Event for Sefton residents thinking of starting a business

InvestSefton in partnership with Merseyside Expanding Horizons and Safe Regeneration are offering friendly expert advice for any Sefton resident thinking of starting a business. Meet the team and find out more about the start up support available at one of... More

Sefton based Elevate EBP make the NatWest Top 100 Social Enterprises in the UK list

The launch of this year’s NatWest SE100 – the list of the UK’s top 100 social businesses – has been released, and Sefton based Elevate EBP have made the list.  The SE100 was created by Pioneers Post more than a decade ago... More

Round table event for businesses who export

On Wednesday 10th July a round table meeting will be held at The Lake House in Waterloo for any business who export. The event will focus on the UK Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will be implemented on imports of... More

LCR Employer Engagement and Social Value Subgroup

Businesses are invited to join the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Employer Engagement and Social Value Subgroup which is part of the wider LCR Supported Employment Forum. Date: Thursday 26.09.24 Venue: TEAMS Time: 15:00 – 16:00 The aim of the subgroup... More

Supporting the growth of businesses owned by individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds- Innervision Account Manager Model Programme-

The Innervision Account Manager Model Programme is designed to support and accelerate the growth of businesses owned by individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. This comprehensive programme offers tailored coaching, personalised growth strategies, and an integrated network of... More

Aintree Connect Networking Meet

Join other local businesses for ‘Pop Up and Network’ at Aintree Racecourse Date: Thursday 27th June 2024  8.30am – 11.00am with bacon rolls tea/coffee on arrival. Bring along a pop up, your business cards and company literature and network. It... More

Instagram Workshop for Businesses

If you have ever wondered if Instagram is right for your business or you’ve used the platform for marketing with limited success then this workshop is for you.  InvestSefton and One Media Solutions Ltd are holding a workshop looking at... More

Sefton Huddle 20th June

The next meeting of our Sefton Huddle will take place on Thursday 20th June at Southport & Birkdale Sports Club at 11am.  Sefton Huddle is a networking group for businesses in the digital, creative and technical sectors in Sefton. For... More

New online system for Business Rates

Business rate payers in Sefton can now access ‘My Account’ which enables you to view and manage your Business Rates account via a safe and secure online portal.  My account enables Sefton residents to view and manage their Business Rates... More

Finance and funding clinics for Sefton businesses

The LCR Finance Hub in partnership with Invest Sefton is hosting a finance clinic. If you are a Sefton business looking for funding advice, we encourage you to book a session with George Wright or Lynsey Barnes – both Investment... More

Sefton Economic Forum 6th June

If you are a business based in Sefton, we would love you to join us for our next Economic Forum on Thursday 6th June at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa.  The forum will include talks from economist Christian Spence... More

Do you do enough to support the Health of your Staff?

Recent employee stats show: – 1 in 7 have a mental health condition – 1 in 3 have a long term condition – 1 in 10 have musculo-skeletal conditions Investing into a Staff Health Programme like Active Workforce can solve... More

Tender opportunity

InvestSefton, the Council’s business support and inward investment service is commissioning services from consultants across a range of specialisms to support business growth in Sefton.  Click here   for more information on our latest tenders, which have a closing date of... More

Southport Plastic Free

Great opportunity for Southport businesses to go plastic free and become a Plastic Free Business Champion. Sunnyside Guesthouse in Southport have set up Business Champion Award backed by Surfers Against Sewage.  Anthony Duffey, Sunnyside Guesthouse added ‘We have worked tirelessly... More

Free event for local businesses in the Gaming Industry

The Liverpool Game Dev Network (LGDN) in partnership with InvestSefton are holding an event in Southport on Wednesday 22nd May. Aimed at the games, tech and creative-tech industries, join us for an evening of expert talks and professional networking. Food... More

Financial & Professional Networking Group

Our next event will be our Financial & Professional Networking Group on the 17th April. This event is for Sefton businesses who are from the financial or professional sector. Find out more about this event on the Financial & Professional... More

Free health & wellbeing support for Sefton businesses

InvestSefton are working in partnership with Active Workforce (Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Team) to provide Sefton businesses and their employee’s with access to a range of FREE health and wellbeing support. The below flyer details some events running between... More

Calling construction businesses – supply chain opportunity

On March 12 Parkside Regeneration, a joint venture between St Helens Council and developer Langtree, secured planning consent from the council to build three logistics units at the former Parkside colliery in Newton-le-Willows.  St Helens Chamber, which last week collapsed into administration, contacted... More

Local Skills Improvement Plan

LSIP is the Local Skills Improvement Plan which is being delivered by five Chambers here in the Liverpool City Region, and a host of other Chambers nationally. The project is designed by the Department of Education to gather your business... More

Southport guest house owners dedicate Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards win to new baby Margo

Southport BID feature by Andrew Brown Stand Up For Southport  Sunnyside Guest House in Southport is leading the way in the region, after they triumphed in the highly competitive Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Tourism Award category at the Liverpool City... More

Food and Drink Opportunities along Sefton Coast

The Council has launched a tender process to continue its offering of food and drink across coastal locations in the Borough. In recent years the Council has received huge numbers of visitors our beaches and aims to continually enhance visitor... More

FREE sustainability business support for accommodation providers- launch event

Thanks to funding from UK Government, InvestSefton are working with environmental consultants Groundwork to provide sustainability support to accommodation provider businesses in Sefton.  To find out more about the support available come and join us for our FREE sustainability launch... More

Business start up support in Sefton

InvestSefton, Merseyside Expanding Horizons and Safe Regeneration are working in partnership to offer business start up support to anyone thinking of starting a business in Sefton. We are holding 2 drop in launch events if you would like to come... More

Cyber Security ‘Lunch & Learning’ Workshop

Join InvestSefton and AdaptiveComms for a ‘lunch and learning‘ session on cyber security and fibre connectivity.   The event is to be held on Wednesday 13th March 2024 at The Lake House, Crosby Coastal Park, Cambridge Road, L22 1RR. To book... More

Sefton Huddle

The next meeting of our Sefton Huddle will take place on Thursday 22nd February at The Atkinson in Southport at 11am.  Sefton Huddle is a networking group for businesses in the digital, creative and technical sectors in Sefton. For more... More

New Council leader visits Sefton businesses

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s longstanding Cabinet member for Regeneration and Skills and newly-appointed Council leader, recently visited two local businesses that have been supported by InvestSefton. Accompanied by Bootle MP Peter Dowd, Cllr Atkinson visited Marine FC in Crosby... More

Growth Catalyst- new programme open from May 2024

Applications for the next Growth Catalyst Programme are now open, for the programme starting on 15th May 2024. The deadline for applications is Friday 8th March 2024.  Growth Catalyst is a 7 month leadership development programme for business owners/senior managers,... More

AI Course for legal and accountancy businesses

Edge Hill University is offering 10 free places on a new short course, aimed at legal and accountancy firms, on making sense of how AI-enabled technologies can drive productivity and new revenue opportunities. AI is already having a hugely disruptive effect on... More

An Introduction to the Offshore Wind Industry in Ireland

The Department of Business and Trade is inviting businesses from across the UK to join the first in a series of webinars, designed to provide a detailed overview of offshore wind and the vast opportunities it presents for a variety... More

Digital tool to help cut energy costs

NatWest has launched a new digital tool to help small businesses save on their energy bills while reducing their emissions. The Energy Help and Support tool provides small businesses with tailored recommendations on energy-saving activities, such as installing solar panels... More

Guidance to help SMEs use online services

The National Cyber Security Centre has published guidance to help small organisations use online or cloud services more securely, so that they are less likely to be victims of cyberattacks. The guidance is specifically aimed at SMEs who do not... More

Free digital marketing for businesses – still places left!

Digital Boost Skills Bootcamp There are still some places left on the Digital Boost Skills Bootcamp starting on 31st January 2024.  This is an online course running once a week for 8 weeks.  The course will help you to upskill,... More

Free health and wellbeing support for businesses

InvestSefton are working in partnership with Active Workforce, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Team, to provide Sefton businesses and their employee’s with access to a range of FREE health and wellbeing support.  The support includes:  10 minute health checks and... More

Liverpool’s VEC to deliver £5.1m innovation support programme for city region’s SMEs

A new partnership between the University of Liverpool’s VEC (Virtual Engineering Centre), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Edge Hill University has launched to support business innovation across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). The new £5.1m Horizons programme, funded by... More

Liverpool City Region Hidden Gem

After an initial round of public voting, ten businesses, including The Lake House at Crosby, have now been shortlisted in the Hidden Gem category for this year’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards. Voting is now open to determine the winner.... More

Sefton Economic Forum Thursday 7th December

Sefton businesses are invited to attend our next Economic Forum on Thursday 7th December, held at The Lake House in Waterloo. There will be some interesting talks from our guest speakers and the chance to network with other Sefton businesses.... More

Expansion of support for exporters

UK Export Finance is introducing more flexible, fast-track financing for small businesses to make it easier for them to sell in international markets. This includes expansion of the ‘auto-inclusion’ scheme which provides fast-track access to trade finance products like the... More

Business Essentials – Employment Contracts

If you’re running a business, it can be a little overwhelming making sure that you’re getting your hiring processes right. Make sure you check out the Acas advice on employment contracts and written statements.  Find out more here More

£5.1m innovation support programme for city region’s SMEs

A new partnership between the University of Liverpool’s VEC (Virtual Engineering Centre), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Edge Hill University has launched to support business innovation across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). The new £5.1m Horizons programme, funded by... More

Help to grow management programme- information session

If you are a member of a senior management team in an SME and would like to take your leadership skills to the next level, join this webinar to find out more about the Help to Grow Programme. This is... More

spacehive – Start your crowdfunding project today

Do you have an idea for a community project in our local area that you want to raise money for?   Spacehive, a community fundraising platform, together with Sefton Council can help you crowdfund the money you need to bring your... More

