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South Sefton Businesses Look To The Future

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their success and plans for expansion.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Accu-Right Engineering Ltd and Mersey Timber, who are both based in the south of the borough.

Established in 2014 by three Bootle born, bred and educated businessmen, Accu-Right Engineering has achieved incredible growth with a turnover of Β£1.2m in the 2015/16 financial year.

The company, based in the Port of Liverpool, specialises in rotating equipment and recently branched out into the low energy market, securing a contract with Grundfos as its preferred distributor.

Invest Sefton has provided the business with support for a number of years, including inward investment, market research and tender submission.

Along with the three directors, David Morley, Stuart Smith and Lee Smith, Accu-Right Engineering employs a further 12 people in the head office.

Due to a number of contract wins, the company is about to embark on a recruitment drive which will be a major boost for employment across the borough.

Having lived in Bootle their whole lives, the directors are also keen to ensure any employment opportunities are available to local people and have worked closely with Sefton@Work to fill vacancies, along with offering apprenticeships to school leavers.

The second visit of the day was to the long established Mersey Timber, who specialise in the manufacture and supply of decorative boards in a range of materials, including MDF, melamine faced chipboard and plywood, to the UK market.

Although it was bought by its current owners in 1984, Mersey Timber can be traced back to 1919 and has been working with Invest Sefton to expand its offering in 2017.

The business was recently awarded RGF funding following an assisted application. The grant will be used to purchase new machinery and ultimately create a further.