September 2019

Growth Catalyst 2020

Would you like to be a better leader and take your business to the next level? At the University of Liverpool Management School, we know that running a business can be a lonely, isolating experience.  Many owner/managers reach a point where they can no longer go it alone and need help and support to take their businesses to the next level. We are looking to identify a select few individuals from the Liverpool City Region, keen to grow their businesses in an atmosphere of mutual support and trust. Developed by experts in the field of leadership and management, Growth Catalyst employs an integrated delivery model, designed to improve the skills and confidence of the owner/manager and the performance of the business. Elements include: 2 Day Leadership Retreat – Improve your leadership skills and set business development goals. 6 Hours of Business Coaching – Help define your growth strategy Action Learning – Progress ideas for new products and services through a...Read More >

Financial and Professional Services Forum

InvestSefton will host a Financial and Professional Services Forum on Thursday 10th October 2019 at 8.00am. This key event in the Sefton business calendar will include talks from: Aquamarine Holistic Health Ltd – Stuart Jewell will talk about the impacts of stress on business and how a good stress management programme can improve performance and output, along with other aspects of well-being. Leading Town and Country Planning Consultant Ian Butter will be talking about Business Property and what you can and can’t do with it. The Forum will be chaired by David Inman, a Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Director of DIEM Ltd. The forum is open to any business in Sefton from the financial and professional services sector. To find out more information or to book your place, please email or ring Sharon or Dominique on 0151 934 3452.

HR for Business

Book a place on this workshop to learn some of the basics around HR in business. The workshop will provide a simple guide to HR by looking at the employment relationship including: HR Myths Recruitment Contracts Disciplinary and Grievance The workshop will be friendly and informal and will provide plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.  It will be led by Linda Lavery, a local HR consultant.   The workshop is open to any business or pre-start business, any size, based in Sefton. For more information ring Sharon and Dominique on 0151 934 3452 or email

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

You can apply for 2 grants to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. You can apply to get funding for: training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future. Who can apply Your business must: be established in, or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you not have previously failed to meet its tax obligations – we’ll check our records to decide if we can offer your business a grant You can apply for just one of the grants, or both. Training grant To apply for the training grant, your business must either: complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in...Read More >

37 things the Government is telling businesses to do ‘as soon as possible’ ahead of Brexit

The Government has issued a list of more than 60 pieces of advice for businesses to prepare for Brexit ahead of the anticipated October 31 withdrawal date. Much of the campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum in favour of the Leave vote were for the UK to “take back control” and to free the country from European Union bureaucracy.  But for businesses, this will first involve needing to make various checks, applications, registrations and finding alternative funding – and that Brexit could mean trade with other countries becoming far more difficult, especially in the now-likely event of a no-deal. As part of the Government’s information campaign ahead of Brexit, it has created a website called ‘Get Ready’, using multiple-choice questions to offer tailored information and advice.  That includes tips for British citizens living in Europe, EU citizens in the UK, people looking to travel after October 31, and what to do about pets passports, but also a huge amount of...Read More >