January 2019

Leadership Development Programme for SME’s

Growth Catalyst is a leadership development programme designed specifically for owners and senior managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region, to help the business grow.  The programme is uniquely designed to provide both personal and business growth.  The programme includes; A 2 day overnight leadership residential. 6 hours of coaching. 7 masterclasses. 4 x three hour Action Learning set meetings. A Business Exchange 2 Consolidation/ skills workshops. There is no charge for attending the programme, however there is  an application and selection process to ensure that places are awarded to businesses that have plans for growth and whose participants are committed to meaningful change. Participants must be available on the 9th and 10th May and be able to commit to attend 90% of all activities. If you are interested please contact Richard Holloway on 0151 795 3333 or email richardh@liv.ac.uk by Friday 15th February 2019.

Brexit Survey for Businesses

Last month, the Government announced that it was increasing its planning for a “no deal” Brexit. With this in mind, the Government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit is seeking insights from businesses about their views on Brexit, what impact it may have and what preparation they have been making. Businesses in the Liverpool City Region are therefore being encouraged to provide their insights via a Brexit Survey. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. It is an opportunity for businesses to feedback their thoughts to the Government via a cross-party unit comprising the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.   Further information on how to prepare for a potential “no deal” Brexit can be found on the gov.uk website, with any new guidance and assets to be published in a dedicated Brexit section. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE 


Technical innovation centre, Sensor City, has launched a competition to give SMEs the chance to win a fast-track growth package worth up to £10,000. Announced at last night’s AWS User Group Meet-Up, the package is designed to help start-up and small businesses scale, boost competitive advantage and innovative capabilities. The project is part of Sensor City’s commitment to creating a UK focal point for the development of sensor technology, while building a community of companies that are at the forefront of innovation. The growth packages include free hot desk and co-working space within Sensor City for six months, official membership status, credits for use of event space and access to specialist laboratories. Successful businesses will also get access to Amazon Web Services’ Activate programme, which provides them with access to the technology infrastructure they need to scale and grow including credits, technical training, and wider business support.  Dr Joanne Phoenix, interim executive director at Sensor City, said: “The growth package...Read More >

Mayor of Sefton Charity Gala Ball

Entertainment from the amazing King of Swing Asa Murphy and Mr Soulman Steve Charles and the amazing Victoria Jones. MC for the evening is Ronnie Orr. Dress Code: Black tie.  Individual and corporate tickets available  

Bank has announced £1.3bn investment pot for the North West

National bank Lloyds has announced it is looking to invest £1.3bn in businesses in the North West.  The bank has made a pledge to invest £18bn in UK businesses and £1.3bn will be in the region. The £1.3bn is available to firms across the North West and will support entrepreneurs looking to start up a new business, micro-businesses looking to scale up and small businesses considering trading internationally for the first time.  It will also support established mid-sized businesses, and large multi-national corporations seeking further growth. Last year, Lloyds Banking Group supported Cheshire-based housing association Halton Housing.  It confirmed plans to build 1000 new homes in the next five years, after securing a £60million funding package. Lloyds Banking group ambassador for the North West, Nick Williams said “The North West is one of the top regional contributors to UK PLC and we want to support the businesses delivering this growth. Up to £1.3billion of lending will help the region’s firms to access investment...Read More >

Free Mindfulness Workshop for managing stress in the workplace

Many people experience stress in the workplace. Book a place on this workshop to learn valuable ways to help you manage stress and gain tools and techniques for resting your brain. Techniques will include: Ways of helping to rest your brain and relaxation techniques How to clear your mind of chaos Diet and nutrition tips for reducing stress This workshop is free for any business based in Sefton and will take place on Thursday 24th January from 5-7pm at The Park Hotel in Netherton. For more details or to book a place please contact Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email investSefton@sefton.gov.uk.

Meet the people making Waterloo one of the most exciting places to be in Merseyside

Waterloo’s independent scene is still on the rise. In a city filled with bustling high streets and new restaurant openings seemingly everyday, it’s easy to lose sight of the smaller, more humble abodes.  Amongst these hidden gems is the ever growing, independent-hub of Waterloo.  Shoppers can head out along South Road and St. John’s Road, pick up everything they need – and more – and make some new friends through the experience.  In recent years, independents businesses throughout Waterloo have thrived, thanks to support from the local community and each other.  The independent scene in Waterloo ranges from restaurants and coffee shops to bakeries and book stores, each offering something truly unique. We spoke to some of the independents making Waterloo such a vibrant location in Liverpool. Plaza Community Cinema The Plaza was originally opened in 1939, operating as such until 1995, when the owners notified the public that it would be undergoing redevelopment.  Here lies the story of the...Read More >

Financial and Professional Services Forum

The date has been set for the next Financial and Professional Services Forum. It will be held on Friday 8th February, at the Ramada Hotel in Southport, from 9am-10am. The programme for the morning is still being finalised, but if you are a Financial or Professional business located in Sefton (Accountant, Bank, Estate Agent, Solicitor etc) then book your place. The forum will include breakfast and refreshments, presentations and invaluable networking opportunities. Contact Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or InvestSefton@sefton.gov.uk for more information or to book your place!  

Brexit advice published for businesses

The Government has published a range of advice packs to help prepare businesses for the UK exiting the EU, along with information about contingency planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The advice packs cover customs, excise and VAT, employing EU citizens and European funding. The Government has also published a toolkit which provides businesses with advice and support across a number of sectors including tourism, construction and retail. Find out more about the advice packs at: https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk