December 2019

Why host a supported internship placement?

There are lots of good reasons to host a supported internship work placement, which is FREE to the employer. As well as making a contribution to society and increasing the diversity of your workforce to reflect your customers and society, the benefits to your business include: Developing an ethical corporate image can be fundamental to business success. A study found that 87% of consumers preferred to use companies that hired people with disabilities, and that 92% felt more favourable towards companies that hired individuals with disabilities[1] Developing an ethical corporate image can be fundamental to business success. A study found that 87% of consumers preferred to use companies that hired people with disabilities, and that 92% felt more favourable towards companies that hired individuals with disabilities The extended work placement can act as an extended working interview – giving you an increased chance of getting the right person to fill your vacancies and bringing new skills to your workforce There is evidence...Read More >

Work under way at logistics park scheme which will create up to 350 jobs

Industrial developer Chancerygate’s Warrington office has announced construction work has started on four units totalling 112,500 sq ft at its new Mersey Reach logistics park in Aintree, Liverpool. The four units comprise the development’s first phase, with the second phase totalling 90,000 sq ft. According to Chancerygate, once complete Mersey Reach has the potential to create up to 350 jobs. Contractor Caddick Construction, which also has an office in Warrington, is now on site having won a £7.85m contract to build the scheme’s first phase following a competitive tender. This is Caddick’s second appointment by Chancerygate after it was awarded a £10.7m contract in September to build phase one of the 132,000 sq ft Novus business park in Knutsford. Situated on a 13.5-acre site on Dunnings Bridge Road, Mersey Reach is strategically located on a prominent gateway route into the new Liverpool SuperPort, with fast access to the M57 and M58. One of the four units in phase one has...Read More >

IED Annual Awards 2019: Sefton Council wins Most Sustainable Outcome award

Sefton Council’s Economic Growth and Housing Service has won the Most Sustainable Outcome award from the Institute of Economic Development (IED), the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners in local and regional communities. The award was given for the Council’s ‘Business Friendly’ strategy for supporting new sustainable development and maximising the social, economic and environmental benefits in the borough – and includes input from all its incumbent services for planning, business growth and inward investment; employment and skills; regeneration, visitor economy and housing. At the forefront of this approach is InvestSefton, the business growth and inward investment team, which has developed a range of growth and investment projects including Mersey Reach, a £20 million prime urban logistics development serving Sefton and the wider Liverpool City region area; and the related Planning Development Agreement which saw a requirement for the developer, ChanceryGate, to enter into an employment charter with the Council to ensure that local residents...Read More >

Sefton Economic Forum- Friday 24th January 2020

The next Sefton Economic Forum will be on Friday 24th January 2020, at The Vincent Hotel in Southport. The Forum will be an early morning breakfast event starting at 8am with complimentary breakfast available from 7.30am.  Our keynote speaker will be Brian Sloane from the Bank of England and he will be giving an update on the economy. We will also have a speaker from the Department for International Trade and more to be confirmed closer to the time. Bookings are now being taken for this event, please contact Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk for more details.   Sefton Economic Forum Flyer

Terrorist Incident in London on 29th November 2019

Following the recent terrorist attack in London – just a reminder that the NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) website provides useful information on what to be aware of and things you can do to help protect you and your business.  To access the free information Click on the following link: www.gov.uk./government/organisations/national-counter-terrorism-security-office and scroll down to and click on the “Crowded Places Guidance” which provides guidance for different types of businesses.