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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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Kwik Save gives Bootle store new look

KWIK SAVE’S Bootle store on The Strand is to be re-launched on Wednesday 4th August by Brian Capron, alias Coronation Street’s money-stealing murderer Richard Hillman, after a £350,000 refurbishment.

On entering the fresh, new-look store, shoppers will instantly recognise the improvements, a brighter, more cheerful environment, a whole new layout with wider aisles and hundreds of new products.

Customers can also enjoy a new greengrocer section with a larger variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a huge selection of fresh hot food on the new rotisserie, such as roast chicken, sausages, hot pies and snacks. 

Joining in the fun on the day, Brian will officially open the store, sign autographs and receive the grilling he deserves when curious fans are given the chance to ask him questions of their choice. By turning up between 9.00 to 9.30am shoppers will get the chance to quiz one of the nation’s favourite soap stars. 

Store manager Craig Anderson said:- “Our stores is just one of the latest to undergo the Kwik Save regeneration process aimed at giving stores across the country a more modern and fresh feel.”

Each new concept store has been designed to look like a market street where customers can enjoy the right choice, the right price and the convenience of being right round the corner from where they live.

“The revamped store has also brought new jobs to the community,”
continued Craig. “We have 4 new faces ready to help our customers in any way they can and now employ 32 full and part time staff.”

With 634 stores, the retailer is recognised as one of the UK’s biggest high street supermarkets.


Merseyside Companies heading for major success

BUSINESS LINK for Greater Merseyside has announced record achievements in its delivery of business support to established companies. 

The results of this success can be seen by a massive £14 million having been injected into businesses across Merseyside since January 2003. Of this figure £8.5 million has been invested by businesses themselves which has enabled the Object One programme to fund a further £5.5 million in business support.

Business Link has seen a substantial increase in the number of companies it has worked with over the first quarter of the financial year. Compared to the same period last year it has worked with 20% more companies. The companies are reporting that the projects they are undertaking will increase their performance by over 40%! 

Chief Executive of Business Link, Peter Morton said:- "We ask our clients to project the increase they expect in the performance of the business as a result of our support. The results show that we expect to see a staggering additional £189 million of Gross Value Added accruing to the clients we have assisted. 

By any measure this is a phenomenal return on the funds invested by UK Government and the EU through our funding and that provided under Objective One." 

He also reported a substantial increase in the independently surveyed client satisfaction figures that are now running at 88 per cent with over 14 per cent higher than a year ago, with an overall majority of those surveyed confirming that they are already seeing the benefits to their business.

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