Federation of Small Businesses
campaign kicked off on 13 March 2008 with a mass lobby of parliament
and launch of a petition on the 10 Downing Street website. Members
of FSB are now getting customers to fill in hard copy petitions
through out the UK. In Southport, members such as Southport Reporter
and the Latin Lounge have copies for their customers to sign.
Already over 200 FSB members have been told by Conservative leader,
David Cameron, that he expressed his support for the campaign. The
FSB has also met with other MPs, calling for changes to planning
regulations, an end to anti-competitive practices and an independent
body to oversee retail development in the UK. John Allan, Sefton &
Ormskirk FSB Branch Chairman said:- "The FSB encourages
everyone who values independent retail and consumer choice to sign
the "Keep Trade Local " petition. It is unthinkable that small shops
could completely disappear, especially in this region, and the FSB
is doing everything it can to lobby for changes to the retail
sector, so that small independent traders have opportunity to grow,
employ people and serve their communities."
To help the FSB and all small businesses in the UK to survive,
please first go to the Downing Street website and sign the online
Deadline to sign up of the online petition and also the hard copy
petitions is on 06 March 2009.
According to the FSB:-
~ 2000 local shops are closing every year
~ By 2015 there will be no more independent retailers in the UK
~ This amounts to the closure of over 50,000 businesses
~ The average person now travels 893 miles a year to shop for food.
Wembley 1998 Reunion
Club are hosting a reunion match between members of the club’s 1998
FA Trophy Final Wembley squad, and a squad made up primarily of
players from the HFS Loans League Championship winning side in 1993.
The reunion match will kick off at 1.30pm on Sunday, 27 April 2008
and there has been a great response from the club’s 1998 FA Trophy
Final heroes, all enthusiastic about a return to Haig Avenue.
Billy Stewart, Andy Farley, Phil Bolland, Paul Futcher, Dave
Thompson, Ged Kielty and Andy Whittaker have all confirmed their
attendance and are eager to play. Tim Ryan is also looking forward
to a return but is recovering from a serious operation which will
prevent him from playing.
Still to confirm are Paul Mitten, Phil Horner, David Gamble and
Kevin Formby and we are making an appeal for skipper Brian Butler to
get in contact with the club with his last known address being in
the Blackpool area.
The only confirmed absentee is unfortunately Brian Ross who will be
unable to attend as he is on business. Included in the 1993 side
will also be Martin Clark and Paul Comsitve who joined the
Sandgrounders in their first season in the GM Vauxhall Conference.
Turnstile prices will be £4 adults £2 concessions with all funds
going towards the clubs 16 to 18 youth development. Chris Carney of
Rewardaward is supporting the afternoon, and anyone further
interested in sponsoring the event or any supporter who wishes to
play against the 1998 squad should contact Chief Executive Haydn
Preece on 07976555782. Supporters Trust, Trust in Yellow will also
be running a penalty shoot out competition on the pitch.
A MESSAGE FROM
INSPECTOR JIM McLOUGLIN
EVER ONE is invited to come along
to the next community meeting at Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Hoghton
Street, Southport, commencing at 7.30pm on the 7th May 2008. This is
an open meeting where you have the chance to identify the policing
priorities for your area. Members of other agencies may also be
present to answer any questions that you may have about the service
that they provide.
At our last community forum our members stated that the issue of
cycling on the pavement was becoming a concern in the Town Centre.
Above all else this behaviour is definitely a threat to the safety
of pedestrians and is also an offence.
To date my officers have completed two focus days in the Town Centre
to tackle this problem. A total of 14 fixed penalty notices have
been issued,34 verbal warnings and two arrests made as a result.Some
work with local media has taken place to raise awareness of our
actions and to reinforce the message.
More focus days are planned in the near future and results will be
fed back through the next community forum.
Ethel Austin goes into administration
THE shock news that one of the
Liverpool08 sponsors and well known high street name, Ethel Austin
has gone into administration hit Liverpool hard. A spokesperson from
Menzies Corporate Restructuring told the media that:- “We want
to confirm that it is very much business as usual at the remaining
Ethel Austin stores. Despite 33 stores that will be closing
over the next three weeks, there remain 267 stores open for business
Promotions will be running in all
Store staff made redundant as a
result of the store closures will be offered employment in
alternative stores as far as it is feasible and where vacancies
Regarding the closures of Ethel Austin stores, we can confirm that
redundancies were made at 33 stores today and a further 181
redundancies were made at the company’s head office in Knowsley.
The stores will be closed over the course of the next three weeks.”
We will continue to focus our efforts on finding a suitable buyer
for the business and are already talking to interested parties.
The following Ethel Austin stores (in alphabetical order) to be
AYR, 2 / 4 Alloway Street, Ayr
BARROW IN FURNESS, 160-162 Dalton Road, Barrow in Furness
BLAIRGOWRIE, Unit B, High Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
CHELTENHAM, 88 Edinburgh Place, Coronation Square, Cheltenham
CLYDEBANK, 5 Sylvania Way, Clydebank
COWLEY, 16-17 Poundway, Tempas Square Shopping Centre, Cowley,
CUMBERNAULD, Unit 1B, Teviot Walk, Cumbernauld Centre, Cumbernauld
DUNSTABLE, 50-52 Broadwalk North, Quadrant Centre, Dunstable
EASTERHOUSE, Unit 2 & 3 Shandwick Square Shopping Ctr, Glasgow
EASTLEIGH, 46-50 High Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire
FRODSHAM, 11-13 Eddisbury Sq, Frodsham, Cheshire
GALASHIELS, 56 Channel Street, Galashiels
GREENOCK, 9-13 West Blackhall Street, Greenock
HARLOW, 35 Broad Walk, Harlow Shopping Centre, Harlow
HARTLEPOOL, Unit 85, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Unit 230, Edmonds Parade, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
IRVINE, Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine
LINCOLN, The Corn Exchange, Corn Hill, Lincoln
MANSFIELD, 44-46 Westgate, Mansfield
MIDDLESBROUGH, Unit 4, Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough
MOTHERWELL, 75 Brandon Parade South, Motherwell
NORTHPOINT, 47 Northpoint Shopping Centre, Goodhart Rd, Bransholme,
NOTTINGHAM, 41a Broadwalk, Broadmarsh SC, Nottingham
ORPINGTON, Unit 1, 169-171 High Street, Orpington
PARKHEAD FORGE, Unit 45A, The Forge Shopping Centre, Parkhead,
PRESTON, 63 Friargate Walk, St George's Centre, Preston
RUTHERGLEN, Units 19&20 Mitchell Arcade, Rutherglen Shopping Centre,
SALE, 3-4 Market Walk, Sale, Manchester
TROON, Unit 5, Academy Street, Troon, Ayrshire
WASHINGTON, Unit 80a The Galleries, Washington Centre, Washington
WATERLOOVILLE, Unit 8, Dukes Walk, Waterlooville, Hampshire
WOOLTON, 26 Woolton Street, Liverpool
WORKINGTON, Unit 3, Campbell-Saviours Way, Workington