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Swine Flu Precautions May 22, 2009

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Achoo!

Achoo!

Swine Flu has dropped out of the news agenda thanks to the scandal over MPs expenses, though it’s not to be forgotten about – particularly if it could hit your business.

Here’s some useful info from the NHS to help protect your staff.

Remember though, don’t panic, just be aware and take precautions.

The Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513 513 will be updated regularly

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Check Your Boiler! November 6, 2008

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noraLiverpool Chamber has joined forces with Liverpool City Council to help promote Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (17 to 21 November).

We are calling on all landlords (and anybody else, for that matter) to check their boilers are in good working condition and not generating dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide. As winter sets in, more people are at risk from faulty appliances.

As part of this, Rapid Hardware have agreed to have a promotional price reduction on their CO detectors during the campaign:

  • Spot detectors reduced from £5.99 to £3.99,
  • First Alert Carbon Monoxide 9v Battery Alarm reduced from £29.99 to £19.99
  • First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm & Smoke Detector Combi reduced from £39.99 to £29.99

They will also be advertising in the Liverpool Echo on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 November when they will print a voucher in support of Liverpool City Councils CO Awareness week with an additional 20% of the Carbon Monoxide Alarm & Smoke Alarm Combi, therefore on production of the voucher the Combi Alarm will be available at £23.99 a massive saving of £16.

Work With The School Of Tropical Medicine October 28, 2008

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Illustration by Pamela Holstein

Illustration by Pamela Holstein

Doing Business with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) – Local Expertise, Global Reach

15th/16th December 2008

To help illustrate the work of the LSTM it will be holding a series of open days focused on doing business with the School in the following three areas:

  • Drug discovery, product development and biotechnology and how LSTM can partner or collaborate on programmes.
    9.30 till 12.00 – Tuesday 15 December 2008
  • Pest Control and how we can help you in the workplace
    2  till 4.30 pm – Tuesday 15 December 2008
  • Corporate Travel Health – providing a Company service through its subsidiary, Well Travelled Clinics Ltd
    9.30 till 12.00 – Wednesday 16 December 2008

The three half-day workshops will show people the LSTM facilities, including the brand new R&D building, let them know of the type of work LSTM does and allow companies in the north west to benefit from our expertise via future collaboration.

The format will be coffee & registration on arrival, a welcome talk by a senior member of staff, introduction from the event leader, round table discussion and a tour of the CTID building, followed by a buffet lunch.

If you would like to attend a workshop please contact:

June Pinto
LSTM
Pembroke Place
Liverpool L3 5QA

Tel:   0151 705 3167
Fax:  0151 705 3363
Email: jpinto@liv.ac.uk

Any enquiries should reach the school either by phone, letter fax or email before 14th November please

Credit Crunch Shouldn’t Be A Health Hazard October 16, 2008

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Westfield Health can provide Liverpool Chamber members with health plans and cover to ensure staff remain healthy and happy. This reduces time off work through sickness and stress. This in turn ensures your company keeps operating at optimum levels.

The UK economy is facing its worst crisis for 60 years, according to Chancellor Alistair Darling. But what can businesses do to help minimise the impact on their company and their staff?

Many people are feeling the financial strain at the moment and are cutting back on luxuries and being ruthless with their budgeting. Many are increasingly looking for ways to help them cope with the pressure of paying for everyday healthcare.

Most unexpected health bills spring from visits to the dentist or optician.

Lately, for example there has been a decline in free immediate NHS treatment and an ongoing rise in costs.

But the credit crunch not only has an impact on whether or not people can afford medical treatment, but also on the type of treatment they need. Recent findings from the Mental Health Foundation revealed that people are becoming more isolated and anti-social due to financial worries. This can have an adverse effect on mental health.

One of the ways people can budget for health bills during tough economic times is to purchase a health cash plan.

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Spend A Little, Run A Lot! August 19, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber’s 5K Team challenge is off to a great start! With sponsorship from Adecco, Ray Ross Print Factory and now 2000 bottles of water and a cash injection from new sponsors Aldi.

A new course has been agreed for the former Corporate Cup event, this 5K route uses city centre roads starting and finishing in front of the famous Liver Buildings.

