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Date:- 12 February 2007

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Calling Liverpool Entrepreneurs!

IN a city gearing up to be Capital of Culture in 2008 attracting increased investment and development, a brand new opportunity is about to roll into town. Liverpool business owners will be able to access new markets through the award-winning, but quirkily titled, Bacon, Eggs and Entrepreneurs (BEE) when the 15th BEE branch opens at the Tate Gallery Café, Albert Docks at 9am on Tuesday, 13th February.

Liverpool businesspeople are welcome to come along to a "taster" meeting, by logging on to

And if they decide to join, they will become part of the UK’s most cost-effective, independent business events network, able to attend, free of charge, some 200 BEE networking events for over 10,000 entrepreneurs throughout the UK during 2007. The BEE branch locations have a strong bias towards the NW, Midlands and Scotland.

BEE is designed to boost opportunities for ambitious business owners. through networking: an activity this week endorsed by Margaret Hodge, Minister for Industry and the Regions during International Enterprise Week, who said: "I think you gain more from networking than any other form of business support".

The Liverpool meetings will follow the BEE winning formula of monthly networking events plus large scale speed networking opportunities.

BEE founder, Tricia Fox says:- "We’re different because we promise no horrendous early starts (so you can get the children to school), no speeches, no set meals and no event fees. Just informal, flexible meetings in settings conducive to effective networking. New members tell me ‘I just feel comfortable here’."

Tricia Fox says:- "There’s something about BEE events that removes the intimidating feeling you get when walking into a roomful of strangers on your own. You don’t even need to put on a suit unless you want to, and you can drop in at any time between 9-11am and stay for as long as you want.

Business is all about people relationships. Even e-commerce businesses need good people to man the machines and there should be plenty of new e-business owners coming through the University of Liverpool’s innovative degree in e-business, the first in the UK. Whether you’re looking for staff, suppliers, investors, advisers, new business partners or new customers, it’s all much easier to handle face-to-face. You quite literally look for people you can do business with.

While getting together with other business people may seem less important than your core business activities in the short term, it is actually vital to feed potential clients into the pipeline to ensure your long term business success. And business owners are often very isolated. To bounce ideas with peers about what works and what doesn’t is a great way to find practical business solutions. As a marketer, I think that teaming up with complementary businesses to extend mutual referrals is the cheapest way to create a really effective sales-force, where your peers recommend you to others.

That’s why effective networking opportunities give local businesses a real economic advantage if they use them well, and we have support tools online to help them achieve the most from a BEE meeting. Plus a wealth of practical no-nonsense online business resources. Plus a free online showcase for BEE members in our directory. We’re looking forward to seeing Liverpool entrepreneurs in there."

Lancashire Business Fair 2007, Southport Floral Hall!

IT is back again, the Lancashire Business Fair will be held on the Tuesday 27 February 2007, 10.30am to 3.30pm. With 50+ exhibitors, over 700 visitors and excellent networking opportunities, not forgetting free wine tasting (Portland Wine Cellars), Chance to Win A Years Free Golf (Hurlston Hall Golf Club) and FREE seminar programme including winning public sector contracts, making advertising pay, do your own market research, successful marketing on a shoestring, how to get paid in full and on time as well as finding European business Partners! All this is FREE to any one who wants to visit! For more details, contact Liverpool BA on 0151 709 8932 or visit

Other dates for your diary is you can not make this one are as follows:-

Manchester Business Fair. 27 March 2007 in the Sheridan (Second City) Suite, 371 Oldham Rd. from 11am to 4pm.

City of Liverpool Business Fair. 1 May 2007 in the Liverpool Town Hall, from 10.30am to 3.30pm

 Fatal road traffic collision on Alexandra Road, Southport

MERSEYSIDE Police are now appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision which occurred at around 9.45am on Wednesday 7 February 2007 in Queens Road near to the junction with Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside.

Merseyside Police have told us that:- "A blue-coloured Volkswagen Transporter transit-sized van was travelling along Alexandra Road, away from the town centre, when it collided with a blue-coloured Toyota Yaris which was being driven towards Southport town centre.

The front seat passenger in the Toyota Yaris, who was a local, 72 year old woman was taken to Southport General Hospital where she died from her injuries on Thursday 8 February 2007."

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident is asked to contact officers on 0151 777 5730 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Robbery outside Roberto's Restaurant, Southport

ACCORDING to Merseyside Police at:- "About 10.45am on Friday 2 February 2007 a local delivery driver called to the rear of Roberto’s restaurant on Stanley Street. After he made a delivery nearby, he returned to his white transit van and was approached by two men. The driver of the van was threatened and a small blue metallic safe taken from his van.

Both men ran off along Stanley Street towards Bold Street. The driver was unable to see the faces of the thieves, however, they were wearing identical, distinctive clothing.

The first offenders is described as being, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, of slim build, wearing a grey fleece hooded top with diagonal pockets and highly patterned camouflage trousers. He spoke with a local Southport accent.

The second offender is described as being about 5’7”
to 5’8” tall, of slim build, wearing a grey fleece hooded top and highly patterned camouflage trousers.

The stolen safe was empty and has not been recovered, it is 2’ x 2’x 1.5’ deep and is metallic but painted light blue with two metallic handles on either side."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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