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New Marketing Qualifications Being Launched In Liverpool May 14, 2009

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OCM_adChamber member Oxford College of Marketing is the UK’s largest provider of CIM courses from Introductory through to Professional Postgraduate level.

We are launching the new, exciting CIM qualifications at a free event at Liverpool Hope University on Tuesday 9th June at 6pm.

Flexible study options are available including intensive weekends, revision days, workshops and distance learning via a new virtual learning system. First-rate tuition, above average pass rates and superb student support are among our distinctive characteristics.

Places are limited – so book yours today with diane@oxfordcollegeofmarketing.ac.uk

Let Us Know How The EU Affects You May 6, 2009

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eu-flagIt is vital to the interests of the UK that the European Union (EU) succeeds as a competitive and growing economy.  However the EU is increasingly facing a number of challenges to boost growth and employment across all member states.

For example, the challenge to reduce and improve the quality of regulation; the challenge to complete the single market and make it work; and the challenge to deliver more flexible labour markets.

All of these have a direct impact on businesses in the UK. The aim of this regional survey is to determine how much these challenges are impacting on our members in the Northwest.

We’re also looking for examples of specific legislation that have affected your business that we could use as case study material in our lobbying campaigns.

Please complete the survey online here.

The deadline for responses is Friday 15th May 2009.  We intend to launch the results in advance of the forthcoming European elections on 4th June.  A copy of the final report will be available to all members on request.

This survey will be one of the most important pieces of work that Chambers of Commerce in the Northwest will be doing collectively.  Your help in completing the survey will be greatly appreciated.

Invest In Art Seminar April 28, 2009

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Arts_business_logo 6pm Monday 22nd June 2009

City Inn, Piccadilly Place, Manchester

We are delighted to invite you to Invest in Art.  We will be hosting a seminar on all you need to know about buying contemporary art.

This is a great opportunity to view exceptional art, meet the artists and perhaps be inspired by a piece of art that you love.

Speakers include Ceri Hand founder of Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool’s first contemporary commercial art gallery, with advice on how to spot the perfect piece for your office or home. Gavin Buckley from Arts & Business will speak about the unique benefits of bringing contemporary art into the workplace. There will also be representatives from specialists on how to protect your investment in the long term. 

The seminar will provide the first opportunity to experience Visual. Visual is a new, unique and flexible service bringing high quality contemporary art to businesses and their employees. Works included in the collection have been selected by curators from the region’s finest contemporary arts venues and many artists are award winning and some have exhibited at the Tate Gallery and the V&A.

We would like you to have a truly enjoyable evening, and City Inn are providing wine and hot food at the event.

Invest in Art is sponsored by City Inn, Mace & Jones, Riskworks and Saffery Champness.

Attendance at Invest in Art is free and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  To register your interest please contact Claire Barlow, Regional Manager at Arts & Business, at claire.barlow@aandb.org.uk or on 0161 236 2058.

For a preview of the kind of artwork available through Visual go to www.visualforbusiness.com

Further information about Arts & Business is available at www.artsandbusiness.org.uk.

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Culture Secretary Hails Liverpool’s Creative Apprenticeships February 27, 2009

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Culture Secretary Andy Burnham

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham

The Culture Secretary Andy Burnham met with Liverpool’s leading cultural organisations on Thursday, 26th February. Speaking at the World Museum during an evening reception, Mr. Burnham said that apprenticeships provided a flexible, practical approach to building a new economy rooted in creativity and innovation.

As an English Language graduate, Burnham recalled how difficult it had been to secure creative employment in journalism – an effort which saw him working for long hours with no pay.

“No one should have to go through this kind of thing; a situation where success depends on ‘knowing somebody’ in the field or working as an intern for no money. Creative Apprenticeships offer a structured route for young people to develop their artistic talents and aspirations.” He highlighted that at a time of ‘fundamental change’ in the global economy, Britain needed to build on its cultural strengths, particularly as global demand for digital content in English is set to grow.

Apprenticeships are a throwback to the nineteenth century, where young people aspiring to learn a skill worked and trained with an employer until they gained proficiency in their chosen trade.

Andrea Nixon, Executive Director at Tate Liverpool, praised the Tate’s Creative Apprenticeship team who currently offer ten apprenticeships at their Albert Dock gallery. The Tate’s Community Arts Pathway took three years to develop and aims to widen access to the arts’ sector for talented people across the region. Pulling no punches, Nixon urged the Culture Secretary to provide much needed cash to support wages for Apprentices.

An insight into the possibilities offered by Apprenticeships was also canvassed by Andy Rooley, Director of the Sage Gateshead music centre on Tyneside, North-East England. By providing a viable alternative for those who had chosen not to go to university, he remarked that early training on the job fed directly in to the specialist approach and skills required by many cultural organisations.

HMRC Offers NW Businesses Help In Hard Times January 16, 2009

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tax1If you’re worried about paying your tax on time, whether as a business or an individual, then get in touch with HMRC’s Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) as soon as possible.

Over 2250 business in the North West have delayed paying over £49 million of tax after contacting the BPSS. The telephone number is 0845 302 1435 and the lines are open from 8am to 8pm during the week and 8am to 4pm at weekends.

HMRC has set up this service to help those who are in business or who are self-employed, and who have temporary financial problems with paying Income Tax, National Insurance, VAT, PAYE, some duties or other payments.

The service offers a fast and streamlined way of setting up a time to pay agreement based on an affordable timetable. In the majority of cases the caller will get a decision and have a payment arrangement set up within 10 minutes.

