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Edition No. 97

Date:- 03 May 2003

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The England’s Northwest dream team!

THE Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) in partnership with the BBC, today launched a fantastic competition to win 2 VIP tickets to the UEFA Champions League Final on the 28th May 2003.

Alan Hansen top TV pundit and veteran Liverpool defender, today launched the competition, inviting members of the public to choose 11 players from the 6 premier league teams England’s Northwest is home to, forming their own ‘dream team’ of players. Alan Hansen will select his own ‘dream team’ which will then be matched to a successful entry from the public. The winner will receive 2 VIP tickets to the final, a stay in a luxury Manchester hotel (The Lowry Hotel), return barge trip to the game, and dinner for 2 at a top Manchester restaurant.

10 runners-up will receive a framed drawing of England’s Northwest XI signed by Alan Hansen.

Peter Mearns, Director of Marketing at the NWDA said:-

“The UEFA Champions League final is a game of international significance, and is therefore an ideal opportunity to promote the Northwest region as a whole on a national scale. The competition aims to raise awareness of the Northwest region in the build up to the game and hopes to promote the competitive spirit, excellence, and achievement, the region is famous for.”


Tamsin O’Brien, Editor of Northwest Tonight said:- 

“We are delighted to go into partnership with the NWDA for this competition. The UEFA Champions League final is a hugely prestigious event for the region which BBC Northwest Tonight will cover extensively. The Manchester Where I Live website is one of the most successful BBC websites in the country and the team had a lot of fun designing the competition. What a prize – it is one of the most glamorous VIP trips we’ve had the pleasure of offering to our viewers. Even presenter Gordon Burns wants it!”

How to enter.....

11 players must be chosen from each of the 6 Northwest premier league teams:-  Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers FC, Bolton FC In the event of more than one correct selection being matched to Alan Hansen’s choice, a draw will be made to select a winner.  Click on here to enter....  entries to the competition must be made online! 

Community businesses in Merseyside set to soar
Report with thanks to NWDA.

MERSEYSIDE launched this week a new Social Enterprise Initiative (MSEI) at the Social Enterprise Network (SEN) Conference held at Liverpool Hope University.

The Merseyside Social Enterprise Initiative (MSEI) has been designed to assist the social enterprise sector in Merseyside - businesses that trade in the market place but aim to provide lasting benefits to the local community. This sector is recognised by the government as a key growth area, and this new initiative will help both new and existing social enterprises to grow and develop in order to achieve long term financial sustainability.

Merseyside has a long history of successful community businesses and this new scheme will continue this tradition. The SEN Conference provides an ideal opportunity to share best practice amongst partners in the social enterprise sector. 

Guest speakers at the event included Dr Maureen Williams, NWDA Board member and Chief Executive and founder of the Merseyside Development Foundation, and Maggie O’Carroll, Chair of the Social Enterprise Network. 

Mike Shields, NWDA Chief Executive said:-

“I warmly welcome the development of the Action Plan for the Merseyside Social Enterprise Initiative. The NWDA recognises the important role that social enterprise can play in our economy, and this is acknowledged in the new Regional Economic Strategy. I am delighted that key public sector players in Merseyside have come together with the NWDA to improve support for social enterprises.”

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