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Brownings to partner with Whiteleys Retreat

first_imgBrownings the Bakers of Kilmarnock has announced a charity partnership with Whiteleys Retreat in Ayr.Whiteleys Retreat provides respite facility for children and young people with cancer and life-altering illnesses. It was founded in June 2016, after the closure of CLIC Sargent’s Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick spurred a group of volunteers to ensure there would still be a facility in Ayrshire.To support the charity, Brownings will launch a special-edition Whiteleys Empire Biscuit, which will be on sale in all of Brownings’ shops from Wednesday 1May. All proceeds from the sales of the Empires will go directly to the charity.On 17 August, it will host the Brownings Black & Whiteleys Ball at Fenwick Hotel.Finally, Matthew Short, technical director at Brownings, and his wife Wendy will tackle Mount Kilimanjaro on behalf of the charity in September.“We are delighted as a business to be supporting such a worthwhile local charity. It is very important to me that, as one of the largest employers in Ayrshire, we work closely with local charity and community groups to give back as much as we can,” said John Gall, managing director at Brownings the Bakers.“Our team are looking forward to seeing how much we can raise for this vital charity with the support of our customers, suppliers, friends and staff.”Maxine Allan, chief executive at Whiteleys Retreat added that, with support from local businesses like Brownings, it would raise vital funds to continue to offer free respite to children, young people and their families.“On behalf of Whiteleys’ families and our volunteers we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brownings the Bakers.”last_img read more

Facebook, PayPal join list of Gojek’s high-profile investors

first_imgTechnology giant Gojek has announced that American tech companies Facebook and PayPal have invested an undisclosed amount in its new round of funding, joining other high-profile global corporations such as Google and Tencent.The funds would be used to focus on increasing digital economic growth in Southeast Asia, especially payment and financial services inclusion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said the decacorn, which means the company is valued at more than US$10 billion.“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that a resilient economy requires support from reliable digital infrastructure,” said Gojek’s co-CEO Andre Soelistyo in a statement on Wednesday. “With this collaboration, we will continue to speed up digital economy inclusion, especially when the majority of SMEs in Southeast Asia still rely on cash transactions.” Gojek is the first Indonesian company to receive an investment from Facebook, with the social media company looking to create opportunities for businesses in Indonesia through its instant messaging service, WhatsApp.“Gojek, WhatsApp and Facebook are important services in Indonesia. Through this cooperation, we can help millions of SMEs and their customers to join the largest digital economy community in Southeast Asia,” said WhatsApp chief operating officer Matt Idema.Facebook has been on a mission to widen the market for its digital payment services, as the company talked with several e-wallet companies in Indonesia.Meanwhile, Gojek has agreed to integrate PayPal into Gojek’s payment system, GoPay, giving GoPay users access to the PayPal network of 25 million merchants worldwide. PayPal head of corporate development and ventures for APAC Farhad Maleki said that Southeast Asia was at a very crucial point in the process of digital adoption, which could create new opportunities to provide financial services to unbanked consumers.“We are very excited about entering into a strategic relationship with Gojek to expand access and provide new experiences for our users in this very dynamic market,” he said.While Facebook and PayPal had only recently invested in Gojek, Google and Tencent have been investors since 2018.“Gojek has been active in supporting financial inclusion for SMEs, and we are proud to strengthen our collaboration through additional investments,” said Jeffrey Li, vice president of Tencent Holdings and managing partner of Tencent Investment.Gojek has raised a combined total of Rp 14.5 billion in fresh capital injection from seven investors this year.center_img Topics :last_img read more