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Website Fraud

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team are encouraging residents to be ‘web wise’ after the culmination of one of the UK’s largest ever online crime cases.

Six people have been sentenced to a total of more than 35 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding UK consumers out of over £37 million in a copycat website scam.

They operated a number of fake web pages, impersonating official government services in order to sell passports, driving licences and other key documents for vastly inflated prices.

Sefton residents played a part in uncovering the nationwide scandal, with Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team documenting a number of complaints about suspicious websites offering to sell driving licences and visas.

 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Online fraud can happen to anybody, especially if you’re not ‘web wise’ and our Trading Standards often receive complaints about bogus websites.

“Genuine websites that ask for personal information show an image of a padlock, usually in the address bar alongside the website address at the top of the page. However, some fake websites display a padlock on the webpage itself to try and convince the user that it is a secure site.

“If you’re not sure whether a site is genuine, click on the padlock and check the security certificate, which tells you if the site is authentic.

“Only valid certificates issued by approved authorities are trustworthy.”

If you see or find anything suspicious, please Report any concerns using the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Liverpool City Region approves new Skills Strategy to drive inclusive growth

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved a new Skills Strategy, setting out a vision for how an effective skills system can drive aspiration and attainment and create a truly global and competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

The Strategy has been produced in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from across the City Region, including input from 60 senior stakeholders through one-to-one interviews and contributions from 50 businesses as part of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Insight Programme.

Responses were also received from the Combined Authority’s constituent councils, employers, business groups, universities, colleges and training providers.

Speaking about the strategy, Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said:

 

“Our economy has performed well in recent years, creating significant numbers of jobs, and we have also seen an increase in skill levels.

“We know, however, that those successes have not been enough to pull the City Region as a whole up to regional and national averages, and that improvements haven’t been uniformly shared across our communities.

“Ensuring that individuals and businesses have the right skills to compete and succeed in the 21st century is vital if we are to achieve our aim of becoming a globally-competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

“This strategy sets out a high-level vision for how we can reform our skills system to meet that goal.  The associated action plan, currently being developed by our Employment and Skills Board, will set out the concrete steps we need to deliver the strategy’s ambitious objectives.”

 

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council and Portfolio Lead, Skills and Apprenticeships, said:

 

“This ambitious strategy builds upon our collaborative work to date, and sets out how we need to work together to achieve the vision.  Building on such strong relationships and effective practice will enable us to deliver the skills that businesses need as part of a more inclusive economy.”

 

Key outcomes identified in the strategy include:

  • Higher proportion (particularly for 16-18s) of people with good attainment in English, Maths and Information Technology attainment and work readiness
  • Higher proportion of working age population employed with good quality jobs making up a higher proportion of all jobs
  • Higher productivity and lower incidence of skills shortages across growth sectors
  • More effective workforce and fewer local recruitment difficulties across all sectors
  • Employers investing significantly more in the quality and quantity of the skills of their workforce
  • Much simpler systems and more joined up support processes, driven by strategic use of funding

The strategy sets out a performance framework which details the measures against which the success of these outcomes will be monitored.

Sefton Economic Strategy Consultation

Sefton Council is seeking views on the draft framework of a new Sefton Economic Strategy.

To have your say on the consultation, click here

Comments made from a consultation will present a rationale for the Council’s Growth Programme, one of the four key pillars of Framework for Change, agreed by the Council in January 2017.

Strategic economic growth is a key part of the Sefton 2030 Vision that the Council is currently developing. In 2016 when we asked our communities what mattered most to them, in their thousands they told us of their priorities and what was important to them for the future of the borough.

Some common messages included:

  • Investing in the infrastructure of the borough will help to provide a strong, sustainable economy, be it regenerating town centres and high streets, improving highways and connections, developing urban village communities that have affordable housing and access to social activities
  • Job opportunities is an important area that can support resilient people and places
  • Recognition that Sefton has many natural assets including the coast, local heritage and open spaces and these should be used in promoting the borough to attract businesses, investors and visitors.

