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Free ESF Funded Workshop – Promoting Tender Opportunities March 26, 2008

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 When supplying goods or services, contracts will only be awarded to contractors who can satisfy the client’s requirements in terms of resources required and their health and safety competence. You must prove compliance with basic health and safety law and you must also be able to demonstrate to contractors that you adequately manage health and safety. 

This event is designed to ensure that your business is able to meet these vital procurement requirements You can attend this event free of charge if you have been in business less that three years and if you live in the Merseyside area and have registered for the Tender Opportunities Programme. This project is funded by the European Social Fund.               

This will be an informative and invaluable information session for you to find out more about what you should do to ensure that you are Health & Safety compliant. It takes place on Wednesday 2 April between 11.45am – 14.45pm including registration, lunch & networking. In the Council Chamber Council Room, No 1 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9HG To book your place, request a registration form from June Davies on 0151 227 1234.

Free Seminar on Patents & Trade Marks February 18, 2008

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Patents & Trade Marks: Protecting Your Business And Financing Growth
Wednesday 12 March 2008  – The Racquet Club, Liverpool

All businesses have intellectual property which when protected and exploited effectively, can be your single most valuable asset, setting you apart from your competitors and adding real value to your business.

On 12th March. Marks & Clerk will be holding a free introductory seminar on the key areas of IP, including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright and the key differences between them. As well as covering the basics, our speakers will explain how you can secure and exploit your IP to generate additional revenue streams, protect against infringement and help your business reach its full potential.

Our speakers will be joined by Jonathan Butters, Managing Director of JAB Design in Liverpool, who will give a first hand account of how utilising his IP has played a major role in the growth and success of his business.
The seminar is free of charge and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Mike Shaw – UK & European Trade Mark Attorney, Marks & Clerk
Nicky Teasdale – UK & European Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk
Jonathan Butters – Managing & Design Director, JAB Design
Registration from 5.30pm
Presentations 6.00 – 7.00pm
Drinks reception from 7.00pm
To register for a place on the seminar please contact Neil Redfern
E: nredfern@marks-clerk.com   T: 0161 233 5800

Cutting the Cost of Conflict for Business February 8, 2008

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CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), Europe’s biggest alternative dispute resolution body, has spent over 15 years helping UK business cut the cost of conflict within the legal system. Recent CEDR research reveals that:

  • British business conflict costs £33 billion a year
  • In a dispute of a million pounds in value, a company will consume an average of over 3 years of managers’ time trying to sort it out
  • 80 percent of disputes have a significant impact on the smooth running of business
  • Many managers do not feel comfortable addressing conflict. Half (49%) would rather attend an event at which they knew no one than tell a client a home truth, and over two thirds (69%) would rather send back a bottle of wine in a restaurant than confront a boss’s underperformance directly.  

CEDR is holding a mediation theatre in Liverpool on 27 February to demonstrate how mediation can assist business professionals to manage conflicts and disputes cost-effectively and at the earliest opportunity, often preserving business relationships and reputation.

It will demonstrate what to expect at a mediation, how a mediator can add a valuable dimension to your negotiations, especially those in deadlock, and can assist you to maintain ongoing relationships. The theatre will involve a live mediation centred around a commercial dispute.

 The event is kindly hosted by law firm, Brabners Chaffe Street, at their new offices at Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool L2 3YL, on February 27 2008, 5.30-7.00pm (registration from 5.00pm).For more information or to book a place (£35 plus VAT), please contact Faith Hardman on +44 (0)20 7536 6023 or fhardman@cedr.com.

Do You Have Staff Aged 16-18? January 25, 2008

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The Government has identified that there are hundreds of 16-18yr olds across Merseyside currently in employment without qualifications.

Do you currently have staff in this age group who would benefit from training and achieving a recognised qualification?

Are you aware that training is 100% fully funded and can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation?

  • Trident Training Ltd (the training arm of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Industry) offer Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Retail, Customer Service, ICT and Accountancy.
  • Apprenticeships are available for your existing staff aged 16-18 with limited opportunities for those aged 19-24.
  • Designed to develop job related skills whilst providing relevant key skills to those with little experience in the workplace.
  • Apprenticeships are 100% fully funded and paper free (e-portfolio)
  • They can increase the young persons confidence and motivation whilst building on their literacy and numeracy skills
  • All Apprenticeships are tailored to meet the needs of  your organisation and those of the  individual
  • As an employer by becoming involved in Apprenticeships you’re showing your commitment to quality, investment in people and by investing in training it has been shown to help reduce staff turnover.

Benefits to the Learner:

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Quality training specific to job role
  • Build on Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Enable learner to achieve their goals

Benefits to Employer:

  • Higher skilled staff
  • Quality training tailored to meet the needs of your business
  • Increased staff retention
  • Work-based, integrating training into the day to day activities relating to the individuals job role
  • e-portfolio – on line training that allows the learner access to their portfolio 24 hours per day from work or home, reduces the amount of paper used, cuts out bulky portfolios and it’s environmentally friendly!

For further details please contact the Recruitment team on 0151 236 3222 or e-mail adele.maddox@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Keep One of Your New Year Resolutions! Develop Your IT/Computing Skills With CPD Short Courses At LJMU January 21, 2008

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ljmu-colour-logo.jpgAll new courses starting Feb 2008

Enhance your professional development with one of these short courses in the following technologies: Microsoft.NET; Java.

