April 2018

Study reveals the ‘easiest’ and ‘hardest’ places to gain planning permission

A recent survey by home improvement professionals at Everest gathered geographical data by DCLG to reveal the 10 areas most likely to accept or decline minor planning permissions Whether you are applying for planning permission directly yourself or through an agent, the process can be quite difficult and frustrating for many. The survey by Everest reveals that 34% amount of people who have recently applied for planning permission, found the process to get started pretty tough. 32% waited at least three months before their application was approved and 25% of those denied, applied three or more times. However, is it really that hard to get the project started and what can you do to ensure your application gets accepted first-time round? When looking at historical government data, it is evident that planning applications are being accepted now more than ever. In the year ending September 2017, authorities received 476,300 planning applications across Britain of which 434,300 were approved. That’s a huge 88% of planning applications approved up from...Read More >

Sefton Sports Awards 2018

Do you know an individual, club, school or team who deserve recognition for their commitment to sport? The  Sefton Sports Awards will take place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on 11th July 2018. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of local sports clubs, schools, teams and individuals. Fill in a nomination form online SSA18_A5_Nom_Leaflet_AW at www.sefton.gov.uk/sportsawards (Closing date for entry 8th June 2018)

Festival Investor Programme

The International Business Festival will be launching the festival’s investor programme tomorrow.  This is an important element of the programme offer and it has been developed in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) and will have 3 core strands: The Investor Pitch Businesses need to register for a festival ticket and will then be asked to fill in a questionnaire, this is sent to UKBAA for judging. 6-8 businesses will be selected to pitch to 30 – 50 investors on the Futures Stage on 8 of the 9 festival days. (Applies to businesses seeking £250 – £10m in funding) Investment advice Businesses will be able to listen to investors on ‘how to become investable’ on the Knowledge Hub International Investment Summit UKBAA will be organising an event for 500 investors on 19 June So whether entrepreneurs are selected to pitch or not, there will still have plenty of opportunity to mingle with these high value delegates. Not least...Read More >

Merseytravel Focus Group

Your Opinion Matters Merseytravel is interested in the views of people from across the region. WSP has been commissioned to hold a series of focus groups on the behalf of Merseytravel to help test new products and services and gather feedback on the services currently being provided. We would like to hear from you if you can spare two hours, up to five times between April and December 2018. Participants will receive vouchers for each session they attend.                                                                 I have attached a Merseytravel Focus Group Poster to advertise the focus group recruitment. Individuals can register via any of the following: Online: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/focusgroupslcr/ Phone: 0151 5580882 Email: Focus.Groups.LCR@wsp.com Twitter: @FocusGroupLCR

Digital Manufacturing Week Launch

Liverpool City Region launches the Digital Manufacturing Week on 17th April at Sensor City. We ask that guests arrive at Sensor City at 3pm for registration, with the opening address from Steve Rotherham, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, to begin at 3.15pm. Alison Mitchell, Executive Director of Sensor City, will then welcome us to the £15m University Enterprise Zone and explain how the facility can help manufacturing companies to adopt industrial digital technologies. Nick Hussey, CEO of The Manufacturer Magazine, will give an overview of the success of Digital Manufacturing Week 2017, as well as an outline of the exciting plans for 2018 and why this is the biggest event in the industrial calendar. Also joining us will be Michelle Dow, Managing Director of All About STEM who will discuss how young people can get involved in Digital Manufacturing Week and help inspire the next generation of digitally enhanced engineers. Finally, Erika Rushton, Chair of the Baltic CIC and recently...Read More >

Financial and Professional Services Forum

InvestSefton will host a Financial and Professional Forum on Friday 27th April. This key event in the Sefton business calendar will include talks from: Paul Maddocks – Isle of Man Government Chris Walters – Spark Impact Fund Nathan Alemany – International Business Festival 2018 Kevin Lovelady – New Data Protection Rules (GDPR) Sefton Growth Hub / Growth Programme Q & A Session Programme 7.30am-8.00am Breakfast and Registration 8.00am-9.15am Forum 9.15am-10.00am Networking Who should attend? Any Sefton business from the financial and professional services sector Booking To book your place at the Forum email info@investsefton.com or call Dominique on 0151 934 3452.

GDPR is coming!

On May 25th new Data protection regulations “GDPR”, comes into force, affecting the way all businesses regardless of size or type, communicate, process and hold data. Do you know what this means for you and your business?  If not, then join us at our taster workshops which are aimed at helping Sefton Business owners and managers learn more, and hear others’ experiences of getting ready for the new legislation. There is a choice of two workshops; EITHER Wednesday 25th April 2018 at The Park Hotel, Dunnings Bridge Road, Netherton L30 6YN.  OR Thursday 26th April 2018 at Southport Town Hall, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DA.  For both events, registration and refreshments are from 9.30am and the two hour event will start at 10.00am. Contact us on 0151 934 3452 or email info@investsefton.com for more information.

Help shape Sefton’s new Economic Strategy & Liverpool City Regions Digital Action Plan

HELP REQUIRED! Want to tell us what you really think? Join our Executive Director Sarah Kemp, at our workshop on 19th April 2018 to express your views on the Draft Framework for the Sefton Economic Strategy and the LCR Digital Action Plan. The Sefton Economic Strategy aims to address the following key priorities including: • Investment, business growth & enterprise • Physical regeneration & Infrastructure • Innovation & skills • Job creation and employability • Our coast and town centres • The social economy The Digital Action Plan is looking to identify:- • The future connectivity and data needs of the private and public sector, including infrastructure to support businesses. • How to deploy infrastructure quickly, cheaply and leveraging existing demand and assets; • Access other funding To a book a place at this event please call Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email info@investsefton.com