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Kids Go Free To Cirque Du Soleil February 24, 2009

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cirqeHere’s an offer from the Arena & Convention Centre:

This spellbinding masterpiece from critically acclaimed entertainment group Cirque De Soleil hits the UK for the first time with a series of exclusive shows including the Echo Arena Liverpool from 26 February – 1 March.

For A Limited Time Only – Buy 1 x Adult ticket and get one free Child ticket! Offer Available On Matinee Shows Only

Directed by the unique and inspirational Franco Dragone, Quidam has toured the world for the past 13 years to wide-spread acclaim and has enjoyed sell-out success across the world in Europe, the US, Australia, Japan, Canada and New Zealand performing to over 8 million fans.

The show is a thrilling combination of gravity defying acrobats, awe-inspiring aerial acts, contortionists, rope-jumpers, a balancing duo and of course the acclaimed crazy clowns. Technical expertise and extravagant design are woven together by a dramatic emotional thread where hope and beauty come to life.

Bookyour tickets here

Choose your preferred performance & enter the Promo Code: ‘KidsOffer09’

-Or call the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400, quoting ‘KidsOffer09’

Convention Centre Event A Success February 9, 2009

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The Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) hosted a Liverpool Chamber business after hours networking event lastweek.

btconventionThe dockside arena, which celebrated its first anniversary this January, entertained guests in the galleria area in-between the main Echo Arena and the BT Convention Centre. There was a selection of drinks and canapés to compliment the informal networking event.

Jack Stopforth, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce welcomed the guests and thanked the ACC for the ‘invaluable contribution’ it had made to the city’s resurgent economy.

Bob Prattey,, chief executive of ACC then gave a short presentation on the design and features of the arena and convention centre, and outlined its economic impact.

The ACC hosted 240 conferences and 94 arena events last year, which saw 60,000 business delegates and 500,000 event goers come through its doors. The Albert Dock reported a 50 per cent increase in footfall as a result of the arena and convention centre and Liverpool as a whole saw an estimated £200m uplift in spending thanks to delegates and other arena visitors.

Guests were then given a tour of the BT Convention Centre’s conference suites and boardrooms, as well as the 13,500 seat auditorium. The Echo Arena was busy with over 10,000 darts fans, with Sky TV broadcasting the event.

The next Chamber of Commerce business after hours event is at Chameleon on Thursday 5th March. For more information and booking contact Melissa Bush or Sue Platt on 0151 227 1234 or book online here.

Kids Go Free At CBeebies December 17, 2008

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pinguCBeebies Live Treasure Hunt
4 January 2009

KIDS GO FREE! (with each top price full paying adult on any show)

The CBeebies Mega-stars are searching high and low for hidden treasure this Christmas – and they need your help to find it!

So pack your bag, dig out your binoculars, and get ready to join Justin Fletcher, the Tweenies, Pingu, Andy Day, Postman Pat, Underground Ernie and many more of your CBeebies friends as you explore the world of CBeebies Live!

There’ll be laughter and fun all the way, with plenty of songs and great games to play. Let Stephanie from LazyTown get you clapping your hands, stamping your feet and singing at the top of your voice!

With help from Squiglet, Boo and The Koala Brothers sing and dance your way through this magical adventure, from the sunshine of Africa to the bottom of the deep blue sea. Have fun with the Jakers on Mr Tumble’s farm and join the Teletubbies to explore the garden.

Will we find the treasure? And what will it be? Gold or diamonds? Come along and see!

To book your tickets call the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 and quote ‘KIDS GO FREE’ offer.

* * Offer valid on all shows when a top price adult ticket is purchased only. One top price adult ticket gives one free child place. All tickets are subject to a handling / transaction fee. Tickets are subject to availability. This offer excludes tickets already purchased. Offer valid until 3rd January 2009. Offer available through Echo Box Office only.

Keep Your IT System Free Of Wreckers And Fraudsters October 21, 2008

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Business Crime Direct at Liverpool Chamber is taking a lead in the fight against cyber crime.

The organisation is holding a conference and exhibition to raise business awareness of cyber crime and demonstrate how to manage the risks.

