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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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Fairtrade first for city

BBC presenter George Alagiah and the Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Mike Storey will jointly hosted a meeting with representatives of Merseyside's leading businesses for the city's first ever fair trade day. 

Mr. Alagiah, who presents the Six O'Clock News, is a patron of the Fair trade Foundation and will speak about the positive impact Fair trade status can have on businesses. 

Benefits include helping to make a positive difference in alleviating world poverty, improving a company's reputation and image and having a positive impact on recruitment and motivation of employees.

More than forty people, all managing directors or partners, from a variety of different business sectors, will take part in the breakfast meeting. These businesses include Royal Mail, Abbey, Onyx, 60 Hope Street and Urban Splash. 

Councillor Storey said:- "The City Council is committed to Liverpool becoming the leading Fair trade city in Britain.

Fairtrade day is a great opportunity to get people involved in spreading the message that using Fairtrade products can help alleviate poverty for millions of people. 

Our Town Hall, cafes at city council run leisure centres, Croxteth Hall and two of the city's schools, Archbishop Blanch High School and St Hilda's High School, already serve Fairtrade products. We are hoping that after Wednesday's meeting even more of Liverpool's businesses will support Fairtrade initiative."

Oxfam Liverpool, Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and the Courtyard Restaurant are all sponsoring the business breakfast.

The School's Parliament will also debate Fair Trade in the afternoon at Liverpool Town Hall.


SOUTHPORT wheelchair tennis player Mark Eccleston joins fellow members of the British Paralympic Team on October 25, for a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

The 34 year old, who was born in St Helens, and who won silver in the inaugural Paralympics Quad Doubles event in Athens with singles gold medallist Peter Norfolk, will meet the Queen, in an event designed to celebrate the achievements of the most successful British Paralympics team ever.

It's been a hectic week for the Merseyside man and former International Tennis Federation world number one, who trains at the Wirral Tennis Centre in Bidston. On Monday 18 October 2004, Mark took part in the 'Parade of the Heroes' through Central London, together with 37 Team GB Paralympics and 47 Olympic Medallists. 

Eccleston was on a float alongside another silver medallist from the North West, Olympic boxer Amir Khan, and members of Great Britain's bronze medal-winning men's wheelchair basketball team.

Mark said:- "Although I was a little disappointed not to win gold at Athens, it has nevertheless been another truly memorable year for me. It would not have been possible without the support and inspiration of my coach Phil Leighton, my friends and family, and the phenomenal engineering brilliance of the guys and girls at Cyclone Mobility & Fitness, the Wirral-based company that makes my world-beating tennis wheelchair." 

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