2013 GMC Community Activities

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xmas day volunteers
December – GMC staff volunteered to help at a Christmas party for 300 elderly and disabled people from the community at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe. With delicious food, melodious music and even some free style dancing, everyone was in a festive mood and the hall was buzzing with enthusiasm.
December – GMC sponsored the Surrey Sports Volunteer of the Year award at the 2013 Surrey Sports Awards. See the video here:
P1060162 December – GMC sponsored an equality night in the community for more than 300 people. The event, which celebrated London’s cultural diversity, began with a minutes silence in remembrance of Nelson Mandela and Paul Kaliso Sesay, a local community champion, who both passed away in the past few weeks.
December – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, was delighted to join 600 guests at the Angels for Africa Fundraising Event sponsored by the Association of Spouses of African High Commissioners and Ambassadors (ASAHCA). Guests included High Commissioners, Ambassadors, MPs, Lords, business leaders and community champions. The fundraiser was in aid of the work ASACHA do to support women and children in need in Africa. The Angels for Africa campaign is a series of projects designed to upgrade and equip clinics and health facilities in the rural villages of 34 African countries. angels for africa1
community_event_1 December – Throughout 2013 GMC sponsored 8 equality events in the local community to recognise community champions. The message was one of encouragement – for people to aim higher, challenge for top positions and not rest until reaching the sky.
November – a team from GMC joined 100 volunteers and supporters taking part in the annual Robes Sleepout Project at Southwark Cathedral to raise awareness and money for the homeless. The Robes Project helps homeless people of all faiths all year round to rebuild their lives. Participants sleep rough outside in the Cathedral’s churchyard for one evening to experience the conditions 80,000 homeless people have go through in the UK. IMG_0066
basketball5 November – GMC sponsored  a community basketball tournament in Peckham at the Damilola Taylor Centre. Around 250 people turned up including 100 basketball players. Twelve teams from all over London vied to be crowed the inaugural winners. Our CEO, Prem Goyal, presented the winners trophies.  Prem said, ‘I’m proud to empower our young leaders, like Faramolu (the competition organiser), to help our young people to raise their game and realise their dreams.”
November – Prem Goyal was invited as the keynote speaker at Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and London Southbank University’s (LSBU) Employment Forum to speak about ‘starting your business life.’ He was joined by Barry Martin, Chair of SCCI, Mayor of Southwark Councillor Abdul Mohamed, LSBU students and representatives from Southwark businesses. Prem speaking
southwark_eid_1 November – GMC sponsored an evening of recognition for the volunteers who worked on the Southwark Eid festival earlier in the year. GMC’s Prem Goyal spoke to thank the 100 people in attendance. Next year the festival hopes to attract 10,000 visitors.
November – GMC sponsored an awards night to celebrate the return of members of the community from their Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Around 300 people came to enjoy the celebration. Hajj5
life_changers_2 October – GMC’s Prem Goyal was presented with the ‘Special Recognition Award’ for supporting communities in London at the 2013 Life Changers Awards held in Bexleyheath. Over 200 guests joined the action, including Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Councillors, entrepreneurs and community champions.
October – GMC sponsored a Black History event in London for more than 100 people including Councillors, community champions, entrepreneurs and families. In his speech Prem Goyal stresses the importance of celebrating black history not just in October, but all year round. Additionally GMC recognised four people for the outstanding work they do for the community. P1050543
youth_workshop_1 October – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, was a panelist at a ‘Workshop on Youth Employment’ in Peckham. In addition to answering questions during the Q & A session, Prem also ran a workshop on entrepreneurship.
October – Prem Goyal, GMC’s CEO, was invited as a Patron of the Basic Business Initiative to the 10th BB Awards 2013. The evening celebrated diversity and achievement among our communities, individuals, businesses and social enterprises in London, the UK and beyond. Prem presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to RAFFA – Renewal, Advancement, Financial Freedom and Autonomy – an international development agency. bbi prem giving award2
20131018_210149 October –  GMC sponsored an event in the community to celebrate diversity and equality on 18th October. Certificates were presented to recognise the unsung work of our community champions.
October – GMC’s Prem Goyal gave an after dinner speech at the Southwark Headteachers Executive conference on 10th October. The theme of Prem’s speech was education, and how it has shaped his life. he explained how education helped him opened doors, overcome obstacles and be successful. Southwark_heads_1
Prem and Project BISCEY Careers in the Park September – Project B.I.S.C.E.Y has been awarded the 2013 GMC Young Leaders Award. The award recognises the efforts and outstanding contribution young people make for those in the community. Project B.I.S.C.E.Y (which stands for Behaviour Internalisation Self-Esteem Careers Empowerment YOU), is run by 11 young people and aims at inspiring and motivating other young people to reach their highest potential.
September – GMC recognised four longstanding community champions for their contribution and efforts over the years. Abubaker Kamara, Beverley Allison, and Nicholas Okwulu were all awarded the 2013 Community Champion Award for their community work. And last, but by no means least, Sandy Cameron was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards were presented at an equality celebration event in Peckham. IMG_0121
P1050259 September – Prem Goyal, CEO of GMC, was the keynote speaker at the Young Leaders Empowerment Summit in Camberwell. In his speech Prem shared his journey from India to the UK and revealed his three secrets that enabled him to launch Global Markets Consultants.
September – GMC sponsored a community celebration centred around the themes of equality and diversity on 7th September.
August – GMC sponsored a thank you dinner for volunteers of the Southwark People Care Association (PCA), who each year organise a Christmas Day lunch and party for around 250 isolated people living in Southwark. During the evening certificates were presented to recognise the enormous contributions of a few individuals. The certificates were presented by PCA Secretary Les Alden to Eric Quilliam, who at 87 years old plays the accordion; to Vince McDonagh, who has helped consistently over many years; and to Hazel Prescott, who has taken on the enormous task of transport organiser. PCA_dinner_1