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram Congratulates fast-growing Southport tech firm

Fast-growing Southport-based technology business AdaptiveComms were delighted to host Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram when he visited their offices this week. Central to growth The Mayor has identified the Digital, Creative and Technology Sector as being central to... More

Sefton Huddle- next meeting Thursday 2nd November

The next meeting of our Sefton Huddle (the networking group for digital, creative and tech businesses in Sefton) will take place on Thursday 2nd November 2023 at The Park Hotel in Netherton.  There will be networking from 11am, followed by... More

Innovate UK announce new grants for businesses

The following grants are now open for applications. For more information on each grant including eligibility and how to apply please follow the links below.      Mindset: Extended reality for digital mental health – Strand 2  This grant is... More

Financial & Professional Networking Group

Our next event will be a networking meeting for Sefton based businesses from the financial or professional sector.  This event will take place on Thursday 19th October at Bootle Cricket Club. 8am-9am- breakfast/networking  9am-9.30am– presentation from the Bank of England ... More

Businesses in Sefton are reminded of single-use plastic ban from October 1st 2023

Sefton Council is reminding local businesses, such as takeaways, sandwich bars, care homes and retailers who supply certain single-use plastic items, that a government ban comes into force from Sunday, 1st October. The ban means that businesses across England will not... More

Finance Workshop for Businesses- Raising Investment Finance and Pitching

In partnership with the British Business Bank, the Digital Tech Cluster is delivering a full-day workshop on Wednesday 18th October between 09.45 and 16.30, about raising investment for leaders of digital tech companies, hosted at the Liverpool offices of Brabners... More

Fallen Planet receives fund:AI investment from River Capital

fund:AI (managed by River Capital) have invested £500,000 into leading Virtual Reality (VR) gaming company Fallen Planet Studios. Based in Southport, Merseyside, Fallen Planet are at the forefront of VR gaming and have deep relationships into the major platforms including... More

Creative Industries Roadshow Liverpool

Driving Success in the US and Canada Join the Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) US-based team to learn about Creative, Media and Sports Economy programmes in North America, including: South by Southwest (SXSW) Game Developers Conference (GDC) Realscreen Kidscreen... More

Safeguard your Business from Cyber Crime

Workshop and £1,000 worth of free support to help protect your business InvestSefton and the NW Cyber Resilience Centre, a not-for-profit police-led partnership are inviting Sefton businesses to join us for a free Cyber Security workshop on either 20th September or... More

Leading Ladies in Business- new networking event for women

Leading Ladies in Business (LLIB) is a new all female networking group, there will be an event in Sefton on Tuesday 26th September from 7pm- 9pm at The Lake House in Waterloo.  The agenda is as follows:  7pm – Event... More

Well Connected North- New Networking Group

Liverpool Chamber are setting up a new networking group, the first meeting will be held on Friday 22nd September, 8.30am-10.30am   at The Lake House in Waterloo.  This event is free for all to attend, the concept will always remain the... More

Global Explorers Innovate UK

Applications are now open from 4th September for the Global Explorers Programme, a programme for high growth, innovative businesses. There is 140 places nationwide. In essence the programme is designed to help innovative companies reach international markets via a £21K... More

Liverpool 2030- From sustainable to regenerative tourism

Visitor economy businesses are invited to attend an event that looks to progress sustainability in the Liverpool City Region.   From Green Tourism certified accommodations to community-driven initiatives, this event will inspire you to become an advocate for regenerative tourism. Connect... More

Raising Awareness of Neurodiversity

Free one hour webinar for Liverpool City Region employers and organisations delivered by Knowsley Council and Liverpool Council to raise awareness of Learning Disabilities, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) – see attached flyer... More

Meet The Buyer Event – For businesses who want to supply to the hospitality sector

If you are a business that demonstrates a passion for sustainability, and you would like to attract more business from the hospitality industry across the Liverpool City Region, this FREE event is for you. Visitor Economy businesses want to reduce... More

Entries Now Open For Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2023

Applications are now officially open for the prestigious Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2023, with even more categories for businesses to enter. Liverpool Cathedral will play host to the ceremony on Thursday 29 February 2024 – when the region will... More

Appointment of Cluster Boards for the Liverpool City Region Business and Enterprise Board

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are in the process of setting up a new Business and Enterprise Board. Within this board, three new Cluster Boards will be set up for the following sectors:  Advanced manufacturing Health and life sciences... More

Deadline for applications to Growth Catalyst Programme – 11th August

Growth Catalyst is a leadership development programme for small businesses in Merseyside with 2-250 employees. Developed by experts in the field of leadership and management, the programme has been designed to respond to the needs of owners and managers, providing... More

Take your business to the next level with The Help To Grow: Management Programme

 The University of Liverpool Management School are delivering the Help to Grow: Management Programme. Help to Grow: Management will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth. Accredited by the Small Business... More

Extension of digital and creative support programme after deal for new funding

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved funding to extend a business support scheme aimed at digital, creative and tech firms. The Gather business support programme has delivered almost 300 jobs in its first phase, beginning in January 2020. The... More

Riga Food 2023- Opportunities for Businesses

The B2B Marketplace at Riga Food 2023 brings together companies (buyers as well as suppliers) from a large number of countries. This is a unique opportunity to generate new business contacts and contracts.  Topics addressed will include:  Food products and... More

Fully funded cyber security support for businesses

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the North West, supported by Merseyside Police, are offering some fully funded training for businesses. Joining the programme will provide security, stability and cyber resilience to your business.  The programme includes:  Security awareness training  12... More

Sefton Huddle – networking group for digital, creative and tech businesses in Sefton

The next meeting of the Sefton Huddle, the networking group for digital, creative and tech businesses in Sefton, will take place on Thursday 29th June at Marine FC.  The event will start at 11am and there will be an update... More

Announcing the Ambitious LCR List

As the LCR High Growth Programme draws to a close, Growth Platform are pleased to announce the Ambitious LCR List.   The Ambitious LCR List is an exclusive list designed to highlight and celebrate the achievements of local innovators who... More

LCR Be More – Funded training and support for businesses

Be More offers FREE tailored support and guidance to businesses across throughout the Liverpool City Region. Be More is an innovative service devised and launched by Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, is helping to bridge... More

Sefton Economic Forum – 15th June

Our Summer Economic Forum will be held on Thursday 15th June at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa. We have lined up some interesting speakers for the event, and afterwards we will hold our Growth Hub Marketplace where businesses can... More

Tickets on Sale for Comedy Festival at Salt and Tar in the heart of Bootle

Tickets are on Sale for Comedy Festival at Salt and Tar in the heart of Bootle.  Salt and Tar is ideally located in between the Liverpool-Leeds canal and Bootle Strand.   It is a brand new outdoor food and event space: ... More

Wanted – business leaders to shape economic future of the Liverpool City Region

Plans have been approved to integrate the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which provides a voice for the city region’s business community, into the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.  The proposals were approved by the Combined Authority on... More

Free Digital Marketing Workshops for businesses

The Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University are running 2 free digital workshops for enterprises, startups, SMEs, and not for profit organisations who are looking for support on developing digital marketing strategy.  Creating Buyer Personas – Tuesday 13 June... More

Survey for any Churchtown based businesses

Calling Churchtown based businesses!  Green Sefton are working on a National lottery Heritage fund bid for Botanic Gardens in Churchtown and are looking for local businesses to undertake a short survey.  If you would like to complete the survey please... More

Eco-I North West – Net Zero Essentials

If you are an SME based in the North West who wants to kick-start your journey to be a cleaner, greener business then this two-day programme is for you. Our Net Zero expert from Lancaster University will take you through... More

Financial and Professional Networking Group 

Tomorrow we are holding our Financial and Professional Networking Group- a networking group for Sefton based businesses in the Financial and Professional sectors.  This group offers businesses an opportunity to network, along with providing us with an opportunity to highlight... More

Crowd funding opportunities for local businesses

Sefton council’s crowd funding platform is looking to engage with local businesses to support our communities to develop incredible ideas to benefit local people and places. There are three projects crowdfunding at the moment that are looking for support: More

Sustainability and preparing for net zero workshops

The ECO-I NW project at Liverpool John Moores University are running workshops on sustainability and preparing for net zero. Below are the workshop dates, for more information please contact Francine Taylor at LJMU     Business planning for sustainability... More

Campaign to help businesses reduce energy bills

A campaign to help businesses, charities and public sector bodies increase their energy efficiency has been launched by the Government. The campaign, targeted at small and medium-sized businesses, will offer guidance on how organisations can make significant savings while cutting... More

Time is running out to apply for support

Time is running out to apply for support  There is only a few weeks left for businesses to apply for the LCR4.0 Holistic project, offering fully-funded support in adopting digital and becoming better connected to your supply chains. Find out more... More

Accredited ILM Level 3 –Planning Change in the Workplace

LCR Enhance has funding from the European Social Fund to develop and deliver programmes with you in mind. For Individuals and businesses across the Liverpool City Region. Date: 30th March 2023 at 9.30am at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Business... More

Spotlight on: Low Carbon

Join the Eco-I North West team at LJMU to find out how they can assist your business to realise the low carbon potential in your products, processes and services. Monday 27th March 2023, 10-10am  Book your place through Eventbrite here More

‘Health is Wealth’ – A workshop to help you improve your mental health

InvestSefton in partnership with PACT Mantality would like to invite you to a workshop that focusses on mental wellbeing. Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high... More

Budget 2023

Spring Budget 2023 Announcements in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget which affect small businesses include: Levelling up Investment Zones will be re-introduced and 12 zones will be created across the UK. The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will be taken... More

Time is running out to register for the Help to Growth: Management Programme

There is less than 2 weeks left for SME local business leaders to register for the Help To Grow cohort starting March 21.    Are you a member of the senior management team at a small or medium-sized business? Do... More

Launchpad – Advanced Manufacturing – Liverpool City Region

Nearly £5.5m has been awarded to 23 Liverpool City Region innovation projects – with an emphasis on digital technology and tackling the climate emergency as part of Innovate UK’s ground-breaking Launchpad programme.  A second round of competitive grant applications is... More

Congratulations to Sefton Businesses at the Tourism Awards

Liverpool Cathedral provided the stunning backdrop for last night’s Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards (2 March). Recognising excellence across the city region’s tourism and hospitality industry, the annual awards are delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company.... More

Pride In Sefton Awards launches Business In the Community category backed by In Demand Radio

Do you know a local business which has made a real difference in the local community?  Firms across Sefton have an enviable record of being a force for good for local people – now we’d like you to help us... More

Help to Grow: Management – Last chance to apply!

