Virtual Choir makes desperate plea to Chancellor for parity on support schemes to help rebuild the economy

A powerful 4 minute video of over 100 people singing a parody of, ‘One Day More’ (from Les Miserables) has been released this week by members of ExcludedUK’s Facebook community group.

The arrangement is the work of Kate Cameron and Melody Schroeder, both members of the ExcludedUK community, a non-profit organisation set up to represent the estimated 3 million people who have been excluded from any meaningful financial support from the government throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Kate, who is a music and singing teacher based in Glasgow, and Melody, an actress and scriptwriter from London, have never met in person, but have been working closely over the summer, putting together the choir, which consists of over 100 other members of the ExcludedUK community, with ages ranging from 18 to 70, some who have never sung publicly before.

Kate worked on the musical arrangement and Melody re-wrote the lyrics to ‘One Day More’, from the hit stage musical, Les Miserables, focusing on the themes of power, dreams and the fighting spirit of the people. The video was brought to life with the help of other ExcludedUK members, David Lawrence (Musical Director), Steve Woods (Video Editor), Tom Smith and Ross Cameron (Sound Engineers),

The arts have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic, with many performers – singers, musicians, dancers, actors, as well as curators, producers and technicians struggling financially after seeing their work literally dry up overnight.

Kate said, “The ExcludedUK community has been a saviour to me and putting this song and video together has given me a focus and a reason to get up in the morning. It’s been an amazing experience.”

Melody agrees with Kate, “I was really struggling with my mental health too, and I am so grateful that I met Kate through the Facebook group and I’m so inspired by all the amazing people in the ExcludedUK choir and proud of what we have created.”

It is hoped that this video and message in the song will further highlight the plight of the 3 million UK taxpayers who have been excluded from government support during the coronavirus crisis.

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Notes to Editors:
ExcludedUK is a volunteer-run grassroots non-profit organisation committed to working towards bringing an end to the exclusions in the Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures affecting 3 million individuals and businesses excluded through no fault of their own.

About ExcludedUK:

ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.

As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded. Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.

an inclusive alliance for the excluded:
creating a collective platform for those excluded from UK government Covid-19 support

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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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Bennett Verby celebrate their 30th anniversary with a rebrand and a rebuild

This month, accountancy firm Bennett Verby are celebrating 30 years since formation in Stockport.
Bernard Verby

CEO Bernard Verby formed Bennett Verby in October 1989, and the firm has been going from strength to strength ever since. Bernard said:
“I am delighted to be celebrating three decades as CEO, having watched our firm grow in size, reputation and turnover.

“Back in 1989, we were using faxes and huge PCs to conduct our business, and relied on ‘getting out there’ to attract new business. While the accounting industry has embraced new technology and management ideas, we still believe in personal service, keeping our clients at the heart of everything we do.”

A fresh new website…

Bennett Verby has also unveiled its new branding and website at which offers a clear and simple view of the company as well as up to date industry news and tax tips. Bernard said,

“The new website gave us a chance to overhaul the company image. Instead of an impression of grey suits and calculators, the new website shows our expertise and breadth of knowledge. Thanks to great advice from our designers, we can add events, blogs, news articles and images, keeping the content fresh and up to date.”

…and fresh new facilities

To mark the occasion and to accommodate the firm’s growing headcount, Bennett Verby will be refurbishing the ground floor of its St Petersgate headquarters in late 2019. The firm has plans to create a ground-floor reception and flexible meeting space, which will provide modern facilities and accommodation for its clients, visitors and administration team. Bernard said,

“Our new storefront will reflect our people-orientated culture, creating a welcoming atmosphere for our visitors and much-needed areas for relaxation for our team. We are considering the environment with every step of the build, and will offer secure storage and washroom facilities for those who wish to take advantage of our bike-to-work scheme.

“As our offices are in a conservation area just a stone’s throw from the Underbanks, we are looking forward to creating a sympathetic conversion which will add to the regeneration of the area around Stockport’s thriving market place.”

About Bennett Verby

Bennett Verby is one of the largest multi-disciplinary independent accountancy practices within the North of England. We are renowned for our forward thinking and innovative corporate culture, with client service at the heart of everything we do. The company specialises in providing accountancy, audit, tax planning and business advice to their clients, who range from owner-managed businesses to large companies.

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