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Edition No. 77

Date:- 06 December 2002

Strategy Project Generates Free Training Opportunities for Enviromental
Report By Eric Lyon-Taylor.

THE human resource development consultancy N.T.S Ltd. have been chosen
by Envirolink North West to develop a regional learning and skills strategy for the Enviromental Technologies and Services (ETS) sector.

Envirolink Northwest has been established to take the Northwest of England's enviromental technology products and services to market and to help the companies developing and marketing these solutions to grow and develop into a major global competitive force. N.T.S Ltd. have been brought in to research the learning and skills situation for the sector in the region and put together a strategy to meet this objective.

The Northwest of England is well placed in many ways to become a key region for this attractive sector, blobally. One of the keys to getting there is to ensure that the people in the sector have the right skills, in the right combinations and to a high enough level for the region to take the lead.

Project Manager Mike Berners-Lee says "The NTS approach is one of action enquiry. We will build on existing researchy and move rapidly to actions that make a difference to the sector and also generate information on what the 
sector's learning and skills needs are. This approach means that there will be
a series of free workshops for sector businesses, support agencies and education/training providers over the next six months."

Envirolink Northwest is very grateful to the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) for its support in funding this important piece of research, which will help this sector achieve its outstanding potential.

1. To Inform the strategy, N.T.S. Ltd is carrying out a detailed learning and skills survey
and analysis, including:-

Skills shortages - considered to exist where there is a genuine lack of adequately

skilled individuals available in the acdcesible labour market

Skills gaps - where the existing workforce has lower skills than are necessary to meet business objectives

Recruitment Difficulties

Improve,ments in planning, implementing and evaluating workforce development opportunities to develop ICT based learning solutions Future skills needs Benchmarking of best practice internationally within the ETS sector N.T.S. Ltd are consulting widely as they conduct the esearch. Anyone who works in or is connected to the sector and would like to share views or to find out more about the free workshops is invited to contact Mike Berners-Lee, Project Manager, on 01524 752525 or 

2. Envirolink Northwest is a non-profit making organisation, which represents the interests of the ETS sector in the Northwest of England. Established in October 2000 with
the help of the NWDA, it aims to address issues such as waste management, recycling
and re-use, climate change, land remediation and, most importantly, cleaner preocesses and products. Envirolink exists to help the enviromental technologies sector develop and make preogress happen. Envirolink membership is free and benefits include marker intelligence, new business opportunities and quality business advice. For information on how to join, telephone 01942 491294 or visit the website

3. Established in 1991, N.T.S. Ltd is a company that works with companies, public 
bodies, and voluntary organisations to develop the capability of employees at all levels. The company conducts research and human resource development consultancy, designs and delivers high quality management training events and works with leading universities to create accredited business programmes to Master's level. The Envirolink Learning and Skills Startegy project team is based at the NTS Northern office at Forrest  Hills near Lancaster. The Project Manager, Mike Berners-Lee, is a highly experienced human resource development consultant. He graduated in Physics from Oxford and also 
holds an MSc (Distinction) in Organisational Development and Consultantcy from Sheffield Business School and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education. The other consultants in the team are:- Merv Conroy, Dr Alf Hatton, Lucy Marder and Lesley Mayne. For more information, call 01524 752525 or email 

4. Background:- The Enviromental Technologies and Services (ETS) sector is a fast growing market worth £365 billion globally. In the NW there are around 700 sector businesses, mainly small to medium sized (250 employees) and many with less than 10 employees. ETS companies employ around 24,000 people in England's Northwest. It is a knowledge and innovation rich, rapidaly evolving sector. The Northwest of England is well placed in many ways to become a key region for this attractive sector, globally. England's Northwest has a rich but Problematic industrial heritage that throws up a large number of enviromental challenges to which the region has had no choice but to find solutions and answers. In the process, the region has developed products and services with a truly global market.


Report By John Lally.

BEATLES fans and music enthusiasts should make room in their diary for this Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th, when Spencer Leigh will be signing copies of his book “The Best of Fellas – The Story of Bob Wooler”, in Queen Square Tourist Information Centre, Liverpool.

“The Best of Fellas” is Bob Wooler’s story of the time he spent as the Cavern Club DJ. He introduced The Beatles on stage over 400 times, offering advice and encouragement to all the Liverpool beat groups. 

