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Learn How Skillworks Can Help You Financially At This Free Event May 6, 2009

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merseyskills-logo-smallTuesday 12th May

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool John Moores University invite you to a free networking event in support of European SME week.

During this period of economic uncertainty having well trained staff is key to growth and sustainable success. Since 2007 John Moores and Liverpool Chamber have disseminated over £7 million through SkillWorks funding to local business to assist with staff training and development.

Due to the success of the SkillWorks initiative it is set to continue up until 2010. This event will introduce you to sources of support for your business and funding opportunities that will help you with costs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Mersey Skills Network can help your business thrive in LJMU’s ‘The Automatic’.

Date: Tuesday 12th May

Time: 8am to 10am

Venue: The Automatic (Edge Lane, Technology Park)

Refreshments: Hot Barms and Pastries

Cost: Free

To register for this event please email Inna Lekshtedt at i.lekshtedt@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 8057 for more information

Mersey Skills Network April 8, 2009

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merseyskills-logo-smallBy giving your staff the right training, you can make a positive impact on your environment and on your bottom line.

Mersey Skills Network is a partnership between Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool John Moores University. Whatever training your business needs, Mersey Skills Network should be your first point of contact.

We understand the needs of businesses in an increasingly competitive market. We have ample experience in giving businesses the knowledge, training and support they need. If you want to do your bit to make your business greener, whilst giving it the economic edge, speak to Mersey Skills Network first.

For more information and what support is available please call 0151 224 1888

Doing What Works…Finance July 10, 2008

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“Doing What Works…” is a series of interactive seminars brought to you by the Mersey Skills Network designed to help businesses get the skills necessary to succeed.

The “Doing What Works… Finance” seminar will take place at Blackburne House, Blackburne Place off Hope Street in Liverpool, on 18 September. It aims to alleviate the fears associated with financial management and provide advice, information, tips and techniques which can then be immediately implemented within organisations.

The seminar will feature as key-note speaker local man Steve Sealy, founding director of AM Paper Group Ltd. In addition, three interactive workshops will focus on the Credit Crunch, Finance for Non Financial management, and Profit Improvement, all facilitated by professionals with many years experience in the field of finance.

9.30am – Arrival, refreshment and registration
10am – Welcome from Carole Crosby, Deputy CEO, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
10.15am – -Effective Business Networking:
In an educational and motivational manner. Kintish provide expertise in the field of business development. This poweful sessikon will help you get the most from your business interactions.
11am – Break
11.15am – Keynote speaker, Stevbe Sealy, AM Paper Group Ltd
12pm – Lunch & networking
1pm – Workshop 1 – Credit Crunch, tips and techniques for successful debt management
1.45pm – Break and chamgeover
2pm – Workshop 2 – Finance for Non-Financial Management – Gain an insight and understanding of finance
2.45pm – Break and change over
3pm – Workshop 3 – Profit Improvement – Insights and methods to help grow your profits
3.45 – End of workshops – 10 minutes questions and closing speech
4pm – finish

Places cost £250 + VAT.

Book online at the Liverpool Chamber website

or by contacting:

Mersey Skills Network
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Number One Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9HG
Email: info@merseyskills.co.uk
Telephone: 0151 224 1888

Don’t Miss The Lancashire Business Fair November 5, 2007

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Floral Hall, Southport, Wednesday 7 November

There are lots of reasons for companies to attend the Business Fair. Lots of free information and advice, local suppliers and contacts to meet and informative seminars. Mersey Skills Network will be in attendance to answer your questions about funding for skills training.

And for people still in the early stages of setting up their venture, free copies of Business Link’s ‘The No Nonsense Guide to Starting a Business’ booklet will be available to collect on the day.

Getting There

Southport Floral Hall is on the main promenade next to the Floral Gardens and only a few minutes walk from Lord Street train station.
Pay and display parking is situated around the venue and on the promenade, and a park and ride facility operates throughout the year (about 3 minutes from the Floral Hall) with a drop off point outside the venue.

