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Edition No. 171

Date:- 16 October 2004

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Mercedes on the move!

Over £1 million worth of vehicles will make the short journey to Mercedes-Benz and smart of Liverpool, a purpose-built Mercedes-Benz Experience Centre just off the A5053 to its new home in Pall Mall, which opens its doors for business on Monday 18 October.

Staff are working around the clock to ensure everything is in place for the opening, even the boutique collection of miniature Mercedes pedal cars for drivers of the future!

Mercedes-Benz and smart of Liverpool will be one of the most futuristic and technically advanced automotive retail centres in the UK. The vast gallery area provides space to profile 20 cars from the ever-expanding model range, including the New Generation C-Class and SLK-Class Roadster arrivals.

Chris added:- "We look forward to welcoming existing and prospective Mercedes-Benz and smart owners to the site and delivering levels of customer service commensurate with these exceptional facilities."

Approved Used car facilities have been improved, with visitors able to peruse more than

50 pre-owned vehicles from a covered exterior display and, in the Benz Lounge, customers can enjoy an espresso bar, wide screen TV, Internet/office facilities and a boutique displaying a selection of clothing and accessories. The "BabyBenz" zone includes videos, games and Playstation consoles for youngsters.

Ruth's bid for top award

HEALTH worker Ruth Iveson is one of only five people nationwide to be short listed for a prestigious public service award.
Ruth, who works in Liverpool and Sefton, is in the running for the Society Guardian 'Public Servant of the Year' award. Her employer, Mersey Care NHS Trust, is also short listed for a 'Service Delivery' award in the mental health category.
Ruth, aged 58, is thought to be the first human resources manager in the country to work solely with service users and carers to help them into work, and also to give them a say in recruiting staff for the mental health and learning disability services trust. 
Ruth, who lives in Southport, has worked for the health service for more than 20 years. Her pioneering work within Mersey Care, which provides mental health and learning disability services for the area, has led to patients and their families having a real say in services and the way they are run.
Ruth said:- "I'm absolutely made up that I've been short listed for this award. It's recognition for the work I do, which is at the heart of the trust policy to involve people who we provide services for."

Mersey Care's service nomination for a Society Guardian award is for its role in developing an innovative family room at Stoddart House, based at Aintree Hospital.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on 23 November. Help Ruth win by voting on line for her at the awards  website:-

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