News & Publications


The Future for Business is Digital…. One week to go….

Sefton Economic Forum Friday 19th May Digital Technology is becoming the biggest tool for companies and it is important not to get left behind. Investsefton would like to invite you to the Spring Sefton Economic Forum, where will be looking at how ‘the future for business is digital’ and help you to learn and explore how you can make the most of digital technology in your business, and how it can help your business to grow. The Forum will start at 8am, with breakfast and networking from 7.30am. The forum will conclude at 9.15, with further opportunities for networking, including the Growth Hub Marketplace, giving you the opportunity to browse what funded business support is available across the Liverpool City Region. The programme for the morning is as follows: 7.30am-8.00am: Breakfast and Registration 8.00am-9.15am: Forum 9.15am-10.30am: Growth Hub Marketplace For more details and to book your place, visit our events calendar, or call Dominique on 0151 934 3452.

Sefton Council buys Bootle Strand shopping centre

Sefton Council has purchased the Strand in a deal which sees the shopping centre return to local ownership for the first time in many years. Not only will the purchase contribute significantly to the delivery of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Bootle Town Centre, it also provides much needed new revenue streams for us to support local services. With services under pressure due to cuts to council budgets at a national level, Sefton Council has been looking for new ways to generate income to limit the impact of cuts. The purchase of the Strand is a step to ensure we can continue to deliver the services our residents need in the future. The purchase has been fully funded through a loan and comes at no expense to the taxpayers and residents of Sefton. The income generated by the centre will more than cover the loan repayment costs and the centre’s running costs. Meaning enough money left over to contribute...Read More >

Looking to develop your leadership skills?

Growth Catalyst is a leadership development programme for small businesses located in the Liverpool City Region with 2-250 employees. Developed by experts in the field of leadership and management, the programme has been designed to respond to the needs of owners and managers, providing both personal and business growth.‌ The programme is entirely practical in nature and is designed to allow you to implement immediate and impactful changes within your business, allowing you to: Develop and improve your leadership skills Generate new ideas to reinvigorate your business Develop a long term strategy for growth Work with leading experts and business coaches Build relationships with other growing businesses Obtain a leadership certificate on completion  Join an SME alumni community Manage time more effectively, allowing you to work on your business rather than in it If you would like to know more then please call Richard on 0151 7953333

£400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund opens for business in Liverpool

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) is now available, it is a new source of regional economic development funding to help to boost the local economy. NPIF has been set up by the British Business Bank in conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and nine other LEPs across the North West, Yorkshire, Humber and Tees Valley. Financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Government, NPIF aims to provide small and medium businesses with increased flexibility in the types of funding available. The Fund was officially launched on 22nd February at an event in Manchester by Andrew Percy, Northern Powerhouse Minster and Member of Parliament for Brigg and Goole. NPIF provides funding to fund managers who offer Microfinance (£25,000 – £100,000), Business Loans (£100,000 – £750,000) and Equity Finance (up to £2m) to boost investment levels in the North of England. It will work alongside the LEPs and...Read More >

Sefton businesses encouraged to sign up for a free digital masterclass with Google

Experts from Google come to Maghull Town Council on the 28th April from 1-3pm to give local businesses a masterclass in using the internet to turbo-charge their growth. The Digital Garage on tour will be co-hosted by local MP Bill Esterson. Local businesses can sign up to attend here. On 28th April the Google Digital Garage on tour will arrive in Sefton to give local businesses and individuals the chance to attend a free masterclass and learn crucial skills for the digital age. Experts from Google will run a seminar and one-to-one mentoring sessions that offer advice and tips to local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on making the Internet a growth engine for their business. The tour is part of Google’s Digital Garage project – and reflects Google’s wider commitment to providing five hours of free digital skills training to everyone in the UK. Government research shows that SMEs with a strong web presence grow more than twice as...Read More >