Announced For 'In Conversation With Michael Heseltine'
LITTLE Atom Productions are
delighted to announce the music line up for their highly anticipated
In Conversation event with Freedom of Liverpool recipient Lord
Heseltine on Tuesday, 17 June 2014. The event, which takes place in
St George's Hall Concert Room, forms part of the official programme
for 2014's International Festival for Business. The signature In
Conversation format sees the interview interspersed with unique
versions of the interviewee's 5 favourite songs performed live on
stage. Karen Podesta of Little Atom Productions said:- "We
always look forward to receiving our guest's song choices and
matching them up with incredible talent from across the City. It's
always an exciting challenge and we've had a great time working with
Lord Heseltine's song choices." As always, the song choices
themselves will remain a tightly guarded secret until the night, but
the In Conversation audience can look forward to enjoying
performances by The Loose Moose String Band, soprano Rachael
Russell, traditional Irish folk musicians Terry Clarke-Coyne and Jon
Turton, actor Keith Woodason and a specially commissioned string
quartet from the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The former
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Secretary will be interviewed by
Mike Neary on Tuesday, 17 June 2014, in the Concert Room of St
George's Hall. from 7.30pm (6.30pm doors). Tickets (from £25) are on
sale now and available
punches above its weight in start ups
THE North West is
flourishing as an entrepreneurial mecca, accounting for an
increasing share of British start ups, with almost 100,000 new
businesses launched in 3 years, according to a new report from
Barclays conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Between 2009 and 2012, the North West saw a 10% rise in new business
creation, and captured 15% of the UK's regional funding on offer
from so called growth accelerator schemes.
In total 98,885 new businesses launched between 2009 and 2012 across
a 100 mile stretch of the North West running from Liverpool to York.
The report surveyed trends in entrepreneurial Britain and found that
labelling "innovation hotspots" produces a compound effect
that fosters entrepreneurialism. It concluded that entrepreneurs are
made, not born, and that entrepreneurialism is something that can be
cultivated with the right mix of learned skills, opportunity access
While barriers to entry and increased investment are showing bright
spots for UK businesses, more could be done to unlock new business
start ups. The report identified the following challenges:-
► Encouraging entrepreneurial hubs beyond traditional
► Strengthening ties between education systems and the business
► Removing demographic-specific barriers to entrepreneurialism.
► Better matching the funding needs of entrepreneurs.
The report surveyed experts across industry, academia, government
and business about what conditions are needed to support an
innovation ecosystem in the UK.
Andy Gornall, Head of Business Banking for Barclays in the North
West said:- "Entrepreneurs will thrive across the UK if
conditions are put in place that allow them to do so. This research
shows that business, the education sector and Government can all do
more to create thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems across the UK.
The North West, in particular, is an example of a successful hub
establishing itself outside London and the South East. It shows it
can be done. The challenge now is for all interested parties to do
more to create those conditions elsewhere. A thriving
entrepreneurial industry in the UK will create jobs and growth and
have a knock on effect to the wider UK economy. It has to be a good
Garden' Event in aid of local Charities
PROFESSIONAL gardener and
Southport resident Andy Williams and his wife Judy are opening up
their fabulous garden to the public on Saturday, 21 June 2014, in aid of
2 local charities; KIND and Queens Court Hospice.
They are hosting an 'Open Garden' event at their home on 21 Ash
Street, Southport, PR8 6JE on Saturday 21 June, from 10am to 4pm. Entry
to the event is £2 and there will be a plant sale, raffle, arts and
crafts stalls and refreshments available. There will also be a free
planting plan for visitors so that they can identify all the plants
in the garden. All proceeds from the day will go towards local
children's charity KIND and Queens Court Hospice.
21 Ash Street has an exquisitely kept English garden with an array
of interesting planting combinations including many unusual types of
plants and flowers. The garden has lawns, herb borders, a vegetable
garden, a pergola, decked patio and traditional wooden summer house.
