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COVID-19 support package for business announced In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Growth Platform have compiled a suite of resources and support for businesses and employers in Liverpool City Region who may be affected.   Advice and Guidance for small businesses and Federation of Small Businesses and the self-employed     The Chancellor has announced a £330 billion package of support measures to ensure the impact of COVID-19 on business is minimised. The measures are in addition to those announced in the Budget and include: UK-wide A local authority cash grant of £10,000 for businesses that are currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. Grants of £25,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000. Employers will be refunded by the Government for the cost of providing 14 days’ statutory sick pay for employees who...Read More >

Latest news from Government to Support Businesses

The Government have announced a number of measures to support businesses during the Covid 19 crisis   As of yet we have not received information on how these grants or loans will be administrated, we are working closely Liverpool City Region Growth Platform & Sefton Council’s Business Rates team to ensure that as soon as this information becomes available we will let you know.   As soon as we have more information to share we will update the InvestSefton website (, our Twitter page @InvestSefton and we will also send a mailshot to our mailing list.  If you are not already a subscriber we would urge you  to join  our mailing list by contacting us at or call 0151 934 3452.   Sefton Growth Hub is here to support your business if you want to talk to someone do not hesitate to call us 0151 934 3452.  

Budget 2020

Following this week’s budget announcement, the Government has announced changes that may affect some Business Rate payers: Small businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief will be eligible for a grant of £3000 Businesses eligible for Retail Discount will received 100% discount for one year from 1st April 2020. Pub Relief will be increased to up to £5000 for one year from 1st April 2020 The Government has not yet provided the detail of the proposed changes to local Councils and so Sefton Council is not yet able to confirm who is eligible and when the new discounts can be applied. InvestSefton will liaise closely with Sefton Council’s Business Rates team and as soon as more information is available the Council’s website will be updated. Visit the website at where news will be available when we have it. In the meantime if you need any other general business advice please contact us here at InvestSefton.

The Road to ‘Net Zero’

In 2019 government amended the Climate Change Act committing the UK to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% of 1990 levels (net zero) by 2050.   In May 2019 Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram declared a ‘Climate Emergency’. Contained within the ‘Climate Emergency Declaration’ were a number of challenging milestones on the road to net zero locally including :-   ‘To deliver a network of at least eight zero-carbon refuelling stations (hydrogen and electric charging) across the city region by 2025’   With both political and public attention increasingly focused upon the global climate emergency, the transition to Ultra-Low and Zero Emission Vehicles is underway and will continue to gather momentum over the coming years as the sale of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles cease in 2040. However, without a viable network of zero carbon refuelling stations the uptake of zero emission vehicles will be frustrated.   The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are, therefore, holding a...Read More >

Local company aims to make huge community impact for Dementia patients

Radwraps based in Southport have completed a project for East of England Ambulance association and Southend Hospital to create Dementia friendly ambulances.  Hopefully something which will be introduced in the North West soon. The ambulances have had internal imagery placed on windows, music will be played, image hand-outs and Twiddlemuffs given to each patient. Fantastic images of the local surrounding area have been used and these ambulances are already creating a better environment and reducing stress levels for the patient on their journey. Radwraps released the Antibacterial magnetic radiator covers last year which have been greatly received so far, giving important information and now offering a revenue creation from selling advertising space on their covers. The Post-Ease product is new to launch for Radwraps but offers the user a new unique and sustainable way to display imagery.  No Blu-tack or tapes needed, no lamination of sheets, no residue or grease left and can be Anti-Bacterial coated.  Radwraps have added a...Read More >