Groundbreaking online support directory for the Liverpool City
Region is unveiled
A new online directory providing
a vital network of support for people in the Liverpool City Region
will be officially launched this week.
MySignpost.org, which has been described as a 'practitioner's
little black book', is a one stop shop featuring the details
of nearly 3,000 services across more than 70 different categories,
from out of school clubs to finance and debt support, and
apprenticeship schemes to housing services. The website is the first
practitioner resource of its kind in the region and it is hoped the
concept may be replicated in other areas across the country. The
website includes a dedicated forum where practitioners can network,
ask questions and share knowledge. Employers and the wider community
can also utilise the site, searching by theme or geographically to
locate a wide range of services which span all aspects of work,
learning and life. The website will be officially launched at an
event at St George's Hall in Liverpool on Friday, 11 March 2011.
The site was commissioned by the City Employment Strategy as a
direct response to requests for a centralised directory of the
training, employment and guidance opportunities available to the 1.5
million people who live across the six local authorities of
Liverpool, Knowsley, Halton, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens.
Sue Jarvis, Service Director at Knowsley Council and Lead officer
for the City Region Employment and Skills Partnership, has played an
instrumental role in the project and said:- "This website is a
revolutionary new online resource which will allow organisations and
employment and skills practitioners throughout the Liverpool City
Region to access up to date information on a range of support
services to help people back into work at the click of a mouse.
Ultimately, this website will help to support more people back into
The site has also been commended by Chris Grayling, Government
Minister for Employment, who said:- "The project is exactly
the kind of initiative organisations should be involved in and I am
sure it will prove to be very successful."
Kim Griffiths, Head of Employment Services at Liverpool City
Council, said:- "It is a free directory of opportunities for
practitioners across the Liverpool City Region and is essentially
every practitioners little black book. It gives advisers all of the
information they need across the six local authorities, so that
ultimately clients have the best choice."
Margaret Wilson, a practitioner at The Liverpool Jobs, Education and
Training (JET) Service, added:- "The website is an effective
way of promoting our services and keeping up to date with the all of
the latest projects, training and initiatives available across the
City Region, which in turn benefits our customers. I have found
organisations I didn't know existed and made some really useful
John McDonald of Greengrape Solutions, the Liverpool-based
consultancy commissioned to produce the directory, also added that:-
"The website is the result of an extensive mapping exercise setting
out which agencies are delivering what, to whom, and where and there
is no other directory of this kind in the Northwest. We have had
excellent feedback to date and we will be hosting a series of launch
events across the Liverpool City Region in the early part of this
year to showcase the features of the website."
International Trade Centre
THE Peel Group have launched a
new business concept which they propose to create in the Northwest
called the “Peel International Trade Centre” (Peel
ITC). The website which is now live and located at:-
Peel ITC is a concept that derives from the excellent business links
and progress that the Peel Group made through the Liverpool Pavilion
at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. This facility would be the first of its
kind in the United Kingdom and the largest and most sustainable
wholesale Trade Centre in Europe.
The building would be a two level facility with a ground floor
building footprint of approximately 1 million square feet (100,000
square metres) giving a total floor space of approximately 2 million
square feet (200,000 square metres). This would enable over 1,000
companies from countries such as China, India, Korea and other
emerging economies, to exhibit, sell, assemble and distribute their
goods into the UK, Irish and European markets.
Peel ITC would showcase an unlimited variety of high quality goods
to the wholesale market that have been manufactured overseas. This
would serve not just as a trading ‘Gateway’ into the
domestic market but to the whole of Europe. Goods would include but
not be restricted to:- electrical items, textiles and clothing,
kitchenware, furniture, fixtures, fittings, building materials and
Peel ITC would include showroom and promotion spaces,
warehousing/storage and assembly facilities, and would benefit from
excellent transport connectivity via road, rail, water and air. For
this purpose Peel has selected two prime sites amongst their
extensive land ownership portfolio which meet all necessary
requirements for a successful facility. One or both of these
locations may be developed dependent upon demand, type of goods to
be sold and how they could be grouped together.
The sites currently identified are on West Float in Birkenhead and
near Ellesmere Port on the site of the former Bridgewater Paper
Mill, now disused.
The decision on which location to progress is clearly for a later
date but Peel is presently pursuing both sites by seeking the
necessary consents from the separate Local Authorities who are
generally supportive in principle. It is hoped these will be in
place by Autumn 2011. The Northwest is emerging as a “Super
Region” and Peel is firmly behind this concept. The
Northwest is also accepted as a preferred alternative location to
London, both for investment and as a location for new businesses and
existing business expansion. Peel intends to make full use of these
advantages in securing investors and occupiers.
Occupiers of Peel ITC would also benefit from Peel’s massive
development programme in the Northwest, notably from adjacent
pioneering projects Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters. Further
benefits will also come from the Group’s exposure and relationship
with thousands of retailers as co-owners of some of the largest and
most prestigious shopping centres in the UK.
On the 22 February 2011 and 23 February
2011, the Peel ITC was presented to potential partners and occupiers
at Government premises in Beijing and subsequently in Shanghai. With
the help of local development agencies in the Northwest and UKTI,
the intention is to present Peel ITC to further emerging economies
in the near future and create an international platform of partners
of the highest quality.
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