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Issue Date:- 14 July 2008


ACCORDING to, the UK’s leading online broker of serviced office space, humour can have a profound effect on productivity in the work place.

Managing Director, Jim Venables said:- “An upbeat working environment creates a better atmosphere and when used appropriately, humour can encourage higher staff morale and more energy. It’s about taking what you do very seriously while not taking yourself too seriously!”

Ros Coleman, stress therapist and former Vice Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK said:- “Humour in the work place can enhance motivation and team building, as well as helping to promote health and workplace wellness. It can also reduce workplace stress and tension.  Often jokes and gags can be used as a tool to knock down personal barriers and help build lasting interpersonal relationships with your co- workers. “


Are you a designer waiting to shine?

BOODLES and Open Culture are looking for new and talented designers to create a single item of jewellery or trophy to celebrate Liverpool 2008 Capital of Culture.  The competition is open to non-professionals of all ages, whether still at school, students or simply budding unqualified designers - all are welcome.  Inspiration for designs should be drawn from the many different aspects of the City of Liverpool, its history, future, people, art, architecture, music and its culture! It does not need to include the ’08 logo – Deadline for entries 20 August 2008.

The winning design will be interpreted and created by a member of the Boodles design team and will be displayed in the window of Boodles Liverpool and then donated to the collection of the new Museum of Liverpool.

"As a company we have always been passionate about the business of jewellery and in particular design. We aim to combine beautiful and unique designs with the finest traditional values and we look forward to discovering a new design talent in our home city and bringing their ideas to life." - Nicholas Wainwright, Managing Director, Boodles.

Phil Redmond said:- "This is another great Open Culture initiative where one of our great Liverpool names has got behind the idea that culture is in everything we do. And of course, jewellery has always been a central part of every civilisation. We are looking forward to seeing what the public comes up with, just as they did with the Liverpool Saga, Song and Bench competitions as well as leave another permanent and lasting cultural artefact for the new Museum of Liverpool."

Designs should be submitted as paper artwork only with no more than 2 pages per entry, 1 illustrating design and 1 for additional notes, if applicable. (Jewellery entries should be no more than A4 (21cm x 30 cm) paper - Trophy entries should be no more than A3 (30cm x 42cm) paper).  A judging panel will create a short list from all the entries and the general public will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite.

Essential entry details:-

• Name & address/ telephone/ email address if applicable + age if under 16

• Please ensure your name is on the reverse of all your designs

• Artwork can not be returned, please keep copies.

Entries to be sent to:-

Open Culture
Liverpool Innovation Park, 2nd Floor Faraday House, 360 Edge Lane, Liverpool
L7 9NJ

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