Get directions from Google Maps

Visit the Business Associations website for more details.

£1m Skills Training Boost For Merseyside September 17, 2007

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Mersey Skills Network LogoMersey Skills Network today announced that it has allocated £1M funding in its first three months. The consortium made up of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Blackburne House, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Community College and was formed to improve work based training across the region.

The project aims to distribute £4M of support to business by the 31 July 2008. Sharlene Walton, SkillWorks Project Manager for Mersey Skills Network said: “We are delighted by the quick uptake of the funding, this shows that the Merseyside business community values the opportunity to improve business training. The funding covers all aspects of training except that which is a requirement by law. It has already been used by a wide variety companies for everything from Masters Degrees to food hygiene certificates for their staff.”

The funding, provided by the Learning and Skills Council and European Social Fund, is available to all small and medium sized businesses in every business sector and is designed for companies from sole traders to firms employing up to 250 staff.

For more information on gaining Skill Works funding call Mersey Skills Network on 0151 224 1888 or visit the Mersey Skills Network website.

Plenty To Choose From At Il Forno Platform Lunch August 20, 2007

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Terry Ann, Brian, Andy and Carole at the Il Forno Platform LunchAugust is regarded as the graveyard shift for networking events with so many people on holiday. So it was with some trepidation that the Chamber organised a Platform Lunch at Il Forno on Duke Street during August.

We needn’t have worried as over 80 people attended and enjoyed a delicious meal prior to listening to the speakers.

Bryan Adams from PH Creative gave an excellent presentation on his companies products and even managed to bring Il Forno’s coffee machine into the proceedings.

He was followed by Andy Mantova, talking about the success of Smart Storage, his innovative new company, taking a completely fresh look at storage and the problems it can solve. In addition, Andy gave away a free weekend break in a business card draw.

Last, but not least came Terry Ann Hickey from the Mersey Skills Network, who gave details of the funding available to SMEs under Skillworks funding.

Procedings were wrapped up by Chamber host Carole Crosby, who also mentioned that Il Forno is just one of the restaurants covered by the Chamber’s LiveOne20 scheme which enables Chamber members to receive a 50% discount on food.

Pictured above are Terry Ann, Bryan, Andy and Carole.

Our next Platform Lunch takes place at the Leo Casino on 12 September. You can book your place online here.

£4M To Improve Skills On Merseyside June 15, 2007

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£4M of funding announced today will boost the skills of businesses across Merseyside. The funding, provided by the Learning and Skills Council and European Social Fund, is available to all small and medium sized businesses in every business sector.

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Community College and Blackburne House submitted the successful bid. The partners have formed Mersey Skills Network, a consortium that will be the first point of call for business training. Companies are urged to apply quickly, the funding offer lasts just 12 months. Businesses from sole traders to firms employing up to 250 staff are all eligible.

SkillWorks provides up to 60% of the costs of the costs of employee training for companies in all sectors across the Merseyside region. All of the partners in the Mersey Skills Network consortium have an excellent track record in successfully distributing Skillworks funding and delivering training to businesses across the region for the past four years.

Kevin Griffiths, Mersey Skills Consortium Project Manager said: “With partners of this calibre, Mersey Skills Network is in an excellent position to improve and develop the skills base on Merseyside and contribute to the region to remaining competitive in global market. All four consortium members have previously worked independently to support Skillworks and are all experienced in assisting businesses to maximise the training offer. This further funding is a superb opportunity and I urge all eligible businesses to take advantage of the funding.”

Ian McKay, a Reception Officer at Merseyside Police Federation, achieved his Customer Service Level Three NVQ this year. He commented: “Gaining this qualification has improved my confidence.”

The course was funded by Skillworks and Federation Centre Manager, Paula McIntosh – Kemp says: “Skillworks has been really useful as we don’t have a big training budget. It has funded training for most of our staff from food hygiene courses to higher degrees.”

“I’m delighted with the achievements of our employees and I’m keen to continue using Skillworks funding to further support our staff development programme.”

Find out more at the Mersey Skills Network website.