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Did Your Parents Move To The UK? April 7, 2009

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shanghaiboingboing TV production Ricochet are looking for participants in a new series they are making:

Does the country of your parents’ or grandparents’ birth fascinate you? Would you consider moving there for a better standard of living?

Perhaps you are attracted by potentially exciting career or business opportunities or maybe you want a different lifestyle.

We will be exploring the growing trend of "Reverse Migration" for a new documentary series.

Four 2nd or 3rd generation British families will be given the opportunity to ‘road test’ a new life in the country their parents or grandparents come from for several months, to find out about jobs, schools and housing. They might like it so much; they decide they want to stay.

If you and your family are thinking about making such a move or have always wanted to explore your cultural roots in Asia, China, Africa or the Caribbean call us on

01273 224 816 or email familyroots@ricochet.co.uk

Tel: 01273 224 816

Email: familyroots@ricochet.co.uk

Web: www.Ricochet.co.uk

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Dare You Enter The BBC’s Dragon’s Den? March 31, 2009

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 fellbeastThe BBC say:

Entrepreneurs from across the country once again have a chance to make their business dreams come true by appearing on Dragons’ Den. If you’re genuinely seeking investment for your business idea or invention, we’d like to hear from you.

In the most recent series, 14 entrepreneurs received offers of investment in the Den, with many more going on to find success even without the backing of the dragons.

Last year when three entrepreneurs faced the Dragons they had only dreamt of success for their company, BLINDSINABOX. James Caan and Duncan Bannatyne immediately saw the potential in their innovative product, a paper blind which fits any window, and gave them a much needed investment. Now, with their Dragon support, Simeone Salik , Dominic Lawrence and Janice Dalton are celebrating as a major high street retailer has announced plans to stock the product in all 700 of their stores.

The rules are simple: entrepreneurs can ask for cash investment in return for equity in their business. However, they must get the at least amount they ask for or they will walk away with nothing. The Dragons are prepared to listen to a pitch for any kind of business but they must be convinced that it will make money.

As demonstrated by the investments in the last six series, ideas, businesses and products that meet some or all of the following criteria stand a good chance of securing the Dragons’ interest:

· The Unique Selling Point: a product that serves a need like nothing else.

· Scalability: something that can be up scaled to make real money.

· Route to Market: the clear way the product can be sold and marketed.

· Mutually Beneficial Arrangement: just what will the Dragons get out of it?

· Exit Strategy: a plan of how the entrepreneur/Dragon will exit and make money.

The BBC is currently searching for Britain’s best entrepreneurs and will be auditioning throughout the coming months. We want to hear from anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to enter the Dragons’ Den.

If you would like an application form please send an e-mail to dragonsden@bbc.co.uk, telephone 0871 200 3003 (Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT Landline, other operators and mobiles may be higher) or visit www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden where you can also find details of an exciting new opportunity to pitch to two new Online Dragons.

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Children In Need Committee Vacancies March 27, 2009

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Children_in_need We have been asked by the BBC to circulate the following info regarding Children In Need Committee vacancies:

BBC Children in Need is seeking to recruit individuals with extensive and demonstrable experience of improving outcomes for children and young people to provide independent, objective contributions to its Northern Regional Committee which is responsible for distributing around £8m annually to organisations delivering services for children and young people on a not for profit basis.

The Northern Regional Committee is the key mechanism for advising the Trustees on which organisations should be funded by BBC Children in Need in the North of England, an area which covers Yorkshire & Humber, North Lincolnshire, the North East, the North West and Cumbria.

This is an opportunity to ensure that BBC Children in Need funds projects which fulfil its mission to positively change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and that  funds are distributed across the Northern Region in an effective and objective manner.

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Used Your Redundancy To Start A Business? Then Get On TV March 19, 2009

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goodlife Ricochet, an independent TV company, is developing a series about the increasing trend among people who, having been laid off, are using their redundancy money to fund their own business venture. 

In particular they want to hear from couples who have decided to go into business together – preferably with a venture that is new territory to both of them.  They’d like to hear from couples who are planning a new business, just about to launch or are in the early stages of trading.  

Ideally the kind of businesses they’d be interested in featuring would be service or produce based, rather than IT or finance driven.

The producers are hoping to make contact with interested couples before Easter so anyone interested should call either Sue Dulay or Marc Lewis on 01273 224828 or email them with details of the enterprise and the circumstance that led up to its inception to ournewbusiness@ricochet.co.uk

For more information about Ricochet and the kind of programming the company makes, please go to www.ricochet.co.uk

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Benitez, Gerrard, Beckham And More All Rolled Into One December 7, 2008

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Looking for an entertainer who can bring the stars of Liverpool FC and beyond to your event, yet only needs space for one?

Then let us  introduce Darren Farley, a Liverpool-born, professional impersonator. His current repertoire includes hilarious impersonations of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Rafa Benitez, Michael Owen, David Beckham, Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch, Xabi Alonso and Wayne Rooney. He is currently working on many more stars from the world of football and also celebrities from other sports and walks of life.

Darren became a recent sensation on youtube.com after his initial video posting. This has now generated well in excess of 1 million hits! Please click on the link below for the video that launched a career:

The above clip features Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch.

In the month since the youtube video was uploaded Darren has worked extensively with Radio City, Citytalk FM and BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool and he has also appeared on Talksport on a national level (another YouTube clip where Simon Ross, Radio City presenter has Darren in the studio talking to THE Jamie Carragher)

In this YouTube clip, Darren meets Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres whilst working at Radio City’s Local Heroes Awards – a massive night in Liverpool honouring local talent and bravery.

