BATTLING NORTH WEST BUSINESSES STILL SEE SOME UNEXPECTED UPSIDES
60%* of small businesses in the North West feel the
recession has made their business more efficient, and experience
other positives including a greater focus on customer service (37%)
according to new research conducted as part of the Barclays Take One
Small Step Campaign.
The research reveals the unexpectedly mixed impact of the recession.
While a perhaps unsurprising 46% of North West businesses have seen
their working hours increase, and 19% have seen
recession-related redundancies, 21% of local businesses are
reporting improvements to their business strategy.
Steve Cooper, Managing Director for Barclays Local Business said:-
"This research gives us the clearest understanding yet as to
how small businesses are coping with the recession and, clearly,
businesses are finding the upside of adversity wherever they can.
North West firms have taken a pragmatic approach by tackling head-on
the big challenges such as improving their business strategy,
increasing innovation and focusing on their employees. Lessons have
been learnt and I am sure in some cases the hard way."
Encouragingly, more than a quarter of local businesses surveyed
(27%) believe they have not been affected by the recession.
When asked to rank the potential impact of a raft of changes on
their business rather than consider wage reductions or job losses,
there was a clear focus on recovering debts and receiving prompt
payment of invoices. A drop in fuel duty was actually seen as the
change which would have the single biggest impact on businesses in
the North West.
Cooper said:- "Almost a third of businesses (32%) claim the
recession has made them chase late payments more vigorously, or
prevented them from allowing suppliers to pay late. This chimes with
what we know through the popularity of our CreditFocus service.
Since we launched our service last year, it's been used for hundreds
of thousands of credit checks, which is one of the key ways that
businesses prevent late payments."
When asked how they would spend a hypothetical £100K cash
· 34% of business owners said they would move or expand to new
facilities, possibly taking advantage of low property prices
· 31% would focus on clearing debts
· 27% would love to increase their marketing spend
Regional figures reveal attitudes towards the recession in some of
the UK's largest towns and cities. Liverpool and Bolton overall felt
least negatively impacted. In fact, 38 per cent claim either no ill
effects or a positive experience of the recession. This is compared
to Swansea and Cardiff where the figure drops to 14 and 18 per cent
The full figures per city that felt no impact or a positive effect
of the recession are as follows:-
- * The research sample was drawn at random from a business database
with quotas set for location (50) and sector (7)
- 1000 respondents participated in the research between 26th August
and 9th September 2009
- Respondents were qualified as being owners, directors and
decision-makers. Businesses were qualified as having fewer than 250
STOLEN DRUGS, ALLERTON
Police are asking to the public to exercise caution following the
theft of a van on Tuesday, 6 October 2009, containing a large
quantity of prescription drugs.
The van, which was a white Renault Kangoo van, registered CK56 XZC,
was stolen from Heydale Road in Mossley Hill at 11.45am this
On board were two prescriptions due to be delivered containing the
168 Metformin 500mg tablets. These are for diabetes and are large
and round and white in colour
28 Doxasin 4mg Heart tablets (small white oblong tablets)
28 Ramipril 10mg Blood pressure tablets (white/Blue capsule's)
28 Aspirin 75mg tablets (white round tablets)
28 Atordastatin Cholesterol tablets (large white oval tablets)
28 Furosemide 40mg water tablets (small white round tablets)
50 Cocodamol 500mg tablets (large white round tablets)
40 Felodipine 10 mg Blood Pressure tablets (red/brown round tablets)
28 Balfartan 80 mg Blood Pressure tablets (peach/White capsules)
84 Dosulbpin 75mg anti depressant tablets (red and round tablets)
112 Sandok 600mg tablets for potassium levels (soluble tablets in 5
x tubes of 20)
If these drugs are taken inappropriately they could prove very
dangerous and Merseyside Police would like to remind members of the
public of the dangers of taking drugs prescribed for someone else.
Anyone finding any of the medication is urged to contact their
nearest police station.
Merseyside Police would also like anyone who has information about
the theft of the van to contact officers at Admiral Street Police
Station on:- 0151 777 5394.
illustrious Russian State Ballet Academy of Perm will embark upon
its first-ever national tour of the UK, enchanting audiences with
the enduring and ever-popular ballet, The Nutcracker, presented by
Amande Concerts UK.
A Yule-tide favourite amongst audiences, Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The
Nutcracker is based on the story ‘The Nutcracker and the King of
Mice’ written by E.T.A Hoffman. It tells the tale of a young and
rather dejected little girl named Marie, who is given the gift of a
Nutcracker doll by her Uncle Drosslemeyer. In an eccentric
dreamscape, little Marie adventures with the Nutcracker – now a
Prince – in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets; battling
with a mouse king, dancing with snow flakes and falling in love
along the way.
Choreographed by Tolstukhin Vladimir, this spellbinding ballet is
vividly brought to life on stage by 40 talented young dancers of the
Russian State Ballet Academy of Perm, in a performance that captures
the refinement and charm of this classical Russian ballet.
Also home to ballet’s pre-eminent geniuses, Peter I. Tchaikovsky and
Serge Diaghlev, Perm itself is a beautiful city (population; one
million) situated on the banks of the Kama River, beneath the Ural
Mountains. The Russian Ballet Academy of Perm is one of the most
prestigious of Russian ballet schools, basking in a worldwide
reputation for excellence; its graduates having spread across the
globe captivating audiences from America and Australia, to Ireland
and Japan with their high level of artistic skill. Many of the
ballerinas trained in Perm continue to dance in Moscow theatres, the
Bolshoi and Kreml Theatre. Famous names born of training through the
Academy include the legendary Nadezhda Pavlova, Galina
Ragoshina-Panova, Lyubov Kunakova, Galina Shlyapina, Olga
Tchentchikova, Marat Daukayev, Svetlana Smirnova and Ludmila
Vasilyeva. Particularly gifted Perm students are invited by renowned
ballet masters of the capital to strengthen their own dancing teams,
even before they have finished school.
The Nutcracker score features the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum
Fairy’ and many other familiar favourites, certain to
delight both ballet and classical enthusiasts alike and is an
absolute must for those looking for something to brighten those
dreary winter evening’s.
The Nutcracker will be performing at the Floral Pavilion, New
Brighton, on Friday, 6 November 2009 – to book tickets, contact the
Box Office on:- 0151 666 0000 or, for more details, visit:-