17 NEW JOBS IN
BIRKENHEAD AFTER SPELL OF BUSINESS OPENINGS AT PYRAMIDS SHOPPING
17 new jobs have been
created as 3 new shops have opened for business in Birkenhead's
Pyramids Shopping Centre. Trespass, the privately owned
sportswear and outdoor clothing manufacturer - and 1 of the
fastest growing brands in the UK; opened this week. The well
known name is the latest to join the fold following the openings
recently of an independent watch repairers and a new card shop.
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said
it was fantastic news for the busy retail hub in the heart of the
town and reflected more positive developments still to come this
year. "It is terrific to be able to welcome an injection
of new businesses to the centre and we are delighted to add such a
popular and well established brand such as Trespass to our retail
offering for shoppers.
Last week we reported on the opening of Smiffys, the fancy dress and
party shop, with us and this week it is Trespass which is following
hot on the heels of a new watch repairer and Card Express.
We are working very hard behind the scenes to encourage and attract
new business and we continue to look ahead to the opening of our new
H&M store later this year which we know our shoppers are eagerly
These positive developments are not only great for the Pyramids, but
also terrific for the Birkenhead community."
Last year Trespass opened an incredible 40 new stores and created
around 250 jobs. This year it looks set to repeat the
expansion programme with yet another 40 stores. Its new shop at
Pyramids, with 8 new staff, is its only operation on Merseyside,
explains area manager Steve Oldfield.
"I joined the company nearly 10 years ago. When
I started we had about 12 stores and this year the total is around
165 stores, we have really pushed things on. We aim to go wherever
we feel there will be a decent return. We have had a pretty
expansive new shop programme." said
Steve, who had experience is fashion retailing.
Apart from Birkenhead, Steve has been overseeing the opening of a
new store at Betws-y-Coed in North Wales, where the company already
has branches in Pwllheli, Bangor, Llandudno and Wrexham.
"I also have stores to open in Lincoln and Doncaster.
We have done really, really well. Ours is a cash rich business
which is unusual and we provide the right quality and the right
price. We cover all the bases from the more technical side to the
casual, we have really expanded our range." said Steve.
The company was established in 1938 as a manufacturer of work wear
and outerwear. The Trespass brand itself was created in 1984.
It provides everything from top spec snow sports gear to clothing
for hiking, cycling, running and camping, along with plenty of
stylish casual wear.
Trespass has been chosen as the
official casual uniform provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth
Games workforce. This will include the design, manufacture and
supply of outfits to be worn by Glasgow 2014's army of up to 15,000
volunteers as well as members of the Games workforce.
Trespass will also design, manufacture and supply clothing to be
worn by those accompanying the Queen's Baton Relay as it moves
through the Commonwealth on its iconic curtain-raising journey to
build excitement to the Games.
Also open for new business at Pyramids Shopping Centre is watch
repairer Paul Jones. Paul, from Dovecot and cousin Thomas Jones,
from St Helens, already have a watch repair business in Clayton
Square, Liverpool, but saw an opportunity to expand in Birkenhead
where they have installed two new staff, Michael Johnson and Steve
Paul was doing computer studies at university when the opportunity
came to train as a watch repairer. "I found the work
interesting and decided computers were not for me," he said.
Within a short time he found himself manager of a major watch repair
company and his cousin Thomas joined him. When the national company
wound up its Liverpool operation, Paul and Thomas decided to make
use of their loyal customer base and go into business for
"Despite the cheap 'throw away' watches there are still plenty
of people who like decent watches as fashion items and then there
are always the old watches which people have as heirlooms which they
want to keep in good condition." said Paul.
The 3rd business to join the fold over the last few weeks is the
opening of Card Express which has created 7 new jobs and sells
greeting cards, gift wrap and party items. Manager Amanda
Daley said:- "I have 6 part-time staff working with me. I'm
from Chester and have managed stores in the Chester area but I'm
looking forward to the challenge of running this store at Pyramids
Card Express, which has its administrative headquarters in Bury
Lancashire, has another 7 stores spread over the North West.
For more information about Pyramids Shopping Centre go to:-
Nike to renew
Chester Half Marathon sponsorship deal
THE Nike Running Challenge
Chester Half Marathon will be back, bigger and better than ever
before in 2014, following confirmation from Nike Factory Stores that
they will support the race as its title sponsor for another 2 years.
The organisers have also announced that there will be no increase on
2013 prices for those who enter early.
Chris Hulse, Joint Organiser of the Nike Running Challenge Chester
Half Marathon commented:- "We are delighted that Nike Factory
Stores will return in 2014 and 2015 as title sponsor of the Chester
This has enabled us to freeze prices for the 2014 event for those
who enter early, bucking the current trend amongst mass
participation races in the UK".
The alliance means that all entrants into the 2014 race will receive
a specially designed, Nike technical t-shirt and medal, as well as
race day access to all the latest products from the local Cheshire
Oaks Nike Factory Store and the new store in Broughton.
Entries will go live on Monday, 14 October
2013, 1 week after the MBNA
Chester Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 6 October 2013. Early
bird entry will remain unchanged from 2013, priced at £26 for UKA
affiliated runners and £28 for non-affiliated runners.
Chris added:- "Entries will open on Monday 14 October and
following this announcement, combined with selling out last year, we
are expecting an influx of entries in the months leading up to
Christmas. The continued backing of such a successful global brand
is a real coup for the race, and the news will help us to take it to
the next level as a key race in the UK calendar".
Nike Factory Stores came on board as title sponsor of the 2013 race
in April this year, just one month before the event, and they made a
real impact, even in such a short space of time.
Chris said:- "Nike has such an established heritage with
running and the wider sporting community, and they played a key part
in making the 2013 race a success. We plan to work with them very
closely in the build up to the 2014 race to ensure that each and
every entrant has an unforgettable experience for all the right
reasons. In addition to the top quality products that runners will
receive as they cross the finish line, we intend to create a
fantastic race village at the start line at Chester Racecourse with
opportunities to get advice from running experts".
The Nike Running Challenge Chester Half Marathon, which sells out
ever year, will start at Chester Racecourse, heading out through the
streets of Chester and finishing in the city centre, outside the
Town Hall and historic Cathedral.
To find out more, go to:-
- FORD CEMETERY, LITHERLAND
Detectives from the forces specialist Matrix team are examining a
shotgun found in a Merseyside cemetery on:- Tuesday, 10 September
A member of the public, found the shotgun after going to the
cemetery to tend to a grave. Whilst he was in the cemetery he
spotted the gun which had been hidden behind a holly bush.
The member of the public then handed the shotgun in to officers at
Marsh Lane Police Station at 3pm.
Forensic experts are now examining the weapon and ammunition.
Detective Inspector Lee Schofield from Matrix, said:- "The
recovery of this gun means another weapon has been taken off the
streets of Merseyside and I would like to thank member of the public
who found the gun for their vigilance and prompt action. Information
from the public is vital for us in the fight against gun crime and I
would appeal to anyone who has information about where guns are
being stored, or who is using them to call Crimestoppers
anonymously. We act on all information provided to us in relation to
firearms. More and more offenders are looking for alternative places
to store their weapons. So I would like to take this opportunity to
appeal to members of the public, including dog walkers and people
who work unusual shifts, who spot someone acting suspiciously on
waste ground or in gardens to contact us."
Anyone with information regarding those involved in gun crime, or
where guns are being stored, is asked to contact the specialist
Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5687, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.