Starting a Business

Access free advice and guidance to start a business in the Liverpool City Region

Starting a business can be an exciting time, but getting the right guidance and support along your journey can make the difference when it comes to start up success. 

Delivered in partnership through the six local authorities in the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral) and funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a new online resource has been developed with lots of free advice and guidance for starting a business: Start a Business | Liverpool City Region | Growth Platform

InvestSefton can also offer 1:1 business start up support.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons and Safe Regeneration have been commissioned to deliver ‘Start Up Sefton’ business support for Sefton residents through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  

This support can include:

  • Understand the process of starting a business
  • Research a business idea
  • Build a comprehensive business plan
  • Develop a marketing plan
  • Create financial forecasts to understand the costs of running your business
  • Identify sources of finance to get started
  • Support businesses to grow.

Call Dom or Sharon for a friendly chat on 0151 934 3452 or email us at


Other support can be offered by the following: 

Sefton CVS

Details: Sefton CVS is a registered charity, operating for 40 years, providing specialist infrastructure and support services to voluntary, community and faith sector organisations (CF) that encourage and support independent resilience and sustainable communities in the borough of Sefton

Who is eligible? Individuals in Sefton looking to set up a social enterprise.

Startup Direct

Startup Direct provides funding, mentoring and support as part of the government-backed Start Up Loans Scheme. Supporting people of all ages over 18, from idea stage to businesses trading for up to 2 years, Startup Direct provide low interest government-backed loans of up to £25k. If you are successful in your application for funding you also receive FREE: 12 months business mentor support, access to workshops and networking events and business discounts from over 30 providers.

If you would like to be added as a partner to the above list, please contact 0151 934 3452