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Issue:- 02 June 2011

‘Never Forget’ to plan your Take That journey says Highways Agency

TAKE That fans travelling to the band’s mini-season of concerts at the City of Manchester Stadium are getting help from the Highways Agency; but are being urged to plan their journeys before taking to the region's motorways. 

Around 66,000 people a night are expected at the Take That concerts, which begin on Friday, 3 June 2011, and end on Sunday, 12 June 2011, with only 2 non-concert dates in between.   So the Highways Agency, who operate the region's motorways and key A-roads, works hard to assess and plan for the impact of specific events, like this, by adjusting roadworks and deploying Highways Agency Traffic Officers to keep event-goers, as well as other road users, on the move.  But says Matt Sweeting, the Highways Agency's Asset Delivery Manager, it only takes a minute to check traffic conditions before setting out.

Matt said:- "We'll be working hard to keep Take That fans and other road users on the move as safely and as smoothly as possible but anyone attending the concerts can help themselves with just a little journey planning - whether that is a bit of vehicle maintenance to ensure they don’t break down on the way or simply checking how much traffic is out there before setting off. The Highways Agency provides a range of information services to help our road users so planning for journeys has really never been easier."

Officials in the North West work closely with contractors to assess and minimise the impact of planned roadworks on concert-goers and sports fans heading to and home from major events.   The Highways Agency's North West Traffic Officer Service also plays its role with on road patrols keeping an eye out for congestion and clearing up breakdowns and accidents as quickly as possible to get people on the move again.

Extra patrols can be deployed for specific events while colleagues in the North West Regional Control Centre monitor traffic from CCTV images and set electronic signs to give drivers advance warning of events as well as live advice relating to incidents or diversions.

Take That fans heading to the City of Manchester Stadium this weekend and next will be helped by the Highways Agency's decision to delay setting out and removing the contra flow system for the important roadworks along the M60 between Junction 19 at Middleton and Junction 23 at Ashton-under-Lyne.

Setting up and removing the contra flow on Friday and Sunday nights respectively requires a late-evening, full-closure of the carriageway for safety reasons. But this will be delayed on Friday, 3 June 2011 and Friday, 10 June 2011 and Sunday, 5 June 2011 and Sunday, 11 June 2011 to allow fans to get away from the Take That concerts.

The contra flow will be in place as usual during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, but planned lane closures for weekday work have been cancelled to help concert-goers.  Other motorways around Manchester and across to the M6 will also have a three hour delay on starting roadworks to help Take That fans get out of Manchester and on their way home as smoothly as possible. And roadworkers operating along other routes in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and south Lancashire have been told to keep a minimum of 2 lanes open at all times on concert nights.  However, fans are being advised to plan ahead and leave a little extra time for journeys.

The not so 'Free EU Business Register’ insertion SCAM is back

IF you get email with a PDF form asking for information for a 'FREE' insertion into a directory, check to see what the real cost is. We have done a report on this directory a few times now and yet again it is back in our email boxes.

This is a misleading offer and could, if you fill it in, land you with a bill. The email is sent from:- and reads:- "Dear Madam/Sir, In order to have your company inserted in the EU Business Register for 2011/2012, please print, complete and submit the enclosed form to the following address:- EU BUSINESS REGISTER BOX 252 - 28028 Madrid SPAIN Fax: +34 91 791 9167 Updating is free of charge!"

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Our advice is do not sign up for it as, if you read the capital text part, it  in fact signing up for a subscription for 3 year and for a recurring charge!  So be warned!!!


ARE you after inspiration, entertainment and ways to add value to your business?

Are you looking accelerate business growth, or perhaps you’d like to become more creative and effective in your day to day and long term strategies?

Sponsored by The BT Convention Centre and Mentorpreneurs, the event will be held on 16 June 2011, at The BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.  

Attendees will see Mike Southon giving a keynote presentation, “Something About The Beatles”, aimed at giving entrepreneurial advice and tips for all sizes of companies, large and small.

Compèring the event will be Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson, champion of enterprise development, founder of business consultancy, Just For People, Liverpool Vision Board Member and the Advisory Board network, ‘Mentorpreneurs’.

Kicking off the morning will be Ph.Creative’s Bryan Adams offering expert strategy to leverage your online presence using smarter internet marketing tactics including social media for business and conversion rate optimisation for more continually improving results.

Mike Southon, presenting:- “Something About The Beatles”

Mike Southon, one of the world’s top business speakers, Financial Times columnist and co-author of The Beermat Entrepreneur. Mike has spoken for Coutts, Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft as well as many other large corporations.

“Something About The Beatles”
will be focusing on:-

• Creativity
• Teamwork
• Branding

Bryan Adams, presenting:– “Tactical Approach to Leveraging More Online”

Bryan Adams, former entrepreneur of the year, renowned Internet marketing expert and Managing Director of award winning online marketing agency, Ph.Creative. Bryan has spoken for Apple, RBS and NYU, as well as other large corporations. Case study successes include thought leadership, which Bryan will be detailing in his presentation.

“Tactical Approach To Leveraging More Online”
will be focusing on:-

► Social Media Marketing
► Conversion Rate Optimisation
► Improving your ROI
► Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson - MC

Introducing the stars of the event will be Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson, founder of business consultancy, Just For People and the Advisory Board network, 'Mentorpreneur's'.

Jeanette has enjoyed a senior executive international career within blue-chip companies such as Ford Motor Company, Cargill Inc, Novartis & Liz Claiborne Inc, as well as online start-ups such as, and Party Gaming. A champion of enterprise development, Jeanette is also a Non-Exec Director on the boards of Liverpool Vision and the Eldonian Group Ltd.

Who should attend?   If you’re a business large, or small, whether you’re a leader, an owner or a manager and you’re looking to improve your business results, team performance and entrepreneurial spirit, ultimately improving your bottom line; this is the event for you.

Subsidised by our sponsors, The BT Convention Centre, this event is completely free and so places are limited and anticipated to fill up fast.   Click here to register for your free place before your competition gets there first.


08:45 – 09:15 Registration

09:15 – 09:30 Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson

09:30 – 10:00 Bryan Adams – Tactical Approach to Leveraging More Online

10:30 – 11:15 Mike Southon – Something About The Beatles

11:15 – 11:30 Finish networking

11:30 end

Address:-  BT Convention Centre; Kings Dock, Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4FP

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