Council support for Foynes air show

first_img TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyFianna FáilFine GaelfoyneslimerickLimerick City and County Council by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THIS year’s Foynes Air Show moved closer to lift-off as Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan called on the local authority to “respond positively” to a request for a €50,000 grant from the event organisers.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale municipal district meeting, Cllr Sheahan told the council executive that the air show organisers were under pressure and needed a commitment from the local authority.He also suggested a long-term commitment to the air show with Limerick City and County Council putting up €250,000 in funding over the next five years.“We should respond positively. It is a paltry contribution to tourism in West Limerick, a drop in the ocean. People are still talking about the giant granny. If we do this, they’ll be talking the same way about the air show,” he said.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary described last year’s air show as a “spectacular event” and said that a €50,000 allocation from the Council would be “money well spent”.The 2014 airshow, which cost €115,000 to put on, attracted 20,000 spectators to the West Limerick port town, and was worth an estimated €1million to the local economy. This year’s event, due to take place in July or August, will mark the 70th anniversary of the closing of Foynes international seaplane base.Organisers estimated the total cost for this year’s airshow at €140,000.Fianna Fail councillor Richard O’Donoghue said it was great to see people from the city having to come out to rural Ireland for the Foynes event last year.“This could be a success beyond our wildest dreams, creating an income for businesses locally and in the hinterland,” Fine Gael councillor Tom Neville predicted.Director of Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, Tom Gilligan, told council members that he agreed with their sentiments.“It’s an excellent project and we should wholly endorse it. It can only benefit the whole county and city,” he added. WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick team named to face AntrimNext articleHurlers make trip up north Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Twittercenter_img Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Email NewsLocal NewsCouncil support for Foynes air showBy Alan Jacques – February 20, 2015 959 last_img read more

Man told to go to anger management classes or get shot

first_img Facebook Google+ Facebook Man told to go to anger management classes or get shot Pinterest News WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleMan accused of Milford stabbing due in court todayNext articleCouncillor believes HSE is determined to downgrade Lifford Hospital News Highland By News Highland – May 16, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Twitter Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter A Derry man has claimed that republican vigilantes told him to go to anger management classes or get shot.RAAD has been behind paramilitary-style shootings against those they claim are guilty of so-called “anti-social behaviour” in Derry.The man, who did not give his name, said he had been threatened by RAAD, and he said that RAAD ruled his area of Derry and people were afraid to speak out.Meanwhile, the most senior police officer in the north west has admitted his officers are struggling to secure convictions against the republican vigilante group.Derry journalist, Eamon McDermott, says the group have started targetting people involved in anti-social behaviour in more recent times…[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/eam1pm.mp3[/podcast] Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Gardai identify body in Sligo as that of missing man

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 14, 2018 Gardai identify body in Sligo as that of missing man Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCrowd gathers at County House in opposition of fire service proposalsNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 14th June News Highland Gardai have identified the body of a man found in Coney Island in Sligo last Saturday as missing man Michael McGowan.The 43-year-old hadn’t been seen since Christmas Day last year and was reported missing five days later.His body has now been recovered and a file will be prepared for the coroner. Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Carroll named winner of TroyFest design contest

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Caleb Carroll’s eyes widened and a smile spread across his young face when he was announced as the winner of the 2009 TroyFest Student Design contest.Caleb’s artwork was chosen by the TroyFest Planning Committee to be featured on the 2009 TroyFest tee-shirt that will be sold at the Festival April 25 and 26.TroyFest is the annual arts and crafts show that is held in downtown Troy. Caleb will be recognized for his achievement at the Festival and will be presented with the first 2009 TroyFest T-shirt.Vicki Sanders, TroyFest committee member and Student Design Contest chair, made the presentation to Caleb on Thursday at the Cultural Arts Annex Studio where he is an art student. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Carroll named winner of TroyFest design contest Skip Print Article Published 9:50 pm Thursday, April 9, 2009 By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img You Might Like Bluegrass Festival under way in Henderson Chester Best surveyed the sea of RVs that flooded Henderson Music Park, took a deep breath and explained it all…. read more “We had a lot of really good entries but Caleb’s design was the one that we thought best represented this year’s TroyFest,” Sanders said. “He did outstanding work and he is to be congratulated.”Caleb had been a finalist in the Student Art Design contest for a couple of years but wasn’t too sure of his chances of winning this year.“I’ve been real busy this year and didn’t have a lot of time to work on the design,” he said. “I like TroyFest, especially the games, seeing all of the artwork and competing in the contest so I like to enter the design contest.”Caleb’s design features Byrd Drugs, that is a cornerstone of the downtown square – the focal point of TroyFest. The design also includes a colorful tent, which is symbolic of the arts, crafts and food booths that pack the downtown square area. Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content “I also put some fireworks in the sky and wrote ‘TroyFest’ inside one of the explosions because TroyFest is a festive event,” Caleb said.Caleb is a fourth-grader who is home-schooled. His favorite subject is history and he plans to learn more about the history of TroyFest now that his design will soon be a part of that history.Caleb is the son of Wason and Marilyn Carroll of Troy.last_img read more