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August – On August bank holiday a team from Global Markets Consultants scaled the ‘3 peaks’. Prem Goyal, Catherine Ching, James King and Aaron D’Souza reached the top of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. The team raised £300 for the Southwark News Evelina Children’s Hospital appeal, which will go towards buying baby ventilators, infant warming systems, intensive care cots and a hospital school.

August – GMC assembled a team for a ‘Leadership in Action’ project to paint and maintain a hostel in Peckham run by the homeless charity St. Mungo’s. The project was attended by 18 young people from Markaz Academy on Old Kent Road, London Southbank University and others residents living in Southwark. peckham project - teams

August – GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal was interviewed by Ernesto Gallo to talk about his career, business experience and being a ‘global citizen’. The full interview can been seen here. It is also translated into Madarin and posted on Caixin, one of China’s leading financial magazines.

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with 20 young leaders on Southwark Chamber’s Summer River Cruise
July – As an Executive Committee Member of Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal sponsored around 20 young people to attend SCCI’s Summer River Cruise on the River Thames. He was joined by 10 students from London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as 10 other young leaders and budding entrepreneurs.

Riaz Farooq, a recent LSBU graduate said ‘I have high hopes after speaking to Prem and other business leaders during this cruise. I realise this is just the beginning: for my business to be successful I will need to work hard and always be on the lookout for new opportunities.

GMC was delighted to be a Gold Sponsor for the River Cruise and continue to help build the business skills of young leaders in Southwark.

July – As a Trustee of Time and Talents, a Rotherhithe and Bermondsey based community charity, GMC’s CEO Prem Goyal sponsored and attended a dinner for the volunteers, staff and fellow Trustees at local restaurant Tower Tandoori.

One volunteer, Aleksandra Akisonova was recognised with a Certificate of Excellence from Global Markets Consultants for all her hard work and dedication over the past two years. Aleksandra was thrilled with her certificate and said ‘it’s been a really amazing expereince…you get to meet so many different peple and visit such great places – I’ve loved it’

GMC was also happy to continue to support the local businesses such as Tower Tandoori on Tower Bridge Road.

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Celebrating with the Time and Talents family

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Mouhcine’s Farewell Dinner
July – After five years with GMC, Business Manager Mouhcine Bourous has taken the next steps in his career. Whilst working with GMC, Mouhcine proved that he is superbly qualified to take on any challenge given to him. His professional attitude and integrity gave him a definite advantage and he was a brilliant employee and valuable member of the GMC team.

