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Bank has announced £1.3bn investment pot for the North West

National bank Lloyds has announced it is looking to invest £1.3bn in businesses in the North West.  The bank has made a pledge to invest £18bn in UK businesses and £1.3bn will be in the region. The £1.3bn is available to firms across the North West and will support entrepreneurs looking to start up a new business, micro-businesses looking to scale up and small businesses considering trading internationally for the first time.  It will also support established mid-sized businesses, and large multi-national corporations seeking further growth. Last year, Lloyds Banking Group supported Cheshire-based housing association Halton Housing.  It confirmed plans to build 1000 new homes in the next five years, after securing a £60million funding package. Lloyds Banking group ambassador for the North West, Nick Williams said “The North West is one of the top regional contributors to UK PLC and we want to support the businesses delivering this growth. Up to £1.3billion of lending will help the region’s firms to access investment...Read More >

Free Mindfulness Workshop for managing stress in the workplace

Many people experience stress in the workplace. Book a place on this workshop to learn valuable ways to help you manage stress and gain tools and techniques for resting your brain. Techniques will include: Ways of helping to rest your brain and relaxation techniques How to clear your mind of chaos Diet and nutrition tips for reducing stress This workshop is free for any business based in Sefton and will take place on Thursday 24th January from 5-7pm at The Park Hotel in Netherton. For more details or to book a place please contact Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email

Meet the people making Waterloo one of the most exciting places to be in Merseyside

Waterloo’s independent scene is still on the rise. In a city filled with bustling high streets and new restaurant openings seemingly everyday, it’s easy to lose sight of the smaller, more humble abodes.  Amongst these hidden gems is the ever growing, independent-hub of Waterloo.  Shoppers can head out along South Road and St. John’s Road, pick up everything they need – and more – and make some new friends through the experience.  In recent years, independents businesses throughout Waterloo have thrived, thanks to support from the local community and each other.  The independent scene in Waterloo ranges from restaurants and coffee shops to bakeries and book stores, each offering something truly unique. We spoke to some of the independents making Waterloo such a vibrant location in Liverpool. Plaza Community Cinema The Plaza was originally opened in 1939, operating as such until 1995, when the owners notified the public that it would be undergoing redevelopment.  Here lies the story of the...Read More >

Financial and Professional Services Forum

The date has been set for the next Financial and Professional Services Forum. It will be held on Friday 8th February, at the Ramada Hotel in Southport, from 9am-10am. The programme for the morning is still being finalised, but if you are a Financial or Professional business located in Sefton (Accountant, Bank, Estate Agent, Solicitor etc) then book your place. The forum will include breakfast and refreshments, presentations and invaluable networking opportunities. Contact Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or for more information or to book your place!  

Brexit advice published for businesses

The Government has published a range of advice packs to help prepare businesses for the UK exiting the EU, along with information about contingency planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The advice packs cover customs, excise and VAT, employing EU citizens and European funding. The Government has also published a toolkit which provides businesses with advice and support across a number of sectors including tourism, construction and retail. Find out more about the advice packs at: