Our Ken turns to Ofex for fun and games

People & Business

Eh'up, chuck, our Ken's launching a company on Ofex. William Roache, the actor who plays Ken Barlow on Coronation Street, is raising pounds 705,000 via an offer for subscription for his company Mambi.

Mr Roache founded Mambi in 1994 to market his own board game "Libel", which he invented while fighting a high-profile legal action against the Sun.

Mr Roache subsequently challenged the Sun's columnist Gary Bushell to a match of "Libel", and then helped Mr Bushell with is TV programme, Bushell on the Box. Mr Roache wants Mambi to develop more celebrity-related games, and is offering 43.5 per cent of the company to raise funds.

The market capital of Mambi will be around pounds 1,620,000. Mr Roache has recruited Brian Hicks, a Hertfordshire-based accountant, as financial director, and both of them will be fleshing out their plans at a press conference this Thursday. Watch this space.

To the Hyde Park Hilton in London for an evening's pugilism courtesy of Goldman Sachs.

My reason for being there is that Richard Sermon, formerly known to me only as a public relations chap with Shandwick and sometime spokesman for Goldman, is also chairman of The London Federation of Clubs for Young People.

The Federation has a distinguished history of holding boxing championships for young lads in the Capital, and last week it was the Senior Boxing Finals.

Seldom can so disparate a collection of people have gathered for a single event. There was Mr Sermon compering the evening, sat next to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was celebrating his 50th year as patron of the association. Mr Sermon is standing for election in January as an Alderman in the City Corporation. With such connections, surely "Sir Richard" cannot be far away.

Among the hundreds of dinner-jacketed junketeers who cheered the 20 or so boxers along, there was the author Martin Amis.

Or as the ring announcer said, "will you welcome please the famous writer Mr Martin Aims".

Boxer Barry McGuigan and Irish footballer Ray Houghton added to the glitter of the occasion.

Fenced off from the diners were the family and friends of the boxers, who frequently interjected with cheerful cries of, "Kill 'im, Kevin."

There was also a large City contingent, including tables from Barings and Guinness Flight, who exchanged insults throughout the evening. Guinness Flight started the fun by sponsoring one bout and getting the compere to announce: "A message to Barings - glad to see you're still here." Needless to say, the boxing, which was closely medically supervised, was more entertaining.

Those Acca people are having a torrid time of late. The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, fresh from a public bust-up with accountancy Professor Prem Sikka, has taken legal action against an Irish accountancy body for plagiarism.

Anthea Rose, Acca's chief executive, says it has obtained an order restraining the Institute of Incorporated Public Accountants (IIPA) "from plagiarising Acca's syllabus and examination materials".

Ms Rose says: "It is regrettable that an organisation which purports to be a professional body should have plagiarised our material."

Cripes. It obviously doesn't pay to mix it with the toughies of Acca.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Financial Adviser

£20000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you recently QCA Level 4 qu...

SThree: Graduate Recruitment Resourcer

£20000 - £22500 per annum + OTE £30K: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...

Guru Careers: Application Support Analyst / 1st Line Support

£25 - 30k: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Application Support Analyst / 1st L...

Guru Careers: .NET Developer / Web Developer

£45K - £55K (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a full stack .NET D...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence