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Issue:- 18 October  2012

Key speakers announced for 'It's Liverpool – The Business Conference'

DOWNTOWN Liverpool in Business (DLIB) has just unveiled its list of key speakers for this year's 'It's Liverpool – The Business Conference'.

The event, which is being hosted by Downtown Liverpool, in association with Liverpool Vision, on Friday, 30 November 2012, at the Liverpool Hilton Hotel, will explore the future of business growth and regeneration for the Liverpool City Region.

Throughout the full day conference event, delegates will have a unique opportunity to hear from a range of the UK's leading entrepreneurs, business leaders and decision makers, each addressing questions such as 'How can Liverpool maintain momentum?' and 'What challenges will businesses face in the next decade, and how can they be overcome?'

Amongst keynote speakers announced for the event, is Andrew Rosenfeld, Co-founder and Chair of FTSE 250 property and investment company Minerva Plc, which was valued at £600m, and personal adviser to Labour leader Ed Milliband.

As one of the first business entrepreneurs to predict the collapse of the UK's real estate market back in 2007, his astute business insights are second to none.

Also addressing delegates will be Andy Bounds, who was recently named Britain's Best Sales Trainer of the Year and is author of the bestselling book:- 'The Jelly Effect: How to Make your Communication Stick.'

During the event, there will also be a presentation from the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Liverpool Vision Chief Executive, Max Steinberg who will be giving an exclusive preview of the UK International Business Festival, which is to be hosted in the City in 2014.

Other high profile speakers who will be taking part in presentations, plenary sessions and Q&A panels during the conference include:-

► Phil Redmond, Liverpool's culture guru.

► Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree and shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change.

► Tim Bacon, Managing Director of Living Ventures.

► Maggie O'Carroll, Chief Executive of the Women's Organisation.

► Frank McKenna, Chief Executive of DLIB .

► John Leach, Managing Director of leading business support agency Winning Pitch.

Michael Taylor, Chair of Downtown Manchester.

There will also be a special Liverpool 'marketplace' exhibition space throughout the day, plus lots of room for business networking between delegates.

Tickets for this must attend event are just £45.00 for DLIB members or £95.00 for non-members.

For more information about the event or to book a space now, please visit:-

Or for details of exhibition space or sponsorship opportunities please contact James Topping on:- 0151 227 1633 or email:-

UK provides support to 14 year old activist shot by Taliban

THE 14 year old Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week is being flown to the UK for medical treatment.  A North West/British MEP is calling on his parliamentary colleagues from across the continent to join him in condemning the shooting of 14 year old Malala Yousafzai.

The Taliban targeted Malala and her friends as she left school, in the Swat region of Pakistan, because she wrote a diary about suffering under them. She also campaigned for girls education. The Taliban has since promised it will 'finish the job' and will target any medic who treats her.  Malala, who is currently en route to Birmingham where she will receive specialised care.

North West Conservative MEP, Sajjad Karim, said:- "Malala has paid a huge price for her bravery and courage, the innocent girl stood up and spoke out for what she passionately believed in, but was viciously attacked by a brutal regime as a result. She is a true inspiration to us all."

Sajjad, who is also the Chairman of the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan has written to the President of Pakistan demanding the shooters are arrested, "Pakistan's government must ensure the swift capture of all those involved whether tacit or direct and make sure they answer for their crimes."

So far 17 MEPs have co-signed Sajjad's letter including Martin Callanan, the Leader of the ECR Group and Hannes Swoboda who leads the Socialist and Democrats Group.

Fireman Sam heads for Birkenhead

THE popular television fire-fighter will be on hand at The Grange and Pyramids Shopping Centre to give youngsters a half term treat on Thursday, 25 October 2012.

Children will be able to come and see the 'Hero Next Door' at various intervals between 11am and 4pm in the busy food court in the centre of the Pyramids.

Derek Millar, Commercial Director for The Grange and Pyramids Centre, said:- "Our shopping centre is at the heart of the community so we think it is important to put on terrific, free events, such as inviting Fireman Sam to visit, to help with entertaining the children during the school break. He is going to be a smash hit with our young shoppers and hopefully give parents a bit of a bargaining tool for having a day's shopping with us.   We are all looking forward to the fun and lively atmosphere his appearance with us is going to create."

Fireman Sam is a children's animated television series about a fireman called Sam, his fellow fire-fighters and the townsfolk of the fictional Welsh village of Pontypandy.

It was originally written in Welsh (Sam Tan) for the Welsh television channel S4C by well known broadcaster, producer and director, Nia Ceidiog who also wrote the English one too. She has since revealed that her own son Dafydd, "gave her some ideas", for the mischievous young boy in the series called Norman Price.

The series went on to achieve global success and has been translated into more than 25 different languages including Mandarin.

During the half term break there will also be a road safety event being organized by Wirral Council on Tuesday, 23 October 2012. The Council's road safety mascot Crafty the Fox will be on hand to meet people as well as deliver very important messages about staying safe near the road.

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