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Local Money For Local People – An Answer For Hard Times? March 3, 2009

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Local Money?  How alternative currencies can help communities get through financial crisis

Wednesday 4th March, 6pm, upstairs at Mello Mello, Slater Street, L1

In past recessions and depressions, a popular response from communities has been to create their own forms of money. The jobs aren’t there, and the money has dried up, but needs remain. Avoiding dangerous climate change means cutting as much carbon out of our economies as we can, and we can do this by cutting unnecessary transport through localisation. How can local money facilitate this? 

Pete North teaches geography at Liverpool University and has studied alternative currencies worldwide since 1992.  He is the author of the forthcoming Transition Guide to Money, to be published by Green Books later in the year. He is just back from Great Barrington Massachusetts where he has been looking at the Berkshares project, local money that circulates between local businesses as an alternative to their loosing trade to the big box retailers. Might such a local money help protect areas if Liverpool that have seen trade drop off as the recession has hit, and Liverpool One has drawn custom away from places like Bold Street?

His talk will draw on his global research to discuss the contribution of LETS, Time Money, Berkshares and recent transition currencies like the Totnes and Lewes Pounds to a Green New Deal for ;Liverpool.

For more information go to:

http://www.berkshares.org/

http://www.thelewespound.org/

http://totnes.transitionnetwork.org/totnespound/home

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Tell Us How The Downturn Is Affecting You January 15, 2009

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bustAnd help us do something about it!

British Chambers of Commerce have launched a very short survey on current business conditions.

They will be using the results to accurately assess business experience during the economic downturn and to campaign for actions which will support businesses.

Help us make the change. Take the survey here.

Free ‘Beat The Credit Crunch’ Event January 7, 2009

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business-doctors-logo“Antidote to the Credit Crunch” – How to Survive the Recession

Here’s a free event being run by Chamber member The Business Doctors:

Are you worried about or is your business starting to feel the effects of the recession?

Doing nothing or simply standing still is not an option – only the most focused and well planned businesses will survive these difficult times.  Shape up for the year ahead, come and join us on Thursday 22nd January at Aintree Racecourse.  Get some positive support for your business and discover the ten steps for both surviving and thriving during a recesssion.

You’re invited to come along and hear the advice of the business specialists at “The Old Weighing Room” Aintree Racecourse, where you could win tickets to a race day during Grand National week.

Click here to secure your place
or speak with Rod on 0845 219 7077.

Where                                            When

The Old Weighing Room             Arrival Noon
Aintree Racecourse                     Start 12.30pm
Ormskirk Rd,                                  Away by 1.30pm
Liverpool, L9 5AS
0151 522 2922

Whilst this is a FREE event we do ask that you send us a cheque for £10 to secure your place.  On arrival your cheque will be handed back to you.

If you are unable to attend, providing we have a minimum of 48 hours notice we will return your cheque.  Without prior notice we reserve the right to cash the cheque.

SME Survival Guide December 16, 2008

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pocket_knifeThroughout these testing times, it’s the SMEs that are being touted as the lifeblood of British business and one of the great economic hopes for the future.

But how can SMEs themselves survive the downturn?

Well here’s a handy guide put together by Headset Sales that gathers together research into attitudes to the economic outlook, predictions and insights into what makes for a sucessful company, plus case studies.

Here’s a quick taster of what’s inside…

The research pinpoints the types of businesses more likely to be riding the storm rather than being swamped by the waves. So who is riding the storm?

  • SMEs with mobile workforces – they are 10% less likely to have been hit by the slowdown
  • SMEs with older, more experienced ‘captains’ – more than half of directors/owners aged over 55 are unconcerned about long term survival while just 31% of 35-44 year olds share this confidence
  • SMEs who had a ‘worst case scenario’ strategy in place – confident, booming businesses were three times more likely to have had this in place
  • SMEs investing more in training, IT & Telecoms, marketing – all are more likely to be riding the storm
  • SMEs with a woman at the helm – female-run businesses are 30% more likely to be riding the storm

Download the complete SME Survival Guide from the SME Guide website

HR In Hard Times November 27, 2008

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scrapheapDuring these testing times, it’s almost inevitable that some companies will have to resort to redundancies.

So it’s vital to handle these issues responsibly from the start.

Don’t forget, your Chamber membership gets you free HR support and advice from Chamber HR

No employer should consider this measure before taking professional advice at the outset, indeed it should be before the outset.

In many cases professional advisors can help long before a redundancy situation has to be considered. Remember that in tough times although employees are a major cost burden, good motivated employees are also a positive asset to have on board to help you steer through the changing climate of the economic downturn. A well handled re-evaluation programme can help you focus on the profitable parts of your business, assist you with retaining essential staff and in a final resort look at measures to cut costs which can include restrictions on recruitment, reduced use of agency staff, short time working, lay off and maybe redundancy.

However, redundancy should be one of a range of options considered and usually only considered when all else has failed. Redundancy can lead to loss of skills and abilities within the workplace. It will almost certainly lead to loss of morale and faith and that in turn will lead to even more employees leaving, sometimes your best. So a well handled redundancy situation is not about just shedding jobs but about handling it in a sensible manner dealing with the challenges of keeping the workforce focused, retaining the best and shedding jobs as a last resort.

It is also about ensuring that when it is done it is carried out properly and avoids the high cost in terms of time and money that Tribunal claims can bring upon any employer, large or small.

One of the best ways to ensure that you handle the position properly is to take advantage of a specially prepared Redundancy handling consultancy provision that the advice service can offer. You can receive on site help as well as that all too crucial training for your managers. Training in, not only how to handle a redundancy, but how to avoid it where possible and if it becomes inevitable how to negotiate the shark ridden waters and emerge relatively unscathed at the other end with a sound group of rowers left in the boat with you.

Find out more about Chamber HR here.

Email our membership team if you can’t find you Chamber HR log-in details.

Beat The Credit Crunch Part VII – The Dream Team November 10, 2008

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hra-teamHere’s the final article in our series of tips on how to beat the credit crunch. In it, Freedom Coaching explain how now is the time to assemble your dream business team, and how they can help you achieve this.

Step 7

Do what all successful businesses do and create your own Dream Team of experts to worrk on your bussiness issues with you. This may sound expensive but it really isn’t if you know what you are doing. Imagine having the following people at youur disposal forr quick advice, support and guidance.

  • Business diagnostic expert
  • Business strategist
  • Intellectual property expert
  • Marketing expert
  • Marketing communication and copy writing expert
  • Marketing strategy expert
  • Marketing implementation expert
  • Public relations expert
  • Sales conversion expert
  • Telephone script writing and testing expert
  • Sales expert
  • Sales training expert
  • Customer service expert
  • Business process expert
  • IT expert
  • Telecommuniccations expert
  • Cost control expert
  • Credit control expert

How do you create your own dream team? It is quite simple – once you decide to do it, take action and make it happen.

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Credit Crunch Good? Credit Crunch Bad? November 4, 2008

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steptoeIs your company feeling the effect of the oncoming recession?

Or are you finding that business in your particular sector is prospering despite the economic downturn? We want to hear from you.

ITV’s North West political programme, Party People, are focusing on the local economy this week. They are looking for businesses to use on the programme as case studies. If you are interested in taking part in the programme please contact Pam Holstein at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce on 0151 227 1234 x 2217.

Deadline is 4.30pm on Wednesday 5th November.

Beat The Credit Crunch Pt VI – Become A Productive Leader October 30, 2008

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In the penultimate part of our series on how to beat the credit crunch, we look at how you can change the way you work to become a more effective leader. The series is put together by our good friends Freedom Coaching, who are more than happy to hear from you if you’d like more info.

Step 6

Become an effective and productive leader. Here are some suggestions to help you manage your time more effectively and become more productive.

1. Switch off your Outlook visual and audio email alert.

2. Read and deal with emails once or twice a day

3. If you can, set up your out of office assistant with a message that says:

“Thanks for your e-mail, I will read and deal with emails after 5pm, if your message is urgent please call me on

xxx xxx xxxx. Thanks”.
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Beating The Credit Crunch Ep V – Give Them What They Want October 23, 2008

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Here’s part five of our series of tips on how to beat the credit crunch. Put together by our good friends Freedom Coaching, this week we look at making sure you’re giving your customers what they want.

Step 5

Develop new products and services to meet the new needs of your customers. Set up meetings with your existing and trusted customers and find out what they want.

Deliver what they want and they will buy.

Do the same during sales appointments, ask for feedback from your sales team and respond, carry out prototype modelling to make sure the product and service will work.

You don’t need fancy marketing materials to do this, just create your elevator pitch and sell. If you receive orders you have a new product, if you don’t, try the next idea.
Keep it simple and effective.

The next stage of the process is to find your first customer. Sales are everything. No sales = no business.

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NI Cut – Is Cameron Right? October 20, 2008

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Conservative leader David Camereon has today propsed a 1p cut in National Insurance. The move is designed to help small businesses with four or fewer employees. He says it could save them up to £600.

From the BBC article:

Mr Cameron … said he wanted a six-month VAT holiday for small and medium-sized firms and called on local authorities to pay small businesses within 20 days for their services, rather than 30

For Labour, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper said she was confused over how the Tories planned to pay for the national insurance cut.

She told BBC Radio’s Five Live increasing tax elsewhere in the business system “seems to me like putting taxes up”.

But what do you think? Let us know in the quick survey below.

If you’d like to discuss this in more detail, why not leave us a comment?