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Publication date:- 2016-11-24

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Liverpool Town Hall in the frame

VISITING dignitaries are set to receive a brand new piece of art depicting Liverpool Town Hall.  Liverpool Town Hall has worked in partnership with local art organisation dot art, to produce an exclusive new limited edition print which features the newly restored façade of the Town Hall.

The design was created for free by South Liverpool based artist Jane Adams who presented the print to the Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden, on Monday, 21 November 2016. Prints will then be given as a gift to civic parties at future events hosted by the Lord Mayor.

dot art, who opened a new gallery in Queen Avenue, just off Castle Street in February, were approached by the Town Hall team earlier in 2016, with the aim to update the gifts presented to guests which haven't changed for more than a decade.  The gallery recommended Jane due to her eye catching and unusual style. Jane's distinctive work has been popular with the public for many years and her range of architectural prints of many Liverpool landmarks can be seen online.

Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "Liverpool Town Hall is one of the jewels in the City's Crown, and people are always overwhelmed by how beautiful it is, inside and out.  Having seen Jane's existing body of work, I'm excited to see this new piece of art from such a talented local artist. Presenting visiting dignitaries from around the world with a token from the City is a hugely important mark of respect, and I am certain that this gift will be well received."

Managing Director of dot art, Lucy Byrne, said:- "We have worked with Jane for many years now and were delighted to facilitate this prestigious project, ensuring her work will reach a national and international audience. It is also a fantastic opportunity for us as an organisation to cement our relationship with Liverpool Town Hall, who have been incredibly supportive of our work since we opened our new gallery earlier in the year."

The original work will be on show at the dot art Gallery, from Friday, 25 November 2016, as part of their Christmas Exhibition:- "The Liverpool Collection." The print will also be on sale at Liverpool Town Hall for £35.

Survey finds people are 'put off shopping' because of Black Friday promotions

FAIR trade pioneer Traidcraft is calling on people to take a step back from the Black Friday frenzy as a recent survey found ½ of people in the North West (51%) are put off shopping because of it. After £2bn was spent on Black Friday 2015, retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping day of the year, with discounts launching earlier than ever. Yet instead of getting caught up in the chaos, Traidcraft's 'Just Friday' initiative is offering an alternative for shoppers around the UK.

The independent survey commissioned by the organisation also found that 38% of respondents would like to see Black Friday stopped altogether. Meanwhile, 46% of people surveyed are also unlikely to be buying online this Cyber Monday, the event which follows Black Friday, although 6% will be keeping an eye on deals during the working day.

Now in its 3rd year, 'Just Friday' calls on people to take a moment to stop, breathe and buy their gifts mindfully and ethically. By buying from ethical organisations, consumers shopping on Black Friday can use their spending power to help people in developing countries.

Traidcraft's Marketing Director, Larry Bush, commented:- "After the success of previous years, we're running our Just Friday initiative again to encourage people to take a step back from the chaos of Black Friday and put a bit more thought and enjoyment back into the shopping experience.  Last year we saw over 1 million people engage with our Just Friday campaign and we also recorded our best ever weekend for online sales of ethical gifts and products which goes to show that there's growing support for a positive alternative to the mindless shopping frenzy of Black Friday.  With recent reports suggesting Black Friday may not even provide the cheapest deals, it's no surprise that a significant proportion of people are put off shopping on that day. Even if just a tiny proportion of the £2bn spent last year, was spent with ethical, fair trade organisations, we could make a huge difference to people's lives around the world.  We hope this year, we'll help even more people overcome some of the stress and negative emotions associated with shopping and think about buying more meaningful gifts for their loved ones."

Traidcraft's Just Friday is also being backed by ethical retailer People Tree. Bruce Steinberg, Managing Director of People Tree, said:- "Retailers such as People Tree and Traidcraft are constantly proving that brands can produce with respect for people and the planet. Thoughtless consumption is negatively affecting people on both ends; shoppers as well as artisans, producers and farmers. By shopping mindfully and spending with ethical and sustainable brands this Just Friday, we can empower, bring environmental and social change and step by step transform the economy."

'Just Friday'
is part of Traidcraft's Show You Care campaign, which is running up until Christmas and encourages consumers to shop with thought and love, enabling the organisation to continue its life changing and pioneering work in developing countries.

Do you think Black Friday should be banned from the UK?  Email your views on this controversial sales import from the USA and it's impact on UK Retail. 

Recall to Prison notice issued for Carl Anthony Fury

A man who was jailed for manslaughter in 2008 has been arrested and recalled to Prison for breaching the terms of his licence. Carl Anthony Fury, 32 years, from Aigburth, is back behind bars after being arrested by Officers from Merseyside Police and Titan, the regional organised crime unit, in Halewood, on Friday, 18 November 2016. Fury was convicted of the manslaughter of Derek Stevens in January 2008 in Mackets Lane, Hunts Cross and sentenced to 12 and a half years in custody on 23 July 2008. He was released on licence on 18 July 2014.

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