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NEW research from value communications provider Plusnet reveals that Liverpool business owners feared for their futures during lockdown. 24% of Liverpool businesses feared they would be forced to close as a result of lockdown and over a 3rd (35%) believed they would have to significantly reduce the number of people they employed as a result of Covid. Despite lockdown fears, 88% of Liverpool businesses are optimistic about growing their business in the next 12 months. But, recent analysis suggests businesses are right to be positive...


Vaccinated young people urge others to come forward for Covid19 Vaccine

VACCINATED young people across Cheshire and Merseyside are adding their voices to the 'Spread the Facts' campaign to show how others can play their part in stopping the spread...


Freemasons take lead role in NHS Frontline Workers Day


THE inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers' Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021, with Freemasons leading the event. The United Grand Lodge of...


How a lockdown hobby is raising money for blind and partially sighted people in memory of a much loved Dad and Granddad

Frances Hamer with some of her paintings

A woman who took up painting to pass the time during lockdown is selling her art work to support blind and partially sighted people in memory of her dad. Frances Hamer has so far raised ₤400 for sight loss charity Galloway's, which provided useful aids and equipment to enable her dad, William Taylor, who had macular degeneration, to lead an independent life. The father of 2, from Farington, who had...


Liverpool City Council to resolve stalled highways schemes

LIVERPOOL City Council is set to appoint a number of highways contractors to complete 5 schemes which had stalled, following the appointment of administrators for its original contractor VIAM. After issuing a termination notice...


School children in Sefton take action to reduce harmful emissions around their Schools
Photograph by Kois Miah / Sustrans...

School children in Sefton take action to reduce harmful emissions around their schools

SCHOOL children in Sefton completed 17,000 active journeys to School on foot, scooter or bicycle as part of Sustrans Big...


Brian Epstein Legacy Project To Honour Late Liverpool Music Legend

THE whole world is being urged to 'come together' to honour the late Brian Epstein with a lasting memorial to the man who helped change the face of popular music forever. The Brian Epstein Legacy Project; which is being re-launched following a pause in activity due to the Pandemic; will see the creation...


Birkdale father and son duo take on cycle challenge for North West Cancer Research

BIRKDALE resident Mike Whalen, will take on a pedal pushing 60km cycling challenge as he turns 60, raising money for life-saving cancer research in the Region. Mike will join hundreds of other cyclists for North West Cancer Research's Cycle of...


Maggie's support moves to its new permanent centre funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation

ON Monday, 28 June 2021, Maggie's moved its programme of support to its brand new purpose built centre, funded by the...


Exclusive Post Show Interview with City Theatre's Cast and Crew

IN this video interview, we talk about the effects of Covid19 on small productions, like Bow and Arrow, as well as looking at the personal impact the Pandemic has had on the cast and crew of City Theatre. We also get to hear about their thoughts on the future for those within the performing arts industry.  This is a very open interview that gives an insight into a very important, yet overlooked section of the theatre industry.  To find out...


Southport law firm supports millions of children suffering mental health complications following parents' injuries

A top 100 law firm based in Southport has launched a story book aimed at the 2 and a ½ million children in the UK thought to be experiencing mental health complications as a result of their parents or carers suffering serious injuries...


Family run business selling 'the best milkshakes and waffles in Merseyside' opens in Southport

A brand new family run independent business selling:- "the best milkshakes and waffles in Merseyside" has opened in Southport. The Shake Factory has gained a glowing reputation at its original store in Prescot in recent years, and has now...


Plusnet reveals:- "24% of Liverpool business owners feared for their future, but by adapting to technology now feel more positive"

SOUTHPORT Auto Centre is staging a classic car and motorcycle display to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Southport Cancer Information and Support Centre. The charity fundraiser will be held, on Saturday...


Mark Davies Markham's 1 Woman Show Starring Lindzi Germain To Open Liverpool Theatre Festival

ORGANISERS of Liverpool Theatre Festival have announced that a 1 woman show starring popular Scouse actress Lindzi Germain and written by acclaimed Liverpool playwright...


New trains testing steps up to the next level

TESTING of the new, start of the art trains for the Liverpool City Region is moving to the next level as they are due to head out onto the Merseyrail network during normal service...


