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INTRODUCTION  

It’s out with the new and in with the old this week. The adage ‘nobody likes change’ has been well and truly proved in February, as amendments to your weekly TFI have been met with cries of derision and delusion. Never let it be said that we don’t listen to our customers, so it’s back to the original format, never to be tampered with again! Our chairman Frank McKenna takes the unusual step of dumping one of his mistresses by blog this week; Elsewhere in TFI more women are needed in the board room. That’s the call coming from former trade minister Lord Davies of Abersoch. Downtown Sponsors Flanagan Group feature as ‘Business of the Week’. Len Collinson 'Man of the Week' and find out Joel Jelen’s middle name in ‘Who Are Yer?’ Read on, enjoy, have a great weekend, and don’t do anything Frank wouldn’t do...

 
 

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MORE BOARD WOMEN  

High profile companies have been given an obligatory two year timeframe to increase the number of women they have on their boards in order to avoid facing government quotas.

Former trade minister Lord Davies of Abersoch is expected to call for a fifth of the 350 FTSE board members to be women by 2013, rising to a quarter by 2015.

It is proposed that such quotas will be introduced following the diminishing support for voluntary measures.

Readers of Downtown’s DQ magazine may recall a recent feature on ‘Women in Business’ (winter edition. 2011) that supported the advance in female equality in the  work place following research undertook by Cranfield University that depicted only 12.2% of FTSE 100 companies as having females in senior positions.

 
     

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HOTEL INDIGO CELEBRATES PRE-BOOKINGS  

Hotel Indigo Liverpool, owned and operated by Sanguine Hospitality, has secured £300,000 of business four months prior to its opening in June. GM David Hughes said the takings demonstrate the strength of Liverpool’s tourism sector.

“Liverpool has always been world renowned for its art and music heritage, and its transformation over the last few years has made it a very attractive destination,” he said.

“Major events in the city are helping to drive mid-week bookings, for example high profile concerts such as Katy Perry at the arena. These coupled with our confidence in the level of service and product on offer means that occupancy is already looking buoyant, four months before we have even opened.”

Sanguine Hospitality has entered into a licensed agreement with Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) to own and operate the 151-bedroom hotel.

 
     

   
SPECIALIST BONE AND JOINT CENTRE SET TO OPEN  

Liverpool’s leading Orthopaedic consultants are launching a new £200,000 state-of-the art Bone and Joint Centre, which will form an extension to the private Spire Liverpool Hospital, Mossley Hill.

It will feature equipment including a premier mobile MRI scanning service, comprehensive diagnostic facilities and a team of consultants specialising in all areas of Orthopaedics to ensure the effective treatment of up to 100 patients per week.

With services including a sports injury clinic high profile patients include Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher who was able to return to the game this month, three-and-a-half weeks ahead of schedule, after dislocating his shoulder. Jamie Carragher will officially open the Bone and Joint Centre on 3rd March.

Mr Brownson said: “Although the Bone and Joint Centre was established in 2003, this extension to Spire Liverpool Hospital will allow us to treat many more patients than before, all in modern, bespoke surroundings.

“Our dedicated experts are able to offer a one stop shop for all Orthopaedic conditions, from consultations and diagnostic services to leading-edge treatment to aftercare, including our extensive physiotherapy service.

“This means that patients are dealt with safely and quickly and in most cases can expect a speedy recovery, as Jamie’s recent injury reflected.”

 
     

   
LIVERPOOL ONE HILTON BEATS BUDGET  

Following a successful first year, the owner of The Liverpool One Hilton is pre-empting a provincial hotel downturn.

Developer Andreas Panayiotou, 45, chairman to his family company, Ability Group, which owns the Liverpool One Hilton building managed by Hilton Hotels, stated “Liverpool has beaten its budget already.”

“It’s easy to say that London is doing phenomenally and the provinces are doing badly. It depends on individual assets.”

Hilton also owns the Waldorf Astoria brand and Mr Panayiotou will open the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel outside the US in a fortnight’s time.

The £75m new-build property is located in the grounds of stately home Syon House, West London.

It is the fifth hotel which Mr Panayiotou and Hilton have worked on together and his first in London having also created the first Hilton Doubletree brand outside the US, in Cambridge.

 
     

   
MERSEYSIDE BUSINESSES URGED TO GET INVOLVED IN THE LIVERPOOL MARATHON  

Liverpool event organisers SK Events are urging local businesses to participate in the Liverpool Marathon, taking place on October 9th.

Through its national and international appeal, the Liverpool Marathon is anticipated to contribute approximately £3m to the Merseyside economy and with the last marathon taking place in 1992, there is a vast host of commercial and sponsorship opportunities available for organisations looking to align themselves with this exciting new event.

