Drop in for entrepreneurial
advice at Central Library
THE man in charge of business,
enterprise and investment in Liverpool is to offer free expert advice and
guidance to entrepreneurs.
Cabinet member Council lor Gary Millar; who has a track record in running
successful businesses; will become the 1st Entrepreneur in Residence at
Central Library, offering budding and existing business people help and support
in turning their ideas into success, as well as signposting them to others who
The drop in sessions will take place every Thursday from 1pm to 4pm, starting from 5
February 2015, and the 1st Saturday of every month.
The initiative is part of Central Library's new Business and IP Centre is 1 of just
7 in the UK, which gives access to a wealth of free advice and support, the
opportunity to take advantage of free intellectual property and business
information and expertise.
Cllr Millar said:- "Although my role as
Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment is to politically lead on
the business agenda, I am also a business owner and business adviser. I've felt
the pain, excitement and satisfaction of setting up a business, but I always did
better when I sought out help when faced with hiccups, problems and
opportunities. I have a passion for business and a unique understanding of what
entrepreneurs and businesses can go through. My role will be to listen, inspire,
motivate and steer people to hopefully the right kind of support.
Professionally, I've personally helped over 10,000 men and women set up or grow
their businesses; plus I've setup a Business Mentor project with the help of
Liverpool Vision and created an enterprise competition for our local schools."
The Business and IP Centre provides free access to business databases, market
research reports, company data and technical standards along with information on
patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.
There is also a programme of free workshops, speed mentoring sessions and
networking events delivered by business experts focusing on a wide range of
topics including starting up, marketing, finance as well as how intellectual
property can protect products, brands and designs.
The City Council is working in partnership with Liverpool Vision, Liverpool
Chamber of Commerce and the British Library in London on the initiative.
Cllr Millar added:- "This new offer is only part of the solution and I'm
pleased that we now have unique access through The Business & IP Centre to small
business advice, support and free business resources available to anyone who
wants to use it. I'm sure there must be a few budding entrepreneurs amongst the
2,500 visitors who call into Central Library every day and there must be a few
who don't currently visit this stunning building who would find their collection
of business databases and publications, as well as a great number of workshops,
advice sessions and other events absolutely invaluable."
Council lor Millar is also seeking more like minded Entrepreneurs In Residence to
join him by emailing him at:-
road death prosecutors to take on recommendations
BRAKE, the road safety
charity, is calling on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to
significantly improve its performance in the prosecution of drivers
who kill or seriously injure.
The call comes in response to a damning, joint report published
today by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and
Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which found widespread failings
in both decision making and communication to victims' families on
the part of the CPS.
The quality of CPS decision making was found to be good in less than
half of the cases analysed, and service to bereaved families was
"in many cases poor and short of its own guidance." The
findings echo the negative experiences of many bereaved and injured
road crash victims supported directly by Brake through its helpline.
The report makes a number of recommendations for the CPS to
"reinvigorate its approach" to road death and injury cases,
including the need for specialist prosecutors, as is the case for
rape and serious sexual assault offences. Brake is urging the CPS to
implement these recommendations to their full extent, having failed
to do so following the last HMCPSI review in 2008.
The report also looked at the role of police investigators in these
cases, who were found overall to be professional and thorough. Brake
congratulates the police on their improved work, particularly those
in the vital and sensitive role of family liaison officer. The
charity, 20 years old this year, works with every police force
across the UK to offer support to bereaved and injured road crash
victims, and has played a leading role in training hundreds of
police family liaison officers.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:- "Crown
prosecutors and police investigators do difficult and hugely
important jobs. It is vital they fulfil their roles as
professionally and consistently as possible, to ensure devastated
victims of road crime feel informed and supported, and that justice
has been done. Brake has been at the forefront of supporting crash
victims for many years, and we know that many are left feeling
betrayed and distressed by their experiences of the justice system.
We are very encouraged by the significant progress that has been
made by police forces in liaising with road crash victims, and hope
they will continue to improve and provide victims with a passionate
and dedicated service. However, as is made painfully clear by this
report, the service being provided by the CPS is inadequate, in
terms of decision-making and communication with victims. The CPS
needs to implement the HMCPSI recommendations as a matter of
Brake works closely with police forces and family liaisons officers
across the UK to deliver essential support to bereaved and injured
road crash victims. Brake's accredited helpline supports victims of
more than 500 road death and serious injury cases a year, and
Brake's packs are handed to families by police following every UK
road death. Find out more at:-
investigation into Liverpool Women's Hospital
LIVERPOOL Women's NHS
Foundation Trust has improved how it is managed, and as a result
Monitor has decided to close its investigation into the trust.
The health sector regulator launched an investigation in July 2014
after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns about how
the trust monitors the quality of its services and manages staffing
levels. Monitor wanted to find out if the CQC's concerns indicated
wider problems in how the trust was run.
Since the investigation was opened, the trust has taken action to
address the issues raised and the CQC has reported improvements.
After reviewing the evidence, Monitor has decided that no further
formal regulatory action is needed.
Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor, said:- "We are
pleased that patients at Liverpool Women's Hospital are benefitting
from recent improvements in how the trust is run. The trust has
taken steps to address the concerns raised by the CQC about staffing
and how it monitors the quality of its services, and we are now
satisfied that there are not wider problems at the trust."
The regulator will continue to scrutinise the trust as it builds on
the progress made and seeks to ensure its long term financial
Witness appeal after train hits
obstruction on track at Atherton Signal Box
THE British Transport
Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses after a train hit items
that had been deliberately placed on the line from Manchester
Victoria to Wigan Wallgate. At around 6.45pm on Sunday, 1 February
2015, the 6.11pm service from Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate
struck several items that had been left on the track at Atherton
Signal Box, narrowly avoiding damage to the train. On investigation
these items were found to be 2x 25 litre drums containing water and
2 bags of cement. Investigating officer PC Carl Roach said:-
"It was extremely fortunate there were no injuries to passengers and
that the train was not damaged. This could have so easily been more
serious. It is vital we find those responsible for this reckless and
dangerous act. We will use all necessary resources to find them and
bring them to justice. Acts like this that potentially put the lives
of rail staff and passengers in danger will simply not be tolerated.
We urge anyone who knows anything about the incident, or who might
have seen any suspicious activity around the time of the incident,
to come forward to help us with our enquiries. Anyone with
information is asked to contact British Transport Police on:- 0800
40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting background reference:- PSUB/B3 of
6/02/15. Information can also be passed to the independent charity
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111."