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Business Continuity Workshop -Tuesday 5th December 2017

Disaster!  it doesn’t have to be …. InvestSefton in collaboration with GTT* are offering a FREE introductory workshop into the world of Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery. It is designed as a first step for newcomers to the subject of BC and for those to whom BC may be a part of their role or responsibilities and who need to have a good understanding of the subject. It will provide the new practitioner with a basic knowledge and understanding of what is needed to develop or maintain a BC model including a risk assessment tool. The workshop is available between either 12.00pm – 2.00pm or 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at Southport Town Hall. To book a place on either of the workshops please contact Sharon Johnston on 0151 934 3452 or email: info@investsefton.com. *GTT is a multinational company with a base in Southport who are committed to redefining enterprise  communications.

Black Friday advice for Businesses and Security staff

Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers reduce prices across their stock to kick-start the Christmas gift-buying season. The National Business Crime Centre are advising retail stores to review their security and ensure they have adequate resources in place to respond to the increased demand. Retailers should provide their own security arrangements during the sales, and consider police assistance only as a ‘last resort’. Last year, there were incidents of overcrowding and arrests were made as shoppers clashed over bargains. Think about how you can improve on what you did last year. Things you can do:  Have sufficient staff to cope with the increased demand.  Security officers should have a visible presence, clearly display ID badges and be briefed, crowded places can lead to more opportunities for pickpockets.  Ensure staff are fully briefed to positively engage with customers.  Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security or...Read More >

Sefton Economic Forum- book your place now!

The Autumn Sefton Economic Forum will be held on Friday 17th November 2017, at the Ramada Hotel, Southport. The theme of this forum is ‘Opportunities for Business Growth’.  The Forum will take place from 8.00am, followed by the Growth Hub Marketplace at 9.15am, which will give businesses the opportunity to explore the help and support that is available to them. The programme for the Forum has just been released, for more information or to book your place please visit our events calendar. Further details: Outline of event Growth Hub Marketplace Speakers  

Free Social Media Workshops

Google Digital Garage will be delivering three free sessions at Sensor City, focussing on Social Media and Digital Advertising.  The sessions are pitched at a beginner-intermediate level and are open to all companies, but will be particularly useful for start-ups and SME’s. The sessions will be held on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at the following times: 9am-10am:                  Social Media Strategy 10.15am-11.15am:     Writing for Social Media 11.30am-12.30pm:    Getting started with digital advertising   For more information on the sessions or to book a place please visit the Eventbrite page.  

Win Cost-Free Pop Up Space in over 100 retail places in the UK

Revo have launched a major new initiative called Free Space+. https://www.revocommunity.org/campaigns/free_space This is for small, independent businesses to win cost-free pop up space in over 100 retail places throughout the UK and Ireland. Revo supports people and businesses involved in the diverse world of retail property and placemaking and ten major landlords will support one winner each for up to 3 months in 2018.  The prize on offer is worth a total of £300,000! Our members offering free space are Westfield, Hammerson, British Land, M&G Real Estate, Ellandi, Capital & Regional, New River, Moorgarth, Montagu Evans and very newly joined Harcourt Developments. A huge support package will be on offer from the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), they will provide mentoring for each winner, a design session with the award-winning The Yard Creative and a pop-up kiosk for the time in each winning spot. We’d love for you to support us and help us reach independent businesses in your area....Read More >