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E-Commerce Firm Bucks The Economic Trend January 26, 2009

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valatech-chamber-iconMerseyside company Valatech Ltd have started 2009 preparing for what they anticipate will be a period of growth and sustainability despite the backdrop of the current economic downturn.

Located in Bromborough, Wirral, Valatech Ltd was founded in September 2002 as a premier supplier of PC’s, peripherals and technology based products for home and business use.  They recently participated as a beneficiary on the successful Harnessing Digital Technologies project, a joint partnership between Liverpool Chamber and Merit North West.

In place is a strategic growth business plan which will involve shifting the focus of the core business activities towards e-commerce, a plan which has already quietly commenced.  In place already are two websites in a soft launch phase.

PC One Stop Shop is a website which prides itself on being the UK’s largest e-tailer of computer & IT related products with over 200,000 products for sale (www.pconestopshop.com)

A Security One Stop Shop is the second website.  By July 2009, Valatech Ltd will become the UK’s largest e-tailer of security related products with over 200,000 products for sale (www.asecurityonestopshop.com).

Merseyside job centre has indicated that Valatech are one of a very few companies hiring new staff in the current employment market.  The number of employees in the organisation has quadrupled in the last ten months.

Further e-commerce development is on the agenda for later on in the year.

For more information on Valatech, visit their blog or give them a call on 0151 343 0000.

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Regional Business Question Time September 18, 2008

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A limited number of places are available for businesses, budding entrepreneurs (and journalists) to join a handpicked audience at a unique Business Question Time, hosted by Lucy Meacock, the highly respected ITN Newsreader and  presenter of Granada Reports .  

The event, taking place on Thursday 23rd October 2008, at the Reebok Stadium,  is  organised by Chambers of Commerce North West, and promises an honest and lively discussion a range of issues affecting our business community

Our Panel members – all movers and shakers within the business and political community – include Carol Thatcher, Graham Brady (former shadow cabinet minister) Steve Broomhead, (CEO of the NWDA), Ruth Badger, (of TV shows ‘The  Apprentice’, ‘Badger or Bust’ and ‘The Big Idea’)  and David Haithornwaite, chairman of Tangerine Holdings PLC.

All are renowned for expressing their hard hitting and frank opinions on a whole range of issues affecting business in our region.   Whatever your political opinion or whatever type of business you own or manage we’re sure that you’ll find the event stimulating and entertaining.

This free event will be staged at Lion of Vienna Suite, Reebok stadium, Bolton on 23rd October starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 8.30pm with a buffet supper.  A coach will depart Liverpool at 5pm.  To reserve your place at the event please contact Esther Sumner at esther.sumner@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Regional Business Question Time 23 October 2008 July 7, 2008

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A limited number of places are  available for businesses, budding entrepreneurs (and journalists) to join a handpicked audience at a unique Business Question Time.

The event, taking place on Thursday 23 October 2008, at the Reebok, Bolton, is organised by Chambers of Commerce North West and promises an honest and lively discussion a range of issues affecting our business community

The panel members will all be prominent figures from the world of business, renowned for expressing their hard hitting and frank opinions on a whole range of issues affecting business in our region. Whatever your political opinion or whatever type of business you own or manage we’re sure that you’ll find the event stimulating and entertaining.

This free event will start at 6.30pm and finish at 8.30pm with a buffet supper. We hope that you will be able to join us at the event and look forward to meeting you on the day.

A coach will depart Liverpool at 5pm.

Book your place online at the Liverpool Chamber website.

For more information, contact Liverpool Chamber’s Head of Policy, Maresa Molloy.

Fifty Habits Of Highly Successful People May 28, 2008

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Everybody loves a good list. And everybody wants to know the secrets of success. So, here’s a nice article taken from the Lifehack website that combines both of these things.

Fifty Habits of Highly Successful people takes “the important lessons from every self-help book I’ve read and every life experience I’ve endured, condenses all that into fifty key points and save everybody a whole bunch of reading time.”

You can read the full list over on the Lifehack website, or click ‘more’ to stay right here and read the list anyway…

1. They look for and find opportunities where others see nothing.

2. They find a lesson while others only see a problem.

3. They are solution focused.

4. They consciously and methodically create their own success, while others hope success will find them.

5. They are fearful like everyone else, but they are not controlled or limited by fear.

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Fifty Thousand Reasons To Enter The Chamber Awards April 18, 2008

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is encouraging UK businesses to enter this year’s Chamber Awards, for the chance to win £50,000 courtesy of the RBS Group. Now in its fifth year, the Chamber Awards 2008 sets out to identify outstanding business achievement within the UK business community.

