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12/13 May 2010
to North West Englandís beaches
NORTH West beaches are definitely
on the up as the number of award-winning beaches in the region has
nearly doubled for 2010. From Cumbria through Lancashire and down to
Merseyside, holidaymakers are expected to flock to the areaís coast
this year as last years staycation looks to continue.
Last year we took over 47 million holiday trips in England, a
massive 18% increase from 2008, and what better way to holiday in
this country than to take a trip to one of North West Englandís
Keep Britain Tidy announced 10 beaches on the North West have
received Quality Coast Awards for 2010 in recognition of their high
quality environments and facilities. The number of
award-winning beaches in the North West has nearly doubled for 2010,
reflecting the regionís commitment to improving facilities.
Leading the North West celebrations this year is Copeland in Cumbria
who have received 4 awards Ė for Haverigg, Seascale, Silecroft and
St Bees beaches - the first in the area for a number of years.
Joining Copeland also with 4 Quality Coast Awards is Sefton, for
Crosby, Southport, Ainsdale and Formby beaches.
St Annes should also prove to be popular holiday destinations with
Quality Coast Awards for Blackpool South Beach and St Annes Pier.
And itís not just the holiday-makers who are taking advantage of our
new found love of Englandís coastline. A whole range of local
businesses within the tourism industry benefited last year with a
3.5% increase in spend by people holidaying in the North West of
England. Englandís award-winning beaches are bringing a smile to
Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidyís chief executive said:- ďAs
more and more people decide to swap trips abroad for the convenience
of holidays at home, they are discovering a renewed love for our
glorious coastline and quality resorts. Our North West beaches
are fabulous places to visit and thatís official. Ten Quality Coast
Awards prove our beach managers continue to work hard to provide
clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy.Ē
150 beaches across England have received Blue Flags and Quality
Coast Awards for 2010. Of the 150 beaches receiving awards, 71
received the Blue Flag and 111 received the Quality Coast Award. 32
of these beaches were awarded both the Blue Flag and the Quality
The number of Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards for 2010 has stayed
at nearly the same high level over the last 2 years (72 Blue Flags,
113 Quality Coast Awards for 2009), proving that our beaches
continue to shine.
Over that last 10 years the number of Blue Flag beaches in England
has tripled (there were 24 in 2000), while Quality Coast Award
winning beaches in England have increased by 35% since the awards
began in 2007 (73).
FIREARM RECOVERED - BEETHAM TOWERS
Merseyside Police's specialist Matrix team arrested a 37 year old
man from Liverpool on suspicion of possession of a firearm and
The Officers executed a warrant at the flat in Beetham Towers, Old
Hall Street, at about 4.30pm on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 and recovered a
sawn off shot gun, a significant quantity of ammunition and
cartridges, a quantity of what is believed to be a Class A drug and
an amount of cash has been seized.
The arrested man has been taken to a police station on Merseyside
where he will be questioned by detectives.
Small firms urgently need post-election certainty
THE Forum of
Private Business has commented on the hung Parliament. While
remaining politically neutral, the small business support group had
hoped one party would win an overall majority in order to secure
swift economic recovery.
However, with the election result creating an uncertain outcome, the
Forum is calling for MPs to put aside their differences and create a
functioning administration as soon as possible.
The Forum believes small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are
crucial to Britainís economic recovery, with the potential to create
jobs and spearhead innovation. But the not-for-profit organisation
is concerned that the uncertainty and confusion caused by a hung
Parliament will jeopardise this and hamper business ownersí attempts
to plan ahead.
Recent Forum research found that 70% of small business owners were
already finding it difficult to plan for 2010, even before the
general election result. With a hung Parliament threatening to hold
up tax and spending proposals aimed at tackling Britainís record
deficit, this uncertainly is likely to increase further.
Forum Chief Executive Phil Orford said:- ďI expect many
smaller businesses will be disappointed that the election has
resulted in a hung Parliament. However, the outcome canít be
changed so it is vital that the newly-elected MPs put aside party
politics and work together to come up with a credible system of
With the economy still in a very precarious state and a mountain of
public debt to be tackled, businesses owners need our elected
representatives to move away from inter-party point-scoring and show
Mr Orford added:- ďSmall businesses are the lifeblood of UK
Plc. I would urge all the political parties to do everything they
can to come to a swift, workable consensus in order to secure the
prosperity of Britainís SMEs and the wider economy.Ē
The Forum has already
set out what it thinks the priorities for the new Government should
be in its election manifesto, which has been circulated among
prospective MPs and policymakers. Those priorities are:
The Forum believes that the greatest drivers of growth in the UK
economy will come from small businesses, with new ideas borne in
rapidly changing sectors and developed at a speed that traditional
models of government spending will not have the agility to support.
Securing the UK's reputation as a good place to do business will
mean bringing Britain's finances under control. That will mean a
combination of smart taxation and smarter cuts to public spending.
Whichever party is elected, the Forum believes that any drastic cuts
to government programmes and initiatives should be balanced out with
the need to ameliorate the damage of the recession. Put simply,
there should be a continuity of support that goes beyond party
As new technologies develop and new markets open around the world,
there should be equal opportunities for small businesses to develop
new business models in innovative ways.
The Forum is also
calling on the new Government to completely scrap the planned rise
in National Insurance Contributions. The Conservatives have pledged
to cut that rise in half but the Forum is arguing that it should be
dropped completely to avoid taxing employment as the economy heads
out of recession.
The Forumís Tax and
Budget Member Panel recently found that 68% of small businesses feel
that the tax burden is already unfair for small employers and 65%
said that taxes overall are a serious problem for their business.
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