Half term events
at National Museums Liverpool
THE fun doesn’t need to
break the bank this half term with dozens of things to see and do at
your local museum. At the National Museums Liverpool they have
arranged an action-packed week of exhibitions and events from
Monday, 13 February to Friday, 17 February 2012. The highlights
► Both ends of William Brown Street offer
entertainment for the whole family. Channel your inner supermodel in
the Big Booth at the Walker Art Gallery where families can dress up,
play with props and strike a pose for the camera in a giant photo
booth over 15 February to 17 February. Down the hill at World Museum
visitors can have a close encounter with beasts of a prehistoric
kind in the exhibition Age of the Dinosaur. It is open daily, this
paid for exhibition is free for under 5s. Book online to avoid
► At the Albert Dock and waterfront the
fun continues with craft activities inspired by the most famous ship
of them all, the Titanic, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum over 14
February to 15 February. The International Slavery Museum is
celebrating the half term with a free showing of Disney’s The Frog
Princess on 16 February. While visitors can explore life in a
Victorian court in the wonderful new Museum of Liverpool on 15
► The Lady Lever Art Gallery is continuing
the Chinese New Year celebrations with a free performance of the
Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra on 15 February.
► Out of town, Sudley House is hosting an
event for budding fashion designers on 16 February.
For more information log onto:-
targets the next generation of game developers
THE North Liverpool Academy has announced the
1st in a series of workshops set to inspire the North West’s next
generation of game developers and digital creatives. ‘I
♥ Gaming’ will take place on the 13 February 2012 at The
North Liverpool Academy and has been designed specifically to appeal
to students interested in a career in gaming or digital media.
Through a series of specialist workshops students will gain hands on
experience in 3D design, interactive TV and gaming, game creation,
how to design an app and start a gaming business. They will also be
able to access advice from key figures from both national businesses
and from the North West’s thriving gaming and digital sector.
The launch of the programme follows the announcement at the end of
last year that the Academy has received government go-ahead to open
The Studio. This new school will specialise in the computer gaming
and digital sector and will allow students to achieve mainstream
qualifications at the same time as developing key employability
skills through work experience. The Studio will also work closely
with local employers to provide paid work placements linked directly
to employment opportunities in the local area. The school itself
will feel more like a workplace than a school with a 9am-5pm working
day and year round opening. Kay Askew, Principal at The North
Liverpool Academy commented:- "The predicted growth of the
creative and digital sectors is going to deliver exciting and
rewarding careers for those young people with the right
qualifications and skills. The Studio School is set to improve the
employment prospects for young people across the Liverpool City
region by directly addressing this skills gap. I would urge any
student interested in a career in the gaming or digital sector to
come along to I ♥ Gaming. It will be a unique opportunity to meet
some of they key players within the industry and explore the many
options open to them in this fast growing industry."
Those interested in attending the event should visit:-
A further £7.9
million Regional Growth Fund for businesses
4 more businesses have successfully secured
government support through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to create
new jobs and boost growth in their local communities.
The 4 new firms are:-
► Nifco UK in Stockton on Tees, North East, which will use £1.65
million of RGF support towards an £11 million project to equip a new
factory and help the company move into the market for electric
vehicle batteries. This is expected to create 128 new jobs and
safeguard 158 current jobs.
► e2v Technologies Limited in Chelmsford, Essex, will use £6.25
million of RGF support to boost its work developing microwave
processing systems for a range of industrial applications in
resource and energy intensive sectors. This is part of £29.4 million
overall investment that is expected to create 336 new jobs at e2v
and in its supply chain.
► Bentley Motors in Crewe, North West area, will receive £1.69
million to upskill existing employees and enable them to take on
significant additional staff to support increased production. The
total project cost is more than £4.5 million.
► Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co. Ltd, Halifax, Yorkshire, is the
first project from round two of the fund to receive its funding and
forms part of the Leeds City Region local enterprise partnership
package. It will receive £200,000 towards a £1.5 million project to
support modernisation of their production facilities to manufacture
precision products for the construction, engineering, offshore and
energy sectors. It will create 12 new jobs and safeguard seven jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:- "Creating long-term
jobs and long-term growth is our number one priority for Britain.
The Regional Growth Fund is already helping the economy grow in
every region and across a range of industries. The 641 jobs
announced today is more good news for people in Teesside, Essex,
Crewe and Halifax. For too long the UK economy has been too focused
on the City of London. The Regional Growth Fund is unlocking private
sector investment, with at least £5 put in for every £1 of public
money, letting businesses in Britain thrive."
Business Secretary Vince Cable added that:- "It's excellent
news that 4 more companies are benefitting from the Regional Growth
Fund. This support continues to provide a significant boost to the
local economies, lever in significant investment and will create
jobs where they are needed most. The projects will support advanced
manufacturing techniques, enable R&D to develop new products and
improve skills, all of which are vital to support growth and help
rebalance the economy."
The projects, 3 from round 1 and 1 from round 2, successfully
completed a period of necessary checks by the companies and the
government to ensure the deals offer the best value for taxpayers.
So far £1.4 billion has been conditionally allocated to 164 projects
through 2 bidding rounds, creating and safeguarding more than
330,000 jobs and is supported by more than £6 billion of private
investment. Many round one bids are now up and running, with 29
projects overall having now received their funding. More projects
are expected to complete the legal checks and receive their funding
in the coming months.
The Chancellor announced in November an additional £1 billion will
be added to the Regional Growth Fund, bringing the fund’s total
value to £2.4 billion. Bidding for the next round of funding will be
launched next month.