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Make A Pledge For The Environment May 5, 2009

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Liverpool’s Year of the Environment’s Pledge scheme is now available on www.ourcityourplanet.co.uk

This gives you the chance to go online and promise to do something green to mark this special year. You can choose to do something individually, as an organisation, or you can make a pledge and challenge other people to take part. 

Start pledging by going to the website and filling in the simple form

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Elevenses with the Neighbours April 28, 2009

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muffin_2Tuesday 26 May is European Neighbours’ Day

Is your business based in L1, L2 or L3? Then come on over to our place to meet your neighbours.

2004 saw the creation of European Neighbours’ Day which has been growing in strength since.  The aim of European Neighbours Day is to encourage people to interact with each other hence, creating better community cohesion. Last year it was celebrated in 29 countries with over 8 million participants.

As one of our neighbours Liverpool Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us for elevenses here at Number One Old Hall Street –  we’ll provide the Latte. Oh, and another one of our good neighbours has baked the muffins – Costco of course.

So come along and meet the staff of the Chamber of Commerce.  Perhaps you have a particular business issue that we can advise you about.  And don’t forget this is your opportunity to meet some of your other neighbours without having to make the excuse of ‘borrowing a cup of sugar’!  You’ll be surprised at the potential business that can be done networking over a coffee.

And so we don’t run out please indicate your preference to Latte, Cappuccino etc by emailing your name, company details and ‘phone number to events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Give Your Business The Green Edge April 24, 2009

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Environment, Events, Liverpool, Policy.
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tree.jpgLiverpool Chamber is continuing its pledge to ‘Give businesses the green edge’ by supporting a Green Business Day being held in Liverpool city centre as part of Liverpool’s Year of the Environment 2009.

The event will take place on Thursday 7 May, to coincide with European Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) week 2009. The week will see a huge variety of events taking place across the European Union.

A giant marquee in Liverpool One’s newly completed Chavasse Park will act as the focal point for the day, with a green business fair taking place inside between 10 am and 4 pm.

Merseyside SMEs are being invited to come along. Environmentally focused businesses from across Merseyside will be demonstrating easily applicable green measures any company, individual, school or community group could take to save the environment.

As part of the day, Liverpool Chamber will be hosting a free seminar and workshop within the Chavasse Park marquee, from 2 until 3pm, titled ‘Giving Businesses the Green Edge.’

The seminar will see a number of key speakers, including Emansys principal consultant and head of the Liverpool Chamber environment committee, Stephen Sykes.

Businesses attending the workshop can learn about environmental management systems, waste management applications and a range of practical eco-friendly measures. There will also be an opportunity to join Liverpool Chamber’s Environment Club.

We hope the event will encourage companies to take a Year of the Environment Green Pledge or go further to become a Green Business Ambassador.

In order to become a Green Business Ambassador, a business must have achieved a standard, won an award or have outstanding green credentials before applying for the title. Successful ambassadors will be able to raise their profile, and that of Liverpool as a leader in the tackling of climate change.

There will be locally sourced food for sale and eco-friendly entertainment for the public to enjoy throughout the day

AL And AL Win The Liverpool Art Prize 2009 – Elizabeth Willow Is The People’s Choice April 23, 2009

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al-and-al_eternal-youthAt a packed special Awards Ceremony in the Wake Theatre at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre tonight, AL and AL were presented with the prize of £2000 as winners of the Liverpool Art Prize 2009.
Also after counting over 1000 votes cast by visitors to the gallery it was announced that Elizabeth Willow was the winner of the £1000 ‘People’s Choice’ prize.

The ceremony was hosted by artinliverpool.com who set up and organise the prize which started in 2008 during Liverpool’s reign as European Capital of Culture.

For the Art Prize exhibition AL and AL presented new work including ‘I want to run in my mountains’ (2009) which features ‘Biped 00’ running through a shower of pink triangles high in the mountains as ‘Biped 01’ is measured and recorded in a motion tracking volume.

The anaglyph video works have been commissioned for an exhibition in the city of Mechelen Belgium, the location from which the trains destined for Auschwitz departed. The pink triangle was the Nazi German symbol for homosexuals, many of whom were murdered by the regime. The scientific quest to measure, quantify and ultimately control human behaviour is mirrored in the reflective world of the Avatar series where AL and AL’s studio performances have been transformed into biped animations using motion tracking biometric technology.

Also their ‘The ‘Suit of Cups’ (2009) places ‘Biped 00’ and ‘01’ as the central protagonists in a selection from the Tarot Deck; playing cards which are used to contemplate an individual’s predicament and divinate a possible future. The new rational world of measuring human behaviour is composited into the old irrational landscapes of superstitious symbolism.

The other shortlisted artists are: Terry Duffy, McCoy Wynne, Nicki McCubbing and Richard Meaghan

Main Sponsors: Duncan Sheard Glass Chartered Accountants (Main Prize), Arthur Diamond Design (People’s Choice Prize, printing & signage), Alexander MacGregor (Catalogue design & production)

The judges:
•    Alex Corina – Artist
•    Imogen Stidworthy – Artist, Winner of the 2008 Liverpool Art Prize
•    Amrit & Rabindra Singh (The Singh Twins) – Artists and winners of the 2008 People’s Choice Prize
•    Claire Hamilton – presenter for BBC Radio Merseyside
•    Paul Hyland (Duncan Sheard Glass – Accountants)
•    Jay Mitton (Arthur Diamond Design – Signs and Printers)

Liverpool Celebrates St George’s Day April 22, 2009

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St GeorgeLiverpool will be celebrating St George’s Day in style this Thursday (April 23).

