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British Chambers Conference Attracts Budget Debate April 28, 2009

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British Chambers of Commerce

Last week’s budget was top of the agenda at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual convention held yesterday, 27 April 2009, as business leaders and politicians debated the best ways to find the ‘road to recovery’ for the economy.

The conference, held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham, was opened by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) president, Neville Reyner and BCC chairman David Frost. Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby also welcomed the conference to the city.

The scene was set by David Frost as he outlined how the government could do more to support business and free up stifling regulation, legislation and taxation.

Business minister Shriti Vadera, then responded to the BCC’s concerns and suggested ways in which the latest budget, announced by Alistair Darling last week, will extend to support businesses.

Baroness Vadera was then rebutted in a speech from the shadow business secretary, Kenneth Clarke, who suggested that the Conservatives will offer businesses greater levels of support if they come in to power at the next general election.

A panel discussion was also held with the assembled politicians and business leaders, where questions came from conference delegates on topical issues such as gender pay audits, empty property rates and car parking tax.

The Liverpool Chamber of Commerce was at the conference to forward members’ concerns to policy makers at the BCC, and to pool opinion with other chambers from across the country.

The issue of car parking tax was particularly focused upon by the BCC, who are currently collecting signatures for an online petition. Chambers from around the country united to voice there concerns to the panel of politicians and business leaders, in an effort to stop the work place parking levy (WPL) coming into effect across the country.

Chairman of the BCC David Frost commented:

“The British Chambers of Commerce and its accredited network have a real voice in government. If there was ever an example of this, it would be after our quarter 3 quarterly economic survey directly influenced the 1.5% cut in interest rates last November. And we can do a great deal more again.”

Barcamp Liverpool Is Coming December 1, 2008

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barcampliverpool6 & 7 December, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

And lo! The geeks shall inherit the earth. And so it came to pass.

Barcamp – a technology related ‘unconference’ open to all – is coming to Liverpool. Barcamp Liverpool invites entrepreneurs, technologists,programmers, developers, designers, bloggers, social media types, gamers, and artists to two days of unadulterated geeky Barcamp fun.

We are expecting over 150 technology geeks (and not so geeks) and will be welcoming guests from Liverpool, the North West and London and some from across Europe – all coming to Liverpool for Barcamp; the city’s first Technology “Unconference’.

You may have read about it in the Daily Post.

Barcamp has some great sponsors – from local technology stars such as Screencasts Online, Mando Group, Amaze and Glow New Media to the giants of the industry. We’re honored to be supported by BBC Backstage, Yahoo! Developer Network, and Microsoft who are sponsoring the party – yes, there’ll be a party!

If you’d like to sponsor – perhaps by sponsoring a prize at the Startup Stars competition, get in touch.

For more info and to sign up, please check out the Barcamp Liverpool Website.


Liverpool Software City International – 5 November October 20, 2008

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In November 2008 the Crowne Plaza Liverpool will play host to one of the highest profile technology events ever staged in the UK – Liverpool Software City International.

Software City is a high profile event which aims to showcase some of the region’s rising stars in the technology space and bring them together with business leaders and investors.

The event is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to share ideas and debate technology in business. Businesses with innovative ideas will also have the opportunity to pitch to a panel if investors with a combined worth of £1/4 billion. This year the panel includes Richard Farleigh of BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den fame.

Get more information and book your place here.

Labour Party Conference Business Forum June 16, 2008

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Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 September, Annual Conference 2008

This year, the Conference Business Forum (formerly Corporate Day) will be held on Monday 22 – Tuesday 23 September. The number of places is limited and the British Chambers of Commerce would encourage everyone who is attending to inform them as soon as possible by returning the attached booking form. In addition to the full programme you can also opt to attend the Monday only. This includes the full Monday programme but does not require guests to apply for a security cleared conference pass as all Mondays events will be held outside the secure area. On receipt of a completed booking form you will be forwarded a link to obtain your one or two day pass.

Invoices will be raised upon receipt of this form, and further information regarding the day forwarded to respondents in due course.

Chamber of Commerce members are eligible to a £50 discount on the price of their forum pass. To claim this discount please quote promotional code LPCommerce on your booking form.