There are eight different categories of Awards and companies can enter as many as they wish. The categories comprise;

Most Promising New Business
Award for Innovation Through Technology
The Green Award
Entrepreneur of The Year
Achievement in International Business
Award for Excellence in People Development
Business of the Year
Award for Excellence in Customer service

The top prize of £50,000 (donated by the RBS Group) will be awarded to the company that the judges agree should win the overall Award for Outstanding Business Achievement and will be announced along with the national winners at the Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on 27th November 2008 at the Natural History Museum in London.

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Survival Chinese – Language For Businesses February 20, 2008

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A Free Half-Day Taster Event 9.00am – 1 pm  Thursday 6th March 2008 at Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 8GG

Merseyside businesses who want to develop their international language and communication skills are invited to attend a free trial ‘taster session’ in mastering basic Chinese. Don’t worry if you have little or no experience, the workshops are designed for people who have no previous knowledge of the language. Help and support will be available all the way through.

The first part of the session will introduce China as one of the world’s most dynamic overseas markets, and will provide insights into Chinese business culture and practice.  Keynote speakers will outline:

  • how to find Chinese business partners,
  • how to develop a productive working relationship, and
  • what grants are currently available to small and medium size Merseyside companies who want to develop business overseas

Delegates will then have the chance to sample the basics needed to communicate when travelling and meeting potential business partners.

These sessions will take place in two of the school’s state of the art Multimedia Language Suites. This is a fabulous opportunity for Merseyside businesses, and opens the door to a fuller intensive Business Chinese course later this year for those who wish to develop their knowledge further.

Lunch is provided 12.00 – 13.00pm

For further information or to book your place, please contact:-Jacqui McIver,Modern Foreign Language Department. email  Jacqui.mciver@calday.wirral.sch.uk Or telephone on 0151 625 2727 Ext 289

Merseyside Innovation Awards – 2008 January 21, 2008

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January sees the launch of this year’s Merseyside Innovation Awards.

The Awards recognise, reward and encourage the use of innovation as a means of boosting growth and profitability on Merseyside.

2008 is the twelfth year of the Awards which are the brainchild of Brian McCann from Vanguard Corporate Finance and are supported by sponsors including Amatica, BBC Radio Merseyside, Brabners Chaffe Street, Business Link for Greater Merseyside, JAB Design, NatWest, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce & Industry, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Ventures, Insider, W P Thompson and L1 Marketing.

The Awards are open to individuals or companies with less than 50 employees and are based in the Merseyside region. They carry a first prize of £10,000 in cash and up to £4,000 in consultancy support.

Monthly winners will be recognised through January to April. The grand final will be in July, where three finalists will showcase their products before a panel of entrepreneurs and other leading figures in
the business community, when an overall winner will be selected and the major prize presented. Previous finalists have gone on to compete on BBC’s Dragons Den.

Peter Lunt, one of the sponsor group and Manager of Commercial Banking Technology Team at NatWest, Liverpool Office, said “The quality of applications we have had in recent years reflects the creative talent of Merseyside people. All of the sponsors are committed to working with our local innovators, as they strive to turn their great ideas into successful businesses”.

Visit the website and apply online at www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk or please contact Jean Hughes, at Vanguard Corporate Finance on 0151 705 3520.

Graduated From LJMU & Starting A New Business? January 14, 2008

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Liverpool John Moores University needs you!!

The Student Enterprise team is looking for volunteers for a focus group on business start-up. If you have graduated from LJMU and considering starting a business, they would like to hear from you. Please contact Dominique Aspey on 07968 422517 or by email to d.aspey@ljmu.ac.uk to find out more.

Boost Your Leadership Skills January 10, 2008

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leadership.jpgDon’t miss the opportunity to start the new year by boosting your leadership skills.

The Leadership Foundation Programme is a three day programme that has been designed for aspiring and new leaders, as well as those of you who wish to take your existing skills to another level.

This is a three day residential course from  Tuesday 11 February and Thursday 13 February 2008 at the De Vere Hotel, St Davids Park, Deeside.

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the Holistic Academy, a learning centre of excellence, delivering courses designed to impart world-class leadership skills.

The foundation programme is an intense course delivering powerful leadership changes to those individuals within any organisation who require a stepped increase in positive leadership outcomes.

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Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2007 November 26, 2007

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Just a gentle reminder that the current QES is under way and your participation is essential in making this a success.

The Greater Merseyside Quarterly Economic Survey is an important tool for the Chamber network. It tells us what’s going on in Greater Merseyside and helps us to argue on behalf of business and lobby for changes to benefit companies in the region.

However, for our arguments to carry any weight we need to have heard from you, our members, and obviously the more companies that we hear from the more accurate our picture and the more noise we can make on your behalf.

To have your say, visit our Mersey Economy website and follow the Quarterly Economic Survey link on the home page.