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Financial and Professional Services Forum

InvestSefton will host a Financial and Professional Services Forum on Thursday 10th October 2019 at 8.00am. This key event in the Sefton business calendar will include talks from: Aquamarine Holistic Health Ltd – Stuart Jewell will talk about the impacts of stress on business and how a good stress management programme can improve performance and output, along with other aspects of well-being. Leading Town and Country Planning Consultant Ian Butter will be talking about Business Property and what you can and can’t do with it. The Forum will be chaired by David Inman, a Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Director of DIEM Ltd. The forum is open to any business in Sefton from the financial and professional services sector. To find out more information or to book your place, please email or ring Sharon or Dominique on 0151 934 3452.

HR for Business

Book a place on this workshop to learn some of the basics around HR in business. The workshop will provide a simple guide to HR by looking at the employment relationship including: HR Myths Recruitment Contracts Disciplinary and Grievance The workshop will be friendly and informal and will provide plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.  It will be led by Linda Lavery, a local HR consultant.   The workshop is open to any business or pre-start business, any size, based in Sefton. For more information ring Sharon and Dominique on 0151 934 3452 or email

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

You can apply for 2 grants to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. You can apply to get funding for: training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future. Who can apply Your business must: be established in, or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you not have previously failed to meet its tax obligations – we’ll check our records to decide if we can offer your business a grant You can apply for just one of the grants, or both. Training grant To apply for the training grant, your business must either: complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in...Read More >

37 things the Government is telling businesses to do ‘as soon as possible’ ahead of Brexit

The Government has issued a list of more than 60 pieces of advice for businesses to prepare for Brexit ahead of the anticipated October 31 withdrawal date. Much of the campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum in favour of the Leave vote were for the UK to “take back control” and to free the country from European Union bureaucracy.  But for businesses, this will first involve needing to make various checks, applications, registrations and finding alternative funding – and that Brexit could mean trade with other countries becoming far more difficult, especially in the now-likely event of a no-deal. As part of the Government’s information campaign ahead of Brexit, it has created a website called ‘Get Ready’, using multiple-choice questions to offer tailored information and advice.  That includes tips for British citizens living in Europe, EU citizens in the UK, people looking to travel after October 31, and what to do about pets passports, but also a huge amount of...Read More >

Prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise for Sefton business

A business reception was held to celebrate the presentation of the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise to a Bootle business supported by InvestSefton. The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell, in recognition of Richardsons Healthcare Ltd outstanding growth in its exports. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988 and designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival. The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of: * Innovation * International trade * Sustainable development * Promoting opportunity through social mobility On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition...Read More >