May 2018

Sefton Economic Forum- Programme released!

InvestSefton will host a topical Sefton Economic Forum on Friday 8th June. Panelists will include; Tony Evans – Journalist, author and former football editor of the Times Peter Moore – Head of Commissioning, Sefton Council Rob Capleton – International Business Festival, Liverpool Vision Robin Tudor – Liverpool John Lennon Airport Q & A Session The Forum will be chaired by Kevin Murphy, Director of Rent A Space, a Sefton based business. The full programme for the morning can be seen below. The Growth Hub Marketplace held immediately after the Forum will provide an opportunity for businesses to browse a range of funded support available to businesses from Sefton Council and our City Region partners. Programme 7.30am-8.00am          Breakfast and Registration 8.00am-9.30am          Forum 9.30am-10.30am        Growth Hub Marketplace & Networking Who can attend? Any business in Sefton! Still feeling peckish? During the marketplace high quality cheese and artisan crisp breads will be provided by Elite Food Cheese Importers Ltd and PlainTasty Ltd.  Both...Read More >

Business start up event welcomes Sefton residents

Have you got an idea for a new business and you need help with its development? You can come along to a free event where you can network and gain advice and guidance from experienced people from the world of business. The Business Start Up Conference takes place June 20, 6pm-8.30pm at Venue Rent a Space and is open to anyone over the age of 16 and living the Liverpool City Region. You can hear first hand experiences from local business owners who will tell you how they got to where they are and give tips on how you can make your business a success. If you are thinking of being self employed, you can learn about the practicalities and the right approach to take. You can also meet like minded people who are thinking about starting up a business, share ideas and make valuable contacts. Find out about FREE support to help you get started. Event address: Venue Rent a...Read More >

Enterprise Hub announce summer roadshow to inspire local entrepreneurs

A four-week roadshow of business advice and support aims to inspire a new wave of entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region. Enterprise Hub Roadshow will run from June 4 to June 29 across the Liverpool City Region, providing a calendar of events, training and advice for anyone thinking of starting a business. The road show will be making stops across Sefton with an emphasis on bringing Enterprise Hub events out into the community, giving local residents opportunity to get advice and guidance on their doorstep. Events will feature informative talks from local entrepreneurs who will share their business start-up stories, as well as offering key guidance about the lessons they have learned along the way and the advice they would offer to others. Hands-on workshops will help to clarify the processes involved with starting a business, whilst budding entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to speak directly with business advisors on a 1-2-1 basis. Those interested can find out more...Read More >

Greening Your Small Business – A START2ACT Webinar

The Carbon Trust is launching a programme called STARTACT, offering energy saving consulting which free-of-charge to young SMEs* in the UK. Join the START2ACT programme to: Save money on your energy bills Receive free expert support and resources Lay the groundwork for long term sustainable growth A Carbon Trust expert will visit your business three times over the course of a year, to identify energy saving opportunities and to work with you to improve your energy management processes. *To qualify as a “young SME”, your business should have started trading in 2010 or later. How can I sign up? If you would like to benefit from this free support, please write to so that we can reserve a place for you. Please also get in touch if you have any questions about the programme or the eligibility criteria, or regarding Carbon Trust financial support.  If you would like to read more, visit the website here.

Want to turn a business idea into reality?

If you have a business idea and would like to find out more about how to turn it into a reality, then book a place on this FREE business start up event on Wednesday 20th June 2018, 6-8.30pm, at Rent a Space, Dunnings Bridge Road, Netherton. At this event you will hear from other local business owners sharing tips, understand more about the practicalities of self-employment, have networking opportunities and find out about the free support available to you. If you would like more information or to book a place at this event then please call 0151 706 8113 or email

Science and innovation renaissance will drive the Liverpool City Region’s local Industrial Strategy

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram hailed the Liverpool City Region as “undergoing a renaissance in science and innovation”, at this year’s Business of Science Conference which took place on Thursday at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. The Metro Mayor brought the one-day conference to a close by announcing his “big vision” for the city. Mr Rotheram recognised projects like Sensor City, the Mersey tidal energy project, and the high-speed digital link, that will drive the City Region’s technological transformation and form a compelling part of the local Industrial Strategy that will be put forward to government later this year. This year saw 230 people attend the conference, a 40% rise on previous years. The event – which saw Mr Rotheram describe Liverpool as a “gateway to the Fourth Industrial Revolution” – has been held in Manchester for the past two years but was brought to Liverpool for the first time this year to shine a light on the City Region’s technology and...Read More >

Business of Science Conference tackles City Region’s cluster growth challenges

Growth challenges facing the Liverpool City Region will take centre stage at this year’s Business of Science Conference which is being held in the city for the first time on Thursday 17th May. The conference will tackle some of the key issues laid out in the City Region’s growth strategy such as Brexit, the image of science, and skills, whilst highlighting the city’s successful role in the development of ground-breaking scientific innovations. The event, which has been held in Manchester for the past two years, will cover topics such as the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) attraction, business engagement and the acceleration of product development for the region’s future. Opening the conference will be vice-chancellor, University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE, who will be exploring Liverpool’s role as a centre of science. Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region will be closing the event. The conference will include presentations, panel discussions, and interactive...Read More >

Peel Ports Partners With DB CARGO for First Rail Freight Service

Peel Ports has partnered with the UK’s largest rail freight company, DB Cargo UK to provide a new rail service for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time. The new service will provide shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route, between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland. The service is due to begin on 8 May, with goods loaded in Liverpool and transferred to Mossend terminal in Glasgow, before onward delivery to destinations across Scotland. The returning service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large portion destined for America. Scottish family-run company Walkers Shortbread, who produce 40,000 tons of biscuits every year, will be one of the first customers to use the new service, exporting 700 containers a year to America. The new service will comprise of up to 30 wagons and is expected to carry over 40 containers per trip. The service will initially run three days a...Read More >

Hugh Baird College celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted report

Hugh Baird College has been rated amongst the best in the North West after receiving an overall ‘Good’ Ofsted grading following its latest inspection from the government’s education watchdog. The Bootle based college, which offers vocational learning for students from aged 14 upwards, university level courses including full honours degrees and, since merging with South Sefton College in December of last year, A-level courses, scored ‘Good’ gradings in all but one of the nine areas the Ofsted inspection covered. Ofsted judges reported that many College students ‘gain jobs with companies locally, nationally and internationally’ while learner behaviour and acceptance of others and those from different backgrounds and cultures was also commended in the report. A major achievement for Hugh Baird College was the uplift of its A-level provision from a ‘Requiring Improvement’ rating given to South Sefton College when they were inspected in 2016 to a ‘Good’ grading, meaning that the College now offers some of the best A-level teaching...Read More >