Terms are being agreed on a case-by-case basis and HMRC will be as flexible as possible, with the aim of bringing the business’s tax back up to date on a timetable that is both reasonable and takes into account each individual situation. If your affairs are too complex to be dealt with in one call, the BPSS will call you back as soon as a decision has been made. This will happen within the region of four working days.

The service is for new enquiries only and acts as a supplement for HMRC’s existing time to pay arrangements. If you have already been contacted by HMRC about an overdue payment then just call the office that originally contacted you.

If you need any more information, visit the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2008/business-payment.htm. Then make sure you have the following information to hand: a tax reference number, details of the taxes that you are worried about and a date when you expect to be able to pay the bill.

The service is there so that we know in advance of any problems. If you think that you will need more time to pay your tax, please contact us as early as you can.  Please do not wait until the last minute or until payment is overdue.

You’ll feel a whole lot better once you have made that call, so why don’t you pick up the phone?

Solutions For Business Funded By Government January 16, 2009

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b_link_logo2Here’s some news of some new business support opportunities from Business Link…

In a competitive, global environment – business support matters. The right advice, loan or grant at the right time can help a company deal with tough problems, setting them on a course to succeed.

‘Solutions for Business – funded by government’ is a package of business support to help companies start, grow and succeed.
Businesses complained that government products were too complicated and hard to access. So, we’ve made it easier for businesses to get the advice and help they need.

We’re streamlining the thousands of public funded support products that businesses find so confusing into a package of 30 products and services with a common look and feel that can be accessed via Business Link.

Products will help businesses with common problems such as starting, growing, innovation, finance, skills and the environment. They will be in place by March 2009. And, we’re committing to keeping the system simple yet flexible for the long term should business or economic circumstances change, offering stability and
consistency whilst still allowing for dynamism and innovation.

The guide  below gives a summary of the ‘Solutions for Business’ products, letting you know how each can work for you. It outlines the business support available in England, with some schemes available
across Great Britain. The programme will not affect business support funded by the Devolved Administrations.

Download more info about the solutions here [PDF]

Businesses looking for support can contact Business Link by phone
(0845 600 9006), online

NW Wireless Environments Seminar December 10, 2008

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New Chamber member Aerelink Ltd is delighted to release details of its inaugural North West Region Wireless Environments Seminar on Thursday 5th February 2009.

The venue is Knowsley Hall, Prescot and is predicted to be the premier wireless event of 2009 in the region.

The seminar is devoted exclusively to Wireless communication technologies in both WAN and LAN environments, and also Wireless applications such as Voice, RFID, Real Time Asset Tracking and Location, Surveillance and IP CCTV, all of which leverage the investment of wireless deployments and deliver real business benefits in terms of increased efficiency, improved productivity, flexible working practices, staff security, public safety and revenue savings.

This is not an open event and is restricted by invitation only to organisations in both Public Sector and Private Enterprise in the North West.

Attendance is restricted to maximum of 80 delegates and as we expect the event to be oversubscribed. To avoid disappointment you are advised to book online

Featured Chamber Charity Member – 3tc October 9, 2008

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3tc, Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre is a not-for-profit charitable company limited by guarantee that supports charities by supplying them with a range of services designed to bring equality of access to new technology.

3tc’s ICT department can provide hardware, software and peripherals, maintenance support and complete network and server installations; Conference Facilities manages a conference room, small meeting room and IT suite that are all available for hire; ICT Training offers a range of accredited, non-accredited, taster and bespoke training packages; the Print & Design department provides printing, copying, binding, booklet-making and laminating services; whilst our Web Solutions team uses the latest Content Management Systems.

3tc Solutions Limited is the charity’s trading arm, offering the above services to business, the public sector and private individuals. The trading arm is also involved in developing business activities including Virtual Office and our new Flexible Maintenance Plan. Any profits generated are used by the charity to help bring equality of access to new technology.

Find out more about 3tc and how you can help here.

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.

Keep One of Your New Year Resolutions! Develop Your IT/Computing Skills With CPD Short Courses At LJMU January 21, 2008

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ljmu-colour-logo.jpgAll new courses starting Feb 2008

Enhance your professional development with one of these short courses in the following technologies: Microsoft.NET; Java.

Registration event: Wed 30th January 2008, 5pm – 7pm,
Room 705 James Parsons Building
Byrom St
L3 3AF

Courses begin: Week commencing 4th February 2008 (10 weeks)
Location: Byrom St Campus
Fee: £230.40* per 12 credit module (* fee for UK/EU residents only)

Each course runs one evening per week 6pm-9pm, the following courses are available:

  • Programming in Visual Basic.NET (Monday)
  • Introductory Programming in C#.NET (Tuesday)
  • Web/E-Commerce in ASP/ADO.NET  (Wednesday)
  • Database Development using SQL Server (Thursday)

Registered students on CPD courses have home access to all MSDN Academic Alliance software packages which means FREE access to software such as Visual Studio, Windows Server 2003, SQL Server and many more development tools!

To register please bring with you proof of identity (passport, driving licence, birth certificate), a passport size photograph and payment for the module.  Please note places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Further details about all of our Professional Development courses can be found at: http://www.cms.livjm.ac.uk/courses/cpd/index.htm

General enquiries:

Lucy Wilson/Debbie Parker
Admissions and Information Officer
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
James Parsons Building
Byrom St, Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2267
Fax: 0151 207 4594
Email: cms-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk

We also offer a portfolio of training courses tailored to suit the needs of individuals and/or organisations that require flexible on demand delivery.  Training courses are delivered in short blocks between one and five days.  For more information regarding these courses visit:
http://www.cms.livjm.ac.uk/enterprise/training.html or email cms-enterprise@livjmu.ac.uk
(Please note that these courses are not subject to the registration event advertised above)