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Edition No. 167

Date:- 11 September 2004

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Cains Brews up Support

CHEFS who cook up first-rate service, retail assistants who make shopping a pleasure and hotel staff who help make tourists' visits to Liverpool memorable are all in line for awards.

The Academy Ambassador Awards recognise staff in the city's retail, hotel and leisure in the tourism sectors of the city to create a positive impression of Liverpool.

This year the awards are being sponsored by Cains Brewery and the Bank of Scotland. 

Cains Brewery joint managing director Sudarghara Dusanj said:- "We are encouraging everyone in the Liverpool hospitality and leisure sector to get involved in this excellent award scheme.

In a competitive environment customer care is absolutely vital for any business - it defines how your company is perceived as strongly as any product. In a city like Liverpool, a European Capital of Culture in waiting, which has a global presence and attracts millions of visitors each year, customer care standards will help to create and maintain a strong positive image for the city.

Cains is known as a business which puts its customers - both trade and consumers - above all else. Without them the brewery would not be enjoying its current growth and success. Customer care runs right through our business, from the way our most senior people deal with customers to how those pulling pints respond to the people who visit our pubs."

Employers and training organisations are being invited to nominate staff who work in one of Liverpool's shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, sports centres or host of other attractions. 

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in January 2005 when LLoyd Grossman will be the guest of honour. All nominees will be considered for the Liverpool Award for Outstanding Customer Care at the Mersey Tourism Awards.


AS the country gets ready to pay homage to the great British Banger in British Sausage Week (25 - 31 October 2004), celebrity Chef James Martin and the British Sausage Appreciation Society are launching what will be one of the highlights of the week - The Banger Awards. 

The unique awards scheme is designed to identify Britain's greatest sausage lovers. Anyone can enter or be nominated - the only rule is you have to be fanatical about sausages! Nominations range from local butchers, school cooks and chefs to Mums who cook up their own tasty Bangers and Mash.

Britain is already a nation of sausage lovers, with 90 per cent of households putting bangers regularly on their shopping list, and the country consuming a staggering 266,500 tonnes in the last year. British Sausage Week, organised by The British Sausage Appreciation Society, celebrates the taste and variety of the sausage with over 400 individually named varieties in Britain alone. 

Celebrity Chef, James Martin says:- "The popularity of the British Banger continues to grow every year, with a very vocal fan base. No more so is this evident than in British Sausage Week with thousands of people getting involved in activities across the UK. By launching the Banger Awards we are looking to recognise sausage supporters throughout the country for their personal contribution and dedication to the Great British sausage; be that your mum, school cook, butcher, chef, local farmer or restaurant"

Now in its seventh year, British Sausage Week just keeps getting bigger and better. Top TV Chef Lesley Waters will be travelling up and down the country throughout the Week, presenting the winning entrants with their coveted Banger Award. 

For those of you that prefer to celebrate the Week at home, the British Sausage Appreciation Society will be rustling up some exclusive sausage recipes. Charity events and promotions will also be taking place through out the Week in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.


BRITAIN'S first black radio drama returns to the airwaves for a much awaited second series this week. 

Created by British black Writers and Producers, 'The Grove' is supported by BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Project Merseyside and Liverpool city council and Liverpool Culture Company.

The UK's first black radio drama series 'The Grove' was first created in 2002 and followed the fortunes of two Liverpool families, the Bond's and the Glover's.

The first episode of the 20 part second series will be broadcast on Thursday, September 9th on BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips programme, and aired weekly from then on. It will be repeated on Saturday evenings in the Black Music Magazine programme Upfront.

'The Grove' is produced by Positive Impact, a community-based training and arts development organisation which aims to showcase new talent. Besides producing 'The Grove', the Hope Street based centre has also trained many of the cast in performing arts and scriptwriting courses.

The ambitious and innovative Soap Opera brings together aspiring young actors and writers with established names in the industries who also act as 'mentors' for the newcomers.

Cast includes established black and white actors including Television actors Louis Emerick, Leon Lopez and Bernie Foley, Theatre actors including Esther Wilson and Joe Speare.

Senior black writers on the programme have TV writing credits for programmes such as Brookside, 'Brothers & Sisters', Holby City, Doctors, Crossroads, Holly Oaks and The Jury. 

Barbara Philips, Project manager at Positive Impact and 'The Grove's' series Producer who has been a scriptwriter for Brookside and the BBC, said:- '''The Grove' is unlike anything else happening in the UK.

''Besides there being no other Black soap opera, what really sets us apart is that we have professional actors and writers working as mentors. It's very rare to see professionals passing on their experience and skills in our industry in this way. I think what we have here is something that could continue for many years to come and provide a real legacy for future writers and actors."

The second series of the Grove has been part funded by Liverpool city council's Creative Community programme. 

National Eczema Week (18 - 25 September)

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects one in 12 of the adult population and on firth of children in the UK. Because of this, the Trust's Dermatology Team are offering help and advice during Eczema Awareness Week between 18th - 25th September.

Information stands will also be put up at both Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals throughout the week, to raise awareness both about the skin condition and how to help sufferers live with it.

Sue Wood, Dermatology Specialist Nurse, said:- "Eczema is a very common skin condition and although it is not usually life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable for sufferers. Red, inflamed skin can feel very itchy and can make people scratch, causing bleeding and sometimes infection. Eczema can also make people feel awkward and avoid going out when it is visible. 

Although there is no cure for eczema, treatments can help people manage the condition, which is why we would encourage people to come to the open afternoon to find out about eczema, tell people what treatment options are available and to raise awareness."

An open afternoon for advice on eczema will take place at Asda Supermarket, Derby Road Southport on Thursday 23 September between 1.30 and 4.00 where people can pop along and get some help about eczema.

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