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Staying ahead -The Richmond Hotel
THE Richmond Hotel Liverpool has teamed up with sister company Know Hospitality to announce plans for a new training academy in Liverpool to enhance and grow skills in the hospitality industry.They are working in partnership with national training provider Kaplan Skills and Employment to manage and deliver the new internships.Know Hotels Liverpool Limited (KHLL) was recently appointed as the new management company for The Richmond Hotel Liverpool, a Grade II Listed venue in the former Merseytravel Headquarters located on Hatton Garden off Dale Street. The hotel will be the headquarters of the academy.The programme is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 18, who have a keen interest in starting and developing a career within Liverpool City Region’s thriving hospitality sector.Each internship lasts 10 weeks, with up to 12 students per intake engaging in a 24-hour per week programme, with each student being assigned a dedicated mentor to offer ongoing support.The first programme is scheduled to start on Monday, 3 August.Steven Hesketh is Managing Director of The Know Collection, and Treasurer of Liverpool Hoteliers Association. He said: “The Know Hospitality Academy will play a vital role in our exciting plans for the future and development of the Know Collection brand, which also includes hotel, restaurant and facilities management, alongside hospitality consultancy.“Hospitality continues to thrive across Liverpool City Region, with new venues opening on an almost weekly basis. This growing number of hotels, restaurants and bars need staff – so now is the perfect time to launch the training academy as the first opportunity for young people to learn about the industry first-hand.“Once students have graduated, our goal is for them to start an apprenticeship so they can embark on the next step in their hospitality career. We see this as a way of giving something back to the industry – we may just find the industry leaders of tomorrow.”Danielle Kershaw, National Traineeships Manager for Kaplan, added: “We are delighted to be working with The Richmond Hotel Liverpool to launch the Know Hospitality Academy to offer this innovative project based study programme to give young people a real insight into the hospitality industry.”Young people interested in becoming a student at the Know Hospitality Academy should contact Kaplan Skills and Employment on 0151 202 0530 or email danielle.kershaw@kaplan.co.uk

A NEW alternative coffee shop social space has opened on Liverpool’s Albert Dock where all the food and drink is free.Ziferblat, which already has venues in London and Manchester and a further 12 branches elsewhere, is a new concept which offers a co-working relaxed space where punters pay six pence for every minute they spend there.Ben Davies of Ziferblat said: “The venue is set out like a huge sitting room. People can come in and relax, work or socialise and help themselves to snacks and coffee.“We have had a great success rate with the other branches and Liverpool was a natural step for us. The venue at the Albert Dock is perfect for the concept. This is a thriving, creative, cultural city and it reflect perfectly on what Ziferblat is delivering.”The food available includes tea varieties, freshly ground coffee, brownies, cakes, biscuits, cookies, cereal, toast, scones, snacks, fruits and Wi-Fi is also available for use.“Guests are free to relax, work, study, hold a meeting or workshop, read a book, play piano, get acquainted with good people and attend one of the many activities or events. They become a micro tenant of the space, encouraged to kick their shoes off and treat it like home,” Ben added.The venue will also hold events such as yoga classes, knitting groups, open mic nights and more.Originally from Russia, the concept was developed back in 2011 by a group of poets in Moscow, lead by founder Ivan Meetin. Their “treehouse for adults” developed into the original pay per minute concept we see today in branches around Europe.Ziferblat is now open at The Colonnades, Albert Dock.

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Antony Fowler
HOME2OFFICE is working in partnership with some of the North West’s biggest up and coming sporting stars.The Knowsley-based business is providing water supplies to local athletes including current WBA Inter-Continental Super Middle-Weight Champion Rocky Fielding and Commonwealth Gold Medallist Anthony Fowler, who is set to represent the United Kingdom at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Managing Director Steve Wrest said: “It’s so rewarding to be associated with such promising local talent and the buzz that they are generating at the moment is incredible. To be able to work alongside young stars who’ve represented the country in The Commonwealth Games and turned professional in their field is so inspiring.“An increasing amount of people are starting to see the benefits of keeping hydrated with good quality water and how it’s so essential for a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. It’s so quick and easy to get a water cooler installed in the home or workplace and it’s a great way to kick-start a detox or just get active during of the summer months.”Home2Office Watercoolers also provides water and support to ex rugby legend Bobbie Goulding, rugby player Paul Sculthorpe and fitness model Sarah Griffiths, alongside a range of other sporting and athletic businesses.Steve added: “Business has grown so much in recent months, and working alongside such prominent figures in the athletics industry has certainly helped with that. We currently hold a retainer rate of 95% and manage more than 2,000 clients so it’s very rewarding that an independent business like ours has gone so far. We wish our young athletes every success with their endeavours.”