There is less than 4 weeks left for SME local business leaders to register for the Help To Grow cohort starting March 21 Are you a member of the senior management team at a small or medium-sized business? Do you... More

Making Net-Zero a Reality: UK-EU Innovation and Collaboration Event

This conference and brokerage event is designed to bring together experts, innovators and potential collaboration partners to tackle the challenge of climate change and find solutions to achieve net-zero.  It will be held on 22nd March, 10am- 4pm at The... More

Techedia to create ‘new generation’ of IT specialists

Days after moving into his new £1m Liverpool city region HQ, Techedia founder Matthew Townson says he wants to train a ‘new generation of IT specialists’. Techedia has revealed its plans to train a new generation of IT specialists in... More

Business Rates Update

All business rates properties are to be revalued with effect from 1 April 2023. You can find the current valuation, and the valuation that will apply from 1 April 2023 at In the Chancellors Budget Statement on 17 November 2022... More

New Market 2 is now closed

The Growth Platform have advised that New Markets 2 programme is now closed for applications. An expression of interest form on their webpage (here) should any more funding become available. More

Hatter’s Digital Agency unveils new HQ and calls for more office space in Southport

Hatter’s Digital Agency has moved into smart new offices in Southport.  The award-winning digital marketing company is now situated at 21 Hoghton Street, right in the heart of the town centre. The firm employs seven talented creatives who provide services including... More

Techedia transforms historic Southport landmark into stunning new offices with £1m investment

The impressive new Techedia offices in Southport town centre are now open, after an investment of well over £1 million.  It is a huge boost for Southport’s hopes of diversifying its economy and growing the creative, digital and tech sectors – and... More

New Energy Bills Discount Scheme announced for businesses

The government have announced a new energy scheme for businesses, charities, and the public sector, ahead of the current scheme ending in March. The scheme will mean that all eligible UK businesses and other non-domestic energy users will receive a... More

Businesses urged to update telephone technology

From 2025, ISDN (integrated services digital network) and PSTN (public switched telephone network) telephone lines will be permanently turned off. Only 15% of small and medium-sized businesses have plans in place to migrate to an alternative technology which will replace... More

Edge Hill University Careers Fair

Edge Hill University is holding a Careers Fair, which will be held on Thursday 9th March, between 10:00 and 14:30.   The event is free to attend and aims to provide a platform for employers to promote their organisation and... More

Time is running out to access New Market 2 ERDF Funding!

Time is running out to access New Markets 2 ERDF Funding.  The programme is finishing this year and new applications will need to be in by 31st March 2023.   Growth Platform’s New Markets 2 ERDF programme can provide a 35%... More

Staying ahead in law 2023: conference for law firm leaders

Date: 25th January 2023 Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm Venue: Taylor Wessing, Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF Suitable for: practice managers, managing partners, Heads of HR, Finance and Innovation, CEOs and those with management responsibilities. More details here  More

Tax return deadline

There is less than a month left for Self Assessment customers to file their tax return or they may face a penalty. Don’t forget to file yours by the 31 January deadline     More

Government announces phased mandation of Making Tax Digital for Income

Self-employed individuals and landlords will have more time to prepare for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA), following a government announcement today (19 December 2022).     Understanding that self-employed individuals and landlords are currently facing a... More

Opening of IKEA Plan & Order Point in Aintree

Yesterday IKEA opened its Plan & Order Point in Aintree, which is a smaller store dedicated to kitchen and bedroom planning, where customers can visit for home furnishing advice and expertise to help design their ideal space. The opening comes... More

Economic Forum & Growth Hub Marketplace- 8th December

Thank you to everyone who attended this event.  The next Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace will take place in July 2023, more details to follow next year!  More

Careers Hub awarded over £500,000 to continue to help transform careers education across the Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved £500,000 in additional funding from The Careers & Enterprise Company to continue the success of the Liverpool City Region’s Career Hub. The funding will enable the Careers Hub, managed by Growth Platform... More

£20m seed fund launched to boost Liverpool’s start-up sector

A £20m seed fund has been set up to help Liverpool start-ups grow and create jobs. Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, announced the plan to provide equity investment in early-stage businesses. The combined authority will invest £10m into an... More

Fair Employment Charter- opportunity for businesses

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are looking for organisations of all sizes to join them on their journey to make the Liverpool City Region the fairest most equitable place in the country to work or run a business in,... More

Sefton Council Toy Appeal 2022

A message from Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, May of Sefton TOY APPEAL 2022 2022 Dear Sefton Businesses I am launching the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal where very soon I will be urging anyone who can to donate a small something... More

Liverpool City Region Export Plan sets out ambitious target to grow exports to £11.8bn by 2030

With ambitions to grow exporting performance in the Liverpool City Region by 2030, Growth Platform: Liverpool City Region Growth Company has today launched the city region’s Export Plan, a roadmap aimed at helping businesses in the area grow, in time... More

Growth for Good Series – Diversity and Inclusion

How can businesses in LCR place diversity and inclusion at the heart of their businesses to ensure a better future for all? Growth Platform is partnering with Firestarters to produce a special six-month programme of events called ‘Growth for Good’.... More

25/10/2022 – LYVA Labs invests in emerging biotech business Daresbury Proteins

Continuing to move through a pipeline of health and life science investment, LYVA Labs, the Liverpool City Region’s innovation commercialisation organisation, has announced its latest investment in emerging biotech, Daresbury Proteins.     Halton-based Daresbury Proteins produces proteins used in academic... More

19/10/2022 – Launchpad – Advanced Manufacturing – Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region is one of only two places to pilot a new programme of up to £15m to drive innovation beyond south-east England.  Launchpad is looking to build on local innovation strengths by providing grants ranging from £15k... More

18/10/2022 – What was in the mini-budget and what is the government’s new plan?

The government will reverse almost all tax measures announced in its mini-budget. Plans to cut the basic rate of income tax to 19% have been shelved and support for energy bills scaled back. The mini-budget was only unveiled on 23... More

Meet The Buyer Event– Sandway Homes & Barnfield Construction, Thursday 20th October

InvestSefton would like to give Sefton based businesses, suppliers, smaller contractors, and sole traders the chance to learn about forthcoming contract opportunities arising from the Sandway Homes and Barnfield Construction Phase 1 build programme.  Sandway Homes have commissioned Barnfield Construction... More

21/09/2022 – Business energy prices to be cut by half expected levels

Energy bills for UK businesses will be cut by around half their expected level this winter under a huge government support package. The scheme will fix wholesale gas and electricity prices for firms for six months from 1 October, shielding... More

09/09/2022 – Support for businesses and non-domestic properties

Providing support to businesses While the majority of UK non-domestic customers are on fixed price energy deals, some are not. Businesses did not benefit from the Ofgem price cap and there was a risk that some would fall through the gap, unable... More

09/09/2022 – New Markets 2: Express programme

Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company have launched a new fast track service to access 35% grant funding for projects between £3,000 – £5,000. The ERDF funded New Markets 2: Express programme has been developed to simplify the... More

25/08/2022 – How to reach your Customer Audience on Social Media

Learn how social media platforms operate and how they can work to your best advantage to generate interest and sales for your business. About this event Learn how social media platforms operate and how they can work to your best... More

23/08/2022 – Liverpool John Moores University’s Discovery Internship Programme is now open to apply

For the academic year of 2022-23, cohort 1 of LJMU’s Discovery Internships programme will be fully funded 105-hour work experience internships with employers within the Liverpool City Region. 1 of the 105 hours is covered by an online induction delivered... More

16/08/2022 – Help to Grow: Digital Scheme update from BEIS

BEIS are delighted to let you know about some key improvements we have made to the Help to Grow: Digital scheme, which will enable even more firms to benefit.  We have expanded eligibility for the Help to Grow: Digital scheme... More

16/08/2022 – InvestSefton’s charity offer to boost economy consultation returns

Sefton Council’s Business Support and investment Team-InvestSefton are offering to donate an hour of voluntary work to a local charity for every 10 responses that are completed in the current Economic Strategy consultation. Feedback Team members are keen to ensure... More

03/08/22- Help To Grow Programme: Enrolling now for September

The Help To Grow Management course at the University of Liverpool helps local SME businesses to learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. The course is 90% government-funded over a 12-week part-time programme providing:    * 1:1 mentoring... More

28/07/2022 – Business Growth Adviser Vacancy

Sefton Council’s Economic Growth and Housing Service has secured ERDF Funding for a business growth project, to be led by Invest Sefton, the Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment team. To assist in the delivery of the project we... More

25/07/2022 – Next Growth Catalyst Programme starting on Thursday 3rd November 2022

Growth Catalyst is a seven-month leadership development programme, designed specifically for owners and senior managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region, to help the business grow.  The programme is uniquely designed to provide both personal and business support.   The programme... More