Appeal after vandalism leaves high rise residents without working fire alarm

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) is urging people to think of the consequences of their actions after vandals left residents in a Liverpool high rise building without a working...


Merseyrail and Stadler open their doors to local students

MERSEYRAIL and its fleet maintenance provider Stadler have joined forces to provide local students with a behind the...


Southport home care provider wins prestigious award

SOUTHPORT based Alcedo Care Group has been recognised as 1 of the Top 20 Home Care Groups in the UK for the 2nd...


A stylish new hotel and bar has opened in Southport, thanks to 2 years of determination by a local family

THE Anelli Hotel and Amici Bar has opened at 1 to Avondale Road, in Southport Town Centre, perfectly positioned...


Clarendon Fine Art launches at Liverpool ONE

GROSVENOR has announced the arrival of Clarendon Fine Art, the UK's largest art gallery group, to Liverpool ONE. The brand has opened a 2,000 sq ft gallery at 7 Peter's Lane, within...


Bank gets behind 'rubbish idea' to help the oceans

AS ideas go this 1 is rubbish for all the right reasons. NatWest staff from across the UK will be visiting their local beaches and waterways armed with recycling bags...


Sefton Council's Green Sefton team have set out the ways they are managing the build up of windblown sand along popular coastal paths

Southport tractor sand clearance in action.

IN recent months around 90 tonnes of sand has been cleared from the path in Southport both manually and using a tractor. Tractor clearance of sand built up along the seawall at...


The Mind Map and Baltic Creative CIC partner to provide mental health support to Baltic businesses

THE Mind Map is the latest tenant to sign up to space with Baltic Creative Community Interest Company (CIC), bringing with it a range of benefits to existing occupiers as part of a collaborative deal.  As part of the letting arrangement, Baltic Creative staff and tenants will be able to access subsidised counselling, specialised events and mental health 1st aid...


North West Cancer Research and Brown Turner Ross join forces to support local cancer research

NORTH West Cancer Research is pleased to announce law firm, Brown Turner Ross as a sponsor of their annual Cycle of Hope ride. The event, which will take place on 4 July 2021...


1 of the last remaining surviving D Day Landing veterans has celebrated 100 at the Empire Restaurant

ON Wednesday, 30 June 2021, Signaller Harry Howorth, from the Shropshire Light Infantry, who survived D Day Landing, celebrated his 100th Birthday at Southport's Empire Restaurant, on Neville Street. His family told us how Harry...


Independent GP Practice reports worrying Covid Mental Health Crisis in families

AN independent British healthcare company which provides a UK wide GP service has reported a 500% surge in calls and access to its services seeking help on mental health issues. Cheshire based AKEA Life; which provides an award winning 5 star concierge GP and health service; has seen a large increase in requests from its existing client base as well as new enquiries from clients signing up to its GP and healthcare service for families. AKEA Life; which is a CQC registered company; confirmed that around 90% of those calls seeking help on mental health issues were doing so as a result of the Pandemic and the compounded effect on the NHS. The company also reported that it was seeing a very high percentage (around 65%) of those mental health issues coming from younger children and adolescents struggling with the re-integration back into the School. Ben Paglia MD of AKEA Life said:- "We are absolutely staggered at the amount of calls we are taking specifically on mental health..."


Celebrate 73 years of the NHS in Sefton

ON Monday, 5 July 2021, the NHS will celebrate its 73rd 'birthday.' After a challenging year, health professionals in Sefton are encouraging everyone to join them in giving thanks for our national health service and recognising those who have worked hard to keep our borough safe. Staff at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are marking the Anniversary of the creation of the NHS by hosting a:- 'Big Tea' event, sharing a:- 'Thank You' video to staff and residents in Sefton and inviting everyone to join in to:- 'light it blue' at home. Anyone can get involved in the:- 'Big Tea' to say thank you to our NHS by hosting their own tea party and collecting donations for NHS Charities Together. Alternatively, you can join in online by taking a 5 minute brew break, sharing a photo with your cuppa on social media with the hashtag:- '#NHSBigTea' and donating to the charity by texting:- 'TEA' to:- 70207, to give ₤5. Landmarks across the country will also be 'lighting up blue' this weekend to mark the occasion and show support...


