Information & Guides

Liverpool City Region Trading on Grant Scheme

This is the latest business grant scheme that is now open for applications.  This scheme is specifically targeting support for small or medium sized businesses with between 10 and 249 employees. Applications opened at 10.00am on Monday 25th October 2021 and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 12th November 2021. For full details of how to apply please visit the Covid business page on Sefton councils Website at    

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 during 2020/21, with a further £22.5 million in discounts awarded to eligible businesses for this financial year.  Sefton Council has put together a snapshot of the support offered to businesses since the pandemic began: The Business Rates team has received 27,000 requests for assistance compared to around 4,000 that would usually be received annually; InvestSefton has dealt with more than 4,000 enquiries from manufacturers to cafes and all sorts of businesses in between; To date, the Council has administered 23,000 grant payments through local, regional and national financial support packages and schemes; That totals £97.7 million in payments to businesses right across the Borough – from taxi drivers to childminders to pub landlords – with the total expected to increase further as the remaining schemes and payments are administered; A...Read More >

Useful Guides

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.