The book describes the inner turmoil of Bob Wooler and follows his thoughts as the Mersey Beat scene developed and captured the world’s imagination in the 1960s.

Spencer Leigh will be signing copies of his book “The Best of Fellas – The Story of Bob Wooler” on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December between 12.00 and 15.00 in Queen Square Tourist Information Centre, Liverpool City centre. 

Sue Owen, Tourist Information Centre Manager at The Mersey Partnership, said:- "This book is ideal for local people, music enthusiasts and Beatles fans and will offer people the chance to meet the author in person. Spencer is a well-known, well-respected and intelligent music fan – he obviously recognises Liverpool as the World’s Number One city for pop music.”

Prior to his death in February 2002, Bob had been working on his autobiography with Spencer. Often referring to innacuracies in various Beatles Biographies, he wanted to record what he thought actually happened by telling his own personal story. As well as drawing on his many exhaustive interviews with Bob Wooler, Spencer also spoke with many of his own friends and acquaintances whilst putting the book together. 

Spencer has written extensively about popular music for many years, concentrating particularly on The Beatles and Merseybeat. Spencer presents On The Beat and On The Merseybeat every Tuesday and Wednesday for BBC Radio Merseyside and has interviewed a wide variety of people encompassing all areas of the musical spectrum. He also writes for several magazines and newspapers. 

Football’s heroes in Northwest Hall of Fame.
Report By Lisa Margis.

FOOTBALL'S most esteemed celebrities gathered in Preston last night, for a prestigious charity dinner to launch the country’s first ever Football Hall of Fame.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Sir Tom Finney were among the many famous names that attended the event to inaugurate the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. 

This is the first time the achievements of some of the greatest players and managers in the history of English football have been acknowledged in this manner and the National Football Museum, based in England’s Northwest, believe such a development has been long overdue. 

An expert panel was drawn from the ranks of players and managers of past and present to decide who would be worthy of such recognition, and the first 23 players and 6 managers were selected. Some of the players to be included are Eric Cantona, Paul Gascoigne, and George Best; whilst Sir Matt Busby, and Sir Alf Ramsey are two of the managers to take an esteemed place. 

Bryan Gray, Chairman of the Northwest Development Agency, and founder chairman of the National Football Museum, said:-

“I am delighted the National Football Museum has taken the opportunity to create a Hall of Fame that will at last acknowledge the heroes of our national game. It is about time the true greats of football are recognised and this wonderful initiative will ensure that their names will be preserved in the sporting history books forever.”

New development for Old Hall Street.
Report By Michael Gregory.

THE Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has confirmed funding of £1.9 million for the development of 140,000 square foot offices on Old Hall Street in Liverpool.

The project will significantly improve the competitiveness of Liverpool City Centre by creating, speculative Grade A office space within Liverpool’s Commercial Business District, enabling the City to compete for businesses on a national basis.

The project is being led by Liverpool Vision and development company, 101 OHS Limited, (the Beetham Organisation), who are supported by a high quality design and professional team, including award winning architects, Aedas. 

Aidan Manley, Area Manager for Merseyside, NWDA, said:-

“Liverpool City Centre is really starting to change and this change is attracting massive interest from the private sector. This office development by the Beetham Organisation shows just how much confidence property developers now have in Merseyside. This will be a truly landmark building, setting new standards in architecture and in the accommodation it provides. It will bring new businesses, new jobs and new wealth – and I am delighted that the Agency is part of this project.”

Jim Gill, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, said:-

“101 Old Hall is a significant step forward in development of the City’s commercial offer, which is a key element of our strategy for the City Centre. We are delighted that NWDA investment is supporting 101 OHS Limited’s confidence in the Liverpool City Centre market.”

James Hubbard, 101 OHS Limited, said:-

“The redevelopment of the St Paul’s Eye Hospital site has created one of the most significant mixed use schemes to take place over the last 20 years in Liverpool. With the help of Liverpool Vision, the NWDA and Liverpool City Council, 101 Old Hall Street has been delivered to provide the commercial space to match the massive amount of residential development that is currently taking place. This is vital for the continued growth of Liverpool’s economy as new employers and expanding businesses need grade A office space. The fact that the Home Office have taken 55,000 square feet shows the level of demand. I believe that the speculative space will be taken up quickly reinforcing the health of the corporate core.”

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