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Apprenticeship reforms- how will it affect your business?

Government is reforming the rules governing apprenticeships from April 2017. The reforms are designed to give employers more control over the apprenticeship roles they offer and will affect how employers can design, choose their training provider and fund them. The reforms include the introduction of an Apprenticeship Levy for employers with larger payrolls. Businesses in the Liverpool City Region are invited to a free event on Thursday 30th March from 8am-1pm to find out what the reforms will mean for them. Venue: Chemistry, Main Stand, Anfield Stadium Date: Thursday, 30th March 2017 Time: 08:00-13:00 If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: More information

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

Business leaders from across Liverpool have welcomed the £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) as a new source of regional economic development funding 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...Read More >

Calling all business start ups!

Have you got an idea for a business? Want to create your own job? Thinking of going self-employed but not sure how to get started? If this sounds like you then book your place NOW at the Business Start Up Conference, Wednesday March 22nd at The Atkinson Southport. This event is free of charge to attend.     Read more on this event and how to book your place here.

Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Dinner

 You are invited to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Dinner on Saturday 1st April, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre. For more details please contact the Mayor of Sefton’s Office, 0151 934 2062 or email  More information can be found here

Launch Event for Future Energy Project

LCR Future Energy is a £3.7 million programme which helps SMEs in Liverpool City Region’s renewable energy supply chain to grow. LCR Future Energy is delivered by Inventya Solutions, Liverpool John Moore’s University and Gyron. The programme is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the public and the private sector. This programme is for SMEs in The Liverpool City Region and will provide: Understanding of the requirements of the supply chain Grants of up to £10,000 to build capability External technology validation National and global market research Grants of up to £10,000 towards national and international tradeshow stand costs A launch event will be held on 7th April at Liverpool John Moores University Further information Booking information for launch event