Freedom of City
for Age Concern
AGE Concern Liverpool &
Sefton, will be granted the Freedom of the City of Liverpool next
week. On Tuesday 4 March 2014, the Liverpool charity, which now
incorporates Sefton, will be admitted to the Freedom Roll of
Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool in
recognition of services to older people in the City.
Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton Preside and Lord Mayor of
Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar, said:- "I am delighted and
honoured to be granting Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton The Freedom
of the City.
The dedication of staff and volunteers makes their service
invaluable to older people within our communities.
The role they play in making life better and providing support and
advice for those most vulnerable is vital and in coming years will
be even more in demand.
The Freedom of the City is the highest honour we can bestow and Age
Concern Liverpool & Sefton are a truly deserving recipient."
Chief Executive of Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton, Dil Daly said:-
"We are proud to have been granted this prestigious honour
from the City of Liverpool. This award recognises the hard
work, commitment and dedication of all our staff and volunteers,
past and present."
Founded in 1928 Age Concern was the first of its kind established in
the world and, has, for many years provided an excellent service to
the City of Liverpool. The team are dedicated to protecting and
promoting the wellbeing of older people in the City; providing a
range of direct services which make life better for local older
In 2008 Age Concern Liverpool joined forces with the Southport
branch to create a larger, more effective charity covering Liverpool
and all of Sefton.
MERSEYSIDE BUSINESS LEADER BACKS
CRACKDOWN ON HEALTH & SAFETY MYTHS!
A Merseyside business
leader is backing a new initiative designed to dispel myths about
health and safety for small firms. Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief
Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging employers
to take advantage of free online resources after a new survey
revealed the lengths some firms mistakenly go to trying to comply
with health and safety. One business completed a risk
assessment for using a tape measure and another introduced written
guidelines for walking up stairs. These bizarre and
unnecessary actions were uncovered by the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE), which is encouraging small and medium sized
employers to use its free online tools and guidance, specifically
designed to help them get their risk management right. The H&S
ABC provides simple information to help small firms save time,
effort and money by identifying the things they really do and don't
need to do.
Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of
Commerce, said:- "Good health and safety is good for business,
and despite great efforts over the years there are still numerous
'myths and legends' surrounding what businesses need to know. Many
of our SMEs don't have the financial resources to employ specialists
to manage specific elements of their business, for example human
resources or health and safety. We often find that rather than
delegating the task to others, 'owner-managers' take on the
responsibility for health and safety. In turn, having someone with
multiple responsibilities can present unique challenges to the
business and the health and safety agenda. It's vital that SMEs have
confidence in managing risk and accessing good quality advice. I am
therefore delighted that HSE is launching the H&S ABC, which
is an excellent starting point."
HSE's survey shows how myths about health and safety could cause
unnecessary confusion and flagged some of the most absurd things
employers had been advised to do.
1 in 5 people (22%) surveyed believed they weren't capable of
managing health and safety themselves and needed to hire a
specialist consultant. 11% believed that a qualified electrician
must test electrical appliances, such as kettles and toasters, every
year; another persistent myth. Nearly a
⅓ of small businesses surveyed classed
themselves as 'hopeful-have-a-go's' when it came to
health and safety; aware they have to take some action, but unsure
where to start or if what they are doing is correct.
HSE's small business lead Kate Haire said:- "Health and safety
is all about taking reasonable steps to manage serious risks of ill
health and injury in the workplace. If something sounds completely
unreasonable, more often than not it will be totally unnecessary
too. What's great about H&S ABC is that it contains all the
information smaller businesses need to know to manage health and
safety sensibly and comply with the law. It highlights the real
risks in a workplace and how to put reasonable precautions in place.
We have worked with some key industry partners who have regular
contact with SMEs to make them aware of the benefits of using the
free online tools and guidance HSE has to offer. We hope employers
will realise health and safety does not have to be complicated or
cost lots of money."
John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses,
said:- "The fear factor forces many businesses to adopt
unnecessary health and safety procedures, which costs time and
money. So to introduce a new resource to give small businesses a way
of clearly identifying guidance and information designed for them
can only be a good initiative. It's a tool which will not only help
to sense check compliance, it will also avoid 'gold plating' and
show how health and safety need not be a burden on their business."
