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Learn The Art Of Successful Tender Bids October 1, 2008

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A series of free workshops for companies in the wards of Anfield, Everton, County, Kirkdale, Linacre and Derby which are part of the Stepclever initiative.

The workshops are to be held at both Liverpool Football Club, Anfield and Aintree Racecourse, and aim to aid companies in understanding the process of making a bid for important public and private sector contracts.

The public sector alone is worth £500 billion each year in contracts. The forthcoming workshops will give companies the skills and information to tender successfully and win new contracts.

Each event will run from 9am to 4pm and will include refreshments and lunch.

A brief overview of each event follows:

Expressions of Interest and Pre-Qualification Questionnaires
16 October 2008 – Liverpool Football Club, Anfield
An opportunity for companies to develop expressions of interest in a contract, understand PQQs and admittance to approved supplier lists, how to respond to the PQQ, understand the value of developing a strong business relationship with clients.
Also there is a marketing tools & presentation skills session built into the programme which will ‘arm’ companies with all the right bullets!

Successful Tender Submission and Management

23 October 2008 – Liverpool Football Club, Anfield
An opportunity to decide whether to bid, pricing considerations, e-capability, contractual issues, bid planning, bid submissions, bid follow-up.

Understanding Business Finance

29 October 2008 – Aintree Racecourse
For companies, understanding the finances of a business is key to success, particularly for sole traders, partners and directors.
This programme introduces companies not only to the documentation and how to analyse it but also to look at the key business ratios that affect that information and what external users see when they look at financials.

For further information contact June Davies on 0151 224 1891 or email june.davies@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

The Capital Of Coaching – Free Event September 22, 2008

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NoGuru would like to invite you to a dynamic, stimulating, informative …and free… seminar on the  afternoon of Friday 26th September at Partnership for Learning.

This interactive event will give you coaching skills to take away on the day and give you ideas about how to improve your business in many areas.

This event received great feedback earlier this year and proved a great opportunity to network, share ideas and commit to action. If you want to bring about change to help your people and teams deliver high performance, then this is the best investment of 2 hours you can make.

NoGuru work with clients such as British Gas Business, NHS Trusts and Business Post,  delivering  acclaimed training events for their people and are an accredited centre for the Institute of Leadership &
Management (ILM). Now they want to share their experience with fellow chamber members.

To find out more and book your place on this free event, visit the Noguru website.

Mersey Entrepreneurs Targeted By Free Advice Workshops August 22, 2008

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A leading Merseyside business support agency is staging a series of free advice workshops for recently established small businesses covering a range of issues including book-keeping, tax and e-marketing.

The workshops are being staged by Blue Orchid at its Old Hall Street offices in the Cotton Exchange as well as locations across the region and places must be pre-booked in advance.

Blue Orchid director Chris Brown said the events are designed to help smaller businesses which need additional expertise and guidance.

“Small businesses do not have the luxury of large numbers of staff for every discipline,” she said. “These events focus on areas which require specialist knowledge and expertise. The workshops are run by people who understand the pressures of running a business. We offer practical advice which focuses on improving firm’s profitability and efficiency.”

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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

Marketing and Management Skills From The Professional Development Programme July 8, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber’s Professional Development Programme has three courses coming up that will help you both create new business and efficiently manage the contracts this will create.

First up is a Sales and Marketing Masterclass taking place on 15 & 16 June. This two-day course will help you find, new and better clients; learn 10 success methods on how to get referrals; how to beat your competition; how to create a brand name and a lot more.

If you feel you need a broader introduction to marketing, our course on 17 July fits the bill. This will explain just what marketing is and how you can develop a marketing plan to boost your business.

Now the work is rolling in, you’ll be glad of our Managing Contracts course on 16 July. This will explain the often dense language of the modern business contract. It will look at all areas, including legal definitions, intellectual copyright and useful case studies.

To book, either click on the links above or email Almay Mayers.

Take The ‘Time To Train’ Survey July 4, 2008

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The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills has issued a consultation which considers that all employees should have the right to request training from their employers.

The new right would operate along the same lines as the right to request flexible working. However, whereas the right to request flexible working is confined to certain people in certain family situations, the right to request training would apply to all employees.

The new right is a right to request training, rather than a right to receive training.

The key proposals are:

  • The training requested must help the employee to be more productive and effective at work;
  • Where training requested ties into nationally funded schemes (such as Train to Gain, employers will be able to claim funding;
  • Employees must have been working for their employers for a period of not less than 26 weeks;
  • Employees, after consideration of their training needs (with third parties if needs be) would need to submit a request in writing;
  • Employees can have a representative with them to attend any employer meeting to discuss this right;
  • The number of requests would be limited to one in twelve months;
  • There would be right of appeal to the employer, and following that to an employment tribunal. Such appeals would only be allowed where the employer failed to follow correct procedure.

