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Plans are being considered for a a new film and TV studio at Liverpool's famous Littlewoods Building. If it gets the go ahead the Littlewoods Studios would consist of a huge media hub and a new home for the Liverpool Theatre School which is currently based in Aigburth . It could mean the creation of more than a thousand jobs. The site has been empty since 2003.
“With this development we can support the film sector, attract inward investment, give a boost to the local economy, create jobs, improve skills and generally enhance the image of the city
Usdaw, the union of shop, distributive and allied workers says its members are angry at plans to close call centres in Bolton and Aintree.
Our members are shocked and outraged by this decision.
The staff have suffered years of unrest and uncertainty, despite giving great support and professionalism.
“They’ve seen their employer change from Littlewoods, to Shop Direct, to Serco and now Webhelp UK, only to be put under the threat of redundancy. These loyal employees have been badly let down and deserve much better than to see their jobs exported.
“Next week we will enter into consultation with the company on their proposal and we will be challenging the employer to find a way to keep the jobs in the UK at Aintree and Bolton.
We are also calling on local politicians to do what they can to help. In the meantime we will be supporting our members throughout this difficult period as we fight for their jobs.”
Around 650 call centre jobs could be axed in the North West.
Webhelp which runs call centres for Shop Direct has announced plans to close its centre in Bolton by Spring 2016.
Webhelp Aintree operation could be closed by Spring 2017.
David Turner, chief executive officer of Webhelp UK, said:
Due to the reduction in call volumes anticipated over the next decade, together with the digital skills and infrastructure required to meet the changing customer needs that have been identified, it is proposed that the current Webhelp UK workforce operating on the Shop Direct account will reduce from 1,162 to 470.
If you were offered lunch at a caravan park, you might not be thrilled with excitement.
But, thanks to two brothers from Liverpool, a greasy spoon in North Wales has been voted one of the top places to eat in Britain.
And it all started with a 3 pound, all day breakfast.
Carole Green reports.
The latest technologically advanced attack submarine built by BAE Systems set sail from its facility in Barrow-in-Furness today.
HMS Artful weighs 7,400-tonnes, measure 97 metres and is powered by nuclear reactors.
Each submarine is armed with Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk land attack missiles.
Commander Scott Bower said
Artful will be home to more than 100 men, and can spend months at a time submerged.
She is able to generate her own air and water; food will be her only limiting factor.
Tony Johns, Managing Director, BAE Systems Submarines said:
Seeing Artful exit from Barrow today is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work from everyone at BAE Systems, our partners and the hundreds of businesses in our supply chain network.
“BAE Systems in Barrow is a world class facility, designing and building submarines that are some of the most sophisticated engineering projects in the world.
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