SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS LAUNCH
THIRD STORE IN BIRKENHEAD
SCHOOL sweethearts Alice
Hartley and David Halliday are opening their 3rd ladies accessories
store in just over a year at a Birkenhead shopping centre.
Alice, 25, and David, 27, are bucking the economic trend after
expanding their business to Pyramids Shopping Centre after only
launching their company in July last year.
And the young Blackpool entrepreneurs are delighted to have chosen
Birkenhead for their latest new venture which opened on Saturday, 21
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre,
said:- "We have had a surge of new businesses open with us
over the last few weeks; 6 in just a matter of weeks; and Bowtique
is a fantastic addition to the indoor part of Pyramids Shopping
Centre. Alice and David's shop reflects their young and dynamic set
up. It is really colourful, eye catching and full of good quality
and attractive stock at reasonable prices which people will be able
to treat themselves to. Especially as we start to look forward to
the run up to the festive season."
David says they decided Pyramids Shopping Centre was the perfect
venue for their 3rd store.
He said:- "Alice is my fiancée and we have been together for
more than 10 years having met at school. We launched Bowtique, a
ladies fashion accessory business, in July last year with our 1st
shop in Preston. We followed that up with the second shop in St
Helens earlier this year and now Birkenhead. It means we have been
exceptionally busy and not getting a lot of sleep but we are both
delighted with the way the business is going. The decision to open
in Birkenhead was a lot easier after we visited the Pyramids
Shopping Centre. We looked at several shopping centres to be
perfectly honest but Pyramids was by far the busiest and the centre
management were more professional and really made us feel welcome.
And the shoppers were so friendly and have also made us feel so
welcome. We wanted to open a third store close to St Helens as we
are so pleased with the way the business has been received in the
Alice says the business concentrates on ladies fashion accessories
such as handbags, purses and costume jewellery.
She said:- "For most people money is tight so we try to make
our products affordable. We don't sell quality products cheaply; but
we do feel affordability is vital. We are delighted with the way the
business is developing although it really is hard work. And now we
have three outlets it means we have more bargaining power with
suppliers and that means, as we can buy in bulk, we can reduce our
And the new Bowtique shop is proving good news for the local
Birkenhead economy too.
David said:- "The Pyramids shop will be managed by one of our
current managers who is moving to Birkenhead. We have opened the new
store using current staff but we will now be taking on an additional
4 or 5 new full time members of staff. And we fitted out our new
Pyramids Shopping Centre outlet using local trades people, something
we feel was important. All the glass fittings were sourced from St
Helens while the joiners, carpet fitters and painter and decorators
were local Birkenhead people. We believe Bowtique will be an asset
to Birkenhead and Pyramids Shopping Centre and we look forward to a
long and busy relationship with the town."
For more information about Pyramids Shopping Centre, go to:-
Mayor deal to
help energise economy
A cutting edge firm which
is leading the way in the conversion of waste to energy is
establishing its Manufacturing and Innovation Centre in Liverpool,
creating 160 new jobs; thanks to a deal with the Mayor.
H2 Energy Ltd is one of only a few firms in the country specialising
in 'anaerobic digestion' or AD – a bio-refining system
which turns food waste and farm waste into energy.
Their bio-refineries are located
where the waste is generated, on site; they provide companies with a
green and cost-effective means of disposing of their waste, using it
to power their business, and thus converting waste into an asset.
Initially a fledgling company, H2 Energy was looking for its 1st
Operations and Commercial home, and now, thanks to support from the
Mayor, they will be located in Liverpool. Their base is at stunning
facilities in Wellington Business Park in North Liverpool. All
design, research and development, manufacture, field support and
commercial activities will be located there.
Around 160 jobs will be created in Liverpool over the next three
years (with an initial 60 by 2014) - the majority of them local -
and will tie in to the Liverpool In Work programme, which helps get
long-term unemployed people into work.
Employment opportunities will include specialist engineering jobs,
apprenticeships and a range of other business support roles.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is great news
for Liverpool. We are always looking to work with ambitious,
innovative companies who can bring new opportunities for local
people, so I'm delighted H2 Energy have decided to set up base here.
It will create jobs and apprenticeships and help kick-start a new,
cutting-edge industry here. And attracting one of the country's
leading firms in anaerobic digestion will help establish Liverpool
as a City which champions the sustainable production of energy."
The Company provides a unique approach to food manufacturers,
distributors or retailers (food companies; distribution companies;
supermarket chains; shopping malls; airports etc).
Their food waste can be fully and
sustainably converted into energy, on site, where the waste is
Whilst bio-refineries can be sold directly to clients, the most
popular approach is where H2 Energy partners with the client. H2
Energy funds, designs, builds and operates the bio-refineries, on
the client's site. The client provides the waste and land on which
to place the unit; in return H2 Energy provides power and heat back
to the client (or the grid). The client can thus 'hedge' their waste
disposal expenses and future energy supply costs, at no up-front
There are only a handful of companies in the UK offering AD
technology into the food industry, and the advanced systems,
technology and commercial approaches offered by H2 Energy makes it a
The company has got off to a great start, and is already on-track to
exceed its 1st year target for orders of its hi-tech units.
Kevin Bush, Chairman at H2 Energy, said:- "We are at an
extremely exciting stage in our development, with significant market
demand for our technology. Liverpool is a key partner for us in
this, providing us with our new home, along with all the support and
highly-skilled staff required for success."
Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision said:- "This is a
significant investment in Liverpool by an innovative company and
underlines the attraction of Liverpool as a business destination. We
have an ambitious and long term vision and aspiration for North
Liverpool because it offers an economic opportunity of national
significance, especially in Low Carbon, and is key to the growth and
prosperity of our city. This investment by H2 Energy represents both
a huge vote of confidence in Liverpool and an acknowledgement that
we have the right people with the right skills for the business to
For more information on H2 Energy, visit:-
h2energy.co, or contact them
at:- 0151 230 1167.