12,000 runners are expected to take to the 26.2 mile course along both sides of the River Mersey with a further 30,000 visitors expected to visit or stay in the city during the event weekend.

For more information about the opportunities available please contact Jennifer@Skevents.co.uk, 0151 522 9362

 
     

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FLANAGAN GROUP ON SOLID GROUND  

Flanagan Group have experienced a substantial boost in income from building and maintenance contracts signalling a positive recorded performance.

The group, also proprietor of the Sir Thomas Hotel and Newz Bar in Liverpool City Centre, saw turnover increase 21% to £11m, instigating an uplift in building and maintenance revenues by £2.7m to £6.4m in the year preceding April 2010.

The vast increase has provided relief from the decline in bar and restaurant takings, down £540,000 to £2.7m and takings from hotel accommodation, which fell by £200,000 to £1.3m.

Flanagan Group recorded a pre-tax profit of £1.01m, which has been swiftly disbursed across previous outstanding tax payments.

The group has successfully retained its 190 employees in spite of its wage bill being reduced by £680,000 to £2.66m.

Evermore promising results influenced shareholders’ funds which increased by £250,000 and stood at £3.4m at the end of the financial year.

The group’s accounts don’t include the family’s separate business interests in Cafe Sports England, the restaurant joint venture with Liverpool FC footballer Jamie Carragher, or Miracle Productions, which produced ‘Fifteen Minutes That Shook The World’.

 
     

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LEN COLLINSON  

Entrepreneur  turned passionate business champion Len Collinson, is in the running for the prestigious North West Business Ambassador award at the North West Business Masters.

During a 50-year business career Mr Collinson has established himself as a prominent business leader, having led the influential small business lobby group Forum of Private Business and then formed Private Sector Partners, which speaks for more than 140,000 companies.

Before devoting himself to lobbying for businesses, he created and developed Salford-based management consultancy Collinson Grant Group which is one of the largest owner-managed management consultancies in the UK.

Mr Collinson  is also a visiting professor at the University of Central Lancashire, founding director of Manchester Training and Enterprise Council and deputy chair of the North West Regional Assembly.

 
     

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FRANK DISCUSSIONS WITH...
 
 

Frank discussions with... Max Steinberg.

Max Steinberg is the Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision. Max has a rich history with Liverpool and a clear understanding of how Vision can impact on the City’s future development. Max received an OBE in 1997 for services to housing and regeneration in Merseyside and was an integral part of the taskforce set up in the wake of the Toxteth riots in 1981. He was instrumental in delivering £50 million of Government cash into the City which enabled the development of such projects as The Women’s Hospital, the Eldonian village and the Albert Dock.

This is strictly a Members only event and numbers are limited.

 
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2011
Time: 8.30am - 10.00am
Venue: Novotel Hotel Business Centre
 
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A FRANK CONVERSATION WITH...

 
 

A Frank Conversation with... Ged Fitzgerald, the new Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council

The Downtown Chairman will be discussing a range of issues with the City Council’s recently appointed Chief Executive, including the implications of the councils challenging budget; the Liverpool embassy in London and the City-Region agenda.

 
Date: Monday 14th March 2011
Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Hilton Liverpool
 
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We are delighted to invite you to join us for this invitation only, Listening to Business in the North West reception, which is being hosted by Downtown Liverpool in Business.

This is one of a series of policy-themed business events Labour is holding in the coming months and will be an informal reception, hosted by Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council, and Frank McKenna, Chairman of Downtown Liverpool in Business.

 
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2011
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Sir Thomas Hotel
 
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THIS WEEK IT'S...  

Name: Joel Lloyd Jelen

Company: Ubiquity pr

Position: Director

Red Or Blue: West Ham according to Frank McKenna!!

Labour, Liberal or Tory: Latte Left

Favourite Bar/Restaurant: Piperno in Monte De Cenci, Roma

What’s Your Tipple: Pol Roger shampoo

Favourite Band: Jill Scott

Top Tune: Stevie Wonder – Golden Lady

Favourite Book: Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough

Favourite Movie: Last Tango in Paris

Who Would Play You In A Film: Mutley from Wacky Races without the jaw jut

Favourite TV Programme: Fresh Prince, Cosby Show

Most Visited Website: www.convocationfc.co.uk

Celebrity Crush: Valerie Leon, though not now like

Interesting Fact About You: I’m not teetotal!

Why Downtown: The lack of Swiss Tonys…’Networking is like making love to a beautiful woman’

 
     

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