BUSINESSES CLEAN UP IN AWARDS
LIVEPOOL Businesses who have helped make the city cleaner and tidier at a special ceremony at the beginning of next week to receive recognition of environmentally friendly activity within the commercial community.
More than 50 city centre firms who have kept their premises clean, tidy, and promoting recycling and community environmental initiatives will be presented with Tidy Business awards.
The awards are an initiative run by EnCams – formerly the Tidy Britain Group, who have worked closely with the City Council’s City Centre Management Team to promote the initiative.
Tidy Business awards are divided into three categories – bronze, silver and gold with the top awards going to those businesses that have made a real difference to their local environment.
Gold Zone navigators and EnCams representatives have visited city centre premises to check they meet the standards. Gold awards are to be presented to three city centre shops – Marks and Spencer and John Lewis, who have been involved in cleaning up graffiti in areas around their premises and McDonald’s in Lord Street who have purchased a cleansing machine for the city.
The Lord Mayor and Councillor Jack Spriggs will make the awards, at a special seminar on April 14 at the Marriott Hotel, Queen Square.
Councillor Mike Storey, leader of the City Council, who will introduce the seminar,
said:- “It is very encouraging that so many businesses are taking part in this scheme and helping to make Liverpool a cleaner city."
“I would urge all other businesses to follow the lead of the one who have own awards and make a real difference to our environment.”
CONTROVERSIAL PIONEER ARTIST’S WORK TO BE SHOWN AT TATE
TATE Liverpool will present the first retrospective of German artist Thomas Ruff, one of the most acclaimed and ground-breaking photographers working today for a three month gallery from May 9 this year.
In 1981 Ruff embarked on a series of large-scale portraits with which he made his name. Highly detailed and immaculately finished, these were unglamorous ‘deadpan’ portraits of his friends and family.
Each sitter was presented in the style of a plaster bust as unemotional as possible and so denying all psychological interpretation. These works were based on Ruff’s assumption that a photograph can only present a surface image and nothing more.
Ruff’s work took a more political turn in the 1990s, with his Night photographs. These images were inspired by night-vision cameras used to relay television images during the Gulf War.
In the late 1990s Ruff became fascinated by the proliferation of pornographic imagery available over the internet and created a series titled Nudes.
CONFERENCE PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON EAST MANCHESTER
PROMOTING the good practice and positive experience of regeneration is the aim of the first conference to highlight the work of the regeneration partnership in East Manchester, which starts today, Tuesday, April 8 at Manchester Town Hall.
Tony NcNulty, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Regeneration at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Joe Montgomery, Director General of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit will be keynote speakers at the conference that will take place over two days.
Local residents are helping to bring The ‘East Manchester Presents’ conference alive by producing a video of their thoughts on the regeneration progress as well as conducting tours and presentations during the event. Local public agencies and voluntary organizations are also taking part.
Aimed at regeneration professionals and community representatives, the conference will give delegates the chances to learn from successes and the problems encountered by east Manchester’s regeneration programme.
The Northwest Development Agency has provided £25,000 to help sponsor the event. Baron Isherwood, Director of Regeneration, NWDA, said:-
“The regeneration of East Manchester is one of the largest and most comprehensive programmes in the country and has been a key priority for the NWDA for over 3 years. This conference offers the unique opportunity to learn about this exciting and challenging initiative and the Agency is very pleased to support it.”
The regeneration in east Manchester is synonymous with the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The new City of Manchester Stadium formed the centerpiece of the Games celebrations in east Manchester and the associated regeneration has achieved remarkable changes in the area.
Sean McGonigle, Principal Regeneration Officer for New Deal for Communities, commented:-
“East Manchester is a place undergoing massive change as a result of the regeneration programme. A large number of programmes and projects delivered in the priority areas identified by residents that are achieving real results."
“This conference is an opportunity for us to share our experiences to date in delivering this change with those who are involved in regeneration at every level. It will show what has and what has not worked; the barriers we have faced and how we have overcome them."
“We will show how we developed partnerships, how local people are at the heart of our activity and we will share examples of our innovative projects designed to tackle the area’s specific problems.”
The conference will comprise a series of workshops on all aspects of the regeneration programme from crime and community safety, supporting the business community, education and training, resident involvement and the activities of the Urban Regeneration Company, New East Manchester.
Sean continued:- “It is hoped that many people working in the regeneration field will see first hand what is happening in East Manchester and how our work might help inform theirs.”