Who says privacy has to be so boring?

LONDON, UK – A new privacy accessories start-up called takecvr (take cover, get it?), built in lockdown during the pandemic, has launched on Kickstarter with their, shall we say, gorgeous Macbook camera covers.

PR PEOPLE: “Sarah, all the angles you’ve listed for your press release aren’t news. No one will care.”

SARAH, FOUNDER OF TAKECVR: “But isn’t it fascinating that we built this whole company working from home while on lockdown in a pandemic?”

PR PEOPLE: “Not news.”

SARAH: “But now more than ever, people are working from home on their laptops and creating more opportunities to embarrass themselves in front of their cameras and letting hackers do their hacking thing. Didn’t you hear about that guy who showered in front of his whole company? We make a fun product that solves this problem.”

PR PEOPLE: “Yeah, still not news.”

SARAH: “But Apple just said that people shouldn’t use those ugly black slidey things to cover their camera because it will break their expensive laptops. Shouldn’t people know there’s another option?”

PR PEOPLE: “Hmmm… unfortunately not news.”

SARAH: “What if we raise a million pounds on Kickstarter?”

PR PEOPLE: “Wow, you raised a million pounds? That’s news.

SARAH: “Well, not yet, but it would help if we got some press to drive awareness for takecvr and the Kickstarter campaign.”

At takecvr, we make privacy accessories that aren’t ugly. Sound boring? We know. That’s half of what we are trying to fix, starting with some exciting Macbook camera covers. Also, not news. Yes, we know.

If for some reason, you want to write about this “not news” and help us get to that million pounds, here is our launch video, and here are some beauty shots.

We are takecvr. We design privacy accessories with personality because we believe it’s not crazy to be serious about privacy and security AND have fun. We’re a pandemic start-up, comprised of just a handful of people (mostly unemployed), working from home (like many of you), in a business that launched in eight weeks. All because we believe our new normal doesn’t have to be boring or scary.

We’re getting started with our Macbook camera covers as it’s the biggest crime against design humanity. We’ve seen what folks have been using to cover their laptop camera – (tape, Post-It notes, cheap plastic).

Come join the fun on Kickstarter:

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LIAACC launches campaign to Rebuild Black Businesses in New York

African American Chamber of Commerce LIAACC launches campaign to Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business In New York State 

2019 New York District Office of the United States Small Business Administration 2019 Small Business Champion LIAACC (LI African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.) 

New York, New York – African American Chamber of Commerce LIAACC launches campaign to Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business in New York State.  As New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) has raised the bar for what it means to be a black chamber in New York State. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. serves the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.

LI African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. President addressing attendees during National Small Business Week in NYC on the occasion of being named 2019 Small Business Champion

As the New York District Office of the United States Small Business Administration 2019 Small Business Champion for 14 counties in Downstate, New York we will be engaging in significant outreach to small business owners to join our chamber efforts to rebuild black businesses in New York.

Since it’s inception our chamber has actively provided a wide variety of programs and activities geared towards increasing our member’s capacity to grow their respective business enterprises to the next level.

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. looks forward to chronicling the success of small business owners who will be the beneficiaries of our Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business Campaign in York State. 

Overview of Long Island African African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“At the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. we believe our chamber will have a substantial impact on both the scope, size, and growth of small business owners in the region for many years into the future. 

One of our goals at the chamber is to do outreach to the communities in our region to provide them compelling information why small business owners should join the chamber.
It is a well-known fact throughout the United States that a chamber of commerce is one of the most recognizable and influential organization in markets across America.” Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

For more information regarding Membership, Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities, or to be placed on the email list of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. email us today at or call us @ 347-475-7158.  Visit our chamber online at

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Number crunching: Kent accountants support foodbank campaign

Charter Tax Collects For Local Food Bank

If you have a warm, comfortable home and a roof over your head, you’re lucky.

The team at Kent and London accountancy firm Charter Tax know this – which is why they’ve been supporting less fortunate families through a West Kent foodbank.

Accountants at the company’s Kent office just outside Goudhurst supported the Nourish Community Foodbank’s 12 Days of Christmas campaign during the run-up to the festive season by bringing in a daily item of food to donate.

Nourish helps people in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas – not just by providing food, but by supporting them and putting them in touch with other organisations who can help them, whether with finding employment or learning to cook, budget and eat a healthy diet.

Since it was set up in 2012, the charity has provided more than 160,000 meals. Just £3 buys a meal for someone in need.
Dawn Stanford, Nourish’s operations manager, explained: “In 2018 we had a referral for two teenage girls who were unexpectedly bereaved. They had no extended family and had been surviving for several weeks with limited food.

“We were able to step in, fill their cupboards with food essentials and, thanks to offers of help from some of our wonderful long-term supporters, we could make sure they had a Christmas Day meal without having to worry about food.”