The nation’s patron saint will be the cause for a wealth of festive activities at the city’s famous St George’s Hall, from Morris Dancing and live music to a special deal for war veterans.

Celebrations will begin at 10am, with friends of St George’s Hall to welcome visitors by issuing red roses in the Heritage Centre.

The corridors of the Grade I listed building, which reopened on St George’s Day in 2007 after a 10-year revamp costing £23m, will be decked with bunting of St George’s Flag.

The festivities get underway from 12.45pm – 1.30pm with Professor Ian Tracey providing a FREE organ recital of “Pomp and Circumstance” on the Willis Organ, the third biggest organ of its kind in the UK after Liverpool Cathedral and Royal Albert Hall.

From 2pm – 5pm there will be a tea dance held in the Great Hall which recently hosted the Spring Ball, attended by more than 400 people. Admission for the tea dance is at £2. Entrance for this event is at the William Brown St end of the building.

At 3.00pm The Mersey Morris men will provide a Morris Dancing display and live music, both of which are supported by Friends of St George’s Hall.

War veterans who display their medals will be able to experience all the activities for FREE.

As well as the St George’s Day celebrations, St George’s Hall is currently hosting Daring to be Different – From Taxi Driver to Ocean Racer – a photography exhibition by Lisa Pover, in the Dickens Gallery. The next event at The Great Hall is The Antiques Fair on Saturday, April 25. The next event in St George’s Concert Room is Music for the Mind, Body and Soul as part of MILAP on April 25.

Housing Land Availability Assessment – Call For Sites April 8, 2009

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hard_hatLiverpool/Wirral Joint Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) – Call For Sites

Liverpool City Council’s Development Plans Team are undertaking a ‘Call For Sites’ exercise.

It involves inviting landowners, developers, businesses and members of the public to submit details of sites that they consider suitable for housing development, or re-development in the period up to 2024.

Sites suggested will be assessed against a number of criteria as part of the SHLAA. This in turn will be used to inform planning policy used to guide future development in the city.

Submission formas are available on the Council’s website.

Alternatively they can be obtained from the Council’s planning reception at Ground Floor, Milennium House, Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6JF.

To find out more, visit the website or contact the Development Team at development.plans@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 3021

Chamber’s Taxi Safety Campaign Outranks Expectations March 4, 2009

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taxi Liverpool’s city centre is now safer than ever before thanks to a ground-breaking taxi marshalling scheme pioneered by the City Centre Crime Reduction Partnership, whose members include Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council.

In November 2007, the scheme teamed up private security firm Impact Security Solutions to marshal the three busiest taxi ranks in Liverpool city centre, working to eradicate queue jumping and threatening behaviour. Initially a pilot proposal, the scheme has continued to run on into March and throughout 2008 at peak times. In some areas crime is reported to be down by as many as 68 incidents on last year as a result of the scheme.

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Say NO To Extended City Centre Parking Charges February 6, 2009

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parking_meterAs you may know, Liverpool City Council has plans to increase the times car parking fees are levied in the city centre from 6pm until 8pm (previously mentioned on this blog here).

This obviously a ‘Bad Thing’.

It can only have a negative affect on the city’s evening and night time economy, its workers, shops and residents. Money that could have been spent in a restaurant, cinema or bar will now have to go into a parking meter. That’s if people haven’t been put off making the journey in the first place.

So what can you do? Well, you can:

Take action now and help us ensure that Liverpool continues to be a city of growth, not stagnation. Otherwise, all of last year’s hulaballoo will have been for nothing, won’t it?

Closure Of Kingsway Tunnel Friday 16 Jan January 15, 2009

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tunnelThat’s tomorrow!

The Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will be closed in both directions overnight from 7pm on Friday 16th January.

It will re-open at 6.30am on Saturday morning.

The Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel will remain open as usual.

The night time works involve removing a major overhead gantry sign which spans the Wallasey plaza end of the Kingsway Tunnel.

As a result of the closure, all class 1 and class 2 traffic (cars; light vans; vehicles with two or less axles; and vehicles seating nine or less people) will be diverted to the Queensway Tunnel.

Unfortunately, Heavy Goods Vehicles (class 3 and class 4 traffic) are not permitted to use the Queensway Tunnel and, therefore, will be diverted via the Runcorn Bridge.

For more information contact Merseytravel’s Press Office tel: 0151 330 1151

Come And See Santa At Lewis’s December 15, 2008

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Raccoon not included.

Raccoon not included.

Liverpool’s famous Lewis’s store takes a seasonal look back at 2008 in their magical Santa’s grotto, opened daily in the run up to Christmas.

Lewis’s was the first department store in Liverpool to have a grotto, way back in 1879, and this year they want to say a special thank you to all the loyal shoppers who have supported the store through the last year.

Covering 10,000 square feet this is a magical experience following the adventures of Lewis Bear who, like the store, is celebrating his 150th birthday.
Be prepared to see a Santa Superlambanana and a festive take on the MTV awards in the third floor of Lewis’s Ranelagh Street shop.

Free to walk around or £5 to receive a gift (10% goes to the charity Give A Child A Chance). Every child receives a balloon, badge and activity sheet on the way into the grotto.

Opening times: Mon – Fri 11am-5pm, Thurs 11am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. (Opens 9am from Dec 18.)