New Broom for New Year
LIVERPOOL is set to make a clean start to 2004 with major improvements to the city's street sweeping operation.
Enterprise-Liverpool, the company responsible for the street cleaning contract, has reached agreement with the trade unions over changes in the shift system.
From January 5, streets throughout the city will be swept for more than 20 hours a day between 4.15am and 11.45pm, seven days a week.
Currently the largest numbers of street cleaners are working between 10am and 4pm with smaller numbers working between 6am and 8am and 4pm until 10pm. At present week-end work is also voluntary, meaning that the council has to employ additional staff to cover, at a cost of £200,000 a year.
Councillor Richard Oglethorpe Executive Member for the Environment, said:-
"This new shift pattern is excellent news for Liverpool.
The old system meant that streets were not being cleaned properly at rush hours and only on a voluntary basis at week-ends. Litter is not a nine to five, Monday to Friday problem. We need to change the system to ensure that Liverpool's streets are much cleaner every day of the week.
We are determined that Liverpool will be a cleaner, brighter city and these changes will help us achieve that."
In return for agreeing to the new shift system the 187 street cleaners will enjoy a four day week and an increase in pay.
MERGER ADDS UP TO A SUPER SERVICE
TWO of the leading independents in Merseyside accounting have joined forces and invested significantly to improve their service to local businesses.
A 30 strong team of Satterthwaite Brooks and Pomfret has merged with Bridgegate Corporate Finance to bring together traditional accountancy services and specialist corporate finance skills under one roof.
The new group, SB&P, is now one of the largest independent accountancy firms in the region with nine partners and 40 staff at two offices in Bootle and Liverpool city centre. The move resulted in the creation of positions for six new partners.
The enlarged group now offers a comprehensive range of traditional accounting, tax and auditing services together with specialist corporate finance, forensic investigation and turnaround advice for businesses.
Bridgegate's Forensic Director Rowan Sumner, formerly a partner at Moors Andrew Thomas, takes over the position of Office Managing Partner at the new firm. Speaking of the merger he said:- "This is one of the most significant developments in the market of independent accountancy in the region.
The merger means SMEs now have wider choice and we feel we offer an energetic, reliable accountancy practice that can draw on an extensive range of skills and experience."
The merger comes after the Bridgegate Group, already an established name in the field of business turnaround and corporate finance work, spent two years' looking for a suitable general practice partner.
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