and aircraft wings to help launch International Festival for
A prosthetic foot, a
replacement knee and the winglet of a jet plane are just some of the
highlights of British manufacturing that will be on hand to greet
Government ministers and global business leaders at the official
launch of the International Festival for Business (IFB) in
Liverpool, says EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.
The launch takes place at St George's Hall, Liverpool, where UK
Trade and Investment is hosting The British Business Embassy.
Manufacturers will be taking centre stage with the Embassy
spotlighting Britain's strength in manufacturing, advanced
engineering, automotive and aerospace, reflecting the UK's leading
position in these fields, as well as demonstrating how we continue
to compete on a global stage.
On display will be an Embraer Phenom 300 business jet winglet and a
Boeing 737 main landing gear door, both provided by Aeromet
International. Chas A Blatchford and Sons Ltd, which has been
providing prosthetic care in the UK for nearly 125 years, will be
displaying an Elan foot and Orion knee. Xtrac, recognised as the worldwide leader in the design and
manufacture of transmission systems, used in, for example, Formula
One and rally cars, will be exhibiting an FI gearbox and hydraulics
system. EEF will also be displaying iconic images of modern
manufacturing; winning entries from its annual photography
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, says:-
"The IFB is a
once-in–a-lifetime opportunity to showcase and celebrate the
strength and vibrancy of British business. As one of Britain's
biggest success stories, employing 2.6 million people and accounting
for 11% of GDP, manufacturing has a starring role to play.
The products and images on display at the British Business Embassy
are iconic and a snapshot of some of the best of British
manufacturing. They demonstrate the ingenuity, creativity and
diversity at the heart of 'Make it Britain', setting the scene for
what this important festival is all about and instilling a sense of
pride. They send out a strong message to the world about Britain's
trading capabilities and are a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit
of the host City, Liverpool, too."
Cliff Hawkins, Development Director at Xtrac, says:- "We're
delighted to have been chosen to fly the flag for Britain at the IFB.
We are a British company that is respected the world over for our
skills in manufacturing to precise specifications and designing high
performance gearboxes for the highest levels of motorsport. Our
levels of innovation continue to reinforce all that is great in the
British design and manufacturing sector, helping the economy with
our exports consistently running at 60% to 70% of the company's
Now celebrating our 30th Anniversary, we continue to build on the
successes achieved in some of the most arduous motorsport events,
such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, Dakar and the Indianapolis 500, where
every car on the grid uses an Xtrac gearbox. Advances made in these
motorsport arenas have allowed us to secure advanced engineering
contracts in the Aerospace, Automotive, Defence and Marine sectors
with a highlight being the supply of the 7 speed paddle shift
gearbox in the Pagani Huayra supercar."
To further support IFB, EEF has joined forces with Siemens to host a
free conference, designed to champion Britain as a manufacturing and
engineering powerhouse on a global stage, on Wednesday, 25 June
the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. It will be free to attend and is
expected to be the highlight of Manufacturing, Science and
Technology Week at the IFB. To attend or to find out more, visit:-
to present a new Land Value Tax Bill in House of Lords
THE Green Party's Baroness
Jones of Moulsecoomb is to present a Land Value Tax Bill to the
House of Lords on 11 June 2014. The Land Value Tax Bill requires the
Government to undertake research into the feasibility of a Land
Value Tax. Baroness Jones said:- "We are looking out for the
best interests of our community and the Land Value Tax does that by
generating economic activity, creating funds for investments, and
distributing benefits equally." A Land Value Tax is a tax
levied on the unimproved site value of the property. This will
depend on the value of the land, rather than the property on it. It
will also be paid by the owner instead of the occupier. This tax
will replace National Non-domestics Rates and Council tax and would
reduce levels of land banking (the practice of developers' hoarding
of prime site land). Research from Andy Wightman, a land reform
analyst, suggests that 83% of households across England would
receive lower Council Tax bills in the 1st year of operation. The
idea of a Land Value Tax has been endorsed by think tank Compass,
the Mirrless Review, and Winston Churchill. It has also been
implemented in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand,
Estonia and Denmark.
FIRST WAVE OF
ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE
LIVERPOOL Pride are
delighted to announce the 1st wave of acts confirmed for this
year's event. The newly ticketed sites for Liverpool Pride 2014
which include the Waterfront Stage, Stanley Street Stage and the
Garlands and G-Bar Stage will play host to some great entertainment at
this year's 'Glam Fairy Tales' themed Pride event on Saturday,
2 August 2014. The first confirmed acts include Katy B, and Sonia, with
many more acts announced soon.
Headline act Katy B burst onto the music scene in 2010 with her
debut single 'Katy on a Mission', after charting at no. 5 in
the UK top 40 Katy B continued her success collaborating with
artists such as Ms Dynamite, Mark Ronson and has recently
contributed to England's 2014 world cup song with Gary Barlow and
others. She returned with her 2nd album Little Red this year
which topped the charts, reaching the number 1 spot on the UK album
chart. She will be performing on the Waterfront stage.
Sonia, famous for her 1989 number
1 single You'll never stop me from loving you, is confirmed to
perform on the Stanley Street stage. Her career launched right here
in Liverpool as she sang on the club circuit in the 1980's, where she
was discovered by pop producer Pete Waterman. 25 years after the
release of her debut single, Sonia will return to where it all
started on 2nd August for Liverpool Pride's biggest event so far.
Liverpool Pride are excited to be teaming up with media partner
Radio City 96.7, the number one radio station for Liverpool. A whole
host of Radio City DJ's and presenters will be appearing at both the
Waterfront and Stanley Street stages entertaining the crowds and
keeping up the party atmosphere throughout the whole day.
The North West's House of Suarez makes a welcome return to Pride
this year. After being part of the opening event last year, House of
Suarez are set to choreograph this year's performances. This
innovative dance theatre company explore new forms of dance
interpretations, fusing dance styles with expressive and amazing
Last year's Liverpool Pride was the most successful event to date,
with around 65,000 people in total enjoying the superhero themed
festivities, including 6,000 marching in the parade and 20,000
spectators lining the City Centre streets to cheer them on. Across
the 2 main festival sites, the Waterfront Stage and Stanley Street
Stage, 65,000 revelers of all ages soaked up the music and
atmosphere, with visitors travelling from as far as Germany, Dubai
and even Australia to join in the fun. Pride organisers are certain
that with these acts confirmed, and lots more to follow, 2014 will
be the biggest and best pride to date.
Ticket Prices:- Limited 3000 early bird tickets at £5, advanced
tickets £8 and £11 on the day.
(No booking Fees, a handling charge
may apply of £2.25 per transaction)
For tickets book online or call the
'Liverpool Pride Ticket Hotline'
on:- 0844 8000 509.
Tickets also available in person at:- TicketQuarter,
Queen Square, Liverpool.
Make sure you check log on to the festival's
website, also you can follow the developments
via:- @LiverpoolPride on
Twitter and also you can use
Facebook to have your say and for all
of the latest Pride News.