This was the ultimate experience which began with a hearty breakfast at the Halewood Visitor Centre café, South Road, Liverpool L24 9PZ.
A group of Liverpool CEO’s spent a day involved in an in-depth study of the technical computer systems that drive the massive Halewood factory; a factory tour of this fascinating campus to see how the systems work and a drive on the all terrain track in a Range Rover Evoque.
Whether you are looking for an insight into vehicle manufacturing, the opportunity to drive the world’s most capable vehicles, or a combination of the two; the activities offer unforgettable experiences!
The ‘behind the scenes’ tour of this amazing facility gives you a fascinating insight into todays motor production industry. It presents an unforgettable hive of activity with 54 robots just operating in the paint shop facility alone and with 111 employees per shift.
This is a massive site with thousands of stakeholders, a small city with its own shopping mall!!!
On one tour, we passed the paint shop with its 1.2 million litres of paint per year process capability, that’s enough to paint the Forth road bridge in Scotland five times over (it takes five years to paint it once!)
I asked why so many women in the paint shop and the reply was, because they have a keen eye for colour recognition. This dates back, I was told, to prehistoric times when they were hunter gatherers and if they collected the wrong berries….well!!!!
Oh, and they use ostrich feathers to dust the car bodies but not any old ostrich…..but from female ostriches as the males tend to fight more, which damages their feathers.
To see a car evolve from just pieces of pressed metal before your eyes and have each one personally coloured, have its own personal sat nav for its destination country, personalised interiors, engine size and interior design, leaves you thinking…what if….but it seldom happens because the computer systems are so smart!
The tour experience has 5 different options ranging from short tasters,longer more detailed visits, one to one exclusives and opportunities to even view your car being built.
The drive experience was what we all waited for….. and what a performance that was…..with 3 different drive options ranging from the short demonstrations, a get behind the wheel and a longer more tailored driving course.
The team building package, which some of the group opted for, was a physical driving challenge with taxing tests.
After the days excitement, some colleagues were so thrilled with the experience that they booked for the evening tours and drive options for the family at weekends.
This was a fantastic day and I would recommend pre booking one of the packages through….Hannah Breen-
Tour & Drive Experience 0151 448 4023.
You will not regret this experience!
Ziferblat has just opened a second venue in Liverpool’s business district. An interesting eating concept and one which I took to immediately on a visit to the Albert Dock Colonnades some time ago.
This is the name for a new kind of social space; where everything is free except the time you spend there. The idea was founded in Moscow by Ivan Meetin back in 2011 with Ziferblat meaning in a way, I suppose, a “treehouse for adults”.
At 8p per minute; this pay-by-the minute ‘cafe’ has had great success so another has opened in St Paul’s Square. This phenomenal cafe idea is also a first for Liverpool having two Ziferblat’s opening in one city.
Visit Unit 7 The Colonnades Albert Dock http://www.ziferblat.co.uk
On arrival, you get a shared space in which you are free to work, study, relax, hold a meeting or workshop, read a book, play piano (although I stopped when sensing the needs of others with the’peace and quiet’ looks.
There are lots of opportunities also to get acquainted with people through the enjoyable events held in one or more of the homely rooms dotted around the cafe.
I like Ziferblat, with this idea of each little guest becoming a micro tenant of the space and ‘living’ in their little home area, where you can help yourself to all the kitchen goodies or special Ziferkitchen treats. All drinks and snacks are free, including cakes, fresh coffee, tea varieties, biscuits, fruits, breads, cereals, brownies, juices and some super strength Wi-Fi.
Make Ziferblat a must for your unwinding at the Albert Dock which may be a little busy at the weekend but the new commercial district venue is a hit on weekdays. I found the free wifi available for as long as you stay a great bonus in the Ziferblat atmosphere.
An early morning meeting I had last week at Ziferblat, was a great hit with colleagues who raided the kitchen area stocked with juices, cakes, breads, cereals and we even had a bacon sandwich!
Meeting rooms are charged at a lower rate of 6p per minute.
In all, you will not be sorry with time spent at Ziferblat so….in your own time…….take a visit this week.
Busy on Saturday 20th August?
Are you interested in Japan?
Looking for a very special holiday surprise for the children?
Look no further and your dreams will come true.
You can spend a very exciting day of Japanese culture courtesy of the co-organiser……. the Embassy of Japan.
Try this FREE admission day out at the Liverpool Guild of Students 160 Mount Pleasant.
Full details….. JapanDay.org.uk with performances on the main stage starting 10.30am.
The special festival of Japanese Culture will be a showcase showing both old and new Japanese culture and will be the birth of exciting new ventures in Liverpool, in the future.
On display will be martial arts demonstrations of Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido and Ju-Jutsu which will certainly excite the children and adults alike.
There will be exhibitions featuring Japanese swords and armour, Ikebana, origami, kimono, bonsai, railways, braiding, Go, calligraphy, crafts, kanzashi and exquisite embroidery.
Be entertained by Japanese folk songs, Koto and the deafening beats of the Taiko drumming which will get the hairs on the back of your head standing on end!
View and take part in the modern Japanese culture associations of Cosplay, Manga and the visual Anime.
Live entertainment on the main-stage with Diane Kichijitsu who will give a performance of “Rakugo” the traditional Japanese art of storytelling….10.55 Awa Odin dance……1.30 SOAS Min’yo Group performance and many more booked on the website for you to arrange and time your visit so that you will get the most out of this jam packed exciting cultural event.
Be early and you will not miss the delicious Japanese food sushi, obento and Oh!…… those sweets!!!!!
‘A Festival of Japanese Culture’