County schools OK cell phones for kids

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like County, school board still working district plan The Pike County Commission reconvened Thursday evening to discuss redistricting plans with the Pike County Board of Education. Dorman Walker,… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “And, there are rational reasons for allowing kids to have cell phones in their possession. Some students and athletes are on campus after hours and may need to use their cell phones.”Allowing students to have cell phones in their possession doesn’t give students free rein to use them.“Cell phones must be used responsibly and only at the times permitted,” Bazzell said. “They cannot be used as calculators or as cameras. There will be consequences for any inappropriate use of a cell phone.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Book Nook to reopen Bazzell said the new cell phone policy is one of three policies enacted by the school board regarding electronic devices.The Pike County School Board has also voted to allow cell phone and other “emerging technology” if they have legitimate educational uses in school.The school system will allow certain personal electronic devices if they enhance classroom instruction.“These devices may be used with the permission of the school administration and the teachers if they are legitimate instructional tools,” Bazzell said. “This allows us to keep up with emerging technology that enhances classroom instruction. Students will be required to fill out a form in order to get permission to bring these devices to school because they can also be used inappropriately.”In the school board’s most recent action, the board adopted a resolution that will prohibit sexting at all levels of the school system.Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs between cell phones or other electronic media. The term was first popularized around 2005 and is a combination of sex and texting, where the latter is meant in the wide sense of sending a text possibly with images.Bazzell said that the resolution explicitly prohibits sexting.The policy states that students will not create, use, send, download or display obscene, threatening, harassing or otherwise offensive messages or pictures including pornography to internal or external users, websites, social networks or blogs. “We have a policy in place regarding inappropriate use of technology but it is a fairly generic policy,” Bazzell said. “Resolution 8.65 is very specific and it also spells out the consequences of taking, displaying and/or transmitting appropriate pictures of oneself or others and the consequences of doing so. Not only will parents be notified but so will the police because these actions could be regarded as criminal activity.”Bazzell said that in no way did the resolution regard sexting have anything to do with the recent arrest of a former assistant football coach at Goshen High School on several counts of sexual offenses involving minors. “All three of these regarding electronic devices have been in the works for a year,” he said. Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell The consequences will be the same as those incurred when the possession of cell phones was prohibited.“The consequences will be very similar and they are graduated, beginning with a warning up to alternative school and the loss of the privilege of possession of a cell phone,” Bazzell said.The new cell phone policy was based on input from the system’s administration and faculty.“Other school systems are allowing possession of cell phones,” Bazzell said. “We probably had 50 percent of our students with cell phones in their possession. We didn’t go out and hunt them down but there were consequences if they were used. This new policy allows possession but not use. We’re taking possession out of the formula and we believe that’s the way we should go with this.” County schools OK cell phones for kids The Pike County Board of Education has changed its policy regarding cell phones and will now allow students to possess cell phones during school hours.However, Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said the cell phones must be turned off during school hours and must be kept in backpacks, purses, lockers or pockets.“We believe that this policy will be a positive thing,” Bazzell said. “Today’s world is full of cell phones. Kids ages 12 and up have them and almost all adults. So, it’s difficult to manage situations where kids are in possession of cell phones. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Published 11:00 pm Friday, July 15, 2011 By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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On-line recruitment fair