01/07/22- Book your place at InvestSefton’s Summer Economic Forum on 14th July

Sefton businesses are invited our Summer Economic Forum on Thursday 14th July at 8.15am at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa.  We have secured a diverse panel of speakers who will provide food for thought in their specialist areas. Complimentary... More

13/06/2022- Growth Platform launches additional New Markets 2 ERDF Funding

Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company has re-launched the New Markets 2 ERDF programme to help SMEs access high value commercial business advice and support.  Eligible businesses can receive a 35% contribution to the cost of consultancy or agency... More

08/06/2022- Raising Awareness of Neurodiversity

Free one hour webinar for Liverpool City Region employers and organisations delivered by Knowsley Council and Liverpool Council to raise awareness of Learning Disabilities and Neurodiverse conditions including Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia – please see... More

07/06/2022- Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) now open

The Government has launched the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) to support those businesses affected by the pandemic who are ineligible for previous related COVID 19 reliefs in the 2021/22 financial year. The fund replaces the right to request a... More

07/06/2022- Education to Industry: Employer Stakeholders

College’s engagement with business, the development of an employer-driven curriculum and how it benefits the community and local businesses. What can I expect? Hear from current employer partners of Hugh Baird College and how these partnerships have had a positive... More

06/06/2022- Supporting Construction employers to recruit and develop their workforce

This event will focus on the support and funding available from both the LCR Combined Authority and CITB to support the construction sector . We will also hear from a number training providers currently delivering funded training, as well as Laing O’Rourke who are... More

20/05/22- High Growth Innovation Fund- last chance to complete Expression of Interest today

The High Growth Innovation Fund is part of the LCR High Growth Programme that is part funded by ERDF and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company. The fund will... More

17/05/2022- Free Digital Skills from Santander

Your Digital Pathway is a new, free introductory level digital skills course from Santander, developed in collaboration with the Institute of Coding and the award-winning TechUP initiative based at Durham University.  The course has been created to support people who... More

10/05/2022- Leadership Growth Skills Summer Programme 2022

Liverpool Business School with the European Social Fund have created a fully funded programme that offers participants a series of workshops, coaching sessions and topics that develop skills to support the leadership growth agenda in the region.  Participants can join... More

09/05/2022- £1m boost for Liverpool City Region Angel Network

A £1m funding boost for SME’s across the Liverpool City Region has been announced by Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has pledged £500,000, matched by equal funding from not-for-profit funder Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) for... More

28/04/2022- Access to finance – navigating the funding landscape

Looking for finance can be a minefield, what do you need to have in place to apply and what’s the best option for your business?  To help you navigate this complicated landscape, FW Capital are running a series of three... More

27/04/2022- Bosch Rexroth Event at new MTC Liverpool facility

Bosch and their partners are running an event at the new MTC facility In Liverpool Science Park in May which may be of interest to manufacturing and engineering clients of any size. It’s part of a Bosch national roadshow  and... More

25/04/2022- Sales for LCR businesses nudge ahead of national trends

Liverpool City Region businesses are bucking national trends for domestic sales, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey by the British Chambers of Commerce. Data collected for the Liverpool City Region by the Chambers in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens... More

21/04/22- Important information for all Sefton taxi drivers

Information from Sefton Council: All drivers due for a licence renewal will receive a letter inviting them to Bootle One Stop Shop for an appointment. Ensure you read your letter in full and that you have the relevant evidence and... More

19/04/2022- Last chance to book your place on our Working on Wellbeing Webinar tomorrow!

InvestSefton are partnering with Active Workforce’s ‘Working on Wellbeing’ programme to look into how we can help benefit employee health and wellbeing, and its links to better productivity. The session will also look at back care including the causes and... More

12/04/2022- Enterprise Skills Hub are running more free workshops during May

The Enterprise Hub Skills at Liverpool John Moores University are running some free workshops for businesses. Developing a Marketing Plan Learn how to apply a simple model  that enables you to produce a marketing plan that meets the specific needs... More

08/04/22- Free cyber security webinar on 12th April at 10am

As part of the National Cyber Security Centre’s ongoing response to events in Ukraine it is holding an online webinar to demonstrate its cyber resilience tool to help businesses and organisations better protect themselves and prepare for ransomware and other cyber attacks.... More

07/04/22- LCR Sustainable Warmth Fund – Market Engagement Event for suppliers and installers

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) is holding a Market Engagement Event for the Liverpool City Region Sustainable Warmth Fund Works Contractor. This event is open to suppliers and installers interested in being involved in the delivery of the... More

06/04/22- Important information for local businesses- road closures in place for Grand National this weekend (7th, 8th and 9th April)

A number of diversions and traffic management measures will be in place over the weekend for the Grand National’s three days (Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, April 9) including temporary closures. Anyone not attending the festival are advised to avoid... More

23/03/2022 – Developing a Digital Roadmap for Your Business

Digital Marketing is a key element of selling goods and services online.  Whether you want to generate more sales, develop your online brand, or are simply looking to share good news with customers or prospective customers, it can be daunting... More

15/03/2022- FREE Inbound Tourism Business Support

Market leading training delivered by VisitEngland – the official tourism experts for travel to England. What if you had access to a £28.4bn market? Would you take the opportunity? In 2019, the UK tourism industry was worth £120bn, with inbound... More

14/03/2022- Way to Work – JobHelp

Way to work is a new partnership between Government and Employers to get 500,000 Jobseekers into work by the end of June 2022.  The partnership will help fill record numbers of vacancies, supporting job ready people into the labour market... More

10/03/22- Coffee, Croissants & Business Support- 22nd to 24th March

Join us at The Good Business Festival from 22-24 March for Coffee, Croissants & Business Support The events will take place across three venues in Liverpool-  22 March – Oh Me Oh My   23 March – Crypt Hall 24 March-... More

07/03/2022- Know Your Market

Are you thinking of setting up a business? Are you trying to grow your business? Don’t miss this special FREE BIPC Workshop at Crosby Library hosted by the Business & IP Centre . You can discover how to research your... More

01/03/2022- Business Planning Workshop

This face to face business plan workshop will give you the skills to create and develop an entrepreneurial business plan. About this event This is an interactive business plan workshop that aims to systematically train you to create and develop... More

23/02/2022- Support programme unveiled to help LCR tourism industry recover from pandemic

A support plan has been unveiled to help Liverpool City Region’s tourism industry recover from the impact of the pandemic. Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, announced the two-year scheme for the industry, worth £5bn a year to the region, which will... More

22/02/2022- The Innovation Catalyst

Peer-learning programme designed to help north west businesses collaborate to develop new low carbon innovations for a prosperous and sustainable future. This Innovation Catalyst is designed for influential/ambitious SME leaders interested in connecting with academic expertise and like-minded peers to address the... More

11/02/2022- Sefton’s SME leaders urged to sign up for Digital Growth Programme to maximise performance and growth

Sefton SME business leaders now have the opportunity to join the City Region Digital Growth Peer Network to discover how technology can have a positive impact on their company’s performance and growth. Starting on Thursday 10th March, the free programme is... More

07/02/2022- The Good Business Festival returns in March 2022

FROM 22nd – 24th MARCH 2022, THE GOOD BUSINESS FESTIVAL WILL FINALLY BE LIVE IN THE LIVERPOOL CITY REGION. DAY 1 – Tuesday kicks off at the Waterfront as we hear from experts and business leaders about the innovations and solutions... More

26/01/2022- Now Recruiting! – Next “Growth Catalyst programme” starting on 26th April 2022

Growth Catalyst is a seven-month leadership development programme, designed specifically for owners and senior managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region, to help the business grow.  The programme is uniquely designed to provide both personal and business support.  The programme... More

24/01/2022- Growth Catalyst programme opening again

Growth Catalyst is a seven-month leadership development programme, designed specifically for owners and senior managers of SMEs in the Liverpool City Region, to help the business grow.  The programme is uniquely designed to provide both personal and business support.  The programme... More

21/01/2022- Liverpool City Region Additional Restrictions Grant 3 NOW CLOSED

The Government has provided Sefton Council (and other neighbouring Local Authorities in the Liverpool City Region) with further Additional Restrictions Grant payments (ARG3). This fund is to support businesses severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant and which... More

21/01/2022- Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant to open Friday 21st January 2022 NOW CLOSED

THIS GRANT IS NOW CLOSED   On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for business rate payers in the hospitality and leisure sectors. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that... More

20/01/22- Help to Grow: Digital scheme launched today

The government’s Help to Grow: Digital scheme has opened for applications today (20 January 2022).  Under the scheme, eligible businesses can now receive discounts of up to £5,000 off the retail price of approved Digital Accounting and CRM software from... More

11/01/2022- HMRC reminds businesses to declare COVID-19 grants on tax returns

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging tax agents and accountants to remind their clients that COVID-19 support grants or payments are taxable and should be declared on their company tax returns. The deadline for customers or agents filing company tax... More

07/01/2022- HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020/21 tax return and pay any tax due.... More

06/01/2022- Futureproof your Business: Preparing your business for a low carbon future

Eco-I North West are welcoming the new year with a FREE workshop to SMEs in the Liverpool City Region to support them to futureproof their businesses for a low carbon economy on Tuesday 18th January, 9:30-12:30. The workshop will inform... More

15/12/21- Digital Skills for the Workplace

Digital Skills for the Workplace provides flexible hands-on courses of up to 16 weeks in duration, which are part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. The training is open to adults aged 19+, either in work, looking... More

08/12/21- EU transition- step by step webinars for businesses

Webinars and videos about trading with the EU are now available for businesses to access. A full calendar can be found on GOV.​UK. New dates have been added for step-by-step webinars in December which focus on moving dairy, fish and... More

