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Edition No. 101

Date:- 31 May 2003

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY

BUSINESSES in Liverpool City centre are being encouraged to improve the cultural diversity of their workforce after new research showed black and other ethnic minority groups are under-represented.

According to the latest census figures 5.7% of Liverpool’s population are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, however they form less than 1% of the city centre workforce. 

An extensive research project recently completed by Innervison Community Consultants on behalf of the People Pool carried out why there is such a discrepancy in these figures - funded by Cityfocus and the Liverpool Partnership group.

Employers and members of the local black community were consulted during the research and the recommendations that they made have been included in an employer’s toolkit for cultural diversity.

Councilor Marilyn Fielding, Executive Member for Community Equality and Values, said:-
 
“Liverpool is aiming to have a world class city centre but to do this we need to celebrate the cultural diversity of its people. 

We want workforces to more closely mirror the make-up of the city’s population as a whole and we are urging business to ensure this happens.

Practical advice – arising out the research – is being offered and there will be help provided on an individual basis to companies who sign up.”
 
GUILFEST 2003
4th – 6th JULY
STOKE PARK, 
GUILDFORD, SURREY
 
“one of the most relaxed, laid-back atmospheres this side of Glastonbury” – Time Out “one of the most relaxed and friendly of the summer events” – Sunday Express “among the best festivals of the summer” - Independent

FRIDAY:- ALICE COOPER AND LOVE WITH ARTHUR LEE 
SATURDAY:- MADNESS 
SUNDAY:- ATOMIC KITTEN AND THE MAVERICKS TO HEADLINE
LOADS MORE ACTS TO BE CONFIRMED!

NOW in it’s 12th year, Guilfest 2002 saw stunning performances from the likes of Jools Holland, the Fun Lovin’
Criminals, The Pretenders, Mercury Rev and Echo & The Bunnymen. This year’s festival promises to be better than ever, with BBC Radio 2 (88-91 FM) broadcasting live and recorded highlights from the festival, and the brand new UNCUT STAGE, sponsored by Uncut Magazine.

In addition to the Main and Uncut stages, Guilfest 2003 will also feature:-

DANCE STAGE:- Last year’s Dance Stage was an enormous success, pulling in some of the finest DJs from around the globe. Friday night featured Excess Deck’s stable of talent, including Bez (Happy Mondays), Arthur Baker, and awayTEAM. Saturday and Sunday nights kept the music pumping with special DJ sets from 808 State, Lo Fidelity All Stars and the Freestylers.

UNSUNG HEROES STAGE:- Guilfest has become famous for showcasing the best up-and-coming talent, and 2002 was no exception. Last year saw performances from many buzz-worthy bands including Kid Galahad, Reuben, Puscha, Koala, Moses and Hipslinky.

COMEDY TENT:~ The Comedy Tent at Guilfest has become one of the festival highlights over the years, and a great place to relax and have a laugh. Last year’s line up included the famous, the infamous, and the not-so-famous, and the belly laughs could be heard all over the festival grounds.

KIDSZONE and ART, CRAFT & TRADERS VILLAGE:- Always with an emphasis on entertainment for everyone, Guilfest is a great day out for the whole family. Kidszone, or the children’s area, includes jugglers, a circus area, rides, workshops and a children’s carnival. There’s also plenty of shopping on the festival grounds at the Art, Craft & Traders Village with over 100 stalls to chose from. 

There’s always plenty to drink at the festival’s massive beer tent, and the celebrated luxury toilets are back again this year, as well as fully equipped camping facilities. Off site there’s the nearby lido and the Guildford Spectrum indoor leisure complex.

TICKET PRICES:-

ADULTS:- Weekend (3 days) £64.00; Friday £27.00; Saturday £32.00; Sunday £30.00

CHILDREN (7 – 14 years old):- Weekend £40.00; Child Day £20.00

CAMPING (for 3 day weekend):- Per tent (10’ x 8’ pitch) £25.00; Camper vans (15’ x 10’ pitch) £40.00

GUILFEST INFORMATION LINE:- 01483 454 159 WWW.GUILFEST.CO.UK 
 
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