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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.

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£500,000 For ICT Investment July 23, 2008

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Merit and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce are working together on yet another land mark project offering financial assistance to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) looking to invest in ICT hardware and software.

A further £500,000 of grants via the European Regional Development Fund has been allocated to the ICT Investment Fund which will be awarded to companies successfully applying for grants from across Merseyside.

John Blades, ICT Fund Manager said: “We will award grants of between £10K-50K which must be spent by 30 November 2008. The funding can be up to 40% of the total project costs for new hardware and software.“

The funding is open to small and medium sized businesses in the Merseyside area, except those in the Retail and Agricultural sectors, whether or not they are Chamber or Merit members.

If you would like more information about how the ICT Investment Fund can help your businesses please call John Blades at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce on 0151 227 1234 or visit the ICT Investment Fund website at www.ict-invest.info to download and complete an application form.

Final Call for Mersey Innovation Awards April 14, 2008

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Got an innovative product? You could win £10,000 in cash, £4,000 worth of legal, business, accounting or design consultancy; support from some of the region’s leading business advisors; and publicity for the idea.

The awards are open to individuals or companies with less than 50 employees who are based within Merseyside. The Awards aim to recognise and reward the use of innovation as a means of boosting growth and profitability.

Chair of the judging panel, Brian McCann, of Vanguard said: “Over the last few years the number of applications has soared. Merseyside is a breeding ground for many world-class innovations and the next few months will be an exciting time as we examine all the entries and select the shortlist. I would urge anyone with a great idea or product to fill in an application form and see what happens.”

To enter and for further information visit www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk

Free Technology Seminar from Grant Thornton February 25, 2008

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Grant Thornton invites you to the first in a series of seminars addressing issues facing local science and technology businesses on Thursday 6 March.

The event will be delivered by a team of experts from the world of venture capital, intellectual property law and taxation, each focusing on technology-related subjects in their field.

Venue:
The Heath Business & Technical Park
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 4QX

Speakers for the morning will be:

Kevin Engel – Partner, Grant Thornton

Simon Cleaver – Yorkshire Fund Managers

Robert Adams – Tax Manager, Grant Thornton

Laurence Pritchard – Partner, DWF Solicitors

Alicia McCaffery – Solicitor, DWF Solicitors

Timings

8.45am Arrival and registration

9.30am Introduction

9.40am Fundraising – How, when and where?

10.40am Coffee break11.00am R&D Tax Credits

11.30am Protecting your intellectual property

12.00pm Questions and answers

12.30pm Close and lunch

To attend RSVP Ruth Pearson, Events Executive on 0161 953 6346

Bring Out The Gimp – Free Portable Graphics Package November 26, 2007

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Gimp LogoLately at the Chamber, we have been loving the Gimp graphics package. This free yet powerful piece of software lives on your flash drive and gives you access to image editing tools that rival the fabulous PhotoShop.

We’ve been using it to crop and resize images, create graphics for emails and websites, even a spot of the old ‘superimpose someone else’s head on the boss’ pic’ fun. It can easily handle simple tasks like these, but if you want to do more complex editing, it’s got the power for that too.

We’ve mentioned all the free tools available for your Flash drive over on Portable Apps before. If you haven’t seen them before, we recommend you do so. Carrying a few of these around on your keychain can let you work the way you want, no matter where you are.

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