A 7 week consultation has just opened and Sefton Council is urging as many people as possible to get involved.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This is the first draft of the framework for a new economic strategy for Sefton and we really want to hear from all sectors of our communities.

“It sets out to identify the key economic and social challenges which should be the focus of the strategy and outlines the headline economic growth objective and the framework for action.

“We recognise the importance of working in partnership with our many key partners and stakeholders from the private sector, communities, voluntary sector and local businesses. This consultation is for everyone and can help define our future.

“We are now seeking views on this important document and would be grateful if everyone could spend a few minutes completing this questionnaire.”

The consultation will run from March 8, 2018 to April 27, 2018.

Grand National Ladies Day Style Award Judging Panel Announced

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Aintree Racecourse is delighted to announce Love Island star Gabby Allen, and celebrity stylist, Lorraine McCulloch as judges for this year’s Style Award, alongside representatives from Outfit Fashion and Liverpool based celebrity salon, Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

This year brings one of the best ever Style Award prizes for the Randox Health Grand National Festival, racegoers have the chance of winning a brand new Range Rover Evoque 2.0 SE Tech, £1000 Outfit Fashion vouchers and a hamper from Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Gabby Allen is most recently known for participating on last year’s ITV reality show, Love Island and since finishing the show, Gabby has moved to London progressing her career as a health and fitness instructor and her newly launched fitness app ‘Shape Up with Gabby Allen’.

 

Gabby Allen, said: “I’m so excited to be judging the Style Award. Ladies Day is a fabulous day in Liverpool’s social calendar – it’s all about expressing your individual style whilst having a great day out at one of the biggest horseracing Festivals of the year with your friends. As a Style Judge, it’s not necessarily about the latest trends, I will be looking for outfits with colour, style and personality.”

 

One of the best known and respected fashion stylists in the country, Lorraine McCulloch will head up the judges this year. Her portfolio spans 20 years and includes work with top female celebrities, styling countless shoots with fashion publications and most recently starring as the celebrity stylist on the brand new ITV1 daytime makeover series ‘Star Treatment’. In January, Lorraine styled a globally inspired photoshoot with Ladies Day ambassadors, Sam Quek, Laura Wright and Katie Walsh to announce the new style partnership with Outfit Fashion.

 

Loraine McCulloch said “I am absolutely delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for the Style Award for the internationally renowned Aintree Ladies Day this year. It is a fantastic prize for the winner, I will be looking for a racegoer who stands out from a huge crowd.

“Style isn’t just about wearing a certain label or necessarily spending a lot of money, it’s about being comfortable and confident with a head turning look.”

 

Alongside Gabby and Lorraine will be Marketing Manager, Charlotte Perini, who will be representing Aintree’s new style partner, Outfit Fashion, as well as Andrea Daley, Creative Director of the Liverpool based award-winning hair salon, Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.

To enter the Style Award and a chance of winning the fantastic prizes on offer, ladies and gentleman must be photographed in front of the beautiful #FabulousFriday flower walls, located in the Red Rum Garden or spotted by one of the seven Style ambassadors across the racecourse.

 

Charlotte Perini, Marketing Manager for Outfit Fashion said “We are excited to be the official style sponsor and with £1000 shopping spree for the winner, they will be the best dressed this Spring/Summer. Ladies Day is the perfect opportunity to make a style statement. Spring is the season of COLOUR, so don’t be afraid to play with pastels, or dare to be different in vintage floral”

 

Tickets for Ladies Day are selling fast so make sure you do not miss out by purchasing your tickets via the website randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3001. Racegoers can also buy tickets directly from the sales office at Aintree Racecourse. Hospitality packages are currently available to purchase, please call 0151 522 2911 for more information.

  • Follow us @AintreeRaces #GrandNational #FabulousFriday
  • Like us @ facebook.com/Aintree
  • Instagram @AintreeRacecourse

About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year.  The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.  More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Aintree is part of About The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

Key Timings for the Style Award

Please note, the below is subject to change:

10.30am – Gates open and the competition begins

2pm – Competition entries close

2.25pm – The finalists will be announced on the big screens (keep an eye out!)