Mouhcine said: ‘I’ve had a great five years with GMC and I’ve loved working with Prem and the rest of the team. I’ve made some great friends and am looking forward to this new challenge.’

GMC wishes Mouhcine the very best and hopes to continue working with him in various professional capacities in the coming years. Thank you Mouhcine!

to celebrate the achievements of young people in Southwark. 1,500 people attended the celebration including children, their parents, community champions, special guests from the Nigerian Embassy and leaders from the Nigerian community.

Prem Goyal’s keynote speech focused on three secrets of success: acquire higher education; exchange cultures; and make yourself a celebrity rather than others. The full speech can be read here.

With young graduates at the Markaz (Centre), Old Kent Road
Prem Goyal with three graduates
May – GMC’s CEO, Prem Goyal, attended the AGM of Decima Street Tenants & Residents Association in South London to give a speech on youth unemployment. Prem’s speech focused on three main areas:  Bringing different stakeholders together to form a plan, building business highways to the fastest growing economies and encouraging young people to develop themselves.

‘Netwalkers’ and GMC staff
April – GMC staff participated in a ‘netwalk’ (networking while walking) with the Tayo Situ Foundation on Sunday 14th April. The event aimed to bring young people from Southwark and industry professionals together so ideas could be shared and advice given. This was all done in a 10km walk through London.
March – CEO of GMC Prem Goyal gave the keynote speech at the 4th edition of the Positive Profile Awards on 27th March at St Peter’s on Walworth Road, Southwark. The awards celebrated young people’s achievements in academic performance, overcoming adversity, partnership working, social enterprise and visual arts.

Prem’s speech centred around achieving your potential, acquiring education and skills, investing time wisely and building  a global profile.

Some of the award winners with Prem Goyal
Marsden_1 March – GMC sponsored a team walking the Marsden March to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer charity. The team completed the walk in 4.5 hours, or 36,000 steps, and raised £7,500 in total.
March – Prem Goyal delivered a speech at the Southwark Mind Your Own Business awards on 20th March. The celebration, held at Southwark Council headquarters, was to present awards to 11 young people who’ve successfully secured funding to kick start their business ideas.

Prem shared the recipe to his own entrepreneurial success in London: Acquiring higher education, developing yourself rather than making others celebrities and building a global profile. He concluded by saying, “ask not what others can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself”.

Prem Goyal with young entrepreneurs and the Mayor of Southwark

Southbank students with Prem Goyal
February – Prem Goyal gave a talk on Global Communications at London Southbank University on 20th Feb as part of the entrepreneurial lecture series Start & Evolve. Prem spoke to around 75 students and led the question and answer session afterwards. The focus of the talk was understanding your target group and building common ground to make communication with global audiences more effective. Prem stressed the importance of regularly going out of one’s comfort zone as the key to connecting quickly with people from all over the world. Click here for Prem’s speaking notes.
February – GMC is sponsoring Sarah Gibb GBP 100 to march 14 miles in a 15 strong team to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Sarah said, “Over the past few years my friend Victoria has been receiving fantastic care from the Marsden.  I want this to continue and for others to benefit too”.
January GMC CEO Prem Goyal received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday 25th January.

Prem was awarded the OBE for services to the economy and promoting charitable giving in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012.

Commenting on the honour Prem said: “All my efforts since moving to the UK have been focused on creating jobs and uplifting our communities. For that to be acknowledged like this, well that’s just fantastic. I only want to keep doing more”.

As one of his guests, Prem invited Sirajul Islam, a fellow Southwark resident. However, unusually for a guest at an investiture, they’d never met each other before. This was because last year Prem put out an appeal to find someone doing good work in the community who would like a chance to experience a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Sirajul is a magistrate and a school governor at Charlotte Sharman Primary School in Elephant & Castle.

January – GMC is proud to support Delta Patriots Awareness and Support Initiative, a charity promoting better understanding of sexual health among young people in Nigeria. Their national campaign will raise awareness on the use of condoms, the risks of unprotected sex and provide opportunities for confidential one-on-one relationship discussions with trained professionals. To help with the campaign, GMC contributed 550 condoms which are to be made available for free and covered the shipping costs for educational leaflets to be distributed to thousands of people.