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Edition No. 163

Date:-- 14 August 2004

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FOLLOWING its latest acquisition, the UK's leading tool and equipment hire provider, Speedy Hire Plc, has welcomed its 2500th employee to the fold. The most recent acquisition has extended coverage in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

Neil O'Brien, Group Finance Director, comments on the news... "Our culture and reward structure is firmly focused on staff loyalty - providing great incentives for all to succeed. For instance, we paid £7.6 million in staff bonuses in the financial year 2003/04; an average of more than £3000 per employee."

As a rapidly growing national hire firm with over 300 depots, Speedy is always on the lookout, across England, Wales and Scotland, for ambitious and courteous professionals to share in its meteoric success.

Over the years, the company has received more than its fair share of industry accolades. Many of these, such as The Hire Association of Europe (HAE)'s Excellence in Training Award (2002) and Contract Journal's Hire Company of the Year (2003), take people management into consideration. 

Perhaps most illustrative of the firm's people culture are its silver and gold reward schemes for staff who have reached 20 and 25 years service respectively. Members are rewarded with automatic pay rises, extra holiday entitlement, holiday vouchers and shares in the company.

Steve Corcoran, Chief Operating Officer, reflects; "I would like to congratulate the whole team on their success and to thank them for contributing so enthusiastically towards our reputation as the industry leader."

A Amazing Behind the Scenes Studio Tours!!!!!!!

A chance to see what goes on in the Conservation Centre's state of the art studios, where all sorts of different items from the collections from motorbikes to tapestries and from paintings to pots are preserved by specialists. 

Tickets are free but places are limited. Pre-booking is advisable on 0151 478 4999. 

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2pm and 3pm at the Conservation Centre, Whitechapel, Liverpool, 0151 478 4999  

Irish Travelers to photograph community life

IRISH travelers living in Merseyside have been given the opportunity to document their lives as part of an exhibition, exploring the everyday experiences and issues that affect Traveler communities throughout the north west of England.

The project called 'Getting Results' is being run by the Novas Group alongside Irish Community Care Merseyside and will see Travelers from Vauxhall Road, Liverpool, given photographic equipment and training over the next six months in order to capture images that make-up their day-to-day lives. 

The pictures will be displayed in central Liverpool in the New Year alongside an oral and written exhibition examining the history of Irish Travelers.

Since 2002 Novas have campaigned for the rights and needs of Traveler and Gypsy communities at a local and national level, providing sustainable long-term housing and employment solutions that take into account their diverse cultural needs. Novas is one of the only Registered Social Landlords to own and manage Traveler and Gypsy sites. In total Novas manages 11 sites, working with over 650 people and providing 135 units of accommodation in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Over the past three years Novas has used photography to help excluded individuals and communities document the issues that affect them. The organisation has also unrolled an extensive photography course in Liverpool over the past year, which is accredited by the Merseyside Open College Network. The course has seen fifteen students graduate with the equivalent of A-C grades at GCSE level. Novas also supported six Black unemployed women from Liverpool to set up the Delfina Women's Group, an successful independent arts and photography organisation based in the north of England.

Commenting on the Getting Results project Executive Director and Founder of Novas Michael Wake said:- "Travelers and gypsies, as a group are perhaps more marginalised, discriminated against and subject to racism than any other ethnic group in the UK. This wonderful and innovative initiative will allow Irish Travelers themselves to have a voice in the local community and begin to break down the prejudices they face every day, whilst also providing valuable and meaningful training that can be expanded upon."

Geraldine Judge, Site Worker at Irish Community Care Merseyside added:- "I am really excited about this project. Irish Travelers are an invisible community and not many people realise the level of prejudice and discrimination they face on a day-to-day basis. The Getting Results project will substantially raise the profile of Irish Travelers in Merseyside and will for the first time allow them to tell their own experiences and life stories."


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