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Issue:- Saturday, 28 November 2015

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 5.

Liverpool Business Club supporting local businesses

MOST small business owners understand their craft alright, but they do not understand how to run a business. So they soldier on, unsupported, until they run out of money! Are you in business? Do you agree? According to Liverpool Business Club (LBC) Mastermind Group, the reasons for lots of businesses failing are simple:- lack of training, education and support. They group think the skills and confidence to help small businesses are out there, in Liverpool and on Merseyside, yet they feel it has not yet been pooled or shared properly.

In a press statement we received this week, LBC's vision would be:- "to elevate the stature and aspirations of small businesses, so that they become truly entrepreneurial and develop into vibrant and profitable businesses. LBC provide support, training and education and we do this both online and face to face."

Councillor Gary Millar, former Liverpool Lord Mayor and now Liverpool Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment says:- "Starting a new business can be a minefield not least due to all the various elements that need to be considered such as do I set up as a sole trader or limited company, where do I trade from, how do I go about marketing my business etc. Having support from experienced business club mentors makes the leap all the less daunting."

For younger people you have groups like Princes Trust, but for others they think this support is lacking.  The group went on to say:- "LBC is a philanthropic venture. We aim to reverse the trend of small business failure in Liverpool by giving back. We will empower the small business community with skills and confidence. We do this by collaborating as a mastermind group, sharing knowledge and experience and providing previously unheard of levels of training, education and support, all within an easily affordable monthly budget."

Mark Cohen, managing partner at Alexander Myerson, who is 1 of the City's oldest Chartered Accountants says:- "What Liverpool Business Club offers is exactly the type of hands on, practical and affordable education and support that small businesses need to survive and thrive!"

LBC currently, we are told, have over 1400 members and that membership is free! "We are about to introduce a mastermind membership category for £50 per month. For this, our members receive monthly 2 hour sessions of networking, business education, coaching and peer group work, supported by 7 days per week of online email and business chat line support. Plus also online video education and training. In this way, over time, we will help to transform struggling, small businesses into skillfull, confident going concerns."

What do you our readers think about this? Is the LBC the only option or do other exist? Please email us at:- news24@southportreporter.com.

"Like it or not, social media and digital marketing are transforming news reporting and business engagement across the globe. Yet across the UK, there is a dramatic skills shortage in this aspect of business. LBC is tackling this issue too. Our Social Media Training Academy is 1 of a handful of companies in the UK, equipped to deliver Diploma Level 3 training in Social Media for Business. The great news for small businesses is that the diploma level training is fully funded, subject to certain basic limitations. It is classroom based, 1 day release per fortnight, spread across 12 months combining both knowledge and practical skills training. The course is available to apprentices from age 16 and to established members of staff looking to up skill. Just think, if every 1 man band operation in the UK employed just one member off staff, there would be no unemployment in the UK! It's about time small businesses were treated seriously and given the same opportunities for training, education and support as big business. We're on it and it starts here in Liverpool, on Thursday, 10 December 2015, with a pre-launch event, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Shankly Hotel on Victoria Street."
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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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