Starting a Business

Invest Sefton works with a range of partners who can provide advice and support across Sefton.

For further information please contact the partner agency direct.

The Enterprise Hub

Details: The Enterprise Hub is the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Merseyside.  Offering expert advice and support to anyone thinking about starting a business

Who is eligible? Anyone in the Liverpool City Region not yet registered as self employed, wanting to start their own business

Contact: 0151 706 8113 or enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Details: ‘Spark Up’ – Business start up and Accelerator Programme, offers mentoring, coaching, office space and IT facilities free of charge

Who is eligible? Start up entrepreneurs

Contact: Call 0151 227 1234 for more details. Visit website

Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF)

Details: Start up loans from £250.

Who is eligible? Business start ups or businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months

Contact: For more information call Lisa Ashby on 0151 236 4040. Visit website

School for Social Entrepreneurs/Blackburne House

Details: ‘Start up’ Programme offers an award of £4000 and supports personal development and business skills development to help turn a project idea into reality. ‘Scale up’ Programme offers an award of £15,000 for established organisations looking to take it to the next level.

Who is eligible? Start up: Projects that have been establisged for less than 2 years and annual income less than £25,000. Scale up: Leaders of social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years and an annual income of at least £25,00 and have at least one member of staff.

Contact: angelastanley@blackburnehouse.co.uk or call 0151 709 4356 ext 2252. Visit website

Sefton CVS

Details: Social Enterprise start up support, given in the form of market research, governance, legal structures, business planning and funding.

Who is eligible? Individuals in Sefton looking to set up a social enterprise.

Contact: anthony.nicholls@seftoncvs.org.uk 0151 928 2233. Visit website

The Princes Trust

Details: Funding and business planning support available

Who is eligible? 18-30 year olds who are either unemployed or work less than 16 hours a week

Contact: For more information or an informal chat please call Paul Hunt on 07789 542694  Visit website

Startup Direct

Startup Direct provides funding, mentoring and support as part of the government-backed Start Up Loans Scheme. Supporting people of all ages over 18, from idea stage to businesses trading for up to 2 years, Startup Direct provide low interest government-backed loans of up to £25k. If you are successful in your application for funding you also receive FREE: 12 months business mentor support, access to workshops and networking events and business discounts from over 30 providers.

If you would like to be added as a partner to the above list, please contact kristina.swift@sefton.gov.uk 0151 934 3472