The conference and lunch is free of charge and Liverpool companies are being invited to attend to find out how to best safeguard their business. The event is being held at the BT Convention Centre from 2:00pm on Wednesday 29th October.

Detective Sergeant Geoff Conway from Merseyside Police’s High Tech Crime Unit will talk on IT security. Eminent national figures Mike Wyeth, Littlewoods Shop Direct national head of security and Merseyside head of Crime Stoppers, and D.I. Roy West from the City of London Police, will reveal how they have become partners and developed new tactics to tackle organised “boiler room” gangs.

The speakers, who all have extensive police experience at a national level, will cover all aspects of internet crime, from basic information on the activities of petty e-criminals, to in-depth information on how to catch out sophisticated e-fraudsters.

D.I Roy West, who heads up London’s cheque and credit card crime unit and will give a presentation featuring dramatic slides of Internet fraudsters taking possession of goods in “controlled delivery” operations. Gangs, many from West Africa are said run a call centre type operation, with fraudsters seated in rows in front of banks of computers, working away with e-mail addresses and bank details provided by supervisors.

Side by side with the conference, local firms providing solutions to IT crime will exhibit their products and explain them, and the costs, to interested businesses.

Business Crime Direct has been helping Merseyside businesses keep ahead of conventional robbers, thieves and burglars for eight years now. But increasingly they have found businesses worried about a different kind of menace.

The battle to keep IT systems from collapsing under the weight of spam, viruses and phishing attempts is of paramount importance to all businesses.

Peter Jones, Manager of BCD explained, “I remember going to visit a small shop selling expensive food supplements for body builders. The owner told me that selling over the Internet gave him a massive opportunity to expand. But he was repeatedly coming up against determined criminals using stolen credit cards or cards obtained in false identities.”

“This event will galvanise the Merseyside business community and make companies aware of the potential risks that internet crime presents to their business.”

To reserve a place, please contact Sue or Melissa on 0151 227 1234 or email events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Save Whales & Cash! October 14, 2008

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Come to our FREE trade waste management event!

A recent investigation by BBC’s North West Tonight claimed that 70% of rubbish going into landfill sites emanates from businesses.

Because there are hardly any options left in the UK for new landfill sites, EU and UK legislators have been ramping up the tax on tipping into landfill in an attempt make the option uneconomic.

So what other options are there for business waste? Incineration will always meet the “not in my back yard” protest, but must surely become part of the solution.

Is recycling an option for businesses? Local authorities have been given challenging targets for recycling domestic waste and are making great strides towards those targets. There are no government targets for recycling business waste but there is an even better reason for businesses to think about recycling: by taking out, often bulky, waste from landfill the cost of waste removal will reduce.

A conference organised by Merseyside Chambers at the BT Convention Centre on Wednesday, 29th October 2008 will address all the issues surrounding business waste and will hear about the programme for Year of the Environment 2009 from Councillor Berni Turner, Liverpool City Council.

Being careful to practice what they preach, the organisers have arranged for food waste recycling organisation, Rotters, to take any waste food left with ACC caterers Heathcotes and turn it into the finest compost. Businesses will hear that even the smallest producers of tea bags and left over sandwiches can become composters.

In addition to expert advice from bodies such as the Environment Agency, Groundwork Trust and Envirolink, businesses will be able to meet with waste removal and recycling firms and discuss costs. Over twenty companies that recycle everything from computers to glass, to paper and cardboard will be on hand.

The conference and lunch is completely free.
Contact Sue or Melissa at Liverpool Chamber on 0151 227 1234  or email them at events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk to reserve a place.

Mornings Are Rubbish… September 23, 2008

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Afternoons bring peace of mind!

Come along to our FREE combined Trade Waste / Computer Security event at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool on 29 October 2008

We listened and you told us that trade waste and computer security are two issues you are concerned about.  So on Wednesday 29 October 2008 we are organising a double event at the BT Convention Centre on the Kings Dock.

The morning session will tell you everything you need to know about waste and recycling with presentations from the Environment Agency and others and case studies of firms who have mastered the art of reducing the cost of waste and saving our environment.

09.00    Registration

10.00    Welcome and introduction by Chair of morning session
Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

10.05    Climate Change and Year of the Environment
Councillor Berni Turner, Executive Member for the Environment, Liverpool City Council

10.20    The North West Development Agency and the Environment Agency
The regional and national perspectives on business waste.

