LJMU to seek
candidates for study on 'what makes a successful entrepreneur'
at FSB's Small Business Summit
LIVERPOOL John Moores
University (LJMU) is to target delegates at the 1st ever Small
Business Summit held by the Federation of Small Businesses to probe
what makes a successful entrepreneur; and find out why some
businesses succeed and other fail to thrive.
Academic Catherine Groves, a Senior Lecturer at the university's
Business School, will use psychometric tools to look at the
personality and motivation of 400 entrepreneurs in 2 groups; those
who are just setting up businesses and have been trading for less
than 12 months and those who have been trading successfully for 3
years or more and whose companies are VAT registered.
She will seek out delegates to take part in the online tests during
the summit, which is to take place in LJMU's John Lennon Art and
Design Building, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, on Wednesday, 23
October 2013, from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Catherine said:- "Small businesses are the lifeblood of the
economy so anything we can do to help them be more successful is a
good thing. This study is looking at the personal factors that
affect individual entrepreneurs in order to identify the sort of
support that would be most useful to them. It could be used by
education providers such as LJMU for students and graduates, over
and above the academic curriculum, and by business support
organisations to provide more personalised support."
All participants in the study will be assured of their anonymity
and, on completion, will receive their own unique psychometric
profile to their email account. This will provide insight into their
personality and motivational preferences in a work context and may
give useful insight into the way that they work, helping to better
manage workload and employees.
Participating entrepreneurs will be offered two psychometric tests
which are commercially available to business psychologists and are
widely used by large and small businesses in recruitment and
coaching for executive positions. Each test will be securely
administered using a unique username and password that will be
emailed to participants. Each test will take between 20 and 25
minutes to complete
online. For more
information and to take part in the LJMU study, interested
entrepreneurs should email:-
are limited, but both FSB members and non-members are welcome.
Registration is available
The FSB 's FREE event, which
includes lunch, will feature speakers such as North West Business
Insider Editor Chris Maguire and the FSB's National Chairman John
Allan, and a 'question time' session where leading
experts will help guide entrepreneurs towards solutions to real
Hosted by Mike Southon, author of the best selling:- 'The
Beermat Entrepreneur,' there will also be a choice of
workshops and seminars under the headings of 'Sales and
Marketing', 'Finance and Funding' and
The summit has been designed to bring the issues facing small
businesses into the spotlight and help entrepreneurs benefit from
the advice and guidance provided by numerous experts, including:-
► Dan Atkinson, former Economics Editor of
the Mail on Sunday and co-author of 'The Gods that failed', on the
'question time' panel - alongside Liverpool Lord Mayor
Gary Millar and the FSB's Trade and Industry Policy Chairman Clive
► BBC News Newsreader Maxine Mawhinney and the FSB's Head of Media
Liesl Smith, who will hold a PR workshop on understanding and taking
advantage of the news agenda;
► Liverpool Vision Chief Executive Max Steinberg, who will speak
about the International Festival for Business 2014.
► Dave Parrish, author of 'T-Shirts and Suits', who
will chair an export panel;
► Olivia Stefanino (author of 'Be Your Own Guru') and entrepreneur
Noel Guilford unlocking the secrets of business growth;
► Funding Store's Nick Montague on how to be successful with banks
► Andy Fewtrell of the Up and Under Group with an inspiring seminar
on how to innovate;
► Representatives of the Government's department of Business,
Innovation and Skills discussing business support and more;
► LJMU's Terry Dray on graduate skills and the university's World of
The summit is being held as part of the legacy of Accelerate 2013 in
Liverpool and will take place again during the International
Festival for Business 2014 alongside the FSB's National Council and
Executive Board meetings.
Elaine Moore, Chairman of FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire and Wigan,
said:- "This research will provide valuable information to
help schools, colleges and universities tailor their courses to
produce the next generation of entrepreneurs, but it will also
inform what the FSB does as a business support organisation – not
just in terms of member services but also in helping to direct our
activities as a lobbyist, campaigning for the removal of barriers to
small business growth. I am delighted that this is going to be an
important element of our inaugural Small Business Summit."
