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Edition No. 141

Date:- 28 February 2004

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Liverpool honours National Museums

ONE of Liverpool's leading cultural institutions received the City's highest accolade on Tuesday 24 Febuary. National Museums Liverpool was admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions at a special Town Hall ceremony. A keynote speaker at the ceremony was TV personality Loyd Grossman, who takes over as Chairman of the Museums next year. Brookside and Hollyoaks creator, Phil Redmond, will also be attending as Trustee of the Museums.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ron Gould, said:- "I'm delighted that the city is bestowing its highest honour on National Museums Liverpool.

Liverpool has always had a great affection for its museums and galleries. They preserve our history and heritage and are a vital part of many cultural activities which enrich our lives.

Let's not forget, they also made a great contribution to our European Capital of Culture win. This is a wonderful way for the city to recognise that contribution and encourage National Museums Liverpool to play a major role leading up to 2008." 

The accolade follows a huge growth in visitors to National Museums Liverpool. Just since April 2003, over 1.3 million people have visited the museums and there has also been a massive increase of 150% visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

David McDonnell, chairman of National Museums Liverpool, said:- "This is a tremendous honour for us. I am proud to have been chairman for the past nine years and this is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my term of office.

As Capital of Culture year approaches, we at National Museums Liverpool have an outstanding collection, unique among the major museums. Our role is local, regional, national and international."

Other speakers during the ceremony included Executive Member, Councillor Flo Clucas and Leader of the opposition Councillor Joe Anderson.

National Museums Liverpool join an illustrious list of other businesses and organisations who are on the City's Freedom Roll. These include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Liverpool and Everton Football clubs, Royal Liver Assurance Limited and more recently Merchant Navy Veterans Associations and their Associates.

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Watchdog’s Stop Now campaign bites in Liverpool 
Report by Karl Brookes (energywatch)

THE independent gas and electricity consumer watchdog, energywatch North West has hailed a fall in energy mis-selling complaints as a success for its Stop Now campaign. 

Tim Whittle, Liverpool Area Manager for energywatch North West, said:- “We welcome the industry progress made to end doorstep mis-selling. After two years of our Stop Now campaign, the industry has, to its credit, realised that these practices don’t do anyone any favours.” 

Whittle added:- “However, too many consumers are still complaining to us that they have been tricked or pressurized into signing a contract. There is a long way to go before we can say that the unscrupulous energy salesmen won’t call again.”

energywatch North West wants the industry to agree automatic compensation for consumers who are tricked by energy salesmen on the doorstep.

Whittle added:- “We need financial penalties when unscrupulous salesmen cheat or intimidate consumers into signing new contracts. In addition, companies need to be paying the full £250 in mis-selling cases where a consumer’s signature has been forged.”

Envirotech:- Big meets small Imperial College, London
21 April 

THIS one-day conference, run by Newzeye in conjunction with Imperial College Innovations Unit, will bring together finance, industry, academia and environmental organisations to examine how SMEs can develop successful products and form mutually beneficial and commercially viable partnerships with large corporates.

Speakers will include representatives from the financial community, SMEs and large corporates. 

Topics will include raising funds, government policy and grants, case studies from energy and waste companies, how to overcome technical and
financial problems and what large companies are looking for in environmental-technology SMEs. 

Alongside the conference will be an environmental technology showcase.

For further information or to register for this event please email:-