent way after an open bidding process. Otherwise there will be suspicions that the party has not got value for activists' money and may has chosen a seemingly friendly company rather than the best company.” The registered company address of Fingerprint Events is 117 Lea Street, Kidderminster. This happens to be the office of a Chartered Accountant and Conservative activist called Roy Lote who stood for the Brinton Park ward of Kidderminster in 2001. Roy is a decent family man but to the best of my knowledge has no history in the events business. A major event such as the Tory Party conference would cost a large amount of activist’s cash to put on – obviously the events company would have to have much credibility and experience in staging conferences. The company Fingerprint Events has been around for less than 2 months and no-one has ever heard of them. Fortunately Robert Ashman, Head of Conference at the Conservatives acknowledges a change in events agency and said: "2006 has been a turning point for the Party in many ways - leadership, polls and even a new logo and this momentum is set to continue. The change in events agency is to inject creativity, new practices and efficiency to the Party's live events. We are delighted with the selection and look forward to working with the team at Fingerprint." A change of events agency…? Could be worth having a look at their documents of incorporation to get further into this fishy smell….. http://ukdata.com/creditreports/ viewCompanyDetails.do? companyId=05989399&full=1
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2006 on Friday 29th December 2006 at ConservativeHome
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Re new conference organisers for Conservative Party events - the press release on the Party’s website refers to "newly formed events agency Fingerprint Events Ltd". Newly formed indeed - Fingerprint was formed 6th Nov 2006. There is no website and no humans feature on its main board of directors - the Hussains certainly do not. The main Board of Directors are unusually ‘Company Directors Ltd’ and ‘Temple Secretaries Ltd’. Yesterday Umbrella Man posted: “Central Office has a poor record with contracts and it is essential that this contract was agreed in a transparent way after an open bidding process. Otherwise there will be suspicions that the party has not got value for activists' money and may has chosen a seemingly friendly company rather than the best company.” The registered company address of Fingerprint Events is 117 Lea Street, Kidderminster. This happens to be the office of a Chartered Accountant and Conservative activist called Roy Lote who stood for the Brinton Park ward of Kidderminster in 2001. Roy is a decent family man but to the best of my knowledge has no history in the events business. A major event such as the Tory Party conference would cost a large amount of activist’s cash to put on – obviously the events company would have to have much credibility and experience in staging conferences. The company Fingerprint Events has been around for less than 2 months and no-one has ever heard of them. Fortunately Robert Ashman, Head of Conference at the Conservatives acknowledges a change in events agency and said: "2006 has been a turning point for the Party in many ways - leadership, polls and even a new logo and this momentum is set to continue. The change in events agency is to inject creativity, new practices and efficiency to the Party's live events. We are delighted with the selection and look forward to working with the team at Fingerprint." A change of events agency…? Could be worth having a look at their documents of incorporation to get further into this fishy smell….. http://ukdata.com/creditreports/ viewCompanyDetails.do? companyId=05989399&full=1
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2006 on Thursday 28th December 2006 at ConservativeHome
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