Questions and Answers

11.00 Coffee and Exhibition

11.30    Groundwork Merseyside (Enworks), Envirolink, Knowsley Business Environment Club and Encams
All the local help and advice you need to help the environment and make a profit.

Questions and Answers

12.45 Lunch and Exhibition.

In the afternoon, Merseyside Police High Tech Computer Crime Team, the City of London Fraud Squad, and Littlewoods Shop Direct should help keep your computers clean from nasty viruses and give you some tips on trading on the Internet.

14.00  High Tech Crime
Chaired by Steve Jackson,  North West Fraud Forum

14.15  Computer Security
Detective Sergeant Geoff Conway, Merseyside Police,
High Technology Crime Unit.

14.45 Coffee and Exhibition.

15.30 Fraud on the Internet
Detective Inspector Roy West, City of London Police,
Mike Wyeth, Head of Security, Littlewoods Shop Direct .

Questions and Answers.

16.00 Visit exhibitors.

17.00 Finish.

Throughout the day Merseyside recycling companies and computer specialists will exhibit their products in the exhibition area, which is also where you will find your free coffee and lunch. You will be able to speak to firms that recycle everything from your food waste to your paper to your old computers. Plus all the specialists who can keep your IT secure.

If you want the chance to exhibit your company at the conference, get in touch with Sue or Melissa on 0151 227 1234.

To book your place at this FREE event please email your name and company details to events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

La Princess Progress Details September 4, 2008

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Well we’ve all had a good look at her now. Whilst some people have commented here that spiders aren’t their favourite creatures, it has to be admitted that La Princess is pretty spectacular. I mean, how often do we get to see a giant steampunk mechanical spider hanging off one the city centre’s ugliest buildings? Never, I say!

So, in keeping with the growing La Machine obsession, here’s a list of what she will be up to over the coming weekend. It’s accurate as far as we know, but if we hear of any changes we’ll let you know.

Thursday 4th September

11.30h The creature is craned off Concourse Tower.
12.30h The convoy carries the creature and sets off for the Research base at ACC.
13.00h The convoy arrives at the Research Base.

Friday 5th September

11.30h The scientists perform experiments on the creature using different special effects to see how it responds to different stimuli. The creature wakes up and is prevented from running away by a wall of Chinese firecrackers and by a fire effect. Eventually the creature is sent to sleep by a snow machine.
18.00h The creature wakes and parades to Salthouse Dock.
19.30h The creature arrives at the Dock and takes a bath, accompanied by live music. After her bath, she is dried and perfumed.
20.30h The creature sets off for Cunard Building.
21.00h The creature arrives at Cunard Building. It begins to snow gently and she falls asleep.

Saturday 6th September
11.30h The creature wakes up in the middle of a magical snowscape, and is serenaded with music.
12.30h The creature goes to sleep again.
14.45h The creature leaves Cunard Building and walks up Water Street.
15.30h The creature arrives at Town Hall – smoke effect.
15.40h The creature walks towards Derby Square along Castle Street.
16.00h Water ballet at Derby Square.
16.15h The creature walks down Lord Street to Holy Corner where it is snowing.
17.00h The creature sleeps.
18.30h The creature wakes and walks down Parker Street, serenaded on the way.
20.00h A tempest rages at Ranelagh Place.
20.30h The creature arrives at Concourse Tower, climbs up the tower and goes to sleep.

Sunday 7th September

15.00h The creature wakes up and is prepared for the evening’s entertainment.
16.00h The creature goes back to sleep.
19.30h Cherry-pickers and musicians arrive.
20.00h The creature is removed from the tower with a crane.
20.30h The convoy leaves the tower and parades to Queensway Tunnel entrance.
21.15h The creature tries to escape, but is prevented from doing so by the special effect machines.
21.30h Finale at Queensway tunnel.

Sounds like she’ll be having a nice time!

Box At The Pops! June 9, 2008

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Summer Pops 08 Hospitality

Summer Pops 08 and Echo Arena Liverpool are delighted to offer a fantastic range of hospitality packages for you to enjoy Summer Pops 08 in style, perfect for entertaining clients.

