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Edition No. 139

Date:- 14 February 2004

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Liverpool schoolchildren are now Fighting Fit

BLACKMOOR Park Junior School in West Derby received an Activemark award from Sport England in recognition of its commitment to physical activities, including judo and fencing and keeping pupils fit and active.

The school has been presented with a plaque and a certificate, along with information about activities and games from the British Heart Foundation.

With the current campaign against obesity in children, the school was earmarked as one of the main contributors against the current problem by offering sport as an alternative to computer games. 

Head teacher, Martin Davies, said:- "We are trying to raise the profile of physical activity with children and enjoy taking part in the activities. Judo and fencing are proving to be especially popular."

Liverpool City Council is spearheading the fight against obesity amongst primary school children through a comprehensive health and fitness program.

Liverpool City Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Paul Clein, said:- "The recent reports about childhood obesity show how crucial it is for children to take regular exercise.

It is excellent to see Blackmoor Park Junior School achieving high standards in promoting healthy living."

More than 9,000 pupils are physically tested each year as part of the city's SportsLinx project, which has been nationally recognized by Sport England as an example of best practice in tackling obesity.

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Business to gain from Mentoring Program
A NEW program of small business support, developed by an Oxford-based company, Business Boffins Ltd, has completed a yearlong trial with 147 young businesses, winning a 95% approval rating from those taking part and radically improving their prospects of survival and eventual success. 

Professor Russell Smith, an entrepreneur who combines a role as Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University with running the new business advice and mentoring service, has had results that have exceeded original expectations; Combining online practical education with an interactive business mentoring network, it has taken three years to develop and will now be rolled out nationally with support from industry and government partners.

One of the objectives of the program is to bring practical information of proven quality within the reach of small businesses of all kinds, including sole traders, part-time workers and firms with less than 10 employees. 

“We thought that our idea of delivering bite-size business support every week via email would be really helpful to small businesses”
, said Prof Smith, “especially when coupled with a question and answer service giving access to free advice from professional experts including lawyers, accountants and others. But we were delighted to get the thumbs up from business owners and to see an unexpectedly high business survival rate.” 

The Business Boffins program is being launched nationwide as a membership scheme that includes the university qualification. Potential partners including banks are now in discussion with the company about rolling the program on a national scale.

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