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Edition No. 98

Date:- 10 May 2003

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IT HELP ON HAND for SMALL Companies!

LIBER8 Ltd are to work with Business Link for Greater Merseyside, a service provided by GME, to provide “Best Practice” IT consultancy to Merseyside companies.

Liber8 are pleased to announce that after lengthy tendering process they are one of the first IT companies to be appointed as an approved suppliers to provide Small to Medium Sized Enterprises in Merseyside with subsidised IT consultancy.

The agreement enables Liber8 current and new clients within Merseyside to gain up to 40% subsidy against approved IT projects.

Managing Director, Rod King said:-

“Liber8 have already been working with GME to provide IT services and this new contract enables Merseyside SME companies to implement IT projects that otherwise would not have been affordable. Liber8’s specialisation with small to Medium Sized Enterprises enables us to relate to the particular needs of companies with up to 250 employees with IT solutions that lever up their operational efficiency at a cost effective price.”


Liber8 are a Microsoft Certified Partner and Sage Line 50 Developer. Liber8 act as an external IT department for small to medium sized businesses throughout the North West. As a team of IT professionals they provide a range of services including Consultancy, Facilities Management, Bespoke Software development, Training and the procurement of IT equipment at excellent prices.

GME offers easy access to the best independent profession advice available to small and medium sized businesses based within Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, ST Helens and Wirral. GME are also able to offer a reduction of up to 40% off their fees, with the help of European Funding – helping to grow their business.

For further information or to book your place on one of Liber8’s free Business Update seminars call on 01925 758283. Web sites for yet more information:- Liber8 Ltd. www.liber8.co.uk and/or GME www.gme.org.uk.

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END OF THE LINE FOR TRUANTS

PUPILS who hop on the train for a city - centre shopping trip when they should be at school are about to hit the buffers.

Liverpool's truancy team is to take action over the next three weeks in a huge truancy crackdown at Liverpool's train and underground stations.  The city's latest truancy sweeps will get children from across Merseyside off the streets and back into school.

Crackdown teams from throughout Liverpool will team up with other councils and police to tackle the problem of truancy in a bid to deter children from skipping school - Liverpool's stations can be a real hotspot for truants from across the region that skip school to spend the day hanging around the station, or wandering around shops. 

The new partnership approach between the three councils means each authority will have officers on hand to speak to pupils from their own area and, where necessary, transport them back to school or home. 

It is the largest scale truancy sweep yet carried out in Liverpool, with more than 50 officers taking part in a major programme, which will be running in the city between sixth and 23 May. 

Liverpool City Council's principal attendance officer, Ron Collinson, said, "Our truancy sweeps are a massive success, helping schools notch up record attendance rates. Our partnership with Sefton and Wirral councils will allow us to cast the net even further, and get many more pupils from across Merseyside back into school." 

Merseyside Police, who conducted an analysis of youth crime and nuisance across the force in December 2002, found that the sweeps are having a positive effect on juvenile disorder figures and the numbers of youths falling victim to crime.

An OFSTED inspection of Liverpool's sweeps in February concluded that there had been a 'commendable improvement in attendance figures'. The inspector said that the work carried out in Liverpool was among the best he had ever seen.

Executive member for education, Councillor Paul Clein, said, "Children not in school and hanging about the streets miss out on essential skills and knowledge which can have severe effects in later life. They can also get dragged into petty crime, shoplifting and more serious crimes. Our truancy sweeps are having a tremendous impact, and are playing a major part in our drive to improve attendance rates in all our schools."

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