Andy has been a professional gardener for over 30 years. He was Head
Gardener for the Sultan of Oman at his London residence for 22 years
before heading north to Southport in 2007.
jewellery chain flies in to Pyramids Shopping Centre
IT'S a classic tale of
entrepreneurial success; with help from celebrities like Christine
Aguilera, Cheryl Cole and Holly Willoughby along the way. The
new Birkenhead store is expected to create 10 new jobs.
From a modest investment of £250 in 2006, the rapidly expanding
fashion jewellery chain, Mococo, is projecting a turnover of £8
million this year. The latest chapter in the story of Mococo's
spectacular growth will see them open a sixth store at Pyramids
Shopping Centre in Birkenhead adding to their existing shops in the
North West and North Wales in Ruthin, Mold, Wrexham, Chester and
Liverpool. The company also has a Pandora store in Wigan. Not unlike
the iconic Laura Ashley in the 1960's, it all started with mum of 2
Maureen Hooson making her own jewellery at her kitchen table at the
family home in Northop, in Flintshire. Maureen is the creative
driving force behind Mococo, which specialises in "affordable
glamour", while husband Lee keeps the wheels turning in the
engine room of the business, in a partnership of complementary
skills that's proving a winner.
Born in Liverpool and raised on the Wirral, Maureen, a former pupil
of Rock Ferry Convent School, worked for more than 20 years for the
high end jewellers, Boodles in Chester. Following the arrival
of sons Oliver and Adam, now 24 and 22 respectively, she worked part
time and it was then that the idea for Mococo was born. It
started out in 2006 with Maureen making her own jewellery for a
party plan business and later buying in jewellery from other
designers. She and Lee opened the first shop in Ruthin a year
later at a time when the recession was beginning to bite but,
counter intuitively, it was the ideal time to do so. Maureen
explained:- "When the recession kicked in, the sales of really
expensive high end items slowed down while sales at the affordable
end of the spectrum took off. What, on the face of it, seemed to be
an inauspicious time to start a business was actually the perfect
launch pad for Mococo. Just because there's a recession, people
don't stop wanting to treat themselves. On top of that, a lot of
what we sell is for important occasions like birthdays, for an
anniversary, Christmas, Easter or Mother's Day; those occasions
never go away. We keep refreshing our range as fashions change, we
keep on top of it. We spend a lot of time abroad or in shows;
anywhere we can find the next big thing. In addition to favourites
like Thomas Sabo and Pandora, we also sell stunning jewellery from
cutting edge designers like Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane and Chlobo.
We regularly see our jewellery being worn by the likes of Christine
Aguilera, Martine Mccutcheon, Holly Willoughby and Cheryl Cole; and
Peter Andre loves Chlobo. Our main focus though is our customers;
customer service is king. Without our customers, the business would
not exist. They are our number one priority. What we sell is fashion
jewellery that is real, it's semi precious; it's affordable glamour.
For example, if a girl has bought a new outfit she'll come in with
the outfit to find the perfect jewellery to go with it."
According to Maureen, Pyramids Shopping Centre is the perfect
location for the next staging post as part of their ambition to open
more than 30 stores nationwide. She said:- "Pyramids Shopping
Centre is one of the busiest shopping hubs in the north west and
going forward it fits with our style of shopping experience.
Birkenhead is a town that we have wanted to move into for quite some
time now as we feel it sits well with our brand. We're really
looking forward to opening our store there. Every time we open a new
store, we go to the next level, we add a bit more."
Managing Director Lee Hooson added:- "We are really excited to
be opening a new store in Birkenhead and bringing some of the
world's most stylish, fashionable and affordable designer jewellery
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre said
he was "really delighted" about the arrival of Mococo
at the busy shopping centre. He said:- "We already have a
whole host of shops catering for fashion lovers so the range of
fashion jewellery sold by Mococo will be the perfect fit. We have
had some really important businesses open with us in recent months
including H&M, Liverpool FC, Our Beautiful Life fashion boutique and
Roman. It is terrific to also welcome Mococo to the ranks and we are
looking forward to the new store opening with us soon."
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