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Edition No. 69

Date:- 11 October 2002

The event was held on the 8th - 10th October.  It is a fact that North West Means Business is more than just a title at this year's North West in European Conference - it was a statement of intent!

Businesses throughout the North West are keenly aware of the importance of remaining competitive with the other regions of Europe and the conference offers the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues which affect their success in the heart of Europe.

This was the 5th Annual European Conference organized by the North West Regional Assembly. The three days in Brussels - Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th October - also include workshops, a question time panel and provide an opportunity for a number of sub-regional meetings and events.

The Conference was based at the Radisson SAS Hotel in the centre of the City. Delegates were also given an opportunity to visit the European Parliament and North West House on the Rue du Marteau as well as a number of more informal excursions away from the Conference venue.

Keynote speaker Erkki Liikanen, European Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner, address delegates on the subjects of - an indication of how seriously our European colleagues take this opportunity to engage with the economic and social community in our region. 150 delegates travel to Brussels, including regional business leaders, MPs, Council Leaders and media representatives. They were joined at the event by MEPs, including Gary Titley the new Leader of the largest group of British European Parliamentarians, and representatives from the European Commission.

Four workshop options had been arranged, so delegates could choose to look in greater detail into one aspect of North West region in Europe, the following were the options:-

* Competition
* Trading in Europe, manufacturing and support for small businesses
* Inward investment
* Regional European strategy and structural funds post 2006

The workshops led by influential members of the business and political community in the North West and Europe, including Arlene McCarthy MEP, Eric Hudson (Chair of NWRA Economic and Social Partners), Mike Damms (CEO of East Lancs Chamber of Commerce), Vicki Treadell (North West Trade Partners UK), Alan Manning (TUC Regional Secretary) and Peter Hall (Hall Aitken Consultants).

The event is was supported by BT, O2, the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA), Lancashire County Enterprises Limited, Rippleffect and the NWRA's Economic and Social Partners.

Cllr Derek Boden, Leader of the North West Regional Assembly, said:-

"Now in its fifth year, the North West in Europe Conference has become a significant part of the Brussels calendar. This year's theme of 'the North West Means Business' could not be any more timely.

The North West Regional Assembly, together with the other agencies and organizations who are supporting this event, believe passionately in boosting the region's competitiveness. Increasingly this means accessing emerging markets in the East of Europe and with European enlargement very much on the agenda within the corridors of power in Brussels, this conference will keep business delegates on the inside track to these developments.
"The Conference will not simply be about discussion and debate though, in previous years significant deals have been made while in Brussels, and while we would not want to disclose commercially sensitive information, we hope this trend may continue this year."

The North West Regional Assembly's Economic and Social Partners hosted a buffet reception at the North West of England House on the Rue du Marteau. The 'Zest of the North West' event was a showcase with the very finest produce from here in the region, allowing our European colleagues the opportunity to sample for themselves the best in North West Cuisine. Peter White, Director of Strategy, from event sponsor the Northwest Development Agency, said:-

"England's Northwest led the world in the first industrial revolution and we believe it is now emerging as a leading focus for the second industrial revolution. In an increasingly global economy, business is vital as a source of jobs, innovation and productivity - there are many opportunities awaiting us and how we seize them will be critical for the region's prosperity.

By staging a conference at the heart of Europe we can engage and influence key members of the European Commission and raise awareness of the issues that England's Northwest faces to ensure that the region becomes an international centre for the development of high growth potential sectors and clusters, new start-ups and inward investment."
Opening Night of 
New Showbar!
Yes, Excels is now long gone and a new club is taking over lead by the International Female Impersonator Miss Roberta Lee....

The actor/artist has been featured on TV along with Terry Cooper and his organ... Televive Duo Band and Comedian Tom Pepper who will all be opening the showbar on the 16th of October at 7pm until Midnight!   For further information ring on 01704 233952!   This club is set to lift the night life of the town and caters for all!  

The showbar is a fantastic venue and should offer alot of comical nights out for all, no matter what your tastes.  As well as new lights being fitted, the bar has also got a new seats and more!  So  don't miss this new future to Southport's Night Life, that will put the town on the map!  Be at the beginning of the Historic change to one of Southport's oldest night club venues!

The clubs address is 30 - 36 Neville Street, Click her for directions...

National Health Service
Independent Complaint and Advocacy Service (ICAS)

53 Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 OPG
Tel 01704 530505  The above service will commence on 14th October 2002. 
ICAS will offer a comprehensive service covering all NHS complaints, including those with hospitals, GP's and Primary Care Trusts. ICAS will also offer advocacy for those with specialist learning disabilities and the elderly.

This service is free, confidential and staffed by trained personnel. It will be operational from 9.00am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. 

Information required to trace relatives

Merseyside police are trying to find friends or relatives of a Southport man who lived on Bold Street. John McGith was submitted to Southport Hospital on September the 26h and then died on October the 3rd 2002 of natural causes. It is believed that the 62 year old had a daughter named Donna who lived in the Southport area. He also had a son called John who is believed to be living in the Manchester area working as an accountant. Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact the coroners office in Southport on 0151 7773480.

Don't For get the Trek!
Do Not forget to sign up and go to this years desert trek.  Click on the form bellow to for a printer friendly entry form!
See last weeks article on the trek for more information! LAST WEEK

Meols Hall Bonfire & Fireworks Display.

Have you got any unwanted wood?  If yes then Meols Hall are accepting wood for the bonfire from Monday October 28th until Friday November 1st between 8:30am to 4:00pm.  Sorry we are unable to collect, but will be pleased to accept deliveries using the Mill Lane entrance.  NO RUBBISH PLEASE!

Meols Hall Bonfire and Firework Display is held on Saturday November 2nd and gates open at 5:00pm.  The bonfire is lit at 6:30pm and fireworks at 8:00pm

Admission prices are as follows:-

Adults at the gate £5.00 and paid in advance £4.00, 5 to 15 years old £2.00 at gate and £2.00 in advance.  Under 5's FREE!

Tickets are available in Southport Tourist Information Center and Churchtown Post Office, Manor Road.  For more information please ring Sandgrounder Promotions at Meols Hall on 01704 233331.  Thanks!

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