Packages vary depending on client preferences and have a range of benefits* including:-

•    Summer Buffet
•    Drinks included
•    Free Car Parking
•    Top class seats within Gold Circle or VIP box
•    Exclusive pre show and after show access

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity, contact us today to book your Summer Pops Hospitality 2008!

Jan Owen, CMP: 0151 708 6050
Dan White, Echo Arena: 0151 703 7233

*All packages are pre-set with a variety of benefits

Find out more on the Arena & Convention Centre website

Liverpool Daily Post Business HUB 2008 June 2, 2008

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17th and 18th June ECHO Arena, Liverpool.

Coming along and meet the Chamber at the LDP Business Hub 08. It’s is a brand new event presented to business leaders by the Liverpool Daily Post and Trinity Mirror NW2.

The two day business ‘extravaganza’ allows business leaders, owners and entrepreneurs to experience business advice available from the city’s thriving business community. The event is designed to inspire and energize the SME sector with features such as interactive learning zones, live debates, key note speakers, networking opportunities and an exhibition featuring a wide range of business specialists from the North West.

Businesses can then take time out to do some networking of their own by visiting the ‘Make Your Mark’ Speed Networking area or witness the Live Debate as business put forward their own views, as well as hear local business figures debating key issues affecting business nationally and within the region. Keynote speakers include ex-High Street jewellery chain boss Gerald Ratner, Coffee Republic’s Sahar Hashemi and James Averdieck, co-founder of Gü Chocolate Puds.

The event will also see the launch of the Business Booster competition, a competition designed to give start-up business the chance to win free business support for a whole year. Start up companies will be encouraged to register for the competition as a ‘boost’ to their business.

Please register by visiting www.ldpbusinesshub.co.uk.

Heads Up For FACE 08 May 21, 2008

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Liverpool businesses are rallying to support young lifesavers from across Europe to ensure they have a fantastic and memorable time in the Capital of Culture when they descend upon the city for the Red Cross’s prestigious First Aid Convention Europe – FACE 08 – which is being held here next month.

The fundraising initiative is being backed by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is encouraging member organisations to sponsor the visiting delegations from 30 European countries. The FACE event has two distinct elements; a major conference at the city’s stunning BT Convention Centre and a competition where international teams will be awarded points based on their ability to deal with a series of simulated disasters being staged in Sefton and Greenbank parks.

Liverpool Chamber Chief Executive Jack Stopforth explained why the Chamber was getting involved in supporting the event.

“It is a great privilege for Liverpool to be staging this event this year. The Red Cross are first on the scene at every international disaster and FACE 08 is a hugely important gathering for delegates to come together to share the latest techniques and best practice and hone their life saving skills. All the delegates and participants are volunteers and they are all paying their own way to get here. The organisers want all our European guests to experience authentic scouse hospitality and get the very best from their visit. That’s why we are encouraging local businesses to sponsor a visiting country and help pay for the hospitality programme.”

Merseyside Red Cross Operations Director John Sutherland, is proud to be hosting the event and determined to ensure that it lives up to the highly successful events held in Limerick and Assisi in recent years.

“I am delighted that our guests will be seeing Liverpool in this fantastic year and will be experiencing the outstanding facilities at the Convention Centre. We have put together a number of activities and events to make their stay as memorable as possible including a ride on a Mersey ferry to see Liverpool’s world famous waterfront. I am delighted that The Chamber of Commerce has stepped forward with this initiative to help cover the costs of this hospitality programme. I am sure that Liverpool’s big-hearted business community will respond with typical generosity.”
For £1000, the sponsors will get an advert in the FACE 08 program, a chance to attend the competition to cheer on their team, as well as free exhibition opportunity at the conference which will be attended by 1500 UK and European delegates.

Face 08 is taking place between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd June. On Friday June 20th the teams will proudly parade into the Echo Arena wearing their country’s colours, hoping to claim one of the trophies.

For further information about FACE 08 or if you’d like to sponsor a team then please contact Julie Shannon or Chris Bogin at October Communications on 0151 236 2323 or email julieshannon@octobercomms.co.uk or ChrisBogin@octobercomms.co.uk