business networking event hailed a success
MORE than 90 delegates,
including the mayor of Liverpool, turned out to a business
networking event to meet and hear from some of the borough's top
business brains, and network with other likeminded budding
entrepreneurs from across Liverpool.
The event, which was hosted by Blue Orchid, one of the UK's leading
provider of free business support, took place on Wednesday, 4
December 2013, at Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool.
Lord Mayor and successful businessman Gary Millar, was the special
guest on the night. Guest speakers included Alex Mathieson from
Barclays Bank who spoke about how to finance a business and Simon
Connell from Coffee Doodle who discussed how to create a brand.
Blue Orchid business advisors were also on hand to speak about the
business specialist's free services that help Liverpool residents
start up a new business, as well as support existing businesses
ready to take the next step in their growth.
As well as being able to network, entrepreneurs in attendance also
had the opportunity to promote their business in a 30 second slot.
Commenting on the event, Karen McKean area manager at Blue Orchid
said:- "We were really pleased with the success of this
networking event. It was a great opportunity for a mixture of new
and established Merseyside business owners and professionals to meet
in a friendly environment and gain valuable business insights from
Blue Orchid offers both pre and post start up support to Merseyside
businesses. The post start support ranges from increasing growth to
supporting recruitment of new staff. The next networking event will
be held on 4 March 2013.
For more information about the services provided by Blue Orchid,
FOR the 4th time Pure
Potential has teamed up with leading financial services firm UBS to
recognise and celebrate the achievements of 50 bright state school
6th form students.
The award distinguishes state educated students who have excelled in
their academic studies. Their accomplishments were celebrated at an
awards ceremony hosted by UBS at their London office on Tuesday, 29
October 2013. "UBS is proud to support this outstanding
group of state school students. Campus Recruiting at UBS is
committed to encouraging talented, hard-working students from all
backgrounds across the UK. We wish them the best of luck in their
future endeavours." said Shila Bhudia, EMEA Head of Graduate
Kate Haines and Ellen Boyle, both A-level students at Range High
School, were chosen to receive the award from over 400 applicants
due to their outstanding GCSE and AS-level results, as well as
extra-curricular activities (including playing musical instruments
to high levels and sporting achievements) and volunteer work.
As well as the award ceremony,
students also had the opportunity to meet with UBS staff and find
out more about their work and gain valuable networking skills.
Ellen told us:- "Having our hard work recognised
was both rewarding and motivating. I enjoyed meeting the other
students and in particular found the insight into financial careers
useful, especially as this is an area I am interested in."
"The networking workshop was invaluable, and really helped
improve my confidence in talking to people I didn't know. We'd both
like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped organise the
event, and to Dr Ainsworth at school for nominating us."
Nominations were made by teachers, parents and peers and Pure
Potential was overwhelmed with the high calibre of the students.
Binda Bhudia, Events & Marketing Director of Pure Potential had a
difficult task selecting the final 50 students; "We are
delighted to be working with UBS for the fourth time to celebrate
the achievements of this country's state-educated students. Once
again we were completely overwhelmed by the exceptionally
high-standard of students, and are impressed by the hard work and
dedication displayed by the award winners. We are certain they will
go on to achieve great things."
SUPERSTAR SHANE LYNCH VISITS BIRKENHEAD
BOYZONE superstar Shane
Lynch was met by excited fans when he made a special trip to a
Birkenhead store to launch his new fragrance for men.
A cheer went up from a crowd of fans waiting outside Savers in
Pyramids Shopping Centre when their idol came into view.
Some had been waiting for several hours and many had been at the
Liverpool Arena the night before to see Shane perform alongside band
members Keith, Mikey and Ronan, for their 20th anniversary Boyzone
The Irish singer songwriter, actor and heart throb was there to meet
fans, sign autographs and showcase his new 'Lynch' men's fragrance,
described as edgy, individual and unique.
The popular health and beauty high street chain is one of the main
stockists of the new scent.
Shane, who is currently on the road with fellow Boyzone band members
Keith, Mikey and Ronan, for their 20th anniversary Boyzone tour,
said:- "I would do this sort of thing a thousand times if I
could. It's nice to get out and meet people. I don't get to do it
too often but I feel it's the sort of stuff you need to make it your
business to take time out to do. It's great to take time out and
come and visit fans in Birkenhead. It has taken a year to develop
the Lynch brand and fragrance. I call it pay back and that's giving
back quality fragrance at affordable prices. Everybody deserves to
Shane, who impressed TV audiences earlier this year with his
culinary skills on Celebrity Masterchef and is also a talented motor
racing driver, added:- "The #BZ20 tour has been absolutely
amazing so far; full houses, up for it crowds and all round
There in the queue to meet Shane were friends Lisa Cleverley of
Leasowe and Nikki Kavanagh of Port Sunlight, who were at the Boyzone
concert last night and have been huge fans of the band for 20 years.
Lisa said:- "We just love their music, they are good looking,
they've got everything really and with Shane coming to see his fans
so close to home, we couldn't miss the opportunity."
Also there was Amanda Williams, who had travelled from Anglesey in
North Wales, for the chance to meet Shane.
Amanda said:- "I have been a Boyzone fan since the start and
Shane has always been my favourite. It's been brilliant to come here
and meet him today."
Paula Butler, Commercial Director for Savers, said:- "Shane's
visit meant we have had a bumper trading day. There was a really
great atmosphere in the store and it was also a fun day for our hard
working staff. We are quite proud because Shane is only visiting a
select number of stores throughout the UK and fans at Pyramids
Shopping Centre have given him a really warm welcome."
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre,
said:- "We would like to say thank you to both Shane Lynch and
the team at Savers for organising this visit which has been such a
fantastic success. There was a terrific turnout and his trip to
Pyramids Shopping Centre meant there was a real buzz through