Darren has also appeared on Sky TV and Setanta Sports. Please check out the YouTube clips below for a further sample of Darren’s talent.

“Off The Bar” weekly programme on Sky Sports hosted by Matt Lorenzo

Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports hosted by Jeff Stelling

Darren was invited to perform at the North West Football Awards at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. This was the second annual event and was attended by legends and current stars of the game including Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Tom Finney, Ian Rush, David Moyes and many more.

Darren is available for Christmas parties, personal appearances, corporate events, after-dinner engagements, etc. Please call Neil Sang at his management company, Sportstar Promotions Limited on 0151 486 4848 or email neil@sportstar.co.uk for pricing and availability.

BBC Seeks Family Run Businesses December 1, 2008

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open_all_hoursThe BBC have been in touch. They would like to find some family-run businesses for a new series they are producing.

They said:

We are currently researching new ideas for BBC television and are looking for family-run businesses which may like to take part in an exciting new project. We want companies who would appreciate some advice from a top business guru on how to run their business more effectively.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Deoborah at deborah.van-bishop@bbc.co.uk

Barcamp Liverpool Is Coming December 1, 2008

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barcampliverpool6 & 7 December, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

And lo! The geeks shall inherit the earth. And so it came to pass.

Barcamp – a technology related ‘unconference’ open to all – is coming to Liverpool. Barcamp Liverpool invites entrepreneurs, technologists,programmers, developers, designers, bloggers, social media types, gamers, and artists to two days of unadulterated geeky Barcamp fun.

We are expecting over 150 technology geeks (and not so geeks) and will be welcoming guests from Liverpool, the North West and London and some from across Europe – all coming to Liverpool for Barcamp; the city’s first Technology “Unconference’.

You may have read about it in the Daily Post.

Barcamp has some great sponsors – from local technology stars such as Screencasts Online, Mando Group, Amaze and Glow New Media to the giants of the industry. We’re honored to be supported by BBC Backstage, Yahoo! Developer Network, and Microsoft who are sponsoring the party – yes, there’ll be a party!

If you’d like to sponsor – perhaps by sponsoring a prize at the Startup Stars competition, get in touch.

For more info and to sign up, please check out the Barcamp Liverpool Website.

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Business Should Embrace Social Networking October 29, 2008

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The BBC today carries an article on how businesses should embrace social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

The article says:

Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.

Attempts to control employees’ use of such software could damage firms in the long run by limiting the way staff communicate, the think tank said.

Social networking can encourage employees to build relationships with colleagues across a firm.

Using technology to build closer links with ex-employees and potential customers could also boost productivity, innovation and create a more democratic working environment.

“In today’s difficult business environment, the instinctive reaction can be to batten down the hatches and return to the traditional command-and-control techniques that enable managers to closely monitor and measure productivity.

“Allowing workers to have more freedom and flexibility might seem counter-intuitive, but it appears to create businesses more capable of maintaining stability.”

Liverpool Chamber has supported this view for a long time – see our previous posts here and here. We have ourselves embraced social networking as a way to communicate with the local, and global, business community. We’re no experts, but we see its value. If treated sensibly, it’s a great tool for business.

We’re on Facebook (you can be our friend if you like!). We use it to both be a part of Liverpool’s business and wider community, as well as to let people know what we’re up to and what events we’re running.

We’ve also signed up to Twitter although we do keep forgetting to ‘twit’, if we’re honest! Plus we use this blog and Upcoming to stay in touch with interested parties. We also post pics from our events of Flickr, a good way to get a real feel of what we do across to our members. And that’s all above and beyond our normal old website.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Learn To Do Anything With Monkeysee October 28, 2008

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Need to learn some new skills? Want to get advice from the experts? Want it for free?

Of course you do. That’s where the video tutorial website Monkeysee comes in. On it you can watch videos from experts in a range of disciplines. They give you the low-down on topics like public speaking, negotiating salaries, managing budgets and writing that killer CV.

But there’s also a whole lot more. How to care for a pet snake, for instance. Or how to survive a zombie attack (shoot them in the head, basically). Or how to make macaroni cheese. You name it, it’s probably on there.

All the vids are short and easy to follow and can be watched in your browser.

Become a right know-it-all here.

Would You Like To See Your Company’s Name In Print? October 28, 2008

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If you have an interesting success story to share with the world, why not get in touch with Liverpool Chamber to spread the word. After all, as your ultimate business network, we are here to promote our members and to help you grow your business.

At Liverpool Chamber we publish a bi-monthly magazine with a circulation of over 3,000. It goes out to our unrivalled network of contacts across the Merseyside business community.

If you would like the opportunity for your company’s name to be on the desks of some of the most influential names in Liverpool business, simply get in touch.

All we ask is that you have an interesting story to share. Whether it be an interesting or high profile contract you have secured, or simply that you have had a lot of success in your business of late, we want to hear from you.

One such company was Mando Group, who launched this year’s Liverpool Biennial website. All the company needed to do was to get in touch and reap the benefits of some positive publicity in the Chamber Magazine.

You need to be a Liverpool Chamber member to see your story in print. Simply email the Marketing Team on: marketing@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Alternatively, you can pay for advertising in the magazine. With the capacity for full colour adverts of any shape, size or design; advertising in the Chamber Magazine can be a really eye catching way of grabbing our readers’ attention.

Advertising prices start from as little as £686 for members and £754 for non-members for a quarter of a page. For the full advertising rates contact Scott Rogers for a quote on 0161 443 5053.

Deadlines for copy are as follows:

Publication                    Deadline
Jan 2009                       30 Nov 2008
March                            31 Jan
May                               31 March
July                                30 May
Oct                                31 July
Nov                               30 Sept