Registration event: Wed 30th January 2008, 5pm – 7pm,
Room 705 James Parsons Building
Byrom St
L3 3AF

Courses begin: Week commencing 4th February 2008 (10 weeks)
Location: Byrom St Campus
Fee: £230.40* per 12 credit module (* fee for UK/EU residents only)

Each course runs one evening per week 6pm-9pm, the following courses are available:

  • Programming in Visual Basic.NET (Monday)
  • Introductory Programming in C#.NET (Tuesday)
  • Web/E-Commerce in ASP/ADO.NET  (Wednesday)
  • Database Development using SQL Server (Thursday)

Registered students on CPD courses have home access to all MSDN Academic Alliance software packages which means FREE access to software such as Visual Studio, Windows Server 2003, SQL Server and many more development tools!

To register please bring with you proof of identity (passport, driving licence, birth certificate), a passport size photograph and payment for the module.  Please note places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Further details about all of our Professional Development courses can be found at: http://www.cms.livjm.ac.uk/courses/cpd/index.htm

General enquiries:

Lucy Wilson/Debbie Parker
Admissions and Information Officer
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
James Parsons Building
Byrom St, Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2267
Fax: 0151 207 4594
Email: cms-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk

We also offer a portfolio of training courses tailored to suit the needs of individuals and/or organisations that require flexible on demand delivery.  Training courses are delivered in short blocks between one and five days.  For more information regarding these courses visit:
http://www.cms.livjm.ac.uk/enterprise/training.html or email cms-enterprise@livjmu.ac.uk
(Please note that these courses are not subject to the registration event advertised above)

Holocaust Memorial Events In Liverpool January 17, 2008

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Liverpool has the honour of hosting 2008’s Holocaust Memorial Day and the associated programme of events.

Holocaust Memorial Day itself is 27th January. This is the international day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

On it, we commemorate victims, honour survivors and commit to tackling prejudice, discrimination and racism in the present day. In hundreds of places across the UK, and in thousands around the world, people come together to honour the past and build a safer, fairer world.

The Main Commemorative Event will take place on 27 January 2008 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

A programme of educational activities has been taking place across the city, with over two weeks of events taking place from 14 January until 31 January.

Click more for the full list of events.


Liquid’s Solution For Young Chamber! January 17, 2008

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liquid-yc.jpgChamber members Liquid were the latest business to host the New Heys Young Chamber last month with a session delivered to Sixth Form Graphic Designers looking for some creative and business advice.

Eight budding designers have the brief to produce a range of promotional materials for a product and thanks to the advice of Liquid, they are well on the way to completing their portfolio.

The youngsters enjoyed a tour of Liquid’s offices, an introduction to the business, a case study presentation looking at taking a concept through to production and a presentation by Graduate Trainee, Gary Armer detailing his career journey.

The student were introduced to the practices of working to a brief, ‘pitching’ and responding to the client’s needs. The students will pitch their completed coursework to Liquid later in the year.

Commercial Director Bernie Emery stated: “We welcomed the opportunity to host a Young Chamber visit and have the opportunity to talk to the “designers of tomorrow”.

Young Chamber coordinator Paul Cherpeau added: “Creating direct links between our Chamber Members and young people is essential to inspire them to develop their own skills in readiness for entering the world of work or starting their own business.”

Graduated From LJMU & Starting A New Business? January 14, 2008

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Liverpool John Moores University needs you!!

The Student Enterprise team is looking for volunteers for a focus group on business start-up. If you have graduated from LJMU and considering starting a business, they would like to hear from you. Please contact Dominique Aspey on 07968 422517 or by email to d.aspey@ljmu.ac.uk to find out more.

Can You Help Cardinal Heenan High School Pupils Live Their Dreams? January 11, 2008

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Cardinal Heenan pupils are looking for business leaders to help them get the careers of their dreams.

As a specialist sports college Cardinal Heenan High School has been instrumental in extending sports provision for pupils in the local area. This has resulted in the development of leadership courses and, more recently, the Shape programme, which help the pupils develop self confidence, the ability to run groups and also lead sports programmes.

Cardinal Heenan has already formed strong links with Everton F.C. and would like the opportunity to develop their business links even further.

The pupils have set the agenda for an industry day which will be held at the school. They have detailed the career paths which they would like to explore and their dream is that this event will inspire and motivate the pupils towards the future, extending horizons and multiplying the possibilities for development.

To help them prepare for this event, they are asking you great leaders of business and industry to come to a business breakfast on Monday 4th February at the Speke Marriott Liverpool. At the meeting they will be outlining the aims and objectives for the Industry Day and asking local businesses to help pupils realise their true potential.

If you feel that you can help the pupils at Cardinal Heenan on their industry day, just call Brendan Kelly-Ince  at Cardinal Heenan High School on 0151 228 3472 to book your place at the Business Breakfast.

What Will Your Next Round Cost You? December 11, 2007

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Don’t Drink & Drive CampaignHere’s a pic of Liverpool Chamber staff supporting the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ Campaign – What will your next round cost you?

The Chamber’s Evening Economy Manager Joe Curran said “We have taken a lead with this campaign through the pubs, bars and club’s not just in the city centre but in the community area’s also. Old Swan, Everton Tuebrook, etc have all been targeted with T-shirts, beer mats, plastic carriers, posters and banners. In addition we’ve got an ad van displaying a two sided 20ft x 12 ft message informing the public the consequences of driving while under the influence of Alcohol.

“Every year the generic message is rolled out around this time, but every year somebody thinks they can run the gauntlet and take a risk. The loss of your job, a heavy fine, a criminal conviction and the loss of your driving licence are a number of penalties and deterrents that need to be considered, let alone living with the fact that you may have killed someone if not yourself.

“The best advice is if your drinking alcohol, in any measure don’t drive, it really isn’t worth it. I am delighted that the Chamber Staff are getting right behind this campaign and urge everybody to take heed.”

So please – think on this Christmas.

And yes, we are a good-looking bunch, aren’t we?