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Business Awareness helps firms to start up.

INTRODUCED in October 2004, Wirral Waterfront Regeneration's Start-up Entrepreneurship Programme aims to provide financial incentives and specialist advice to those creating a business within the initiative area.

The scheme offers a package of benefits of comprehensive support to help in the creation of a sustainable business with healthy long-term prospects.

The programme starts with an Awareness Session, offering an overview of the planned approach to starting a business, followed by a series of six business workshops on a range of topics including finding and keeping customers, controlling costs and forward planning.

The seminars will help in completing a business plan for accessing business finance, and as a contribution towards funding a new business, Wirral Waterfront can offer those who successfully complete the programme and start a business grants of up to pounds 1, 500.

For further details and to book your place on the next session, call 0845 456 1796 or log on to www. wirralwaterfront. org. uk. p A NUMBER of Merseyside-based companies which have invested more than pounds 500m in the local economy and created or safeguarded almost 3, 000 jobs have received special Inward Investment Awards from The Mersey Partnership.

In Wirral, Bakemark UK and Faiveley Transport (formerly Sab Wabco) have been the recipients of the awards. Bakemark UK develop and supply baked goods to retailers across the UK from their base on the Wirral International Business Park in Bromborough. During 2004, it introduced substantial new plant and equipment to develop the line of baked items, an investment creating 30 full-time jobs.

Faiveley Transport is one of the world's leading suppliers of complete brake systems, brake products, wheels and couplings for rail vehicles. The company relocated to the Twelve Quays, Birkenhead as part of a major development extending its research and testing facilities.

Faiveley Transport's Managing Director, Neil Wilkinson, received the award presented to the company by Wirral Direct.

``The Inward Investment Award is certainly a great honour for all involved at this company, '' he said. ``Our success as a recognised global business is built around teamwork and commitment which has enabled our development over the past twelve months to take place. ''

Until recently, the company was known as SAB Wabco, but has been acquired by new owners, Faiveley Transport. The newly formed company is set to become one of the world leaders in on-board railway systems offering HVAC, electromechanics and electronics to brake systems, couplers and wheels. This should strengthen growth potential and further increase its profitability.
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Date:Feb 2, 2005
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