March 2018

Sefton Economic Strategy Consultation

Tell us your thoughts ……On Sefton’s Draft Economic Strategy  Sefton Council is seeking views on the draft framework of a new Sefton Economic Strategy.  We would be grateful if you could let us have your views by reading the strategy document and spending a few minutes to complete a simple online questionnaire.  Both are available at: www.sefton.gov.uk/drafteconomicstrategy Vision 2030 for Sefton sets out the ambition for the Borough and the lived experiences our residents and communities desire – economic prosperity is fundamental to our success.  The Core Purpose of Sefton Council therefore also includes the facilitation and enabling of economic success. There is recognition that the borough should do more to embrace economic growth and ensure that the benefits of growth are realised for all Sefton’s communities.  Sefton Economic Assessment was published in May 2017 and provided the foundation on which this new Economic Strategy has been developed. A number of thematic areas for consultation include business growth, enterprise, investment,...Read More >

Merseyside Innovation Awards

Entering its 22nd year, the Merseyside Innovation Awards are now open for submissions, which will see one applicant win £10,000 in the accolades’ final later in the year. Renowned for celebrating creativity across Merseyside, the Merseyside Innovation Awards has a long history of contributing to the economic development of multiple businesses and the region as a whole. An inclusive award, the Merseyside Innovation Awards commends companies both large and small. The Awards see a monthly winner selected between January and May. Three entrants are then selected for the final in July, where the selected winner will receive a £10,000 cash prize. The runners up each receive a cash prize of £2,500. Last year, Marlan Maritime claimed the prize, narrowly beating gas safety-monitoring company Gas Tag and virtual reality social media app, vTime. Commemorated for its coastal surveillance and innovative use of radar in monitoring tidal patterns, Marlan Maritime provides engineers, conservationists and councils with up-to-date information about the ever-changing patterns...Read More >

Metro mayor Rotheram urges rural businesses to apply for funding

Liverpool metro mayor Steve Rotheram has urged rural businesses from across the city region not to miss out on European funding available to them. Rotheram was speaking at an event at The Hayloft, a Widnes farm attraction/licensed café created as a farm diversification enterprise, which with the help of Leader funding has created five full-time jobs and over a dozen part-time positions. He said: “Rural businesses are hugely important to the city region, contributing £700m a year to our economy. “My key priority is to drive economic growth for the whole city region and that has to include our rural areas. “More than £600,000 in European Union funding is available to our rural businesses and food processing, money which will be lost to the region if we are not able to allocate it. “I would urge rural businesses to look at the potential funding on offer and to speak to the Local Growth Hub if they think it could help them.”

Successful Digital Workshop!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended one of our Digital Workshops yesterday, led by Julie Swarbrick from InvestSefton and Callum Jones from Antrec Limited. Following the unexpetected snowfall in the early hours of Thursday morning we did not expect as many people to turn up as they did, so a big thank you to everyone who came to either the morning or afternoon session. If you would like to attend any future InvestSefton events, or if we can help you with anything else then please contact us on 0151 934 3452 or info@investsefton.com – any business, any size, any sector! Callum and Julie leading an interesting discussion on Social Media 🙂      

Meet the Buyer event at Bootle Town Hall

Great turnout at the Meet the Buyer event recently held in Bootle Town Hall        

Cycling and Walking to Work Fund

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Cycling and Walking to Work Fund is an exciting new initiative for businesses. Dedicated Business Support Officers from the Merseytravel Engagement Team are working with local businesses at a time and place to suit them, to develop a tailored action plan for their staff and promote sustainable transport methods for getting to work. The service is completely free to businesses, and is funded by the Department for Transport Cycling and Walking to Work Programme Pilot Fund.  By understanding your business operations, staff catchment area and local walking and cycling opportunities, we can provide tailored walking and cycling support. For more information see the link below. Cycling and Walking to Work Fund Overview (3)