The actual start / finish line will be in Brunswick Street outside the entrance to Cunard Buildings. It will then follow a path through George’s Dockway and Mann Island onto Canada Boulevard. Passing through St. Nicholas Place the first 500 meters will be completed at the entrance to Princes Parade where it moves through to Waterloo Road just before the Costco store and then along the main road as far as Cotton Street where it will turn right.

Approaching the half way point here it will then turn right again at Clay Street into Carlton Street where it will then turn left at the bottom back onto Waterloo Road to follow the same route back to the finish.

With a course as flat as this expect good fast times!

Get your map from www.runliverpool.org.uk where you can also get you team entry forms but hurry, your entries need to be with us by Friday 29th August 2008.

And your running won’t be in vain!  We’ve teamed up with the Roy Castle Cancer Foundation, so that your friends and family can show support by sponsoring every kilometre!  We can think of no better reason to put on your running shoes!

We still have a couple of sponsorship opportunities so if you’d like to help just call Jenny Stewart on 0151 227 1234 or email her at jenny.stewart@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Jenny’s Jog Blog Part III August 12, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber 5K Team Challenge- arriba, arriba!

Continuing the tale of Chamber Head of Client Services Jenny Stewart and her training for the 5K Team Challenge…

The holiday season arrived and if I thought of taking a few days off training then I had another thing coming.  I gamely packed my running shoes, track pants and a vest, knowing that it would be much too hot to run, even in the late evening. I also knew having been there before that it was a hilly terrain and just taking one look at the size of the hills would put anyone off walking never mind running. So two weeks by the pool it was to be!

To my surprise though, RoKo made sure I was up at the crack of dawn every morning so that we could run in the cool air! We’d creep out of the gate so we wouldn’t wake the other residents. How come metal gates always creek? And off we’d go down the road over the speed bumps which weren’t really required to slow me down and on towards Puerto Banus. It was a full 5k to the harbour, so I knew that unless we drove down in the evening I would never see the Ferrari’s and  lambo’s in all their glory.

With each morning’s run came a new achievement. The downside to it though was the fact that we had to walk back from wherever we reached. Our target was Puerto Banus harbour, so we did not ever consider a circular route so the total distance covered would actually be 10k. I always remembered to to tuck a 20 euro note into my sports bra so that we could get a taxi back if necessary!

There is always an upside too, as on the way back we were able to stop at the bread shop to buy freshly baked bread for breakfast. Mind you, it took a deft hand to rescue the very damp 20 euro note required to pay for it!

Running is a great stimulant for the appetite, and it increases your desire to eat healthily. I’ve always been a great junk food eater, but now without realising, I’ve ditched much of the chocolate and substituted it for healthy snacks. If you want my recipe for fat free and sugar free breakfast loaf, just send me an email!

Puerto Banus Harbour

Puerto Banus Harbour

By the third day, Roko and I were reaching the coveted Puerto Banus harbour, 5k from our apartment.  The speed wasn’t great but hey we’d nailed the distance! I even had just about enough breath to take in the wonderful views and look longingly at the lambo!

The problem with being a running bore is that you never know to whom you are extolling the virtues. Here’s me telling a commonwealth games silver medal winner how she really should take up running as it helps you get fit, lose weight, eat more healthily and gives you an excess of the happy hormone serotonin. How embarrassing!

So about 8 weeks into my training programme I’m running about 5k, five times a week. I never thought the couch potato would make it.  Now its time to improve the my time. Don’t want to come in last………

If I’ve inspired you to enter a team just download your application forms from www.runliverpool.org.uk. If you feel you can help us sponsor the race just send me an email jenny.stewart@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Join The Big Drink Debate August 11, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Pub Watch Manager Joe Curran met with health minister Alan Johnson recently when  MP visited Liverpool.

The pair discussed some of the major issues facing Liverpool’s licensees at present, including the difficulties being created for them through the sale of excessively cheap alcohol by supermarkets. Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Drirect Team are promoting responsible retailing of alcohol throughout the city.

Liverpool John Moores University are conducting research on behalf of the NHS into attitudes around alcohol consumption in the north west . Join the big drink debate and have your say at www.bigdrinkdebate.com

Sponsors Line Up For 5K Challenge August 5, 2008

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The Liverpool Chamber 5K Team Challenge looks set to make a grand return to the city centre on 21 September. Organisers are expecting at least 2000 runners, an increase of 1000 from when the event was held at Croxteth Park last year.

