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Issue:- 03/04 February 2009


AS the economy starts to pick up, workers are increasingly turning to cosmetic improvements to boost their business position and employability.  More people are seeking cosmetic improvements in a serious bid to make a good first impression at job interviews and make their mark in the boardroom.

Anita Morris, an influential northern businesswoman is the latest to have taken advantage of non-surgical cosmetic options in order to boost her appearance naturally. Anita commented:- “I am approaching my 50th birthday this year and working in a client-facing industry, I realised the importance of taking good care of my skin.  I never set out to look 30 again, so decided against surgical options and embarked on an alternative programme of natural treatments to rejuvenate my skin. I’m really happy with the results and so many people have commented on how well I look.”

Leading non-surgical cosmetic clinic, SkinGenesis, records over 150 consultations each month at its 3 clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Chester.

Peter Beard, Director of Treatments at SkinGenesis, said:- “Looking good gives people confidence and maintains a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude. The workplace is currently more competitive than ever, and many of our clients come to us seeking skin rejuvenation treatments, without the risks associated with going under the knife.”

Non-surgical options are becoming increasingly attractive to cash-strapped people who need a boost and wish to be taken seriously in the boardroom.  The trend is evident amongst both men and women hoping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and to help shift unsightly thread veins, redness and blemishes that have developed over the years.

Peter added:- “First impressions count and whether it’s a job interview or an important sales pitch, it has never been more important to ensure you make the right one, so knowing that you look good can provide the extra confidence boost that you need.  Anything that we can do to help people get back into work or gain the promotion they deserve, we will do whole-heartedly.”


ONE of Europe’s most ornate floors is set to be unveiled for a rare showing to the public as part of a series of ‘grand’ celebrations.

The exquisite Minton tile floor of Liverpool’s celebrated St George’s Hall is being revealed from Wednesday February 10 until Monday February 21 to celebrate the first 1,000 days since the Victorian jewel was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles on St George’s Day in April 2007 after a £23m restoration.

The mosaic masterpiece, which takes pride of place in the Great Hall, consists of 30,000 hand crafted tiles and is an immaculately preserved surface after being covered in the 1880s to provide a more hardwearing surface for dancing.

The tiles, which depict tritons, sea nymphs and boys on dolphins, as well as the city's coat of arms, were last unveiled in February 2009 and attracted over 35,000 people.

The award-winning Hall will be open from 10am to 5pm every day, and although booking isn’t necessary, there is a £1 per person admission fee, payable at the Heritage Centre Entrance on St John’s Lane (under-16s go FREE with a responsible adult). Last admission is at 4.30pm.

As part of the thousand day celebrations, there will be talks delivered by city historian Steve Binns MBE, on the History of the Concert Room plus St George’s Hall and its famous visitors. These talks will take place every day during the reveal (except Friday, February 12) at 11am and 2pm in the concert room with £1 entry fee, payable on the door (under-16s admitted FREE with a responsible adult).  For 7 days only during the floor reveal, St. George’s Hall will for the first time be also holding evening tours. The tours, which start at 5.15pm, will be guided and last for a little over an hour. Tickets will cost £5. To book, please contact the Heritage Centre on 0151 225 6909.

Councillor Tina Gould, Liverpool City Council’s Assistant Executive Member for Heritage, said:- “The re-opening of St. George’s Hall was one of the cultural highlights of the past decade and the first 1,000 days since has been hugely successful for both the hall and the city.  We want to celebrate the hall in all its glory – both its history and its role today - and encourage as many people as possible to experience how one of the great architectural triumphs of the Victorian age is being brought to life in the 21st century.’’

St George’s Hall is also currently celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Liverpool-born, four-time Prime Minster William Gladstone. The exhibition, held in the Gladstone Gallery, runs until Sunday, March 7 and features items such as records, diaries and books from his career, Gladstone merchandise such as pottery and ceramics, newspaper cuttings of the day and a bust donated by Liverpool John Moores University.

And on Wednesday and Thursday, 3 February  to 4 February 2010, the Great Hall will be home to almost 70 specially decorated penguins as part of the Go Penguins People’s Preview – which is the final opportunity for people to see the stars of Liverpool’s public art winter blockbuster before they are auctioned on-line. For more information visit:-

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