Whether a business employs 1 or 2 people, or is expanding to
multiple locations, the free online guidance will help even complete
beginners get health and safety right. Visit:-
hse.gov.uk/abc to get started
with sensible health and safety.
£16 million jobs
boost for City
MORE than 1,000 jobs are
set to be created in Liverpool City Region through a £16 million
support project to help businesses expand. Liverpool City
Council and Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
has successfully bid for almost £8 million from the European
Regional Development Fund, with it being matched funded with an
additional £6 million from the private sector and £2 million of
The New Markets and Growth Business Programme, which runs until
October 2015, is aimed at supporting small businesses to grow and
access export markets.
The City council will be partnering with specialist business support
agencies including the University of Liverpool Management School,
the Women's Organisation and Smaller Earth which helps young
entrepreneurs. They will provide advice and support to assist 1,190
businesses across Liverpool City Region, 714 of them in the City
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "At a time when
public sector employment is reducing, it is absolutely vital that we
do more to support businesses to expand and create jobs.
Growing startup businesses and encouraging entrepreneurs is crucial
if we are to make sure there are opportunities for our residents.
The International Festival for Business taking place later this year
is a huge opportunity for Liverpool to market itself to the world,
showcasing the City as a great place to invest. This scheme will
help us support our own firms to take advantage of the profile and
exposure that the event will create."
A recent report by the Centre for Cities found that Liverpool was
the 5th best performing City for creating private sector employment
with 12,800 new positions since 2010, but it still lags behind large
conurbations in terms of business density.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and
skills, said:- "We've been very clear that Liverpool needs to
create jobs by supporting businesses to grow, especially small and
medium sized enterprises. These are the businesses that will be the
drivers of economic growth and employment opportunities in the
future. This successful award shows that we mean business."
As well as creating an estimated 1,080 positions, it will safeguard
a further 276 jobs. The council's Cabinet is being asked to
accept the funding at its meeting on Friday, 28 February 2014.
The race is on as Port Sunlight
hosts its third annual 10k – and this year the event is bigger and
FOLLOWING the success of
last year's event, Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is pleased
to announce that entries have opened for the third Port Sunlight
Road Race. The race will take place in the historic village of Port
Sunlight and is the second in partnership with experienced race
organisers BTR, who also organise the popular BTR Liverpool Half
Marathon, Santa Dash, and Mersey Tunnel 10k.
The 10k road race will take place on Sunday, 11 May 2014, and the
event will also include a 5k race and 1k Fun Run.
This year's event will also see a unique series of cycle races on
the closed streets of the village. The Port Sunlight Wheelers, one
of the village's oldest groups (formed shortly after the 2nd World
War), will officially race for the first time in the village that
gave the club its name, and gives spectators a wonderful opportunity
to see cycle racing at very close quarters.
Visitors on the day will also be able to enjoy the 'best bits' of
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village's very popular annual
Festival, including a live music stage, food, lifestyle and craft
exhibitors, children's rides, and Pillbox Vintage Fairs.
Lionel Bolland, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Museum & Garden
Village, said:- "We are thrilled to be staging this event
again in 2014 as part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations for the
commencement of the building of Port Sunlight village. It's a great
way to showcase the village and it attracts a lot of people from
outside the North West region."
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell enthused:- "Port Sunlight is a
great place to stage such an event. The wide roads and relatively
flat course, combined with the beautiful architecture and formal
landscapes, make it an ideal place for all types of runners, from
experienced athletes to fun runners."
Katherine Lynch, Manager of Port Sunlight Museum, commented:-
"These road races create a unique family atmosphere in the village
and I would encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy
them, as a runner, cyclist or spectator."
The village is delighted to have Unilever's support through its
Project Sunlight campaign, in what is another landmark year for Port
Unilever Port Sunlight Works Director, Andy Hinch, said:-
"Port Sunlight is the historic home of Unilever and we are proud to
support the Village Trust in sponsoring this year's event. We
enjoyed celebrating the 125th anniversary of our factory with
residents, employees and visitors last year, and I'm sure this will
be another fantastic family occasion. Unilever's history is rooted
in Port Sunlight and the village has inspired many people over the
years, which makes it the ideal name of our Project Sunlight
campaign to create a brighter future."