Organisers have secured major sponsorship from local companies, including recruitment specialist Adecco and Ray Ross Print Factory. The sponsorship is already being well spent, with Adecco providing running numbers, whilst Ray Ross has contributed towards printed advertising for the race.

The 5K is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar this year” said David Wafer of Adecco. “We are delighted to be a part of the preparations as the race returns to the city centre, particularly in light of our close links to businesses in the area, and the emphasis the race places on entering teams from businesses”.

Ray Ross, of Ray Ross Print Factory, shares Mr Wafer’s enthusiasm, and highlights the charitable benefits of the race. “The 5k is a great, fun way in which to raise money

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for further information contact Alan Rothwell on 0151 427 7117. Teams can enter now at www.runliverpool.org.uk

Jenny’s Jog Blog Part I June 13, 2008

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This September 21 sees the Liverpool 5K Team Challenge taking place in the city centre. Liverpool Chamber staff are busy putting some teams together and getting in shape for the big event. One of our gazelle-like entrants is Head of Membership  Jenny Stewart. She has kindly agreed to document her Spartan-esque training routine as an inspiration for others taking on the challenge…

Week One:
Having been inspired by  Alan Rothwell at RunLiverpool, and his colourful description of  last year’s Santa Dash, I’ve decided to take on the 5K Team Challenge – as an avid dog walker, how difficult can it be? I’ve begun a disciplined training routine under the watchful eye of my much sportier sister. I think I was compelled to train when I heard I would have to buy new shoes. Unfortunately she meant running shoes, but her advice of the more expensive the better to ensure I used them, went down well and a posh pair of trainers were duly bought. Actually I got a bit of a bargain, and managed to buy an amazing pair of high heeled, ankle strap shoes in a wonderful green…(that’s quite enough of that Jenny, the ed)

On the first night, I my trainer told me so far so good. I had gone further than I’d ever gone before…I’d actually put on my running shoes. But now I had to run! We started slowly, measuring distances by lampposts rather than milestones and are working our way up.  The first night we walked a lampost and ran a lampost covering a total distance of 8/10ths of a mile. (I can be accurate because I took delight in measuring the disctance the very next morning- in the car of course!). Using the tried and tested ‘walk a bit, run a bit’ method, we’ve slowly been building up my stamina. I don’t mind admitting I’m a dedicated 20 a day smoker. I’m not proud of it but I do it. I’m also a coffee-holic, so in the Bridget Jones style: Fags: 20; Lattes (full fat): 4, and Bars of chocolates or slices of cake: 3.

At the end of week one I am covering 8/10ths of a mile. Running 3 lamposts, walking one, but looking forward to the weekend off!

Will she go for the burn? Or just burn out? Look out for next week’s update to find out!

If you or your company would like to enter a team, you can find all the details and an application form on the Run Liverpool 5k Team Challenge website.

Get Your Running Shoes On! June 3, 2008

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It’s the Liverpool Chamber 5kTeam Challenge!

Not so long ago the Liverpool Corporate Cup was the flagship event in the road racing calendar. It had a great city centre course and was attracting more that 3,000 entries from runners both in and out of the city.

Due to development work in the city it had to relocate to Croxteth Park in 2005 and since then numbers have declined due in part to the out of town location.

Liverpool Chamber and L13 10K are currently in negotiation to bring the Liverpool Corporate Cup back to the city as the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce 5k Team Challenge.

Comprising four team members from businesses in the city and the wider Merseyside area, we hope the race will take place on Sunday 21 September 2008. We feel it’s a great opportunity to promote the city in its European Capital of Culture year, and give both chamber members and other businesses a chance to endorse health and fitness within their organisations.

Alan Rothwell of Run Liverpool said: “We think we’ve got a city centre location, starting and finishing within sight of the three graces. We’re hoping for 3000 runners, and we’d love you to help. Apart from your businesses team entry, we also have some fantastic sponsorship opportunities. Would you like to have 3000 runners wearing your t-shirts? Can you provide the goody bags or winners medals? Or perhaps donate the water or fruit on the day? We’ll give you great publicity leading up to the event and of course on the day.

Please note, each team should have at least one female member.”

If you can help, email Jenny.stewart@liverpoolchamber.org.u

You can enter your teams now at www.runliverpool.org.uk