08/12/21- COVID-19: Working Safely Guidance and Posters

The working safely guidance has been updated to reflect the new changes which came into law on 30 November 2021.  To help businesses with their communication of the new rules on mask wearing posters are now available on   These posters are... More

07/12/2021- It’s today! InvestSefton and The Good Business Festival presents Family Fortunes at Southport Market

InvestSefton and The Good Business Festival presents Family Fortunes.  According to the Institute for Family Business, 87.6% of businesses in the UK are family businesses employing more than 14 million people, and making up more than 50% of the private... More

30/11/2021- LJMU Discovery Internships and Graduate Futures Internships

Expressions of interest are now open for start dates in the first quarter of 2022 on an in-situ (based physically at the company address), virtual (home-based), or blended (a mix of in-situ and home-based working pattern) basis.  Places are limited therefore expressions of interest are based on a first come basis and the... More

29/11/2021- Futureproof your Business, preparing your business for a low carbon future

Why not join Liverpool John Moores University at a virtual workshop on 7th December 2021 starting at 9.30am on practical help that can be offered to businesses.  It is being delivered by the Clean Growth team. Contact us for more... More

29/11/2021- Sefton businesses offered second chance to apply for Trading On Scheme grant

Liverpool City Region leaders have extended the grant application window for the Trading On Scheme, to encourage more businesses affected by Covid-19 to secure financial support. The second application window is now open until 5pm on Friday 10th December 2021.... More

25/11/21- Lunch with Gather- for Digital Businesses- 6th December

Lunch with Gather & Matt Byrom Join Gather for an exclusive lunch with marketing expert Matt Byrom.  Lunch will be served by Bliss Hotel, Waterfront, Promenade, Southport PR9 0DZ Register by 26th November 2021 at the latest to secure your... More

23/11/21- Help to Grow- Management and Digital Support for SME’s

  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that small business leaders can still sign up and register their interest in Help to Grow Management, a 12 week-programme delivered by leading business schools. The programme is... More

16/11/2021- Sefton supports care homes to make improvements for health and wellbeing

Registered nursing and residential homes in Sefton are now eligible to apply for up to £20,000 to make physical improvements or purchase technology. The aim of the grant is to make care homes more dementia friendly, improve health and wellbeing... More

12/11/2021- Become a Business Supporter at Green Sefton

Make it your business to be a part of Green Sefton’s ambition for a cleaner, greener and more beautiful Borough for all. Green Sefton is a service within Sefton Council that is responsible for managing an array of incredible outdoor... More

09/11/2021- Enterprise Hub Skills Project

The Enterprise Hub Skills project aims to simplify access to enterprise training and development, offering high quality learning opportunities to build the enterprise skills and economic pathways for individuals in the LCR. Through strategic engagement the partnership will ensure local... More

05/11/2021 – One week left to apply for the Liverpool City Region Trading On Grant

There is one week left to apply for this grant scheme which targets small or medium sized businesses with between 10 & 249 employees. Applications opened at 10.00am on Monday 25th October 2021 and will close at 5.00pm on Friday... More

22/10/2021- Net Zero – Be A Business Hero workshop

Come and join us on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 at 10.00am when InvestSefton in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University are holding a workshop focussing on steps businesses can take to becoming Net Zero.  The event will take place at... More

07/10/2021- Free business advice for Sefton pre start or existing businesses

The Business & IP Centre Liverpool (based in Central Library) and the British Library have announced the roll out of several new local Business & IP Centres (BIPCs) across the Liverpool City Region, including Crosby Library. Anyone with a business... More

06/10/2021- Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund

The Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund, delivered by St Helens Chamber is now open for applications. Over the past year, many businesses have had to pause plans for investment and expansion due to the impact of the pandemic – by working... More

06/10/2021- Money Makes the World Go Round Workshop 14th Oct

Come and join us on Thursday 14th October 2021, 10.00am – 11.00am when InvestSefton in partnership with the LCR Finance Hub and MSIF are holding a VIRTUAL workshop on all things finance. The workshop will be informative and cover a... More

06/10/21- Sefton Childhood Poverty Event

Sefton Council, working with Sefton CVS and Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty Partnership are hosting a virtual event focused on unlocking the potential of children and young people in Sefton by changing the cycles set in early childhood and improve social... More

01/10/2021- Gather’s newest programme Beyond has arrived and applications are now open!

This exciting new programme gives your business 6 months of dedicated support in the form of  Your own growth consultant A consultancy plan tailored to your business needs Experienced executive coaches An exclusive annual gathering with fellow industry leaders Until... More

22/09/2021- InvestSefton face to face HR workshop

On Tuesday 28th September InvestSefton are holding our first face to face workshop since March 2020. The workplace has changed dramatically since then with the introduction of more remote and agile working. Come and join us to reflect and consider... More

17/09/21- Robotics firm takes last unit at Mersey Reach

A Merseyside firm pioneering the use of industrial robots has become the latest occupier to sign up for the Mersey Reach development in Aintree.  CNC Robotics is to establish an advanced manufacturing facility in the last remaining unit in phase... More

14/09/2021- Growth Platform provides £840k in grants to Liverpool City Region businesses

More than 240 businesses within the Liverpool City Region have so far benefited from the Growth Platform’s New Markets 2 ERDF Programme with support totalling in excess of £840,000 for local commercial services. Local businesses are now being urged to... More

09/09/21- Help to Grow Programme for businesses

The Help to Grow Programme will support senior managers of small and medium sized businesses to boost business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.   Accredited by the Small Business Charter, the Management School at the University of Liverpool is offering... More

08/09/21- Business Climate Leaders Toolkit

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has produced a toolkit for small and medium sized businesses to support the Business Climate Leaders campaign. The Business Climate Leaders campaign is the latest phase of the government’s UK-wide Together... More

19/08/2021- UK-India FTA Roundtable

Calling all existing or aspirational exporters to India… The UK and India have recently committed to an Enhanced Trade Partnership as part of a 10-year Roadmap that includes the ambition and intent to double trade and negotiate a UK-India FTA.... More

17/08/2021- Changes to self-isolation requirements & Public Health advice for Sefton businesses

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, has asked that we share important information with Sefton businesses following national changes from Monday 16th August relating to COVID-19 self-isolation requirements. The changes are as follows: From 16th August, anyone who... More

11/08/21- Sefton businesses supported with £97.7 million in grant payments throughout pandemic

Sefton Council has supported its local businesses throughout the pandemic making 23,000 grant payments, totalling £97.7 million, through local, regional and national financial support schemes. Rate paying businesses have also been helped through business rates discounts saving them £41.8 million... More

30/07/2021- Sefton Council approves plans for new smart office development at former HSBC site in Bootle

Sefton Council has approved plans for the transformation of the former HSBC Data Centre site at Bridle Road, Bootle into a new, high tech office space. Planning permission was granted to L51 Developments Limited earlier this month, with construction set... More

26/07/2021- Peer Networks Programme

Peer Networks is a free peer-to-peer support programme designed for Liverpool City Region-based SMEs. The programme includes 18 hours of interactive groups sessions which will be delivered by trained facilitators using action learning techniques. Each participating business can also access... More

26/07/2021- Reminder for businesses to check water systems to prevent risk of legionella

Public Health England are advising businesses to make sure they check their water supplies and water management processes due to an increased risk of Legionella bacteria being present as a result of water systems not being used whilst premises have... More

23/07/2021- Access to Finance and Investment Readiness

Liverpool Chamber are proud to be hosting a Masterclass on “Access to Finance and Investment Readiness” as part of our Business Growth Programme Masterclass series, in partnership the LCR Finance Hub and Merseyside Special Investment Fund.  Join them on Thursday... More

20/07/2021- Future Farming Resilience Fund to open in August

From August 2021, the Future Farming Resilience Fund will provide business support to farmers and land managers to help them understand the changes to farm funding. The support will be available, free of charge, until March 2022 and be provided... More

20/07/2021- New Acas advice on hybrid working

Acas has published new advice to help employers consider whether hybrid working could be an option for their workplace and how to introduce it fairly. Hybrid working is where staff split their time between working remotely and in their employer’s... More

20/07/2021- Report exploring how business schools engage with SMEs

The Small Business Charter has published a report exploring how business schools can increase engagement with small and medium-sized businesses. The report reveals that while small and medium-sized businesses made up 98% of the UK business population, the take-up of... More

16/07/2021- Business Start Up Conference

Are you thinking of starting a business but wondering if it is possible in the current climate? Are you looking for ways to build a new income for yourself and exploring self-employment as an option? Part of BIPC’s ‘Reset: Restart’... More

12/07/2021- Growth Platform hosts webinar to help businesses bounce back in 2021

Growth Platform, in partnership with Liverpool-based accounting specialist BDO, has this week launched a business resilience webinar to help firms in the Liverpool City Region bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.   The webinar comes after a recent survey from... More

01/07/2021- Highest level of support for exporters in 30 years

UK Export Finance (UKEF) provided £12.3 billion in support for UK exports in 2020/21, which is almost treble the amount provided in the previous financial year. The number of exporters, including small businesses, accessing UKEF support has more than doubled... More

30/06/2021- Business Start Up Conference

Are you thinking of starting a business but wondering if it is possible in the current climate? Are you looking for ways to build a new income for yourself and exploring self-employment as an option?  Part of BIPC’s ‘Reset: Restart’... More

24/06/2021- Half of region’s businesses say new EU rules have disrupted business

Half of Liverpool City Region’s business community say their organisation has been disrupted as a result of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. Over a third (38%) of businesses also say they are worried about recruiting from the... More

22/06/2021- Second phase of Mersey Reach development launched

Northwood Urban Logistics has committed to the development of a new trade and industrial park at its Mersey Reach development here in Sefton.  The second phase will comprise Mersey Reach Trade Park and offer 12 high specification trade and industrial... More

