November 2018

Workplace Wellbeing Grants 2018/19

Looking after the wellbeing of your employees will make you a stronger organisation with a happier, healthier workforce. It also shows that you care about the people who work for you. Improving work place wellbeing can also contribute to reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and support staff to improve their lifestyles. Living Well Sefton, in partnership with Sefton Public Health is offering ‘Small to Medium Enterprises’ (SMEs) grants of up to £500 to improve the wellbeing of employees. The total grant pot for this year is £25,000.  What we will consider funding, Staff costs including sessional staff, for example for workplace wellbeing activities such as yoga or mindfulness Volunteer costs and costs associated with allowing staff to volunteer during work time Equipment, for example bike racks to encourage active travel to work Training courses which are focused on wellbeing Events to support the wellbeing of staff Refurbishment of facilities which are clearly demonstrated to contribute to the health and wellbeing of...Read More >

Sefton Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace

The next Sefton Economic Forum will take place on Friday 7th December at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa. This key event in the Sefton business calendar will include talks from: Brian Sloan – Deputy Agent from the Bank of England will talk about the North West Economy Dr Thomas Horsley – Senior Lecturer University of Liverpool will deliver an update on Brexit Natalie Atkinson- CEO, Southport Football Club will share the Club’s ambitious plans Alison Hadaway – Business Development Manager at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa- our hosts for the morning will share their development plans. Following the Forum will be the Growth Hub Marketplace- your opportunity to browse the funded support that is available to your business. To book your place please contact Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email (priority will be given to businesses based in Sefton)

The Business Clinic – closing for Christmas

The Business Clinic, which takes place every Tuesday morning at The Atkinson Library, Lord Street Southport has now closed for Christmas and will reopen on Tuesday 15th January 2019. For information and guidance on business matters, please contact InvestSefton Growth Hub on 0151 934 3451 or email    

New Apprentice Travelcard launched today, could save apprentices in Liverpool City Region more than £400 a year

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched one of the country’s best discounted travel schemes for young people in training. The Apprentice Travelcard will give all those on apprenticeships aged 19-24 half-price bus travel across Merseyside, in line with the great affordable fares 16-19 year olds already enjoy. Announced earlier this year by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, alongside Bus Alliance partners Stagecoach, Arriva and other Merseyside bus operators, the Apprentice Travelcard is aimed at removing one of the main barriers to entry for young people wanting to start apprenticeships – access to affordable transport. The Apprentice Travelcard will allow holders to purchase weekly and four-weekly passes in line with great value Solo fares for under-19s, allowing unlimited travel across the Merseyside bus network and potentially saving users more than £400 a year. The roll-out comes just a month after the Metro Mayor launched a ‘Big Bus Debate’, a large-scale public conversation about the bus system...Read More >

Liverpool City Region Angel Network

  The Liverpool City Region has been gifted with its own network of angels. The LCR Angel Network was conceived earlier this year by Alternative Finance Providers - MSIF, Commercial Law Firm - Brabners, and Business Growth Specialists - Grant Thornton. The idea came to light when founders, Lisa Greenhalgh (CEO of MSIF), Mark Rathbone (Brabners Head of Corporate) and Gaynor Dykes (Regional Growth Manager at Grant Thornton), recognised both the lack of any coordinated Angel Group in the LCR Region, and for those active Angels, the difficulty in finding good opportunities to invest in.   The LCR Angel Network identifies promising businesses and puts them in-front of their growing number of Angel Investors. The Investors then have the opportunity to invest alone, or as a syndicate, providing not only financial support but experience and knowledge to an early stage business.  With 69% of Angel Investors choosing to invest inside of their home region (research commissioned by the UK Business Angels...Read More >

FREE workshop for Liverpool City Region firms looking to trade with China

The ECHO and the Liverpool City Region Business Post are teaming up with the Department for International Trade to put on a FREE workshop for businesses looking to export to China. Liverpool city region has a long history of trade links with China, and Liverpool itself is proud of its links with Shanghai.

NatWest launches Liverpool Pre-Accelerator for North West entrepreneurs

The NatWest Liverpool Pre-Accelerator is now open for applications from entrepreneurs across the city region who need business support to bring their ideas to life. The Pre-Accelerator is a fully-funded eight-week digital learning course that gives innovators the opportunity to achieve their business aspirations through intense online training and connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs. Applicants will be able to take part in the introductory ‘Ignition’ event on Tuesday 20th November, and also attend a mid-way workshop in December to swap their experiences with other participants. They will also be invited to the programme’s closing ‘Celebrate’ event, where they will be able to discuss what they’ve learned along the way and further develop their network. All meet-ups will be streamed online. Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “We are determined to be the leading bank for entrepreneurs by powering UK businesses to start, scale and succeed. The launch of our Liverpool Pre-Accelerator demonstrates our commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and early-stage...Read More >