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Hi-tech start-up Invisix will host a 24-hour worldwide recruitment fair overthe Internet next week.Ten managers from Invisix, a joint venture between Motorola and CiscoSystems, will go on-line on 16 February to conduct interviews across Europe,Asia and America.Candidates will be able to see the interviewer on their screens.The company is hoping to recruit 30 to 35 network engineers, programmemanagers and business development staff to work in offices in Uxbridge, Tokyo,and Dallas or San Jose in the United States. Invisix is desperate to recruit Cisco-certified engineers, of which thereare only 5,000 in the world. Project manager Tim Franta said the virtual fairwill save on costs. “Over the Internet we can interview them all in 24hours without having to leave the office.”Adverts inviting people to register for the fair and submit their CVs havebeen posted on European, Japanese and American technology sites and jobs boardssuch as Monster.com. Around 150 known candidates have been e-mailed directly.Franta said 50,000 people visited a trial fair last December, restricted tothe UK, and 300 were registered for interviews. www.wirelessipalliance.comFord aims to get ahead with staff PC plan• Ford plans to offer all US employees the chance to have a PC installed intheir home for a nominal fee.The three-year scheme is aimed at helping staff develop IT skills.Employees who take up the offer will also have free Internet access and acolour printer.Employees will also be encouraged to use the technology to check up on thecompetition.The offer is being introduced in America first and will be rolled outworldwide within 12 months.The fee will be set at $5 per month. Previous Article Next Article On-line recruitment fairOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Letters

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. This week’s lettersLetter of the week Praising your bid to release talent As a personnel manager living in an area where unemployment is so low it isvirtually zero, you can imagine that recruitment and retention of staff is adaily issue. Talking to my opposite numbers in similar organisations in the area, it isobvious we are all fighting the same battle. None of us feel the answer lies inpoaching each other’s staff, as this does not resolve the real issue, which isa lack of people available for work. I fully support your move to get the Government to put systems and practicesin place to enable refugees and asylum-seekers to enter the workforce muchearlier. I also feel that if the British people can see they are not having tosupport these people there will be less animosity towards them and the lengthof time bureaucracy takes to reach a long-term decision about their future. Congratulations Personnel Today. Keep up the good work. Christine Sargeant Personnel manager Fesa UK Refugee skills audit is key task It is important to ensure that employers do not shy away from employingrefugees when they might well be the answer to their organisation’s skillsgaps. That is why a skills and qualifications audit of refugee and asylum-seekersis so important and is a vital task for councils to take on across the regions.There is no doubt that employers are currently put off by the complicationsof immigration law and other red tape, when there may well be a genuinebusiness case for employing refugees and asylum-seekers. Socpo applauds Personnel Today’s campaign and supports the development ofregional skills databases and employment co-ordination for refugees. Keith Handley Socpo president and programme change director City of Bradford MetropolitanDistrict Council Undervalued UK staff moving on I read your article Desperate bid for staff worsens war for talent withinterest (News, 19 June). I think the point that many UK employers are missing when it comes toskilled workers is one of personnel management. The average UK manager is moreconcerned with his own ego, than the morale of his staff. I am an independent contractor who left the UK about two years ago. Thereasons were: – The cost of getting to and from work and stress involved with the currentstate of public transport – Lack of jobs in my local area (North West) – Poor treatment by management – Inland Revenue bully-boy tactics – Quality of life – IR35 The UK produces some of the finest skilled workers in the world. However,most – like me – find that they are undervalued, and that the culture of”jealousy” eventually drives them away. I have heard several government ministers recently deny a mass exodus ofskilled people. This is ridiculous – if you go to any major European or NorthAmerican city, you will find large communities of British ex-pats. Andrew Cowan Via e-mail Why is three the magic number? I am very confused. I am a generalist personnel officer with two years’experience, but when I apply for jobs I am told that I need to have threeyears’ experience. What is this talismanic transition that happens at three years? I was a linemanager and a project manager before moving into HR – why doesn’t that count? What makes it even more intriguing is to read of the appointments of HRdirectors who have no background in HR. It seems we use one set of rules forthe top end of the profession and quite a different set at the other. Name and address supplied Culture of stress needs taming At the risk of offending the workforce, trade unions and generalpractitioners may I make a public appeal for the regulation of the mostprolific growth area in industry today – stress. If stress were a publiccompany the shares would be worth a fortune! Seriously, the point is not to be unsympathetic in cases of genuine hardshipbut to be critical of a culture which encourages employees to disappear forweeks, aided and abetted by their GPs, at the first sign of trouble. Nigel Bannister Hampshireiams, LettersOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Allsop raises £40m at lively residential auction

