If you wanted further confirmation of how things work round these parts look no further than the following article from today’s Daily Mail . Here you will see the appearance of Wirral Leaks regulars Paula Basnett and Asif Hamid. The story itself concerns the fact that in 2014 call centre king Hamid was handed £1 million by the Local Enterprise Partnership – a board which he sits on. However a spokesperson for The Contact Company denies anything untoward – pointing out that local councils have a final say in who get the grants. So that will be Hamid’s friends at Wirral Council making the decision about awarding £1 million grants – well that’s alright then isn’t it? No rules may have been broken but that’s because these people seem to make them up to suit themselves.
And as you can see from the picture accompanying the article below – which for various reasons has to be one of the most repulsive pictures we have ever seen – if you throw the Wirral Chamber of Commerce into this increasingly incestuous and lucrative mix we have the local nexus of nepotism.
Paula Basnett is the Chief Executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce
Asif Hamid is the Chair of Wirral Chamber of Commerce and the owner of the Contact Company
Mark Basnett is Managing Director of Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership
Cllr Phil Davies is the leader of Wirral Council. Wirral Council have enabled Wirral Chamber of Commerce to manage an increasing property portfolio including Egerton House , Pacific Road and The Lauries.
A call centre boss and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) member was handed £1million – by the LEP.
The grant to Asif Hamid’s already-successful business in Merseyside – which turns over £10million a year – amounted to a quarter of all the money handed out in the Wirral area.
Millionaire Mr Hamid, 48, who describes himself as ‘an award-winning entrepreneur and pioneer’, is a well-known businessman in the North West. He has been photographed with David Cameron and Esther McVey, the former Tory minister.
His call centre – The Contact Company – used the £1million it received in 2014 to move into a new 900-seat premises in the Wirral and take on new staff.
Connections: Asif Hamid with former prime minister David Cameron and former minister Esther McVey in 2008* ( * Paula must be livid that even though she’s rockin’ another lovely white dress she doesn’t get a namecheck)
The company – owned entirely by Mr Hamid – also benefited from another grant, worth £40,800. This money was given to a company which helped train his staff, and was secured thanks to a bid led by Mr Hamid.
A spokesman for The Contact Company said the firm and its owner ‘completely reject the suggestion that there is anything improper about the relationship between LEP, The Contact Company and Mr Hamid or the funding award in 2014’.
He added: ‘Mr Hamid played no part in the award of the funding.’ Liverpool City Region LEP said the £1million grant had been a success, and that while it had a role in considering if the grant recipients were suitable, local councils had the final say.
A spokesman said: ‘At no point was the LEP Board or its members, including Mr Hamid, involved in decision making as to appraisal of applications or awards of grant.’
On the £40,800 funding for training, the LEP said the process was overseen by a separate board that did not include Mr Hamid. Those funds ‘were paid to training providers, not to The Contact Company’.
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