1 Below, the UK's freshest new discount store chain will open its doors in Southport

CREATED by the original founders of national chain, Poundworld Retail Limited, that was sold to American private equity conglomerate, TPG Capital, in 2014, 1 Below will occupy the former Pound World Store, on Chapel Street, selling over 4,000 products for ₤1 and under. Plus, some incredible finds that go beyond a ₤1. In a boost to the local economy, the fast growing bargain retailer has invested a 6 figure sum, in the opening of the store, creating 30 local retail jobs for the Town. The group is expanding following four successful store openings in many Merseyside locations, including:- St Helens, Liverpool, Bootle and Kirkby. Christopher Edwards, Managing Director of 1 Below Retail Limited said:- "We're thrilled to be opening our 1st store in Southport. Now more than ever, when times are financially tighter for so many families, we are proud to be offering incredible savings on hundreds of branded shopping essentials and on trend items. It's great to be able to occupy this space..."


Aspirin could cut risk of death in cancer patients by 20% major review of studies suggests

CARDIFF University team carried out a review and analysis of research on aspirin and cancer mortality. They looked at patients with a wide range of cancers who take aspirin as part of their treatment could help to reduce their risk of death by 20%, a major review of existing research has suggested. The academics, at Cardiff University, carried out a systematic review of 118 published observational studies in patients with 18 different cancers. They pooled the results and found that in a total of about 250,000 patients with cancer who reported taking aspirin, this was associated with a reduction of about 20% in cancer deaths. The review said the available body of evidence on its efficacy and safety:- "justifies its use" as a supplementary treatment in a wide range of cancers; and patients should be informed of this. Their review has since been published in the open access journal eCancermedicalscience. Lead Author Professor Peter...


Inequality gap widens for children with type 1 diabetes from ethnic minority backgrounds

THE National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) says that immediate action from Government is required to address the disparity in access to life changing diabetes technologies, leading charity Diabetes UK has said in response to a new report.  Findings from the NPDA show widening inequalities in the care of children and young people with type 1 diabetes, within England and Wales, for the 6th year. These include poorer diabetes outcomes and worsening access to diabetes technology in children and young people from ethnic minority backgrounds and socially deprived areas. The NPDA reveals that:-  Children and young people with type 1 diabetes from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to have higher average blood sugar levels (HbA1c) compared to White children; Black children and young people have the highest average HbA1c levels, followed by children with a Mixed ethnic background and Asian children respectively...


Job help programme delivering new careers across the North West

THOUSANDS of jobseekers across the North West have seized the chance to retrain and build up their skills through the Government's Sector based Work Academy Programme (SWAP), which helps people start new careers and fill vacancies in growing sectors. Over 5,000 people in the North West;and almost 65,000 across England and Scotland; enrolled in the programme since March 2020, supporting the Government's commitment to level up opportunity across the county and build back better from the Pandemic. A SWAP lasts for a maximum of 6 weeks where jobseekers learn new skills, gain hands on work experience and build their contacts in a new line of work. There is also a guaranteed job interview at the end of the course for a live vacancy. Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:- "The Pandemic has given many people the chance to explore careers they'd perhaps never considered, and SWAPS offer them a vital chance..."


Teenagers jailed for machete attack

2 teens who launched a horrific machete attack on board a train at Liverpool Lime Street have been jailed following a British Transport Police investigation. Kyle Anthony Kearney, aged 18, of Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral, was jailed for 8 years, at Liverpool Crown Court, on Wednesday, 30 June 2021. Bailey Doyle, aged 17, of Fletcher Avenue, Rock Ferry, Wirral, was sentenced to 9 years and 4 months in jail. Each had pleaded guilty to 2 counts of GBH with intent and possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing. The court heard how the pair attacked their 2 victims as part of an ongoing feud on board a train to Wigan, at Liverpool Lime Street Station, on the morning of Friday, 19 March 2021. On spotting the pair on the train, both produced machetes with Kearney chasing 1 of the victims down the train, attacking him with a machete. The 2nd victim managed to stumble from the train onto the platform where he was also attacked with a machete by Doyle. Miraculously both victims survived the...




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