22/06/2021- New EUSS Assets – 8 days left to apply

There are now less than 8 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident... More

16/06/2021- North West small businesses encourages to apply for Brexit Support Funding before 30 June deadline

With 2 weeks to go before the deadline, small and medium sized businesses in the North West are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them to adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.... More

16/06/2021- The Good Business Festival and InvestSefton present ‘Family Fortunes’ POSTPONED

This event has been postponed until later in the year due to the extension of restrictions. Sefton as a borough has a high number of small businesses and family businesses, and in partnership with The Good Business Festival we would... More

09/06/2021- Northern Powerhouse Introduction to Offshore Wind in Ireland

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in partnership with DIT Ireland invites companies from the Northern Powerhouse to attend their preliminary webinar focusing on the Offshore Wind industry in Ireland. The webinar is open to companies from the Northern Powerhouse... More

09/06/2021- ‘People Buy from People’ : Personal Branding for Exposure and Lead Generation

InvestSefton is hosting a live digital marketing webinar on Thursday, 17 June, ‘People Buy from People’ : Personal Branding for Exposure and Lead Generation. Building your personal brand can provide both you and your business with a wide range of... More

08/06/2021- Covid testing firm invests £2m in second Mersey site

  BioGrad Diagnostics has announced further growth, investing more than £2m in a second site in Liverpool City Region, based in Bootle, and creating 120 jobs.  In addition, the firm, based at Liverpool Science Park, is almost halving its costs to... More

27/05/2021- Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund for High Growth Companies

The final stages of agreeing terms for the Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund for High Growth Companies has almost been completed.  The expected launch date is 1st July 2021. The programme is aimed at: Established B2B SMEs with HIGH... More

27/05/2021- Office Building with Potential for Residential Redevelopment 65 Scarisbrick New Road, Southport

Eddisons have sent us particulars relating to the above property which comprises a detached building currently used as offices fronting Scarisbrick New Road in Southport. The property comprises ground and two upper floors totalling approximately 381 sq m (4,103 sq... More

21/05/2021- VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme -portal shuts on 21st June 2021

If businesses deferred VAT payments last year that they have one month left to go online to pay in monthly instalments under the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme.  The online portal will close on 21st June 2021. Key Points to... More

18/05/2021- EU Transition – Common Issues faced by Liverpool City Region Businesses

The EU Transition period has now passed, and businesses who trade with the EU must ensure that their operations are compliant with new trading regulations, or risk penalties and delays. On Tuesday 25th May 2021 and Tuesday 25th June 2021,... More

13/05/2021- Calling all Sefton businesses: Tickets now available for the Good Business Festival July 2021

The Good Business Festival marks the launch of general release tickets today with a creative advertising campaign on the streets of the Liverpool City Region, highlighting the event themes of housing, ethical consumerism, sustainable food, and inclusion.   Commissioned by Metro... More

04/05/2021- LCR Care Providers Grant – opens today

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Liverpool City Region’s childcare and care home businesses including a fall in demand alongside an increase in costs to manage within a Covid safe environment.  As a direct response to... More

29/04/2021- Shift

An online course to help you take your business to the next level Who’s it for? Digital, Creative and Tech companies in the Liverpool City Region Lead a business with 5 or more staff. If you would like to know... More

29/04/2021- Peer Networks Programme

Programme for SME leaders that want to stabilise, grow and develop their organisation with the support of like-minded entrepreneurs. Who’s it for? Liverpool City Region SMEs Operated for at least a year Five employees or more A turnover of at... More

28/04/2021- LJMU’s Funded Internship Programme – Applications still open for 7th June

LJMU has a long history of supporting our local small companies. We have promoted graduate retention in the Liverpool City Region for over 20 years and we know that students and graduates are an important part of the labour market.  This... More

26/04/2021- 24 HOURS TO REGISTER – The Good Business Festival presents Change Business for Good

The Good Business Festival team are back – in person – and if you live in the LIVERPOOL CITY REGION they want YOU to be part of their launch event! On 28 April,  they are hosting a free event taking place... More

23/04/2021- Local Growth Hub Survey

Local Growth Hub is managed and co-ordinated by Growth Platform and delivered in partnership with Halton Chamber, Knowsley Chamber, Liverpool Council, Liverpool Chamber, InvestSefton, St Helens Chamber, Wirral Chamber and The Women’s Organisation across the City Region.  Local Growth partners... More

12/04/2021- The Restart Grant application window is now open

The Restart Grant scheme is a one-off grant for businesses on the ratings list only. Grants of between £2,667 and £18,000 are available for businesses re-opening after the ending of national lockdown restrictions. The application window for Sefton businesses opened... More

09/04/2021- Restart Grant- open for applications on Monday 12th April

The Restart Grant scheme is a one-off grant for businesses on the ratings list only. Grants of between £2,667 and £18,000 are available for businesses re-opening after the ending of national lockdown restrictions. The application window for Sefton businesses will... More

09/04/21- Re-opening your business – is your water supply ready?

  During the COVID-19 lockdown, many businesses had to close at short notice to protect public health and reduce the spread of the virus. As businesses now begin to consider re-opening as restrictions are gradually relaxed, it’s important to take... More

07/04/2021- Recovery Loan Scheme launches

A new government-backed loan scheme launched yesterday (6 April 2021) to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. new loan scheme will provide further support to protect businesses and jobs loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest... More

30/03/2021 – Update on Local Business Support Grant – Round 3

Since the grant scheme closed, the Grants Team have been working as quickly as possible to review all applications in line with strict financial protocols, and distribute grants to businesses across the Borough. Applications are being processed in strict order... More

30/03/2021- Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

This week (28 March), the Government announced that, from 6 April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over ten workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site. This could be due... More

24/03/2021- How to access a £3,000 grant for new employees

This free webinar will provide employers with further information about funding and grants available for training.  It will take place on 12th April 2021 10-00-10.30am. The webinar will focus on funding and grants available to employers in the Liverpool City... More

16/03/2021- CBILs is coming to an end soon

CBILS, the Government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, is coming to an end on 31st March 2021 and we want to ensure as many businesses as possible can access this valuable lifeline.   Since FW Capital became an accredited lender they have been able... More

15/03/2021- £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

Smaller businesses can today (15 March 2021) apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables traders to access... More

04/03/2021- Budget 2021: What You Need to Know

Protecting Jobs and Livelihoods   An extension of the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme to September 2021 across the UK. An extension of the UK-wide Self Employment Income Support scheme to September 2021, with 600,000 more people who filed a tax... More

24/02/2021- The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme online portal is now live.

Announced by the Chancellor in the Winter Economy Plan the new payment scheme allows businesses that deferred VAT payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020, under the VAT Payment Deferral Scheme, to opt-in and pay their deferred VAT by... More

24/02/2021- Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant – Round 3 (Now Closed)

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Liverpool City Region economy. As a direct response to the new measures imposed by Government and the challenges that businesses are facing under the national lockdown, the Liverpool City Region... More

17/02/2021- To Let by Informal Tender

REFRESHMENT CONCESSIONS HALL ROAD, CROSBY Ice Cream Concession Hall Road Car Park, Crosby (for 3 years) Snacks Concession Hall Road Car Park, Crosby (for 3 years) Tender details available from Sue Crompton at Sefton Council. Email or telephone 0151... More

12/02/2021 – Digital Marketing – SEO: Improving your Web Site Rankings Webinar

Optimising your website can pay dividends in helping customers to find your business on the internet.  With billions of searches made daily, Search Engine Optimisation plays an important role to help you to raise your site’s rankings with search engines... More

03/02/2021- Starting a Business During a Pandemic (Start-up Conference)

  This Launchpad event will help you to understand the practicalities of getting started as well as connecting you with entrepreneurs who have been there, done it and even re-adapted in the face of Covid 19. Led by The Women’s... More

19/01/20- Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

  Businesses that that have been ordered to close during the current COVID-19 national lockdown, and are liable for business rates, may be eligible for a support payment. The full eligibility criteria can be found on Sefton Council’s website at... More

06/01/20- Chancellor announces support for businesses during the latest National Lockdown

  The Chancellor has announced that businesses in the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Sectors will be eligible to receive a one-off grant payment of up to £9000 due to the National Lockdown restrictions announced this week.   Details of the... More

EU EXIT – Information for businesses

The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU started on 1st January 2021. The transition period ended on 31 December 2020. While the Government continues to negotiate with the European Union, there are actions... More

17/12/20- Furlough scheme extended for another month

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April next year. Mr Sunak also confirmed he would be extending the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March. These changes come... More

11/12/20- Hospitality, Leisure & Retail Grant (Expanded Scheme) closes TODAY Friday 11th December 2020 at 5pm

  The Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grant (Expanded Scheme) will close today Friday 11th December 2020 at 5pm. You can apply if you meet one of the 3 descriptions below, was established and trading before the 11th March 2020, still... More

26/11/20- Tier 2 restrictions for Sefton after Wednesday 2nd December

National lockdown is due to end on Wednesday 2nd December, Sefton and the rest of the Liverpool City Region will then be placed in Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ of the Government’s alert system. Read more on what Tier 2 restrictions... More

18/11/2020- Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa wins Hotel of the Year at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa has been named Hotel of the Year at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020. At the awards, Formby Hall was praised for its outstanding customer service, along with the hotel’s forward vision. Andrew... More

18/11/20- Local Restrictions Support Grant (For businesses instructed to close)

  A Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will be available to eligible businesses instructed to close following the implementation of localised restrictions (Tier 3) or National Lockdown.   The level of grant paid will depend on the rateable value of... More

13/11/20- Search launched for LCR Tech Climbers 2021

The search is on to find the stars of Liverpool City Region’s digital sector for inclusion in the LCR Tech Climbers 2021 list. Following the success of the inaugural list in 2019, the second list promises to be even bigger and... More