Escape to Neverland with
Liverpool Empire Youth Ballet's debut production of Peter Pan
THE latest project from the
Liverpool Empire's Creative Learning Department flies onto the stage
next week in a full scale dance production of Peter Pan.
The project is choreographed by Liverpool Empire's newest member of
the Creative Learning department, Lauren Taylor. A Laban trained
dancer and choreographer, and fully qualified ballet teacher, Lauren
said:- "As the Stage Experience productions have been so
successful in the past, I wanted to create something of the same
calibre solely for dance. It's a unique opportunity for enthusiastic
dancers to gain professional performance experience and they get to
experience what real professional auditions and rehearsals feel
like, as well as performing on stage."
The Empire Performing Arts Group provide opportunities for young
people to work with professionals in a professional environment,
preparing them for the world of work within the theatre industry and
many of those involved go on to pursue professional careers in
performing arts. Some of those who are involved in the Youth Theatre
Group have secured places at some of the best drama schools in the
Rehearsals are well underway for next week's performances. The
dancers have learnt about abstract movement and mime as well as
ballet technique. The young performers have enjoyed creative
workshops that encourage them to develop their own material; a lot
of which has been worked into the production.
Liverpool Empire's Youth Ballet production of Peter Pan is suitable
for all the family and promises to be easy to follow. Lauren said:-
"It's the perfect introduction to ballet for all ages. For a lot of
people watching, it will be their first experience of ballet so we
wanted to make sure it was enjoyable for everyone."
Natalie Flynn, Creative Learning Manager at the Empire, said:-
"We're absolutely delighted to be presenting this unique
interpretation of Peter Pan through the Empire's Creative Learning
department. It's another exciting development for the department
which continues to go from strength to strength and will once again
provide a fantastic platform for the talented young performers from
Peter Pan is a magical tale of swashbuckling adventure where Wendy
and her brothers help Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle and the lost boys fight
against Captain Hook in a land where children are heroes!
► Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 7pm.
► Thursday, 10 October 2013, 7pm.
The theatre and promoters are stressing that this is an armature
Ticket costs for the shows are as follows:- £17 and with an ATG
Theatre Card you receive £2 off!!!
To book visit the Liverpool Empire Box Office, call:- 0844 871 3017
Limehouse Lizzy 2013 tour
READERS take note!!!
Limehouse Lizzy are officially one of the hardest working bands in
the UK. They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing
Rights Society last year, and received their certificate from PRS
Chairman (and respected songwriter) Guy Fletcher OBE.
Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a
show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock
icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and
dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into
their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo
artist) Gary Moore who sadly passed away last year.
Attention to detail, playful
audience interaction and that all important X-factor that leaves you
with the feeling of witnessing the real thing have led to their
performance being described as "beyond tribute", by both
audience and critics alike.
Following the enormous success of their ˜Live & Dangerous"
and ˜Dedication" tours, the band embarked upon
their "Into the Limelight" tour to tie in with their appearance on
an episode of BBC2's 'Arena' documentary series of the
same name. The tour travelled as far as a headline slot at a Rock
festival in Greece, and the Virgin Atlantic Music festival in
Barbados. The band appeared alongside diverse world music acts, and
played a Thin Lizzy set representing the celtic rock genre.
In 2013 the band's European tour continues to explore and celebrate
the artistic and musical legacy of the hard-living, hard-rocking,
yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Philip
Lynott. The band have just completed a mammoth jaunt across mainland
Europe this summer, and have travelled through seven countries
whilst breaking new territories with their first shows in Denmark
and the Czech Republic.
Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like:- "Whisky in
the Jar" and "Black Rose", amongst the usual
razzamatazz and classic tracks:- "The Boys are Back in Town",
"Sarah" and many others we've come to expect from one
of the most highly rated acts on the circuit.
Limehouse Lizzy play the Limehouse Lizzy at Eric's, Mathew Street,
Liverpool on the 31 October 2013. Call the venue box office on:-
0151 236 9994 for further details, or tickets are also available