April 2019

Sefton business win Queen’s Award for Enterprise!

A Bootle based company has been honoured with a ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ in the International Trade category for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Richardsons Healthcare Ltd. designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988. The company supplies pressure relieving mattresses and accessories to some of the world’s largest medical device companies and are recognised industry leaders in the development of this type of patient support surface. 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 Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to...Read More >

Consent secured for £15m Bootle tower block project

Healthcare developer VVHC has secured planning permission from Sefton Council for the £15m refurbishment of a 16-storey tower block in Church Walk, Bootle. The scheme, to be delivered in partnership with registered housing provider One Vision Housing, part of the Sovini Group, and contractor Carroll Build, will see the empty Irlam House transformed into a new hub for the care of local elderly people.  The building will be re-clad and fitted with new community facilities on two additional penthouse floors, including a communal lounge and top floor restaurant. Residents will also benefit from viewing decks, a gym and yoga room, cinema room, craft rooms and beauty therapy rooms. Neighbouring residents will encouraged to use the facilities, which the developer says he hopes will become a community hub. VVHC chief executive Roy Kenny said: “This is great news for local people as they can look forward to the very best standards of care and will no longer need to leave the...Read More >