10/11/2020- Notice of Importance – If you trade with Northern Ireland

The free-to-use Trader Support Service (TSS) is now live and ready to support businesses with the changes to Northern Ireland trade, which take effect on 1‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. One of the changes you need to prepare for is the requirement... More

06/11/20- New National Restrictions from 5th November

Information on the new restrictions including what they mean for businesses can be found on the GOV.UK website, along with a full list of which businesses need to close. (Source: GOV.UK) More

05/11/2020- Sunak to extend furlough scheme to end of March

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March. Mr Sunak said the scheme will pay up to 80% of a person’s wage up to £2,500 a month. Read more (Source: BBC... More

05/11/2020- Coronation Park Crosby, L23 5RG – Sefton Council Tender

TO LET BY INFORMAL TENDER Coronation Park Depot, Claremont Road, Crosby L23 5RD Interested parties are invited to submit offers for the lease and to complete and return the enclosed form at the back of the main document by 12... More

04/11/20- The new lockdown rules for England

A new four-week lockdown across England is due to start on Thursday 5th November. All non essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues must close, along with pubs and restaurants (takeaways are permitted).  Further information can be found on this here.... More

04/11/20- Hospitality & Leisure Support Grant closed for applications

The Hospitality and Leisure Grant temporarily closed for applications on 30th October. Any direct enquiries about the grant please contact the grants team on (Source: Sefton Council) More

02/11/2020- LCR Culture and Creativity Awards

Please help the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to spread the word about the LCR Culture & Creativity Awards 2020 and encourage people to enter themselves and get others to nominate them or their organisations. We know what a challenging... More

20/10/2020- Job Support Scheme Extended

The Chancellor has confirmed that the Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses that are required to close due to coronavirus restrictions. Eligible businesses will receive grants to help pay the wages of staff who... More

20/10/2020- Businesses urged to prepare for end of Brexit transition

The Department for Business has urged firms across the UK to take action as soon as possible to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. Businesses have been encouraged to use the Government’s online... More

20/10/2020- Stream 3 for the Community Environment Fund has now officially launched!

The Community Environment Fund (CEF) complements the Mayor’s vision to “Build Back Better”, and will contribute to a green recovery in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) by assisting organisations to expand their good work and to support communities to engage... More

14/10/2020- InvestSefton Webinar – Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attack

COVID19 has seen an increase in businesses asking their employees to work remotely.  This has brought a new set of threats from cyber attacks targeted at insecure network connections and unpassworded mobile devices, leaving systems open to attack.  On Thursday... More

13/10/2020- Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

There will be guaranteed changes from 1 January for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions you can take today to prepare. Find out what you need to do by visiting More

12/10/2020- The Prime Minister confirms new three-tier alert system, with Liverpool City Region ‘very high’

The Liverpool City Region will be on the “very high” Covid alert level from Wednesday, Boris Johnson has announced. Confirming new three-tier restrictions, the PM said pubs, bars and betting shops will close on Merseyside.  Most areas of England will... More

9/10/20- UK workers to get 67% of pay if firms told to shut

Employees who work for UK firms forced to shut by law because of coronavirus restrictions will get two-thirds of their wages paid for by the government. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was an “expansion” of the Job Support Scheme, which... More

8/10/20- Nominations open for the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards

The Culture & Creativity Awards recognise and celebrate the incredible contribution that culture and creativity make to the city region. COVID19 has had a massive impact on the cultural & creative sector and it is still challenging, however, despite this,... More

06/10/2020- The Community Environment Funds has now been launched.

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region. As you may recall at the Summit last November, the Metro Mayor vowed to continue the momentum by pledging a pot of £500,000 for community environment projects... More

30/09/20- The Good Business Festival (Act 1) now open for registration

Registration for Act 1 of the Good Business Festival is now open. The Good Business Festival is a free digital event taking place on Thursday 8th October. In March 2021, The Good Business Festival itself will take place as a... More

30/09/20- Sefton businesses need to create and display test & trace QR codes

Sefton Council’s Environmental Health Team is reminding some of the Borough’s businesses that they need to create a QR code for their premises which people can use to check in on the national COVID-19 app. Businesses required by law to... More

30/09/20- Launch of the second round of the Future Innovation Fund (Pilot)

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, launched the £3m LCR Future Innovation Fund (Pilot) to support businesses in the region to adapt and innovate in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivered through Growth Platform, the Pilot... More

24/09/20- Rishi Sunak unveils emergency jobs scheme

The Jobs Support Scheme, which will replace the furlough scheme, will see workers get three quarters of their normal salaries for six months. It aims to stop mass job cuts after the government introduced new measures to tackle a rise... More

22/09/2020- Important Information for Businesses from The Director of Public Health

Sefton Council is fully committed to supporting its communities and businesses to help control the spread and manage the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes enabling our economy to operate safely under restrictions. This can only happen if residents and... More

21/09/2020- Local lockdown measures

On Friday 18th September 2020 it was confirmed that Merseyside will now adhere to a series of new local measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As of Tuesday 22nd September 2020, the following measures which will... More

21/09/2020- Digital Manufacturing Business Pitch Event

The event will benefit the following organisations: Developers of digital technology, products and solutions for the manufacturing sector Manufacturing companies looking for novel digital products and solutions to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of their operations North-West SMEs looking... More

14/09/2020- Time is running out to access CBILS funding

Time is running out to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme New applicants only have until the 30th September 2020 to apply for the CBILS-backed guarantee. MSIF through the delivery of its fund manager subsidiary, Alliance Fund Managers [AFM]... More

14/09/2020- Preparing for Trade in a Post EU Exit World

Liverpool Chamber have a number of international and EU Exit related events/advice to help prepare you and your business for the future. More details here (Source: Liverpool Chamber) More

14/09/2020- Export trade measures for online retailers

A package of trade measures for online retailers has been announced to help support businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The new measures include a Consumer and Retail Export Academy that will provide retailers with the knowledge, skills and networks... More

11/09/2020- Venues required by law to record contact details

Premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. More details here (Source: Gov UK) More

10/09/2020- LCR4 Start now ready to offer support to SMEs

Are you considering digital adoption, or investing in new technology? Is COVID-19 changing customer requirements or requiring you to work in different ways? Do you want to move forward that innovation that has been ‘in the pipeline’ for years? LCR4... More

09/09/2020- Business Recovery Grant – Guidance and FAQs now live

LCR Growth Platform have announced today that applications for the recovery grant will open on Wednesday 16th September.  The grant is open to all SMEs based in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral, who have been trading since... More

09/09/2020- Bounce-back plans launched for consumer and retail industry

A ‘bounce-back’ plan of trade measures for the consumer and retail industry has been announced today to help support businesses impacted by Coronavirus. (Source: Gov UK) More

08/09/2020- Grants for innovative R&D projects

Innovate UK has launched a new £25 million grant funding competition to support smaller businesses to deliver R&D projects that will have a positive impact on the UK economy. Funding is available for projects with eligible costs of between £25,000... More

07/09/2020- Funding to help employers take on apprentices

Employers can now apply for cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. Under the plan, employers will receive £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25,... More

04/09/20- Kickstart Scheme now open

New £2 billion Kickstart scheme opened this week and will create thousands of new jobs for young people. youngsters on Universal Credit aged between 16-24 will be offered six-month work placements – with wages paid by the government launch comes... More

02/09/2020- Discretionary Business Grant Fund- closed to new applications

Due to Government guidance received on August 27, 2020, the Grant Application Portal closed to new applications for the final time from Midnight (12.00am) on August 28, 2020. PLEASE NOTE – All new applications are being put on a RESERVE... More

26/08/2002- Essential financial support for social enterprises

The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides grants to support local enterprises during COVID-19.  It was established in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies.  To find out more click here (Source: Social Enterprise Support... More

26/08/2020- Last chance to apply for the Sustain programme

Sustain is fully funded and is an online course you need to stabilise your business, adapt your strategy and grow sustainably.  It is designed to help ambitious leaders stabilise, adapt & grow sustainably through change. Find out more & apply... More

20/08/2020- Discover Clean Growth Innovation

Clean Growth Innovation is the development of any new or improved product, process, business model or service that reduces your impact on the environment. It reduces your impact on the planet and can drive down costs, increase profits, improve employee... More

19/08/20- Claims open for second self-employed support grant

Millions of self-employed people whose trade has been hit by coronavirus can now apply for a second support grant from the government. More than three million people may be eligible for the payment of up to £6,570 each, which Chancellor... More

18/08/2020- InvestSefton Webinar- Winning more Business from your Website

Thursday August, 20th 2020,  10:30 AM Getting potential customers to your website can be expensive. If your website isn’t converting visitors into customers, then a significant portion of your advertising spend will be wasted.  On Thursday, 20 August InvestSefton is... More

13/08/20- New temporary pavement licence to support Sefton Businesses

Sefton Council appreciates that the hospitality sector has been particularly hard hit by the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses are now starting to re-open, due to limited space and to implement the Government’s social... More

30/07/2020- MSIF increases Coronavirus Recovery and Resilience Fund to £3million

Following the recent launch of their dedicated Coronavirus Recovery and Resilience Fund [CRRF], Liverpool-based funding provider MSIF has reinforced its support for North West SMEs impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic by increasing its commitment to the CRRF to £3million. The... More

28/07/2020- Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More details here (Source: Gov UK) More

24/07/2020- VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you’re a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions. More details here (Source Gov.Uk) More

17/07/2020- Digital security following Covid-19 and keeping your business secure online

Join a free webinar on Wednesday 22 July at 11am to find out more about the most common cyber threats faced by businesses and how to mitigate being the victim of a cyber incident. A representative from the National Cyber... More

14/07/2020- HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out. Read more here (Source: Gov.UK)... More

08/07/2020- Bespoke Support for you as a Business Leader

Sustain is a 6-week online course to help you and your business to stabilise, adapt and sustain through Covid-19 and beyond. Plus, it’s fully funded so no cost to you. I know it is a really busy time, this support... More

08/07/2020- Chancellor gives diners 50% off on eating out

Diners will get a 50% discount off their restaurant bill during August under government plans to bolster the embattled hospitality sector. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the “eat out to help out” discount as part of a series of measures to... More

08/07/2020- Chancellor unveils ‘job retention bonus’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a plan to keep furloughed workers in their jobs when the scheme ends in October.  If employers keep workers in their jobs until January 2021 they will get a £1,000 bonus per employee. The scheme... More

07/07/20- Government announces £10 million for small businesses to kickstart tourism

Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package. Read more here. (Source: GOV.UK) More

02/07/2020- How Will Your Business Meet the Net Zero Carbon Commitment?