Download Your application form here [PDF]

Malmaison Liverpool – The Meeting Revolution March 6, 2008

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If you’re holding a one to one or an all day conference for up to 55, or want to keep it informal? Let Malmaison Liverpool look after you.

Meet in the bar, tucked into a cosy corner, two chilled glasses of Cloudy Bay, and you’re in business. We have four dedicated meeting rooms, loaded with all the necessary hi-tech wizardry necessary for the business of today. Or maybe you prefer to battle it out with lattés in the lobby. Wherever you want to meet, we’ll meet you half way.

Booking Incentive

A special treat for you from us, for every £1,000 spent on meetings or events that you book during 08 you will receive a complimentary overnight stay (Fri & Sun only subject to availability in Liverpool only)

Our Day Delegate Rate now includes:

  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Stationery
  • Mineral water
  • TV / DVD / 1 Flipchart
  • Newspapers
  • Hot & cold buffet or 2 course lunch in brasserie
  • Unlimited wireless broadband

In addition you can choose one of the following treats INCLUDED in the day delegate rates:

  • Bacon rolls on arrival
  • Ice Cream with afternoon break
  • Fruit smoothies with afternoon break
  • Hot choc & marshmallows at afternoon break

Day Delegate Rate
From £35
Subject to availability min 10 delegates

Room Hire Rate
From £100.00
Subject to availability, depending on size of room

New lunch options when paying room hire:

  • Pizza with salad and fries £9.95
  • BLT £6.50
  • Soup and sandwich £8.50

To book or arrange a viewing call 0151 229 5000 or email: liverpool@malmaison.com

Calling All Hotels February 26, 2008

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bedroom.jpgLiverpool Chamber is brining the British Chamber’s national conference to Liverpool’s new BT Convention Centre on Monday 28 April.

Guests may wish to stay in the city for one or two nights and will be looking for city centre hotels to suit a range of budgets.

Next week, our e-newsletter will be focusing on the conference. This is an opportunity for city hotels to promote their conference offers, free of charge to an audience of 7000 potential customers.

If you run a hotel, call Sue Platt on 0151 227 1234 at Liverpool Chamber by 4pm on Friday 29 February to be included in next week’s newsletter.

NLab Social Networks Conference 19/20 June 2008 February 26, 2008

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Announcing the NLab Social Networks Conference
19/20 June 2008, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

The internet is transforming how small businesses connect with each other and their customers. The ability to collaborate with other small businesses to create and innovate becomes ever more important to sustainability.

How are small businesses going to cope with the massive changes taking place?

Social networking is key to answering these challenges, but what does it all mean, and how can small businesses develop effective ways of using social networking to generate wealth?

The NLab Social Networks Conference provides a timely opportunity to discuss these searching questions. A packed two-day programme of international and local speakers, practical workshops, and a networking dinner, the Conference addresses these questions:

– What is a social network and how can it generate wealth for your business?
– How can social networks increase creativity and why is that important?
– How will social networks affect the future of your company?
– What can you do right now to benefit your business?

NLab is delighted to welcome Andrea Saveri, Director of the Institute for the Future, Palo Alto. The Institute for the Future, a long-established Silicon Valley thinktank, has identified six major drivers of change for the future of businesses, work and society – Andrea will tell us how key trends shaping work will affect your business.

Other highlights include:

Steve Clayton, Microsoft UK, a veritable social networking butterfly, gives his thoughts on how his experiences at Microsoft can be applied to Small Business.

Roland Harwood, Programme Director at NESTA, asks, “Are online social networks the new cities?” and Toby Moores, CEO, Sleepydog, explores creativity through the trajectory of an idea from an ill-formed thought to a fully-formed product.

Chris Meade, Institute for the Future of the Book, presents the findings of research into how new media writers earn their money, and Jim Benson, Modus Cooperandi, explores how small businesses can make money through social networking.

Shani Lee, Toby Moores, Sue Thomas and Vijay Ryait, iQubed, talk about local small businesses who are successfully exploiting social networking via the innovative CreativeCoffee Club, and Ken Thompson shares his know-how on team dynamics, virtual collaboration and bioteaming.

For more information and to register your interest, visit the Conference website at http://www.nlabnetworks.com.