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Free Business Solutions Clinic November 23, 2007

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We believe the best things in life are free…do you?

Allow us to explain, by accepting this invitation to attend a FREE technically led Business solutions clinic at Gardner Systems, Liverpool.

Want to know more?

With the breadth of the IBM portfolio, and the skills of our business partners, we believe passionately we have a solution to your Business issues. The purpose of this informal clinic is for you to bring those Business questions and issues along, and discuss them with IBM Software Architects and Specialists.

No matter how small or large the issue might be our highly skilled people will be able to advise. Focus will be on Business led issues, with fresh approaches on how to address them and possible solutions. There will be no selling, no arm twisting –   actually there will be no sales people in attendance.

  • Struggling to get on top of different regulations and legislations?
  • Suffering from escalating help desk calls due to password resets?
  • Want to improve employee productivity, by providing faster access to applications and information?
  • Losing business due to the slow response time on your website?
  • Having difficulties managing composite applications?
  • Want to improve team collaboration on projects and documents?
  • Failing to manage your ever expanding data and derive business insight from it?
  • Finding it difficult to maintain your online presence and make changes as the business demands?
  • Need help?

This is just an example of topics you may wish to discuss in the clinic. Do not feel constrained by the list. Whatever is causing you sleepless nights or is on your mind we would be happy to help with (for as long as it has to do with IT and software in particular). In the unlikely event we are unable to help we will know the person who can.

Who?
Anyone is invited to attend: IBM and non IBM customers

We are here to help and will be available between 9am-6pm.

Just tell us the time you are likely to arrive.

When?
Thursday 13th December 2007

Where?
Gardner Systems
1 Faraday Road
Wavertree Technology Park
Liverpool
L13 1EH

To book you attendance email marketing@gardenersystems.co.uk

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Only Half Of SMEs Have A Website November 21, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Flexible working, Media, Merit, News, Services, Technology, World Wide Web.
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Today, the BBC is asking the question ‘do small firms really need a website’?

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, only about half SMEs have an online presence.

The article goes on to point out that having a website is not always appropriate, depending on the business concerned. However, it also makes the point that an effective site allows people beyond your usual catchment area to find out about you and potentially become your customers.

Even without online sales functionality, a website can be a great asset as a marketing tool or as an online portfolio, listing your goods, services or past projects. This can give interested parties a sense of who you are and what you do, thus creating an element of trust and confidence in you before they even get in touch.

Obviously there are many different levels of web sites available. From all singing, all dancing e-commerce sites to simple brochure sites, the choice is yours. It doesn’t even have to cost a lot. You could have a company blog (like the one you’re reading now) up and running in an afternoon, and all for free. We use WordPress, but there are lots of simple, low cost solutions out there.

Liverpool Chamber is a firm believer in using technology to boost business. If you need any help or advice on how ICT can help you, please contact us or our good friends at Merit.

Is Your Business Strangled By Red Tape? November 20, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Business, Legislation, Media, News, Policy, Services.
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Red TapeThe cumulative cost of regulation since 1998 has risen to £55.6 billion. The regulatory burden is continuing to grow at an incredible rate.

One of the national Chamber campaigns focuses on the cost of regulations. We need you to tell us how your business is affected.

We are looking for specific business case studies of firms affected by red tape for national media coverage. In particular we would like firms who have just started up and are willing to talk about the difficulties that they have faced and firms who say they are being held back from growing due to regulatory burden. Ideally these will be firms that are ‘interesting’ and have a good story to tell.

If you feel that you have a story to tell, please contact Maresa Molloy, Head of Policy & Information at Liverpool Chamber on 0151 227 1234 ex 2234 or email policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Alternatively, tell us your experiences by leaving a comment here on the blog.

Tender Training For Business Start-Ups November 20, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Chamber Services, News, Offers, Services, Tender Alert, Training.
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Liverpool Chamber is nurturing start-ups and young businesses to encourage them to grow through successfully bidding for tenders.

Kevin Griffiths, Liverpool Chamber’s Director of Commercial Services said: “This ESF funded project will provide free training and support to new and young companies, providing the necessary entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge for them to successfully bid for a variety of tender opportunities.”

Training will consist of ‘hand holding’ the young companies in how to identify and write bids for the tenders and guidance on the type of information they should have before they tender.

In addition to guidance, Liverpool Chamber will be producing a guidance booklet on public sector tendering and giving the companies access to a series of ‘Meet the Buyer’ events and registration on LiverpoolTenders.com, a web-based tender alert service which simplifies the way that small businesses access information on tenders.

Kevin continued: “We aim to develop a best practice network of tenderers, increasing their competitiveness by assisting them to increase their turnover, efficiency and profitability through enabling access to wider markets.”

For further information or to pre-register, contact June Davies on 227 1234 or email june.davies@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Save Money With Vehicle Fuel Efficiency November 13, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Chamber Services, Environment, Events, News, Responsible Business, Travel.
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Image of White VansCome to our fuel efficiency event on Tuesday 4 December.

Transport in the UK contributes 25% to our annual carbon emissions. That ranks if first for adverse impacts on the environment.

With the possibility of higher taxes on larger engines, the government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation and diminishing oil reserves, can your business afford not to take action?

Come along to this Liverpool Chamber Environment Club event to find out what you can do to reduce business travel and increase fuel efficiency.

Details:

10.30am – 1pm

Furniture Resource Centre (FRC Group)
Atlantic Way
Brunswick Business Park
Liverpool
L3 4BE

To book your place:

Book online.

Email wirral.admin@groundwork.org.uk

Call the Groundwork EBS team on 0151 644 4720

Download and faxback this booking form.

All attendees also get a FREE Christmas lunch! Nom nom nom.

08 – It’s Over To You November 5, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Arena & Convention Centre, British Chambers of Commerce, Business, Capital of Culture 2008, Chamber Services, Culture, Events, Liverpool, News, Services.
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Jack Stopforth, Chamber Chief Executive attended last week’s Capital of Culture Stakeholder conference, organised by the 08 Countdown group.

The group is working hard to make sure that visitors to Liverpool next year get the best possible impression of the city and that businesses within the city are able to capitalise on the projected increase in visitors to the city and its rising profile both nationally and internationally.

The meeting outlined the group working involved in improvement to transport to and around the city, dressing empty buildings on main routes into the city and the opening of Liverpool One and the Echo arena and Convention Centre.

The Culture Company’s Welcome programme aims to make both Liverpool & Merseyside the most welcoming destination in Europe in 2008

Jack said: “This is our opportunity to showcase the city on the national and international stage, the Chamber has been supporting the welcome training offering particular support to the night time economy.

The Chamber has thrown its weight behind support of the city’s new conference centre by moving the British Chambers national conference from London to Liverpool.

The message from this event was now it’s over to the city’s business community to make sure that all their staff are geared up for 2008, and that we all take this opportunity to promote the city and it’s offer by inviting contacts and guests to Liverpool throughout 2008.

For more information on free 08 welcome training for your staff contact Kirsty Connell on 0151 233 5401.