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Sponsor Our E-newsletter October 6, 2008

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Every week, Liverpool Chamber sends an e-newsletter to nearly 6,000 recipients. It covers our news, top tips and what’s happening in the wider business community.

As part of this, we offer both members and non-members the opportunity to sponsor the newsletter. It’s a great way to get your message accross to your target audience.

Sponsors’ placements take two forms. There is the top text-based story, which can click through to either an article on this blog or to a website of your choice. Prices for this article for one weekare:

  • Members – £150
  • Non-members – £350
  • Charity members – £100
  • Prices for multi-week campaigns negotiable

We also have a graphic image at the very top of the newsletter. This can display an advertisement of your choice. Again, this is then linked either to an article on this blog, or to a website of your choice. Prices for the graphic ad for one week are:

  • Members – £100
  • Non-members – £300
  • Charity members – £50
  • Prices for multi-week campaigns negotiable

Sample newsletter ad - 220 x 125 pxls

We ask that adverts are supplied as a jpeg file, 220w x 125h pixels in size. Alternatively, we can create an ad for you at an additional cost of £10.

We would also require any other copy / images for inclusion on our blog, or the URL of your desired target page.

We also send out a bi-weekly events newsletter, which can also be sponsored, at the same rates, if you have an event to publicise.

If you are interested in sponsoring our newsletter, please email Nick Jones to find out more.

Sign up for our newsletter here.

“Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation!” What Every Employer Needs To Know About ‘Generation Y’ August 22, 2008

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Dr Paul Redmond, University of Liverpool

They are the most educated, affluent, assertive and open-minded generation in history, the ‘digital natives’ who have never had to get up off the sofa to switch channels, who have no memory of Morecambe and Wise, and who, for the first time in human history, have a better grasp of technology than their parents. Welcome to the brave new world of Generation Y.

Where were you on the evening of 20th October 2007? Chances are, like millions of others across the UK you were watching England compete in the Rugby World Cup Final.

But there’s also a good chance that at some stage during the TV coverage, you found yourself pondering the following question:

What has a man in a gorilla suit playing drums to an old Phil Collins song got to do with chocolate bars?


Can Liverpool Do Better Than The UK Economy? August 19, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, British Chambers of Commerce, Business, Capital of Culture 2008, Chamber Services, Culture, Legislation, Liverpool, Media, Policy, Services.
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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is hopeful that Merseyside may be less affected by the threat of recession than the country as a whole. The quarterly UK economic forecast released by British Chambers highlights a significant worsening in UK economic prospects and predicts an increase in unemployment across the country of 250,000 to 300,000 people although the organisation remains hopeful that a major recession can be avoided.

Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce says: “While these latest figures are worrying they do not confirm a trend. All businesses will feel some impact from the worsening position in the wider economy, we remain cautiously optimistic that Merseyside businesses are doing better than most.

“In our survey of members for the second quarter of this year there was clear evidence that the trading environment was very tough with half of the companies who responded having to face rising raw material and overhead costs and a general slowdown in new orders and sales. Despite this, 33% of companies reported growing employment compared to only 13% reducing jobs with the majority of new posts being full time.”

“We have seen some high profile failures in recent months, and there has been a predictable downturn in construction but most sectors have performed well, including local retail, which is bucking the national trend by exhibiting growth. There is also anecdotal evidence that the hospitality sector is doing well with record numbers of visitors coming to the city and our growing base of technology and innovation based businesses are expected to be less affected by the general trend.

“We believe that there are local factors that provide at least some short term insulation against the worst of the credit crunch. But our national body, British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has warned of a “serious risk” of recession, nationally, following its business confidence survey and so this is no time for complacency in any sector”.

Liverpool Chamber’s latest economic survey has just been circulated to members and the results will be released along with the results of the national survey in early October.

Let’s All Move To Cambridge! Or Not… August 13, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Business, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Liverpool, Media, News, Policy.
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Blimey! Tory think tank The Policy Exchange has put the cat amongst the pigeons in Exchange Flags by suggesting that northern cities like Liverpool are beyond retrieval and should be left to crumble into a post apocolyptic nightmare of disease and decay.

Well, maybe not quite that bad, but it supports the policy of managed decline and suggests we’d all be better off moving to that there London, Cambridge and Oxford.

Now, delighted as I’m sure the good people of Cambridge are at the thought of thousands of scousers moving in, it’s a safe bet that the good people of Liverpool (and Sunderland, Blackpool and Bradford etc) are not that keen on going for a punt on the river either.

And why should they? The Port of Liverpool is busier than it’s ever been. The Capital of Culture will have a lasting legacy in both events like the Biennial and a change in attitude towards the city. Urban regeneration and investment in projects like Liverpool One have brought jobs and money into the economy. The proposed new Mersey crossing will improve our travel and supply infrastructure. The Big Dig can’t go on forever.

These are just some of the reasons why a move down south is not needed. I’m sure you can think of more.