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Allsop raises £40m at lively residential auction previous nextAuctions newsAllsop raises £40m at lively residential auctionThe Negotiator21st November 20190214 Views The Old Brewery, Bridge Lane, Carlisle, Cumbria Allsop Residential brought welcome relief to the market at its latest auction sale in September. Despite choppy political waters, the result calmed concerns by demonstrating a steady demand for realistically priced property. At the time of writing, over £40m has been raised overall with 80% of the catalogue successfully sold.“We are very pleased with the outcome of this auction, given prevailing uncertainties.” said auctioneer, Gary Murphy. “This was a carefully constructed catalogue of sensibly priced stock. As a result, the room was well attended and bidders, both present and remote, competed enthusiastically. Sellers and buyers can be reassured that the auction room continues to be a lively and functioning market place.”The sale offered a broad choice of locations. The auction results established that demand is not limited to London and the south east. The Old Brewery in Carlisle, Cumbria for example, comprises six freehold buildings arranged as 28 self-contained units. The property is part Grade II Listed and was offered with planning permission for change of use to provide a mix of 36 affordable dwellings. It was sold under the hammer on behalf of a housing association for £400,000.The Old Brewery in Carlisle Gary Murphy Allsop Residential auction auction lots auctioneers Cumbria November 21, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

BNS Leopold I Concludes Op Sophia Deployment

first_img View post tag: EUNAVFOR Med BNS Leopold I Concludes Op Sophia Deployment Belgian frigate Leopold I said farewell to the European Task Force EUNAVFOR MED operation SOPHIA after 38 days of activity in the Mediterranean Sea.The crew, composed of 158 sailors, including 9 women, provided support to Operation Sophia.They ran on duty within a Task Force composed of 8 naval units and 9 air assets, led by the Force Commander, the Italian Rear Admiral Andrea Gueglio, embarked on board the Flagship Cavour, together with the multinational staff.During their operational activities, Leopold I contributed to the rescue of 258 migrants. Following the rescue operation, 4 smugglers have been identified as smugglers and delivered to the Italian judicial authorities.Furthermore, “Bluebird”, Alouette 3 – the helicopter embarked onboard the ship – performed 22 air surveillance operations.Captain Luc De Maesschalck, the Commanding Officer of the Belgian ship, said:This mission was a new experience for the Leopold and turned out also to be very tactically and humanly interesting, all the crew was proud being part of it.Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Op Sophia Share this article View post tag: BNS LEOPOLD I November 19, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today BNS Leopold I Concludes Op Sophia Deployment Authoritieslast_img read more

