February 2018

Repurposing innovations for the Health Economy

Health is one of the biggest and fastest-growing growing sectors in the world, with spend projected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020.  In the Liverpool City Region, over £3bn is spent on the delivery of health & care services and increasing levels of investment is being diverted towards technology enabled activity within the NHS. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for city region businesses currently not working in healthcare, such as software developers and engineering firms to explore the opportunities of working with the NHS/wider care system, by adapting or “repurposing” products. The Local Growth Hub, in association with sponsors, Hill Dickinson, is inviting businesses from across the Liverpool City Region to join them to find out how the Health Innovation Exchange can support SMEs to ‘repurpose’ for the health & care sector. Speakers will include: Andrew Rose, Sector Manager – Life Sciences and Health at Liverpool City Region LEP Sarah Brooke, Head of Commercial Healthcare and Robert McGough, Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP Mark Basnett,...Read More >

Training provider set for expansion with HQ move

Training Strategies, the skills provider which works with brands including Heinz, HMRC and Royal Mail, is expanding its operations with a move to new Liverpool headquarters. The company has acquired a site in Oriel Road, Bootle which will create up to 20 jobs and over 30 apprenticeship positions. The 6,000 sq ft office will accommodate its existing 120 staff currently based in Stopgate Lane, and enable the company to cater for additional learners who enrol onto its courses. Training Strategies, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, specialises in the delivery of apprenticeships and programmes for unemployed people.  It is also a key player in helping local and national businesses grow by offering an array of bespoke courses that can be delivered in the workplace. Training Strategies’ apprenticeships manager Barry Dunne said: “We are really excited about the new unit and our expansion.  Since our inception in 2008, we have had a successful period in North Liverpool but the time...Read More >

Meet the Buyer event: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Farran Heron Joint Venture

On 22 February, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) are hosting a Meet the Buyer event.  Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has commissioned FHJV to build a prestigious new mental health facility in Southport in 2018, comprising 44 en-suite bedrooms, treatment rooms, and an outdoor garden. As part of their commitment to achieving Social Value from their procurements, the Trust and FHJV are holding a Meet the Buyer event in partnership with InvestSefton and Sefton@Work, Sefton Council’s investment and employment service. The event will give Sefton companies, suppliers and smaller contractors the chance to learn about forthcoming contract opportunities arising from the works with FHJV, and some of their 1st tier suppliers. Potential suppliers will also have the opportunity to network, and find out about potential collaborations that could be formed in tendering for supply-chain opportunities. Programme: Information on the new facility, and works timescale • How FHJV chooses its suppliers, and what can make...Read More >

Merseyside Innovation Awards 2018

The 2018 awards are open for submissions Do you have an idea that could change the world? Would £10,000 help take it to the next level? Across Merseyside businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors are creating new and exciting innovations that could transform industry, improve our lives or allow us to achieve things which were once impossible. The Merseyside Innovation Awards were created to recognise these innovations and to support these forward-thinking individuals and businesses. And the awards have now returned! Entries are now open for the 2018 MIA and we already have some incredible early entrants. Once again there will be two award categories, one for smaller innovators with great businesses who need expert support and investment and a second category for larger innovators who are keeping Merseyside at the forefront of new developments on a national or global stage. The Merseyside Innovation Award (up to £1m turnover) carries a £10,000 top prize for the winner and a cash prize of...Read More >

6,000 Businesses In The Liverpool City Region Benefit From Business Support

Over 6,000 businesses in the Liverpool City Region have benefited from practical business support through the Local Growth Hub, which continues to unlock and support business growth within the region. In the last 12 months, the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Hub has worked with 6,341 City Region businesses to help them gain access to practical business support & advice, which is predicted to result in the future creation of 2,584 jobs. The service, which is backed by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), was launched in 2016 to specifically unlock barriers to business support and guidance across the region by increasing the awareness of the public & private sector support available to entrepreneurs, SMEs and Scale-up companies.  Managed by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered through a network of regional partners comprising Halton Borough Council, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool Vision, The Women’s Organisation, Invest Sefton, St Helens Chamber and Wirral Chamber of...Read More >

Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Dinner

This year the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Dinner will be held at the stunning Floral Hall – Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday 17th March 2018. The evening’s entertainment will start at 6.00pm with a welcome drink, three course meal, live auction, raffle and tombola. Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Event 2018 Special guest compere Tony Ravel and live music from The Blackaways Tickets are £35.00 but please book quick as availability is limited.  Email: mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 934 2062.