November 2019

Enterprise Hub launches second phase!

Thousands of entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region are set to benefit as Enterprise Hub launches a second phase. Liverpool City Region’s “one front door” access point for business support is extended and expanded in a significant step forward for driving entrepreneurship across the region. This week saw the official launch of the second phase of the Enterprise Hub programme, marking the continuation of support available to those who are thinking about starting or growing a business. The launch event took place today (26 November) in a special celebration at The Women’s Organisation, which is the lead and accountable body for the Enterprise Hub. The launch was attended by special guest speaker Julia Sweeney, Director of European Programmes and Local Growth at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), along with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery, and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Mr Steve Rotheram. Other guests included Enterprise Hub partner organisations, along...Read More >

LJMU supports local small businesses by fully funding 100 internships

Aiming to support business growth in the Liverpool City Region (LCR), this year’s LJMU fully funded (at no cost to the business) Internship Programme is primarily targeting small to medium size businesses. This gives growing businesses the opportunity to get one month of support from a student who is looking to work in the LCR. The internships are a great opportunity for any business to: Bring new skills and fresh ideas into the organisation Plug skills gaps in your organisation Complete an outstanding project that you have not had time to do yourself Develop a business idea Planning your business growth Give a student an opportunity to develop their world of work skills and attributes Look for new talent, particularly if you take a final year student (one-month to match new employees to your business for free) Give students an opportunity to prove their business ability, linked to their degree programme Recommendations from satisfied businesses from 2018 …both young ladies...Read More >

Give the Gift of Christmas to Children in Sefton

Final Toy Appeal Poster 2019   Everyone knows the best thing about Christmas is giving presents. This Christmas, Santa Claus has sent his elves from Lapland to join The Mayor of Sefton to give presents to the children who need them but he needs YOUR help! You can make sure Sefton’s children wake up on Christmas Day with a present under the tree and a memory to treasure forever. All you have to do is donate brand new, unwrapped presents by 18 December at the following locations: Bootle Town Hall; Southport Town Hall; all Sefton Council libraries and leisure centres and Asda in Southport. Donations of gift cards and toiletries are also welcome for older children and teenagers.   To find out more, call The Mayor of Sefton’s Christmas Elves on 07837863075 or visit:  

22 years of pension savings gone in 24 hours

Victims of pensions scams could lose 22 years’ worth of savings within 24 hours, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR). New analysis as part of the regulators’ joint ScamSmart campaign reveals that it could take 22 years for a saver to build a pension pot of £82,000 – the average amount victims lost to scams in 2018. But despite this, many savers could be at risk of falling for scammers tactics within 24 hours. New research reveals that almost 1 in 4 people (24%) surveyed, admitted to taking 24 hours or less to decide on a pension offer.  Worryingly, overconfidence could also lead to savers missing the signs of a scam. Despite nearly two thirds (63%) saying they are confident to make a decision about their pension, the same proportion (63%) would trust someone offering pensions advice out of the blue – one of the main warning signs of a scam.  Further still, the...Read More >

Digital Manufacturing Week – 12th to the 15th of November 2019

Digital Manufacturing Week 2019 which starts next Tuesday (12th November). This is the third year Digital Manufacturing Week has been held in the Liverpool City Region and the biggest yet (an estimated 6,000 delegates).  Every year the size of the event has grown and so has the ambition.  This year for example there is an official Digital Manufacturing Week Fringe.  The event is organised by The Manufacturer Magazine as their annual “festival of manufacturing”. Digital Manufacturing Week is Europe’s largest industrial digitisation event and consists of – Smart Factory Expo (13th and 14th of November) – a showcase of industrial digital technology solutions / services The Manufacturing Leaders Summit (13th and 14th November) – leaders of major manufacturers coming together to discuss future industry trends The Manufacturing Top 100 (13th November) – the “Oscars” of manufacturing, rewarding the 100 best manufacturers in the UK The Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards  (14th November) – recognising the most innovative manufacturing companies in the...Read More >

RDPE Growth Programme – Round Three

RDPE Growth Programme has reopened to expressions of interest. This opportunity has been achieved through the creation of the RDPE Growth Programme National Reserve Fund and to run a new round of National Calls for applications.  The three themes of Food Processing, rural Business Development and rural Tourism Infrastructure are available all of the 36 LEP areas where the grants have previously been available. This will be a minimum £35 million fund to boost rural productivity and create local jobs and the overall budget could increase to £50m to fund worthy projects. For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the minimum grants request has come down to £20,000 from £35,000, meaning that more small or micro-businesses may be eligible for a grant for their projects. The proposed new calls will operate in a very similar way to the previous round. There are a few changes to note. The minimum grant for all 3 themes is now £20,000 (previously £35,000)...Read More >

Fast-growing Sefton business creates cutting-edge medical training facility for LJMU

A Southport tech firm has created a cutting-edge immersive training room for nurses after receiving business growth support from InvestSefton. Immersive Interactive worked with Liverpool John Moores University to create and install a bespoke cloud-based experience, providing students the experience of delivering clinical care under realistic, high-pressure conditions. The immersive room, designed and built by the Southport firm, uses pioneering technology to bring training scenarios to life. Having received business support from InvestSefton, Immersive Interactive has enjoyed significant growth over the past six years and has received funding through the Local Growth Hub to further develop the cloud-based software on which its technology is based. Immersive Interactive now has a global reach, providing its technology for all aspects of healthcare. Chris Porter, Director at Immersive Interactive, said: “The financial and advisory support has really helped us to bring our immersive rooms to life, develop our technical capability, and push into new territories. We’re set to keep on growing and pushing...Read More >

Integrating New Technologies into your business

The University of Liverpool and Santander have a firm commitment towards providing local businesses with the necessary support to stimulate and drive business growth. Coming together, the University of Liverpool and Santander will be hosting a network event, where businesses will be able to find out about, how integrating new technologies into their business operations and the recruitment of emerging talent, can increase business productivity and improve business efficiency. You will get the opportunity to network over breakfast, while hearing from expert guest speakers from the University, Santander and like-minded businesses, who will discuss key issues impacting on your operations, share ideas and find ways to support each other. Subjects being covered during the networking breakfast, will include: • Blockchain – using new technologies in innovative and effective ways for your business • How to take advantage of KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Funding to drive your business growth • Emerging Talent – how to take advantage of Santander’s Universities Funding...Read More >