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Cash injection to boost Basildon businesses

As the recession bites, and companies feel the pinch across the country, we in Basildon are working hard to do all we can to help out all of our businesses, no matter how large or small. We are pumping £700,000 into Basildon’s business heart over the next year, through Thames Gateway funding. Half a million (more…)

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Liverpool Link to give residents a voice

Liverpool’s Local Involvement Network (LINk) has been launched at a special event held at the city’s LACE Conference Centre. The network gives local residents a say in the future of their health and social care provision and the inauguration event gave members the chance to meet with the major commissioners and providers in Merseyside. The (more…)

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Halton group in Aids mission to Mangalore

Six Halton residents from disadvantaged backgrounds have returned from India after an inspiring and emotive trip to an orphanage for children affected by HIV/Aids. The children at the orphanage have not only lost their parents to the virus but contracted it themselves. Aged between 16 and 34, the delegates were part of a group of (more…)

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Helping to prevent ‘distraction burglary’

Regeneration bosses in Liverpool have been tackling the issue of bogus callers intent on burglary with the help of the police and an amateur dramatics group. Older people in Merseyside have been warned about the threat of fraudsters at a special event held at the city’s Fairfield Police Club. Merseyside Police helped to organise the (more…)

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Scottish budget impasse must be resolved quickly

Holyrood’s decision to vote down the budget bill will undoubtedly lead to further debate and discussion over the coming days about the detail of the devolved administration’s spending proposals. What is clear though is that at a time when the country is witnessing a sharp economic downturn, parliament needs to come to the aid of (more…)

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How an ancient heroine inspired me

Since early childhood I took inspiration from an ancient English heroine – Boadicea, who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in the first century. To a girl growing up in the 50s and 60s caught in the constraints of the post war, pre-feminist era, Boadicea, triumphant in her chariot, epitomised (more…)

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Best laid schemes?

Down Pleasure’s stream, wi’ swelling sails,I’m tauld ye’re driving rarely:But some day ye may gnaw your nails,An’ curse your folly sairly As we approach the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birthday it would be interesting to contemplate what the bard would make of the current economic situation. Burns was highly critical of the hypocrisy and (more…)

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Distinctive city strategies – authentic or formulaic?

In the context of the economic slump and intensified competition for jobs and investment, cities must promote their distinctiveness and develop ‘differential advantages’ that other cities cannot reproduce. People should not resort to formulaic responses – high tech industries, talent attraction, signature buildings and consumer brand identities. Instead we need constructive suggestions for developing more (more…)

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Ministers must commit to shared banking

Before the banking crisis we had major banks closing branches, often the last one standing, in deprived communities including Liverpool Kensington that are receiving regeneration money and beginning to look up. Also suffering were rural communities, estates and poorer suburbia. Now that the banks are strapped for cash and look likely to be making losses (more…)

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Social enterprises – your time is now!

Can social enterprises grow in a recession? I think they can. By nature they tend to be resilient and resourceful. The very good level of support being offered by the Scottish Government is a real shot in the arm. This will give social enterprises with a sound business plan access to capital in an economy (more…)

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