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Edition No. 164

Date:- 20 August 2004

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SAINSBURY'S BANK CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATION Company provides tonic for Northwest's sick workers

THE Northwest economy is in poor health according to region reports the highest number of sick leave in the country, with a regional average of 10.1 days of absentees compared to the nationwide average of 7.2 days taken off last year.

With more than 25 million working days lost annually as a result of workplace accidents, injuries and ill-health, ENWORKS, the Northwest-based environmental business support service is set to reduce this number.

A Health and Safety Executive initiative to increase workers' involvement and consultation, the Workers' Safety Advisors Challenge Fund, has appointed the not-for-profit organisation to make the region's employees healthier and reduce the cost of sick leave.

Total workplaces absences in 2003 cost industry £11.6 billion but the company focus on encouraging workers and employers to identify and manage risks together, promotes partnerships as well as providing an expert source of free and impartial health and safety information. 

The focus of the Fund, which is independent of the Health and Safety Executive, is to support companies in the involvement of their workforce in the management and improvement of health and safety practices. 

The rate of fatal and major injuries in firms employing fewer than 50 employees is more than twice the rate of firms with more than 1000 workers.

The services will be delivered locally and are designed to protect staff and increase the profitability of local companies.


FOR the second year, Crime Prevention Officers from Merseyside Police will be attending the Southport Flower Show to offer advice and information about how to keep your garden safe.

The Officers have been developing green fingers to show visitors just how crime prevention and security is achievable in the setting of a modern garden. The BeHomesafe Crime Prevention Garden is 30 metres by 30 metres and shows gardeners ways of keeping their gardens safe. It includes two separate gardens, attached to the back of a semi detached house. The first garden is a 'bad' garden and shows an example of a garden which could be easily targeted. It includes tools left unattended, a bike left out and unlocked, the door of a shed left wide open and a high bushes around the garden preventing good visibility to the front door from the street.

The second garden is the 'good' garden and highlights good gardening tips including locked sheds, bright lighting, gravel on pathways and good quality locks on windows and outbuildings.

The nation spends £3.35 billion a year on gardening. As people become more security conscious about their houses, opportunist thieves increasingly see gardens and outbuildings as a softer target as all too often people disregard their garden and its contents when it comes to security precautions.

Officers from Sefton will be on hand throughout the four days of the show to give advice in regards to security measures. Crime Prevention Officer, Constable Kevin Kehoe said:- "There are many techniques and ideas that..."

...continued... "can be introduced into your garden to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Such ideas include growing prickly plants along fences  and under windows to deter thieves; laying a gravel path which is noisy to walk on; and choosing the correct security lighting and padlocks to use. Many people don't realise that only does your garden contain valuable possessions, it also has equipment that could help a thief break into your home. Information like this will be given to gardeners visiting the Merseyside Police stand and we will be there to offer personal advice to those needing it."

Anyone who wants to pick up some tips about crime prevention can find the BeHomesafe Crime Prevention Garden just inside the entrance of the Show, opposite Morrison's carpark.

Heineken reveals 2004 British Olympic Games

IN an exclusive survey for Heineken, an official sponsor of the British Olympic Association and Team GB, only five per cent of British Olympians have given their views on what would make the 2004 Olympic Games even better for them, along with winning at the celebrated Games taking place in Athens.

A popular response from all the athletes was for Team GB to do well in the Olympic Games, closely followed by achieving a personal best. 

The experience of competing in the 2004 Olympic Games also rated highly among the athletes and other requests included smooth organisation.

Members of the public can help raise £250,000 for the BOA through Heineken as the company will donate ten pence to the BOA from every bottle or pint sold of their imported premium lager. 

Participating pubs and donations will also be made from sales of specially marked Team GB packs of Heineken bottles. Funds raised will help the BOA provide athletes with the facilities and support they need to achieve their goals and meet with success.


FOR the first time ever at the Southport Flower Show, gardeners will be able to leave the 2004 show with super smooth hands, whatever the condition of their green fingers to start!

The proto-Col show team will be on hand to give every visitor to the Ideal Home tent a free instant manicure. This natural Dead Sea salt scrub contains a blend of essential oils targeted specifically at hand health.

Avocado, orange, grapefruit, walnut, rosemary, spearmint, peppermint and jojoba essential oils combine for fantastic skin softening results whilst the magnesium rich Dead Sea salts improve nail health and work away rough patches of skin, as well as helping to clean and heal any nicks and scratches.

Even the roughest outdoor hands will be transformed in just one rejuvenating massage and rinse which takes just 60 seconds.

The proto-Col team will be largely a local concern and the show team includes Lyn Siddle, who will be familiar to many as the new owner of Craig & Taylor in central Southport.

"I am stocking this range as a new product line in my shop so if anyone misses the product at this year's flower show they can always pop in to Craig & Taylor on Lord Street, Southport and see the full range of Dead Sea salt scrubs and anti-ageing skincare."

Everyone visiting the Ideal Home tent at this year's Flower Show will be able to try the instant manicure for free.


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