October 2019

£15m funding package set to be approved for the Manufacturing Technology Centre

£15m funding package for world leading research and technology organisation the Manufacturing Technology Centre set to be approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be asked to approve a grant from its Strategic Investment Fund for £15m next week, to enable research and technology organisation The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to expand its facilities and create more than 40 highly skilled jobs. Having recently moved to the Liverpool Science Park, the MTC provides a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, working with the automotive, aerospace, construction, defence, rail, informatics, fast-moving consumer goods and electronics sectors. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, said: “The Liverpool City Region is already a hotbed of advanced manufacturing activity and we are leading the way, nationally and internationally. “The funding will have the twin benefits of delivering solutions for established industries whilst also providing a space in which innovative...Read More >

Southport law firm expands operations

A Southport solicitors is optimistic about creating new employment in the borough after expanding its operations. Napthens Solicitors has moved to larger premises in the town, following a period of growth. The business is moving from its original Hoghton Street offices to a larger site on the same street, after trebling its turnover since February 2016. Shru Morris, Napthens CEO, said: “Following significant growth, the time was right to make this important investment into our future in the area.  Building on our success, we have a real opportunity for further expansion as we continue to strengthen relationships within the local business community and welcome new clients. We expect to recruit more staff as demand grows.”  

2019 Cold Weather Fund Application Guidance

MHCLG are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities.  The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. What types of organisations do you fund? We will fund frontline organisations who are working to help end rough sleeping, who can demonstrate how grant funding will reduce rough sleeping and offer longer-term solutions from people sleeping rough accessing these shelters, by supporting moves into accommodation, and sustainable longer-term accommodation for those moving off the streets. Applicants much be registered charities/CIOs. What types of activities do you fund? Proposals must demonstrate how they will help end rough sleeping. Grants must be for one or both of two purposes: To provide additional accommodation to rough sleepers during the period 1st December 2019 to 31st March 2020. By additional we mean additional to what is...Read More >

Get involved – help shape the future of health and care in Sefton

People across Sefton have been given the opportunity to help shape the future of health, care and wellbeing across the borough. Anyone with an interest in health and care is being encouraged to take part in a survey which will help develop the borough wide Sefton NHS Five Year Plan – Shaping Sefton II – which is being developed as part of Sefton Health and Care Partnership (SHCP).   When finalised, Shaping Sefton II will be the borough’s response to the NHS Long Term Plan, published at the start of this year. Currently in draft form, Shaping Sefton II builds on the vision for transforming health and care set out in the original Shaping Sefton plan, developed in 2014.   To find out more and to complete a survey, please visit the CCG’s website. People are asked to give their views about the plan before 21 October when the survey closes. All the feedback received will be used to finalise...Read More >

Liverpool City Region Impact Fund – Wave 2

The Liverpool City Region Impact Fund (LCRIF) provides repayable finance to charities and social enterprises in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) to help them to increase their economic and social impact. The fund will make two waves of investment. Eight investments were made under wave one (2014-16) and we are now looking to make the second wave of investments from the returns on the first wave. Once wave two investments are repaid, the remaining funds will create a legacy for social enterprises in the North West. The fund has c. £475,000 to invest by March 2020 and a further £153,000 to invest by May 2021. We are currently looking to make 2-3 investments. The fund is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007-13 programme and the SIB Foundation. The Liverpool City Regional Fund (LCRIF) provides repayable finance to charities and social enterprises in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) to help them to increase their economic and social impact. The...Read More >

Embracing Your Digital Future

Join MTC at our Embracing Your Digital Future workshop on 22nd October to brainstorm and share ideas with other like minded delegates during round table sessions.  Places are limited, register now to request a place on this sought after workshop. Why Attend? Learn more about digital technology relevant to your size of operation Understand where digital technology can fit in your business specifically robotics, additive manufacturing and Internet of Things Map your current level of adoption on to the ‘Innocence to Excellence’ grid Understand what do you need to move forward with digital technology Agenda 7:30am- Registration and Breakfast 8:00am – Welcome and Introduction 8:05am – Presentation 8:20am – Case Studies, Benefits: Real & Relevant and with guest speaker, Louise Geekie, Project Director at Croft Engineering Ltd 8:35am – Workshop in Three 30 Minute Sessions 10:05am – Plenary and Feedback From Each Group in Three 5 Minute Sessions 10:30am – Event Summary and Close Please note, a post-event surgery will...Read More >

Brexit Business Readiness Events

The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on the 31 October 2019 and your business will need to take action to get ready.  All businesses are invited to attend a free Brexit Business Readiness Event to meet government advisers and to find out what action your business needs to take to prepare. The local event for Sefton businesses will be held at Liverpool Football Club on Monday 14th October 2019, 13:00 – 15.30. More info and book your place here

Only 15% of healthcare apps meet minimum safety standards, says leading Liverpool City Region tech business

Research by ORCHA, the world’s leading health app evaluation and advisor organisation, has revealed that only 15% of healthcare apps available for download meet minimum standards set by their review process. ORCHA monitor and evaluate healthcare apps available online, looking at 260 factors of individual apps covering performance and compliance, including clinical effectiveness, user experience, and data security, to give them a score. The score can then be used by governments and health and social care organisations to choose and deliver health apps that safely make the biggest impact in terms of improving clinical outcomes. Their evaluation of over 5,000 health apps has revealed that a significant number of healthcare apps available to download do not meet the minimum safety requirements. Notably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns, and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps, do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold. How Orcha is improving digital health apps across the globe ORCHA, which was founded in...Read More >

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 InvestSefton@sefton.gov.uk or ring Sharon or Dominique on 0151 934 3452.