2.45pm – Finalists to make themselves known to staff at the stage area in the Red Rum Garden

2.55pm – Interviews with the finalists

3.05pm – The winner of the Style Award is crowned

For more information about the Style Award, head to the Randox Health Grand National website here

About Randox / Randox Health

Randox Health is the largest healthcare diagnostics company from the UK, with 1400 employees of 44 different nationalities, including 300 research scientists and engineers. Established in 1982, Randox now has offices and distribution in over 145 countries and exports 95% of its products. It has four key manufacturing and R&D sites: in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland; Bangalore, India, and in the Greater Washington DC area, USA. Every year over 370 million patients are diagnosed using Randox technology. With over 20% of the world’s major laboratories using Randox products and services, the company works across a range of settings, including hospitals, clinical, research and molecular labs, food testing, forensic toxicology, veterinary labs and life sciences.  Randox has more new tests in development than any other diagnostic company, and the unique patented Randox BioChip Array Technology is the world’s only diagnostic grade biochip.  The Randox Health check, the world’s most advanced preventative health check, is available in Randox Health clinics currently located in London and Belfast, with ambitious plans to roll out a number of new clinics across the UK over 2016-2017. More information on Randox products and services is available at www.randox.com, or for more information on the Randox Health Clinics visit www.randoxhealth.com

For further information please contact:

Please contact Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 email: grant.rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Or

Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for The 2017 Randox Health Grand National on 07768 025265 email: nigel@earthsummit.demon.co.uk

 

St. Modwen’s Investment in Crosby Village Centre Near Completion

ST. MODWEN’S latest phase of investment in Crosby village centre is nearing completion and a local restaurant and bar occupier is secured.

In the coming weeks the hoardings will come down to reveal the sympathetic refurbishment of the art deco style Glenn Buildings and the new build edition to the high street of 10 Moor Lane.

The Blues Bar, a long standing local business, has expanded its premises adding a new bar and dining area – confirming its commitment to Crosby. The popular bar has agreed a deal to take Unit 1 in the Glenn Buildings North as well as extending its lease on their current premises in Unit 2.

Caddick Construction started on site with the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in June 2017 after St. Modwen secured planning approval from Sefton Council for its plans to develop the 24,775 sq ft of retail, leisure and office space.

As the construction phase nears completion, Sefton Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Skills Cllr Marion Atkinson and councillors, whose wards neighbour the village centre, were given a hard hat tour to preview the redevelopment.

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “St. Modwen’s investment in Crosby village centre really represents a significant and welcome contribution in delivering the aims and objectives of the ‘Investment Strategy’ we published in 2015.

“It also sits within our 2030 Vision highlighting the fact that Sefton is open for business.

“This scheme has significantly improved the fabric and appearance of the village centre along Moor Lane, creating new futures for these buildings including a new unit at 10 Moor Lane and the Glenn Buildings North and South.

“Along with recent environmental improvements to the street scene this will help to create a vibrant and pleasant village centre for our communities, as new retail and leisure uses will increase footfall and activity and support local independents.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with St. Modwen and working with other investment interests in the future.”

David Nuttall, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “We are close to completing the multi-million pound investment in the Glenn Buildings, which has also included adding a new 9,800 sq ft building to increase the offer for occupiers.

“The Blues Bar has been a long-standing fixture on the high street in Crosby and had previously faced an uncertain future. We are delighted that they have committed to renewing their lease and feel confident in extending their bar into an additional unit.

“We are in detailed negotiations with further occupiers for the scheme and we hope to be able to make further announcements soon.”

Keith Downs, owner of The Blues Bar, said: “I’m pleased to have extended Blues Bar lease with St. Modwen which provides us with the stability to invest further in the business going forward.

“This includes the investment in our new venture next door which we are sure will provide the local community with yet more choice and variety going forward.

“We are also looking forward to seeing new businesses come into the village and would like to thank St. Modwen for their vision and redevelopment.”

 

The newly refurbished retail and leisure units available to let range from 646 sq ft to 4,885 sq ft and are available to view. Lambert Smith Hampton is the agent.

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