Formby firm targets a million from garden waste
FROM muck comes a million-pound
business, well that is the case for WRS Composting Ltd of Ince
Blundell, Formby who recycle green waste into a soil conditioning
compost, an environmentally friendly alternative to peat.
With support and
funding through Business Link for Greater Merseyside, the company is
now about to open in March 06 a, sophisticated new £900,000
WRS director Ian Walker told us that:- “The new plant at North
End Farm brings the company’s existing operations under one roof and
will allow us to handle up to 30,000 tonnes of green waste from
local authorities and private businesses each year.
By having our site here the material is processed locally and used
by local businesses and people, which avoids the need to transport
it outside Merseyside for landfill.”
Business Link’s rural business adviser, Philip Ambler said:-
“The government is keen to find alternatives to landfill, and this
environmentally-friendly business has received a substantial level
of investment towards its development.
Ian is taking best practice a stage further by creating value at
both ends of the operation, first taking in the waste and then
turning it into a valuable saleable commodity.”
WRS Composting is also helping the local jobs market by taking on
four new staff over the past year and further two in the near
In addition, the project benefits the local rural economy by
bringing back into use 15,000 square feet of redundant farm
buildings and 28 acres of agricultural land.
Ian Walker estimates his company’s turnover has trebled in the
present year and, with local demand growing all the time due to
landfill restrictions, it should reach £1 million in the 06/2007
“We’ve had two lots of funding from Business Link and would
recommend them to any company. We’ve tried in the past to get grants
and failed. You need the specialist knowledge of drafting which
Philip, our adviser, supplied and we would not have got the money
without him.” Ian Walker told us.
(Correction was made on the above
report = Press Business Link release error corrected after
Stories of Slippery
Suitors & Lovers’ Sweet Competition....
THIS show is a blend of music,
traditional storytelling, & far-flung diary readings kicks off at
6:15pm in the Chaplaincy, Hope Park, (Security lodge on Taggart
Avenue will give directions to Chaplaincy) Liverpool Hope
University, Liverpool, L16 9JD
The DATE:- Wednesday 22 March 06
Soft drinks & snacks provided, a donation will be requested
‘Dare to be there!’
A PASSION FOR FASHION
LIVERPOOL'S Walker Art Gallery is
hosting its first ever costume exhibition, clothes from the stunning
collection of Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne, from 29 April 06 to 30 July
A Passion for Fashion is a stylish look at a very elegant period in
British fashion, covering the years from about 1910 to 1940.
Emily bought an astonishing amount of clothes, some of which she
never wore but kept with their original packing and labels. Her
daughter donated the enormous collection, numbering more than 700
items, to National Museums Liverpool between 1966 and 2003. It is
probably the largest surviving collection of period clothes from one
wardrobe in Britain.
The Tinne Collection is a fabulous array of day wear, evening wear,
coats, swimwear, shoes, hats and accessories. It also includes
clothes worn by Emily’s six children. A Passion for Fashion
highlights some 130 stems drawn from this unique collection,
offering a snapshot of changing styles between the two World Wars.
The exhibition includes:-
• Stylish day dresses made from silks, velvet and wool, showing the
changes in style between the demure Edwardian period and the 1930s,
with its jazz-inspired fashions
• Glamorous 1920s evening dresses of lace and beaded silk, and
elegant 1930s creations of printed velvet and sequinned silk, some
of them fit for a Hollywood movie star
• Luxurious day and evening coats and capes of silk, wool and fur,
many bought from famous Liverpool shops like the Bon Marché in
Church Street, George Henry Lee’s in Basnett Street, Cripps’ in Bold
Street and Lewis’s in Ranelagh Street
• A rare two-piece woollen bathing suit, complete with cap and
espadrilles, bought by Emily in Liverpool for her honeymoon in
Ireland in 1910
• Wonderful hats, ranging from wide-brimmed Edwardian straws trimmed
with flowers to the stylish close-fitting cloche design of the 1920s
and 30s, and including a fabulous fur motoring bonnet with silk veil
of about 1910-15
• Babies’ and children’s clothes from the inter-War period,
including the family’s embroidered christening gown. Emily’s eldest
child, Elspeth, was born in 1911 and her youngest, Philip, in 1929
and she kept many examples of all six children’s clothes, some of
which are featured here.
The Tinnes were Liverpool sugar merchants and ship owners of Dutch
origin, with plantations in Demerara, Guyana, South America. During
the nineteenth century, they amassed a huge fortune as part of the
firm of Bandbach, Tinne & Co.
Emily Margaret McCulloch married Dr Philip Frederic Tinne in 1910.
They spent most of their married life in Layton Lodge, in the leafy
suburb of Aigburth, where they brought up their six children. With
the security of Philip’s substantial inheritance, the Tinnes lived a
comfortable life and Emily was able to indulge in shopping on an
almost daily basis.
For those who could afford it, shopping for clothes in Liverpool in
the period between the two World Wars must have been an exciting
experience, such was the choice and variety available in Britain’s
Emily patronised many of the city’s most prestigious shops, some of
which provided an exclusive made-to-measure service. Several of
these businesses were located on Bold Street, known during the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the ‘Bond Street of the
North’. Chief among these was Cripps, Sons & Co where Emily bought
many beautiful hats and coats.
The exhibition also features garments Emily bought from the large
Liverpool department stores, George Henry Lee & Co. Ltd, the Bon
Marché, Owen Owen’s and Lewis’s. There are some very glamorous
items, particularly the evening wear and coats that give one a sense
of the high-quality goods and services the department stores
A Passion for Fashion is the first chance to see the unique
collection of a true shop-aholic. Including photographs of the Tinne
family and the shops Emily frequented, the exhibition reflects the
wealth of a global city, the styles of the time and the passion for
fashion of a Liverpool lady.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe;
A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes, 1900-1940, featuring nearly 300 items in
full colour, together with a full inventory of the collection.