Join Clean Growth UK and Liverpool John Moore’s University for an online discussion.  Designed to suit businesses in the construction sector and accompanying supply chains, this event will explore the daunting challenge of net-zero for the sector.  Providing advice on... More

30/06/2020- Support for businesses and self-employed people during coronavirus

These 12 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides... More

24/06/20- New advice for businesses in England on how to reopen safely

Updated guidance has been published on how hairdressers, hotels, pubs and other businesses in England can reopen safely from 4 July. Read more here (Source: BBC News) More

22/06/2020- Sefton Discretionary Business Grant Fund

The Discretionary Business Grant Fund is now open for applications. The guidance document and the FAQs are on Sefton Council’s website, along with the application form. (Source: Sefton Council)       More

22/06/2020- Working Safely Tool

To help employers reopen their businesses safely, we have launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site... More

18/06/2020- Future Innovation Fund

Our whole economy is experiencing extraordinary changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. While this is a very challenging time, these changes can also drive innovation, create opportunities, and make businesses stronger and more resilient. Following consultation with industry representatives, the... More

16/06/2020- Sefton’s Planning team push ahead to keep building up borough

Innovative practices, dedicated staff and new technology has allowed Sefton Council’s Planning team to remain working seamlessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Sefton Council) More

11/06/2020- Sustain is now open for businesses

The Sustain course is free to access as all course fees are covered by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor’s Business Growth Package, elements of which are being redirected to support the local business community to recover from the negative... More

11/06/2020- Merseytravel launch ‘Rethink Travel’ Campaign

Merseytravel are asking everyone to rethink how they travel, considering if your journey is necessary and, if so, when and by what means you travel. The full details and advice can be found on their website. (Source: Merseytravel) More

08/06/2020- Coronavirus support schemes extended

The Chancellor has announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been extended and individuals will be able to claim a second grant in August 2020 worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits. The Chancellor has also provided... More

08/06/2020- Government to publish code of practice with commercial sector to boost high street

High street businesses and landlords are set to benefit from a new code of practice, to provide them with clarity and reassurance over rent payments. Read more here (Source: Gov UK) More

08/06/2020- Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19

The Food Standards Agency have published a checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction. (Source: The Food Standards Agency) More

08/08/2020- Trade Credit Insurance

Trade Credit Insurance, which provides essential cover to hundreds of thousands of business-to-business transactions, will receive up to £10 billion of government guarantees. (Source: Cabinet Office)   More

08/06/2020- Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More details here (Source: Gov UK) More

08/06/2020- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for accommodation providers

Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England. More details here   (Source: Gov UK) More

05/06/2020- Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours... More

05/06/2020- Mandatory Face Coverings on Public Transport

The Transport Secretary announced yesterday that wearing face coverings on public transport will be mandatory in England from Monday 15 June. The full statement can be read here. (Source: GOV.UK)   More

26/05/2020- Working Safely During Coronavirus – Shops and Branches

Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. (Source: Gov UK) More

13/05/20- Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced yesterday. In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four... More

13/05/20- Self-employed grant scheme to open to applications

Millions of self-employed people whose business has been affected by coronavirus can apply for grants from the government from today, Wednesday 13th May. The Self Employed Income Support Scheme is designed to match the support being given to furloughed employees.... More

12/05/2020- Closing certain businesses and venues in England

All businesses and venues outlined in the table below must not open to the public. Failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individuals responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed... More

12/05/2020- Coronavirus: What should my employer do to keep me safe?

The government has issued new guidance on how different workplaces should be made safe for staff during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: BBC News)   More

04/05/2020- Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £50,000. (Source: Gov.UK) More

04/05/2020- Top-up to local business grant funds scheme

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. Sefton Council is awaiting further guidance, we will update this page when this has been received (Source:... More

01/05/2020- New service launched to connect suppliers of PPE with those who need it most

A new website has been launched to connect suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) with those who need it most during the coronavirus crisis. The PPE Exchange service allows key and frontline workers across the independent, voluntary and public sectors... More

30/4/20- Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme Webinars

HMRC are running a series of webinar giving guidance on the Job Retention Scheme The next available webinars are today (Thursday 30th April) at 2.45pm, or tomorrow  Friday 1st May at 10.45am. Each webinar will last for 45mins and will... More

28/04/2020- New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: More

20/04/2020- Millions to claim as UK furlough scheme goes live

A government pay scheme to keep staff on the payroll despite not working due to coronavirus has gone live. (Source: BBC News) More

17/04/2020- Metro Mayor announces £15m Coronavirus business support

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced plans to redirect £15m from existing Combined Authority projects to support businesses and the community and voluntary sector through the Coronavirus crisis. This support will include: £5m to support businesses to access national government... More

16/04/2020- Growth Platform online events and Webinars for Businesses

Growth Platform are running a series of weekly, free, online events, to help support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Full details on all of the events including how to join can be found on the Growth Platform Website: (Source:... More

15/04/2020- £14m in small business grants has been processed to businesses in Sefton

To date, grants worth £14 million have now been processed to businesses across Sefton who qualify for the support. This is a priority for the Business Rates Team and they continue to process over 200 claims a day, worth an... More

09/04/2020- Over £10m in small business grants has already been processed to support over 800 businesses in Sefton

Over £10m in small business grants has already been processed to support over 800 businesses in Sefton at this time. Sefton Council’s Business Rates Team are working hard to process the remainder of the grants.  For more information visit More

09/04/2020- The Prince’s Trust and NatWest launch £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet... More

09/04/2020- PPE call to action for businesses

The Growth Platform are working together with the Merseyside Resilience Forum to support their key role in coordinating the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. InvestSefton is working closely with Growth Platform ( They have asked us... More

08/04/2020- Sefton Council rolls out business support funding and support to local businesses during COVID-19

Businesses in Sefton are being offered a series of support packages, as measures are taken and developed to tackle the impact of COVID-19.  The response is being driven by Sefton’s Business Rates team with support from InvestSefton, which leads on... More

07/03/2020- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – Update and Q&A

To find out more about the upcoming scheme, register for this webinar with British Business Bank about the CBILS: (Source Barclays Eagle-Lab Liverpool) More

03/04/2020- Free business advice from the Professional and Business Service community

Growth Platform is co-ordinating a panel of accredited Professional & Business Services specialists willing to provide informed pro bono business advice and support to companies in the Liverpool City Region in response to the challenges they are currently facing during... More

03/04/2020- Changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

A revamped loan fund for ailing firms hit by the coronavirus lockdown will have an immediate impact, RBS has said. RBS chairman Sir Howard Davies admitted there had been problems but expects to see a “sharp increase” in lending to... More

02/04/2020- Call for Action – Help from Businesses

The Government have provided a list of goods, items and support that are urgently needed. This includes things such as: Medical testing equipment Medical equipment design Protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser Hotel rooms Transport... More

02/04/2020- HMRC Employer Support Webinar

HMRC are offering a series of three half hour live webinars to provide information on business support. The next one is Thursday 2nd April at 4pm. Follow this link for more information on our useful guides and information page. The... More

30/03/2020- The Chancellor’s bailout ignores many self-employed

Actors and other artists in sole-person limited companies not covered (Source: The Guardian) More

27/03/2020- What help will self-employed get from government?

Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak will have 80% of their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed. Read more here (Source: BBC News) More

26/03/2020- Estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls to pay no business rates this coming financial year

Many high street businesses that have closed due to Covid-19 restrictions will now be exempt from business rates. Read more here (Source: More

25/03/2020- Fraud and Cyber Crime

  Experts from the National Cyber Security Centre have revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online as cyber criminals seek to exploit Covid-19. Read more here (Source: National Cyber Security Centre) More

25/03/2020- Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of Coronavirus will be protected from eviction

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants who miss rent payments. Read more here (Source: More

24/03/2020- How will the Government New Job Retention Scheme Work?   More

24/03/2020- How is £94 a week going to pay anyone’s bills?

Freeland gig economy workers say they cannot survive on the support offered by the government. BBC News More

23/3/20- Job retention scheme announced

The Chancellor has announced a job retention scheme to support UK businesses to continue to pay the salaries of employees who would otherwise have been laid off due to the coronavirus outbreak. To access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers... More

20/3/20- Self-employed? Here are your rights during the coronavirus crisis

You may not be able to get sick pay and redundancy pay, but other benefits may be available. Read more (Source: The Guardian) More

20/3/20- Seven essential tips if you have to work from home

You may find yourself regularly working from home over the coming weeks as employers attempt to limit staff exposure to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more (Source: Sky News)     More

20/3/20- UK urged to pay for workers wages

The government has been urged to step in immediately to pay firm’s wage bills to prevent mass unemployment. Read more   (Source: BBC News)     More

20/3/20- UK interest rates cut to lowest level ever

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more (Source: BBC News) More