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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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Channel 4's Location Location Location wants you!
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ARE you looking for your dream home? Would you like Britain’s most famous professional property hunters to do the hard work for you? If yes, don't call the 'A Team' call Channel 4s' top rating property programmers LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION & RELOCATION RELOCATION. Now all they want is for  you... our readers... to get in contact if you want help. They are looking for house-hunters in need of help in the Merseyside area,  with a focus on Southport and Formby. Relocators, Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer who present the programmers have years of experience at the top of their profession. They share a huge depth of knowledge about property ranging from the state of the market to the most practical and cost-effective way to renovate a house. 

Once again, they are taking on the challenge of finding dream properties for people all over the UK as a new series of each show goes into production this year. For all you, who do not know what the show is all about, in Relocation Relocation Kirstie and Phil search for two properties for people who want to live the dream... If your dream is a place in the country and/or a pied-a-terre in the city they can help you to find it. It will be broadcast on primetime slots on Channel 4 from April 2004 and continues over the summer.   

House hunters lucky enough to be chosen for either series will enjoy the exclusive services of Kirstie and Phil from initial guidance through the property market to hard negotiations to get the best deal.  Filming takes 2 to 4 weekends. 

If you like the idea of top class professional home finders and a team of highly experienced researchers helping out with one of life’s most important decisions, call The Locations Team on:- 0141 353 8431. 


SOUTHPORT tourism officers have unveiled the latest in a series of guides aimed at improving the visitor’s experience of the resort.

The Pocket Guide 2004 is a new publication has just been launched as part of the resort’s continued campaign to be one of the region’s leading day visitor destinations. 

The guide, designed to reflect the resort’s new branding, is packed with ideas for days out and excursions and includes information on events and festivals, Pleasureland, the pier and seafront, golf, shopping, eating, out, maps and much more.


WHEN the Grand National captivates the nation on Saturday 3 April, behind the scenes in the hospitality arena, the racecourse will also be a hotbed for business, according to research.

After football, horse racing is the most popular event for corporate hospitality in the North England, reveals the National Corporate hospitality Survey, sponsored by leading corporate hospitality provider, Sodexho Prestige. In a survey of businesses that had arranged client hospitality events over the past year, a whopping 42% had used the races as a backdrop for business entertaining.

“Grand National Day attracts over 70,000 people and while the majority of these will be happily tucking into their steak baguettes while watching the action, we’ll also be serving up a far more sophisticated menu to 1,200 people in the hospitality section at Aintree – and many of these will be using the event as a way to secure business relationships,”
says David Johnson, Sodexho Prestige Director of Racecourses.

Generating goodwill (30%) and building relationships (25%) are the top two reasons for investing in corporate hospitality. Corporate hospitality is also increasingly used as a new business tool, with 78% of hosts targeting new clients, compared to 57% in 1998.


LOCAL bus drivers are gearing themselves up in the hunt for Merseyside’s first ever Bus Driver Idol.

Bus company Arriva, which operates routes across Merseyside, is launching the scheme which aims o find a star among its legions of bus drivers.

A panel of judges will pick contestants who are nominated by Arriva customers and then assessed on various criteria including driving ability, professionalism and friendliness. The local winner will go forward to a national final where they will battle it out to see who can become Britain’s first ever Bus Driver Idol.

Bob Hind, Managing Director of Arriva North West and Wales, said:- “A bus driver has a very important job and may have to react to all kinds of different situations, from coping with traffic congestion to helping customers who need support. As part of ‘Going your way’ Bus Driver Idol gives our drivers an opportunity to show off their talents and put the old, outdated image of bus drivers to rest. Timetable information and discount vouchers will soon be delivered to households throughout the region, so out message is simple – hop on a bus and find a Bus Driver Idol!”

To nominate a Bus Driver Idol contact the Arriva hotline on:- 0121 362 4070.

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