In the proposals, employers could refuse training for the following reasons:

  • Lack of relevance of training to business;
  • Suitable training is unavailable;
  • Burden of cost;
  • Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand;
  • Inability to organise work among existing staff;
  • Inability to recruit additional staff;
  • Detrimental impact on performance;
  • Detrimental impact on quality;
  • Insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work; and
  • Planned structural changes.

The purpose of the proposals is to ‘serve to raise employers’ awareness of the importance of skills to their businesses’ and to act as ‘a significant driver of cultural change, and action, in relation to skills’.

The British Chamber of Commerce want to know what you think. Please take our quick survey to share your views on how this will effect business and whether or not it will change how training is delivered. Take the survey here.

The full consultation can be found on the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills website.

Prevention Is The Best Policy – Get Safe! June 30, 2008

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Due to the increasing burden of employment legislation dealing with health and safety issues is becoming increasingly difficult, time consuming and costly.

An investment in training can pay dividends in ensuring that your business is compliant. Liverpool Chamber Professional Development has teamed up with Steve McClean from Safety Management Consultancy to deliver vital health and safety qualifications. (NEBOSH) National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely.

The venue for both courses is Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Number One Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3  9HG

To book either course or for  details of how the course can be delivered in house. Please contact Alma Mayers Tel: 0151 224 1883 or e-mail alma.mayers@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Why Pay Recruitment Fees? June 30, 2008

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Why indeed!  When you  have a free service right on your door step.

As members of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce you are entitled and indeed encouraged, to make use of  the Trident Training Recruitment Service which is FREE to members.

Trident Training have been involved with schools and colleges within the Greater Merseyside Area, through the Compact Careers and Guidance Open Days.  We have over two hundred applicants waiting to be placed in employment

If your organisation is looking to employ any staff in the 16 to 18 years age group in a junior administrative or general office position we can assist.  All applicants are thoroughly vetted by qualified staff, providing screening and testing of each individual applicant before Trident release their CVs to employers for consideration

Each successful applicant will commence their apprenticeship with Trident Training in one of a number of subjects such as Business Administration, Retail & Customer Service, IT User& IT Practitioner with key Skills and Technical Certificate

The Learning & Skills Council provide funding of 100% for any staff in the 16 to 24 years old age group to gain a National Vocational Qualification through the apprenticeship scheme which is also open to existing staff in this age group.

The employer is responsible for employing the employee at an Apprenticeship wage of not less than £80.00 per week. Also the employer is responsible for ensuring that the employee receives support and assistance with their apprenticeship program.

For more information, please call the Workforce Development Team on 0151 236 3222 or 227 1234

Think Deep Before You Have To Dig Deep! June 24, 2008

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As an employer, are you aware of the funds available to upskill your workforce?

There is concern in the Government about the quality of skills among employees in the UK.  A recent report presented  by Lord Leitch indicates that the UK is languishing close to the bottom of the EC league for employed staff whom do not possess any form of qualification at NVQ level two and above.

The Learning & Skills Council are promoting the “Train To Gain” Fund to encourage all employers to assist with this initiative by offering 100% funding of a vocational qualification to level two for any employee who have not achieved grade “C” and above for GCSE  or any NVQ at level 2 or it’s equivalent.

Management are not exempt in this scheme, the offer is extended to managers, supervisors or team leaders to complete a level three or four management vocational qualification.

The Government has made it clear that if employers do not seize the initiative, they will force a bill through that will make it compulsory for the employer to ensure their employees are qualified to at least a level two NVQ and at the employer’s expense.

For further information on how Train to Gain can help your business contact Trident Training on 0151 227 1234.

Apprenticeships Benefit All June 24, 2008

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Trident Training offers a range of apprenticeships for young people, as well as finding suitable candidates for employers offering apprenticeships.

Taking on a young person as an apprentice with your company has several benefits including an real investment in your workforce. In 2007, Old Hall Street creative and marketing company USP Creative took on Modern Apprentice, Mohamed Ali to work at the company and study for his Business Admin Level 2 NVQ.

During his time with USP Creative Mohamed has fulfilled the role of administrator as well as managing to achieve and gain certification of his Level 2 NVQ at the end of January this year.  Apart from the run of the mill admin duties associated with clerical work, Mohamed has also been able to get involved with the design team supporting their project work, as Kim Peters, Director puts it: “Mo’ is always very helpful and willing to get stuck in, he’s been a really good asset to the team.”

When asked about his ambitions for the future Mohamed replied: “I want to be a Managing Director of a company, possibly this one!”  From his time spent with Trident Mohamed feels he has gained much to improve his career, notably his knowledge of employment rules and regulations,which he intends to utilise in the future to achieve his goal of becoming a MD. He said: “I’ve learnt more about employment law and my rights, which I didn’t know before”.

Mohamed is a great example of the hard work, ambition and commitment offered by Trident’s apprentices. For more information about on apprenticeships for your company, call Lee Wainwright or Simon Chadwick  on 0151 227 1234.