Speech: Minister Hollingbery’s speech in Nigeria: 29 August 2018

first_imgThank you all for coming today which is a particularly exciting one for me.I have always been an ‘Africa’phile – if you’ll excuse the term – and have returned again and again over the last 30 years.In over 20 trips I have spent time in 12 countries, and today I proudly add another to that list albeit on a, literally, flying visit.I have always wanted to visit Nigeria, the continent’s largest economy and truly a nation of the future – set to become the world’s third most populous nation by 2050.This country is rapidly ascending a path that will lead it to becoming nothing less than an African ‘powerhouse economy’.And I’ve particularly wanted to visit Lagos, one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in all of Africa.In fact, I am told that if Lagos itself was a country, it would be the continent’s 5th largest economy.It is certainly the coding capital for the whole continent and the undisputed finance and technology hub of Nigeria.So it is particularly appropriate that we are being hosted here in the new premises of FMDQ, which, in just 5 years, has driven financial innovation in Nigeria and established itself at the heart of the financial architecture of the country.The current relationshipThis event – to explore deeper collaboration between UK and Nigerian businesses – is a testament to the strength of the relationship already in place between Nigeria and the UK.Some of the UK’s most well-known firms – Unilever, Shell, Diageo and British Airways, to name but a few – have had a long and successful presence here.Others, realising the potential of the opportunities, are now flocking to Nigeria. For example, Prudential Zenith Life has announced that it will expand its ‘bancassurance’ operations from September, entering into a further 70 Zenith Bank branches in Lagos and 40 in and around Abuja, increasing Nigerian consumers’ access to life insurance and savings products.Successes like these are reflected in our fast-growing trading relationship. UK-Nigeria trade was worth £4.2 billion in 2017, an extraordinary 23% increase on the previous year.And African firms with a market capitalisation of around £200 billion are now listed in London, helping to make it the world’s most international exchange.Looking outward to the worldThis event is also a testament to our shared outlook – international, globally minded and innovative.And as the UK prepares to exit the European Union in 2019, I want to make it clear that this outlook will not change.Far from wishing to build barriers, it is through leaving the European Union that we seek to strengthen our relationships with key economic partners like Nigeria.We want to renew our relationships, strengthen our economic ties and look to the future.This is what we mean by a Global Britain.And as such, it is our sincere ambition to create a successful, supportive and mutually beneficial partnership with partners like Nigeria.Indeed, this is what the Department for International Trade (DIT) was established to do and here, in West Africa, we have been growing our presence, focused on Nigeria, with just this purpose in mind.Quite simply, a more prosperous and secure Nigeria means a more prosperous and secure UK – and a more stable and secure world.Business relationshipsOf course businesses are looking for more than just warm words. They need certainty to allow them to make their investment decisions.And, as such, I’m delighted to tell you that I have just come from a meeting between Prime Minister May and President Buhari, where I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Minister Udoma Udo Udoma to launch the UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum.This provides a more structured mechanism through which to identify and address barriers to bilateral trade and is an important first step in creating the stability and predictability in the business environment that we are all seeking.And today’s event is all about building new business to business relationships which can ensure firms in both our countries can reach their potential.Financial ServicesAnd it is perhaps in the financial services sector that the opportunities are most tangible.Access to London’s deep global capital pool is already a key component of Nigeria’s continuing development – as the major successes of Nigerian bond listings attest to.This is testimony both for the City’s capacity to raise finance, and vote of confidence from international investors in Nigeria’s future.And I particularly welcome the announcements today that Dangote Cement plans to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in the near future and that Seplat will be launching a London based Eurobond.Further, the fact that David Schwimmer, the CEO of the LSE, has chosen to join us here today is testament to the importance that the Exchange attaches to these Nigerian listings.And finally, that our own Financial Conduct Authority is committed to exploring collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria on regulatory framework to support innovation.This is truly a two-way relationship.And we are determined to develop greater access for Nigerian firms to the first-class professional services available across the City of London in addition to that provided by the LSE.I hope those Nigerian firms represented here today will take the opportunity to speak to senior representatives from the City of London in attendance – not least the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, who will speak to you in a moment.But the UK’s offer does not end with financial services – far from it.Other ServicesWe have a world class business-friendly regulatory environment and are home to some of the world’s leading international research institutions and universities.Our mutual use of English Common Law makes Nigeria and the UK natural partners in collaboration on legal services.First-class legal advice is a key component of the City of London’s attraction for companies looking to access finance.As such, I am delighted that members, and indeed clients, of our top ‘Magic Circle’ law firms are with us today to help launch our ‘Legal Services are GREAT’ campaign in Nigeria.Whether in sharing best practice, advising on regulatory and legal reforms, facilitating finance or sourcing world class financial and related services professionals, we want you to see the UK as a delivery partner of choice for Nigeria’s future development.CreditThe UK also has an unbeatable export credit offer.UK Export Finance, our world leading credit agency, has up to £750 million available for Nigerian initiatives – and a large development finance offer. This means that firms in Nigeria can get loans or Naira denominated credit guarantees when buying British products.And the UK’s development investment arm, CDC, has a portfolio worth over $350 million in Nigeria and a further $125 million investment was announced by the Prime Minister today.The potential for broadening our regulatory dialogue – to share knowledge, build capacity and technical know-how – is also substantial.With all this in mind, I hope we can agree that today’s event is a crucial next step to explore how UK and Nigerian businesses can better co-operate to advance prosperity in both our countries.And as we continue our discussions today I want us to do so with the context in mind:The UK is a long-standing friend of Nigeria – and we are determined to build on the strong foundations that already exist.All of us here today – whether UK or Nigerian, in the public or the private sector, have a role to play – to come together to help us realise our core vision: to create the new markets, trade and growth that Nigeria and the UK needs, and to help build a more secure and more prosperous world.last_img read more