Recipients have to be referred to the foodbank by someone like a health professional or police officer to ensure they’re genuine, and normally are allowed a maximum of 12 food parcels in a year. In 2017-2018, two thirds of people who used the foodbank did so three times or less.

Janet Pierce, Charter Tax’s founder and principal, said:“We try to do as much as we can to support good causes. In the past we’ve supported the Hospice in the Weald, Tax Help for Older People, Movember, the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Help for Heroes and the Calverley Adventure Grounds play area in Tunbridge Wells.

“We chose to help the foodbank this year because we feel it’s a big problem. A study by Heriot-Watt University for the Trussell Trust estimated that one in 50 UK households used a foodbank in 2018-19 – and that the average income of those households was £50  a week after rent.

“The team at Charter Tax know we’re lucky, because we don’t have to worry about whether we can feed ourselves and our kids from week to week. This feels like the least we can do.

“Anyone can fall on hard times, and if any of us were in that situation, we’d hope others would be generous to us.”

Founded in 2009, Charter Tax works with a variety of clients, both individuals and businesses, in the UK and internationally. We help with everything from VAT and company accounts to finance for couples who are getting divorced, and specialise in international tax, including company expansions abroad, offshore trusts and tax for non-doms.

Call us at our Kent office on 01580 313108, or visit us at Suite 1, Bedgebury Business Park, Forge Farm, Goudhurst TN17 2QZ. Or contact our London office at 1 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NP or on 020 7084 5771.

To find out more about the Nourish Community Foodbank visit

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Charter Tax to support Twinkling Stars campaign

The accountancy firm, Charter Tax, which has offices in Goudhurst and London, is supporting the Twinkling Stars campaign (part of the East Kent Hospitals Charity) as its chosen charity over the coming year.

Twinkling Stars is behind the creation of a Maternal Bereavement Suite at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, which opened in July 2018.

The Twinkling Stars Suite provides a safe haven, adjacent to the labour ward, for mothers who have lost their baby and a place where the family can spend time together to say goodbye. Calming colours and quality, soft furnishings create a comfortable setting, with a kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. The room is situated within the Maternity Department, so mothers remain close to the medical team but away from families who are celebrating the birth of a baby. Families are looked after by a designated midwife with special bereavement training.

A couple from Charter Tax were recently supported by Twinkling Stars and say: “They looked after us from the moment we got to the hospital to the moment we left. They couldn’t have done more for us and also offered support after we got home. Without this charity, we would have been on the main labour ward giving birth with all the other mums. This organisation makes such a huge difference to the emotional wellness of the people involved and we can’t praise and thank them enough.”

Dee Neligan, Fundraising & Development Officer at East Kent Hospitals Charity and Jo Olagboyega, Maternity Matron, visited the Charter Tax office recently to tell the team more about Twinkling Stars and, while there, Mark Howard, Principal at Charter Tax, presented them with a cheque to kick-start the year of fundraising.

While the suite is now in existence, the next goal is to create a separate entrance to the labour ward and to redesign one of the labour rooms to make it less clinical. Charter Tax will be raising money to support this initiative and any funds raised by the team over the next year, will be matched by the firm.

Photo supplied showing: (left to right): Jo Olagboyega, Maternity Matron; Mark Howard, Principal at Charter Tax; and Dee Neligan, Fundraising & Development Officer at East Kent Hospitals Charity

“We are delighted to have Charter Tax’s support for our Twinkling Stars campaign, as their Charity of the Year,” says Rupert Williamson, Fundraising Manager for East Kent Hospitals Charity. “We are really looking forward to working with Charter Tax for the coming year, raising vital funds for our Maternal Bereavement Suite.”

Notes to editors:
• Established in 2009, Charter Tax, Chartered Accountants, which has offices in London and Goudhurst, Kent, offers a first-class accounting and tax advisory service to businesses and high net worth individuals within and outside the UK.
• Charter Tax was formed by Janet Pierce (nee Paterson) and has since grown to more than 30 staff, as well as taking on another principal, Mark Howard, in 2015.
• The ethos of Charter Tax is to help its clients achieve their goals – be it private or family wealth structuring, moving into or out of the UK, successfully running their own business, achieving a corporate sale or undertaking a corporate restructuring project.
• Services are available for corporate and owner-managed businesses, private clients, international tax, VAT consultancy and family office, trusts and estates.
• The firm specialises in tax advice for non-domiciliaries living in the UK, in addition to a domestic service to support wealth and succession planning for owners of farms and estates.
• Charter Tax is licenced to carry out probate and estate administration work.

PR contact:
Angela Ward
Angela Ward Media
Tel: 07900 478613


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