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Issue:- SATURDAY 30 May 2015

After 1 year of trading in Southport, Whittakers Schoolwear are celebrating their record breaking success

THE shop (formerly Rawcliffes) was acquired by Lancashire firm Whittakers Schoolwear when the owners of Rawcliffes went into administration. Since the store's acquisition in May last year, the Southport branch of Whittakers Schoolwear has gone from strength to strength; saving local jobs, ensuring a large landmark town centre retail site is thriving and breaking previous sales and footfall records within its 1st year.

"Recent visitors to the shop have been surprised to see how much we have invested in and changed the store which shows our commitment to the Southport branch and is a mark of their success. Customers have noticed we are now able to hold more stock and a wider range of products, while still holding true to our belief in Quality and Value." explains Managing Director, John Hutchinson.

"Southport branch has continued to increase the number of local schools it serves and also brings customers into the Town from Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. That has to be good news for Southport's Town Centre." explains Sales Director, Bradley Hutchinson.

"With more local schools waiting in the wings to be served by Whittakers Southport, we are justifiably proud of their first year success and it's great to be part of a good news story." added John Hutchinson.

UK Fishing Body Offers Fishermen EU Funding to Improve Vessel Safety

Wayne and Lee (Crew) on Tony Delahunty’s vessel Robert LouiseTHE National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO) is offering fishermen financial support in a bid to cut accidents at sea.

Fishing remains 1 of the most dangerous professions in the UK, with 84 fishermen losing their lives in the past 10 years. Funding is being made available from the NFFO and supported by European Fisheries Fund (EFF), which will allow all fishermen operating vessels under 15 meters to claim up to 70% of the cost to bring their vessel's safety up to the:- 'Voluntary Code of Practice Standard.'

Under the voluntary code, all vessels under 15m should be fitted with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), which transmits the position obtained from a built in GPS receiver via satellite directly to rescue services so the vessel can be easily located during emergency situations. Under the same code, vessels 7m to 10m should also be fitted with emergency liferafts, which this initiative will go toward funding.  The NFFO's Safety and Training Officer, Robert Greenwood, said:- "Anything we can do to minimise the cost to our members in the aim of improving safety is taken very seriously. Safety is often forgotten amongst the politics of fishing, but for the NFFO improving safety is a key priority for all fishing vessels regardless of size."

Currently the Code of Practice is voluntary, rather than mandatory, however the NFFO is encouraging all member vessels to meet its requirement now to ensure the safety of fishing crews and while the 70% funding is available.

It is expected that while these requirements are non-mandatory, eventually they will be incorporated into law at which point they would become mandatory and would no longer be eligible for funding from the EFF or future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.  David Fenner, Head of Fishing Vessel Safety at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said:- "The next version of the Small Fishing Vessel Code is planned to contain mandatory requirements for liferafts and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons. Subject to the necessary consultation and Parliamentary process, it is expected that the new Code could come into force in 2016."

While a change in law is never certain, the NFFO believes it is good practice for fishermen to meet these non-mandatory standards, particularly while partial funding is on the table.   Robert concluded:- "Should the new Code of Practice come into force this project will ease the transition for our members and improve the safety of fishermen in the UK."

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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