We’d love to hear what you have to think about this report. Let us know by leaving a nice ranting comment!

Stoke your moral outrage by reading more about this on the Daily Post website.

Or, read an account of why someone from Cambridge might want to move to Liverpool over on Adrian McEwan’s blog.

Learn To Do Just About Anything Online July 18, 2008

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It’s time for another post on how great the world wide web is. We’ve recently looked at how social networks can benefit business and a list of 80 sites to hack your life. So today, it’s a look at the sites where you can go to learn to do, well, just about anything.

Over on the Dumb Little Man blog, they’ve posted a list of 15 sites that can teach you to anything from learning to build your own website to looking after a sick cat. Some of them you may have heard of, some you won’t, and some may be a surprise.

The full list of 15 sites can be seen here, but it includes:

  • YouTube – yep, it’s not all dancing stormtroopers. Need to learn how to tune a guitar, build a blog or bake a nice cake? Chances are someone’s posted an instructional vid on YouTube.
  • How Stuff Works – with sections covering cars, pets, computers, business, food, money and more, find out how things tick here.
  • wikiHow – user generated content on a host of topics
  • Wired’s How To Wiki – Wired is the techy’s mag of choice, and its how to site covers technical matters such as gadgets, technology and computers. Geek out here.
  • W3Schools – become a web developer by using these free tutorials from the people who help set web standards
  • VideoJug – probably the largest and most comprehensive online video tutorial site, covering a mind-bogglingly broad selection of subjects.

Read the full list on Dumb Little Man here.

Superior (And Free) Alternatives To Windows Software April 29, 2008

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So, we’ve not lifted a story from Lifehacker for a while. To make up for it, here’s a handy list of alternative software applications you can run on your machine. They replace, and often surpass, the more familiar names you may be familiar with. They say:

“It may be the year 2008, but a whole lot of sucktacular software still rears its ugly head on PC’s everywhere, even when better-behaved options are freely available. Whether it’s molasses-slow bloatware, shameless adware, anemic default apps, or “Your trial period has expired!” nagware, it’s time to replace stinky Windows software with its superior (but lesser-known) alternative.”

The list includes alternatives to:

  • Adobe
  • AOL instant messenger
  • Internet Explorer
  • Quick Time
  • Norton Anti Virus
  • Media players / downloaders like Limewire, iTunes and Quick Time

Read the full list of applications on Lifehacker here.

Wirral TV Launched April 21, 2008

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Wirral TV, the new online community-focused website is now up and running.

Launched from a unique partnership of Community Trusts the new social enterprise has big ambitions to serve the information needs in the form of short films of the entire population of the Wirral. The new website Wirraltv.net has a broad ‘church’ of content from social and community issues such as dog fouling to ASBO’s to lighter content such as film festivals, music festivals, sport and horoscopes. There will be a short film for everyone no matter what age you are, gender or ethnicity.

Check out Wirral TV here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for local companies.

Liverpool The Next Barcelona? April 14, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Liverpool, Media, World Wide Web.
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America’s tip-top prestigious newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, has recently run an article on Liverpool and its growing cultural status:

“Liverpool has long been known as an industrial city with blighted neighborhoods and violent crime. Rowdy fans descend for soccer games, spilling out of pubs after hours. Its biggest claim to fame: the birthplace of the Beatles.

Now, the 800-year-old port is trying to become Europe’s next hip destination. This year, the city has been designated Europe’s Capital of Culture, and it just launched its first fashion week…”

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website.

Save Ur Txt Msgs With Treasuremytext March 28, 2008

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A new online service has been launched to let you save your most important text messages for posterity.

Treasuremytext is the brain-child of Liverpool-based web 2.0 wunderkinder Katy Lips and Paul Stringer. The site setup is simple: after signing up for an account, you just forward the messages you want to save to the Treasuremytext number that fits your region. Treasuremytext will archive the SMS message and even give you options for organizing your saved texts.

So now all those special messages from loved ones (luv u!), or important reminders (buy more bacon!) need not be lost when your phone’s memory overflows.

Make Your Website Work For You Free Event March 25, 2008

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Wednesday 2 April 2008

11am – 1pm

ICDC and Partnership for Learning have combined with three leading website specialists do deliver a masterclass on attracting more consumers to your website and converting them to customers.

This free event could help boos your profits and lead to considerable savings in the future for your company’s training needs.

Who should attend?

Any business that wants to maximise the benefits from their website by:

  • increasing traffic by raising your site’s visibility
  • retaining web visitors
  • improving the site’s visual impact
  • making it easier to access and navigate
  • getting expert advise on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • learning how to make the most of Google Adwords

The masterclass will be provided by:

To book, please contact ICDC on ICDCEvents@ljmu.ac.uk or 0151 231 4704.

ICDC Lecture Theatre
Liverpool Innovation Park
Faraday House
Edge Lane

Registration is at 10.45am.

Masterclass begins at 11am with a buffet lunch for in time for attendees to leave by 1pm.

Free parking is available at the venue.