LIVERPOOL-BASED North West Cancer Research (NWCR) has announced that it will provide approximately £763,581 to support projects in the city as part of its latest drive to fund vital cancer research. This will take the total amount of funding provided by the charity this year to more than £2million, following an earlier £1.3million commitment announced in March.NWCR is the region’s biggest and only locally-based cancer research charity and has been supporting ways to increase our understanding of cancer in Liverpool since 1948. NWCR also facilitates research at Lancaster University and Bangor University.Around £313,581 of its latest round of agreed funding will support two projects at the University of Liverpool. It will also provide financial support to create three basic science Doctoral Training Programme studentships at the NWCR Cancer Research Centre – which will help to lay the foundations for the next generation of cancer researchers.Additionally, the charity has agreed to continued funding for a Cancer Inequalities Researcher, who will spend time looking at the links between cancer rates and socio-economic conditions in the North West. The outcomes of this research, will inform policies and practices to reduce cancer health inequalities in the region and beyond.The funded projects will cover research in the three main areas of basic, translational and preventative science and will help to increase our understanding of how we can detect, treat and prevent cancers. One of the projects will look at the how to overcome cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy treatment of bladder cancer and the other will look at how certain biological markers on cancer cells ‘identity cards’ behave in the development of lung cancer and uveal cancer – a cancer of the eye.Anne Jackson, CEO NWCR, said: “With Liverpool and the North West having some of the highest incidences of cancer in the whole of the UK, it is absolutely critical that we continue to fund innovative and effective ways in which to deal with the problem.“We have now agreed to a commitment this year of more than £2million to projects across the North West – a commitment which we hope to build upon over the coming years.“NWCR prides itself on only backing the very highest standard of research, ensuring the best value for the support we provide.” 

HARD Days Night Hotel is set for the warmer months with the introduction of its new Summer Cooler Afternoon Tea.The British treat now includes the option of ‘Fab Four’ Beatles inspired cocktails and ice-coolers to fit in with the summer months.General Manager Mike Dewey said: “With summer well underway, we wanted to treat our guests to a lavish, tasty treat. Afternoon Tea is already such a popular choice here at the hotel – with that in mind, we thought that it would be a great idea to adapt the menu to suit the time of year and incorporate a great range of Summer Coolers.”The aptly named drinks catalogue includes ‘Strawberry Fields with Pepper’, ‘Jubbly Bubbly’, ‘Honey Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘Love Is All You Need’.To accompany the novelty tipple is a selection of savoury finger sandwiches together with a range of cakes. Mike added: “In addition to our innovative cocktails, guests can choose the ‘High Tea’ menu option, which includes Prosecco or Champagne to be enjoyed with the signature light bites. Whether guests prefer to upgrade their package or keep it traditional, all of our Afternoon Tea offerings are served with an assortment of fresh loose-leaf teas.“We hope that both hotel residents and visitors alike will enjoy afternoons filled with great food and drink, and most of all relax and unwind amongst comfortable-chic surroundings.”

A LIVERPOOL photographer is taking on a huge challenge to raise money for her sister in Lithuania. Viktorija Grigorjevaite, who lives in the city centre, is on a mission to compete in one of the UK’s biggest bodybuilding and fitness competitions in November.She told Good News Liverpool: “I’ve never trained properly before so it’s a huge change in my life.” The challenge which Vikjorija is taking on is to raise money for her sister Erika, who in the last few years has been involved in two serious road traffic accidents and as a result has been left with low self-esteem and £10,000 of legal bills back in Lithuania.“I hope to contribute to Erika’s legal costs as well as show her that there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind to it.“Although she still lives in our home town of Panevezys we are so close. Our bond is strong and to see her worldview shaken so abruptly is heart-breaking. I wanted to do something extreme to show that as humans, if we really focus we can accomplish anything.”Viktorija will have to lose three stone and tone up, reshaping her body for the competition, which sees entrants in different categories from all over the UK – most of them professional.“It’s really intimidating,” she adds, “and the diet and exercise regime is rigorous. “I go to the gym 12 times a week to train different parts of my body and the food is difficult to get used to. Making sure I get all the essential nutrients and no indulging is the hardest part for me.”Viktorija has received help donated by Liverpool personal training organisation Elite Fitness, who have trained professionals to compete in UKBBF and similar competitions.“The team at Elite have been amazing. They have been over the details with me of how I have to get into shape and what to expect from the process. It’s very important to me to stay healthy, and Elite have created a very strict diet which I can follow and will make sure I am doing this the safe way.“Like many people, I have struggled to keep my weight consistent and achieve my desired body shape. I now feel better in myself, although I’m excited to eat Red Velvet cake again. I feel like nothing will get in my way of my goal.”As the owner of her own commercial photography business Sane Seven, Viktorija said the skills she has put into place to take on this challenge have translated over to her every-day life: “It’s taught me the power of focus. I feel like we are so easily distracted in life, and in general we give up on goals so easily without even thinking about it. It’s been amazing for my work to hone in on the skills of reaching an end game for each task.“I am doing this challenge to beak this pattern and show my sister Erika that no mountain is high enough to stop us from reaching our goals – so bring on the bikini fitness competition in November.”To support Viktorija you can visit http://www.gofundme.com/supportmychallenge and follow her story via www.facebook.com/bikinifitnesschallenge

OUR top Liverpool breakfast recommendation for August is Barley & Beans.Located in Hatton Garden just off Dale Street, the coffee lounge which is full of character is rivalling popular city destinations for casual food in comfortable surroundings.Offering a varied menu from the classic Full English to Eggs Benedict and American-style waffles with bacon, Barley and Beans have a ‘stay and relax’ approach to dining.Owner, Nick Strauss said: “We offer more than just great eggs and top service. Barley and Beans is a social venue. If you want to come in and enjoy great food with friends that’s great, or you may just want to be in a laid-back place with great coffee and browse the internet – we’ve made sure there are plenty of plug sockets available for those wanting to plug in and get comfortable.The venue has become popular with students and city professionals alike. As well as this weekend brunch and Sunday lunch are very much in demand.Nick added: “After a lot of research it became evident that Liverpool City Centre is missing somewhere for people to relax after breakfast. We won’t rush anyone out or expect a time limit on tables. This is a place where diners can feel at home.”

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