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Bootle firm build for the future in Sefton

Kura, who recently opened a new contact centre site in Sefton having worked with InvestSefton, is celebrating after being shortlisted to bid for a number of government contracts which could support hundreds of jobs in the borough.

 Contact centre and software specialist Kura, who has a major base at Caspian House and employ more than 200 staff, has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service Framework for the next four years.

 The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector meaning Kura have the opportunity to tap into a potential value of £1bn worth of government contracts.

 As part of the celebrations, the leader of Sefton Council and other dignitaries including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bootle MP, Peter Dowd, joined Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial and Hayley Marshall, Senior Operations Manager from Kura in a special visit to the Bootle operation.

 Caspain House, with capacity of 400 seats, is the firm’s first major new site outside of Scotland and the visit comes as Kura announces plans to expand their local employee base and hire more staff from around Sefton.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Kura and see the fantastic work they are doing to create more jobs to the local economy.

 “The call centre at Caspian House is already expanding and we are seeing a whole host of new jobs and opportunities created within the borough.

 “They have been supported by the fantastic teams at InvestSefton and it is great to hear they are now included on the Framework being able to bid for new contracts, hopefully supporting existing and new staff in the borough.

 “Kura selecting Atlantic Park as the home for its first contact centre outside of Scotland shows that it sees the borough as the perfect springboard for future growth in the UK and reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”

 Kura provides award winning out-sourced contact centre and software services from its four locations across the UK.

 Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial, Kura, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be on this framework as it demonstrates we have the capability to support central government in their transformational agenda. We hope to win more business as a result of this framework and our plan is to put this work into our Sefton site bringing more jobs for people in the area.

 “At Kura we’re out to build a very different business in our industry – we want to help people to develop and reach their full potential. Our vision is, to one day, be recognised as ‘Unrivalled in Developing People’. Caspian House will be a flagship site, creating the right learning environment for the culture we are creating.”  

 Liverpool Combined Authority Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “I was delighted to visit the Bootle contact centre, and learn about Kura’s success on being selected for the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

 “This is a massive boost to the business and a great achievement. They have shown great ambition and determination to secure this opportunity, and I have every confidence that it will help them generate additional employment and business at Bootle.”

Missing: Appeal launches to help find Southport man

Police are appealing for information to locate a man from Southport who has not been seen since Saturday 16 September.

Mark Baghurst, aged 48, was last seen outside Heron Foods on Tulketh Street at approximately midday.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, of stocky build, with grey hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a woman on his right arm and a small tribal tattoo on his left arm and speaks with a Welsh accent.

Mark is known to frequent Liverpool as well as the Southport and Blackpool areas.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Mark and would urge Mark, or anyone who knows his whereabouts, to call police on the 101 number.

Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

Six fined for littering across Sefton

Six people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £1,600.

 Residents from Southport, Crosby and Croydon were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at a hearing which took place on Tuesday, October 10.

 All six defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

 Robert Hayes, 22, of Salisbury Street, Southport; fined £272

 Vasauskas Egidijus, 48, of Alexandra Road, Southport; fined £272

 Jane Brierly, 59, of King Street, Southport; fined £272

 Michelle Hoyte, 43, of Bilsworth Street, Litherland; fined £272

 Jone O’Hare, 44, of Carrfield Avenue, Crosby; fined £272

 Mustapha Fouladi, 18, of Hogarth Crescent, Croydon; fined £272

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“Dropping litter is an offence, no matter how big or small an item is.

 “All residents and visitors to our beautiful borough are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this.  
 
 “People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

Formby Civic chair to give fascinating Ypres talk

The chairman of Formby Civic Society is set to deliver a fascinating talk on Ypres to a crowd at Formby Library.

The talk, which is free to book, takes place at Formby Library on Duke Street from 2pm on Tuesday November 14.

John Philips will speak on the harrowing battles which resulted in terrible losses over a hundred years ago in Ypres, Belgium.

The talk will also touch on the affects it had on the lives of people living in Formby during and after the war. 

To book a place at the talk simply sign up at the library, call 01704 874 177 or email formby.library@sefton.gov.uk

Pioneering Egypt collection takes centre stage in new exhibition

From Nefertiti to Amelia Edwards and Mrs Goodison, Egypt has been a place of strong women.

The unique Atkinson exhibition; Adventures in Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers tells the fascinating stories of some influential women in the early days of Egyptian archaeology and re-unites ancient masterpieces not seen together for over 120 years.

Celebrating 130 years since her first return from Egypt it combines objects from her own collection with masterpieces from international museums, including The British Museum and The National Portrait Gallery; all help provide a wider context for her life and travels.

Bronze ring inscribed with the name of Seth, Lord of Nubt, Dynasty 18, c1550BC

On display are incredible unseen letters written by Mrs Goodison herself (from the Brooklyn Museum USA), that shed new light on important discoveries and acquisitions in The Atkinson’s own collections and present us with new characters that offer new voices to the stories of the past .

The Atkinson’s 1000-strong Egyptian collection mainly comes from the collection of Anne Goodison, wife of a Merseyside civil engineer and friend of John Ruskin, who learned hieroglyphs and visited Egypt twice in 1886-7 and 1890-1.

Adventures in Egypt is the first exhibition to be dedicated to the histories of travelling to Egypt and collecting Egyptian objects, focusing on the pioneering female travellers and collectors like Mrs Goodison, Amelia Edwards, founder of the Egypt Exploration Society and Annie Barlow, benefactor of Bolton Museum.

Nineteenth century excavators were allowed to keep a proportion of their finds, with the rest staying in Egypt.

Excavators could distribute their finds among friends, colleagues, and funders to raise money, therefore separating objects among different collections. Here, pieces that have been separated in different collections since their discovery have been brought back together.

Star pieces include two heads from the excavations at the Temple of Mut in Luxor, excavated by female archaeologists Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay; and objects from Tell el-Amarna, the capital of Tutankhamun’s parents Akhenaten and Nefertiti, excavated by Flinders Petrie and the young Howard Carter.

The Atkinson’s most recent acquisition; the Trial piece of Nefertiti, was originally excavated by Howard Carter for Lord Amherst and subsequently sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, before being deaccessioned in the 1950s. It now joins other images of Nefertiti from the same excavations all on display together.

Adventures in Egypt – Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers is on display at The Atkinson until March 10, 2018

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