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