October 2018

Local Businesses All Wrapped Up

Expansion plans and Sefton as a great place to do business in were discussions as part of a tour of local businesses in the borough. Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, Cllr Marion Atkinson and Bootle MP, Peter Dowd, recently visited two south Sefton businesses to hear of their development plans. The tours were set up by InvestSefton – Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service who have helped both businesses through their ERDF Business Growth programme. First up was a site visit to Hardy UK – a leading Bootle-based manufacturer and supplier of precision blades to the global leather industry. Currently trading from Fernhill Road, Bootle, they employ 17 staff with the majority of them living in the borough. With a long term plan to stay locally and grow the business and workforce, InvestSefton is assisting the business in their future growth plans and previous support has included Regional Growth Funding, assistance in becoming...Read More >

Budget 2018: All the key points announced by the Chancellor

The key announcements from Chancellor Philip Hammond: TAX AND WAGES :: “Austerity is coming to an end but discipline will remain,” the chancellor says. :: Mr Hammond is raising the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 from April 2019 “one year early”. He says it is an income tax “cut for 32 million people” putting £130 in the pocket of a typical basic rate taxpayer. :: From April the National Living Wage will rise by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21. :: Fuel duty is frozen for the ninth successive year. Tobacco duty escalator will continue to rise at inflation plus 2%. Beer, cider and spirits duties are frozen. Duty on wine is to continue to rise in line with retail price index (RPI) inflation. CORPORATE TAX & SPENDING :: UK is to introduce a Digital Services Tax (DST) from April 2020 which is expected to raise £400m annually. DST would only be paid by companies...Read More >

Santander reveal fantastic £75m investment plan for Bootle

Santander today unveiled plans for a new, state-of-the-art campus, to replace their current offices in Bootle. The new complex will represent a £75 million investment in the area and be home to over 2,500 staff.  It will see Bootle become the contact centre and operations hub for Santander UK. The current site is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month and today’s plans will be the first significant redevelopment since it opened in 1968.  The ambition is to create a building that can become a hub for the local area with retail opportunities, sporting and social facilities and a public park.  The new office space will be designed to encourage collaboration amongst staff and support their well-being. Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted that Santander have shown such a massive commitment to our communities with this major redevelopment. “Since it opened 50 years ago, this site has provided employment, identity, and community and has been a...Read More >

Our Business Clinics are officially OPEN!!!!

Last week saw the launch of our increasingly popular Business Clinic drop in sessions at The Atkinson in Southport. A short video from the launch can be viewed here. The clinic is open to anyone who has any questions about their business- be it an existing business or a new business (or even just a business idea). Cllr Marion Atkinson attended the opening to cut the ribbon and officially declare the clinics open! The clinics are free to attend with no prior booking required. Every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm at The Atkinson on Lord Street Southport. Come along and see us- any business, any size, any sector!

Innovate UK- opportunity for companies looking for investment….

Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility Investment Showcase Register by: 8 October 2018, 12pm Competition closes: 15 October 2018, 12pm Showcase event date: 15 November, 2018 at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre For more information contact: Bruce Colley – Access to Finance manager – bruce.colley@innovateuk.gov.uk Lynne McGregor – Innovation Lead, MMM – lynne.mcgregor@innovateuk.gov.uk Register for the competition here Summary Innovate UK are offering an opportunity to pitch to a closed room of investors all who have expressed an interest in companies with innovation and Intellectual Property in advanced materials, manufacturing processes and mobility solutions for transport. As this showcase is co-located with the Digital Manufacturing Week Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool, we are The process opens on 17 Sept 2018. The deadline for registration is at 12:00pm (midday) on 1 October 2018, and the deadline for final applications to be submitted is at 12:00pm (midday) on 8 October 2018. There is no formal briefing event for this process as it is not a...Read More >