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Southport To Hold Club Launch Event At Floral Hall 20th March

Southport Football Club are pleased to confirm an event to showcase the club’s vision for the future, at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Tuesday, March 20 from 4pm to 9pm.

Central to the event will be the first unveiling of images of the proposed stadium renovations and Grandstand refurbishment being undertaken by the Frank Whittle Partnership.

The format for the event will be an informal walk-through, allowing visitors to view displays at their leisure, and ask questions to the on-site club staff.


Natalie Atkinson CEO said: “This is a date not to miss, this is a very exciting period in the Club’s history, we are very ambitious and have exciting plans that we want to share with the town. I am very much looking forward to unveiling our vision to not only our supporters but the wider community”


During the day, displays and features will also be presented on a range of initiatives including: the club’s college academy plans, youth development, our Community Programme and charitable status, the matchday experience and our future ticketing policy and season-ticket offers.

Also key to the event will be details of our corporate offerings and plans on how the club intends to maximise our relationships with our commercial partners.

Everyone at Southport FC is determined to make the club the very best it can be, and we’re truly excited to put our future vision on full display for the first time to the town.

We’d like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to every resident and business in the town of Southport. Over the next few years and beyond, our intention is to take the club on an incredible journey, and we hope as many people as possible want to be part of that.

We look forward to meeting you on March 20th.

Be proud to be a quitter with Smokefree Sefton (No Smoking Day, Wednesday 14th March)

On this year’s national No Smoking Day, the Smokefree Sefton team will be encouraging local smokers to join the hundreds of people in the borough who have successfully quit smoking with them.

Look out for the team – a partner of Living Well Sefton – on Wednesday, 14 March as they park up their Wellness on Wheels bus to chat with people about their quit attempt and the free support the team can offer to keep it going.

Smokefree Sefton, a service commissioned by Sefton Council Public Health and managed by Solutions4Health, have already been helping shoppers in Waterloo to become proud quitters.


People like Mark Flavell, from Litherland, who dropped in to see them on their Wow bus at the Co-Operative store and has stopped smoking for several weeks. And another proud quitter says: “I couldn’t have done it without the Smokefree Sefton team.”


The team and the WoW bus will be at the following venues:
Marian Square Netherton by Cash Convertors 9.30am-11.30am
Chapel Street, Southport (next to Café Nero) 1.30pm-3.30pm
And members will also be in the foyer at Asda Supermarket in Bootle 10am-4pm

If people can’t make it to see the team on Wednesday, 14 March then they can also seek support at the clinics. Call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest.

Website Fraud

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team are encouraging residents to be ‘web wise’ after the culmination of one of the UK’s largest ever online crime cases.

Six people have been sentenced to a total of more than 35 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding UK consumers out of over £37 million in a copycat website scam.

They operated a number of fake web pages, impersonating official government services in order to sell passports, driving licences and other key documents for vastly inflated prices.

Sefton residents played a part in uncovering the nationwide scandal, with Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team documenting a number of complaints about suspicious websites offering to sell driving licences and visas.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Online fraud can happen to anybody, especially if you’re not ‘web wise’ and our Trading Standards often receive complaints about bogus websites.

“Genuine websites that ask for personal information show an image of a padlock, usually in the address bar alongside the website address at the top of the page. However, some fake websites display a padlock on the webpage itself to try and convince the user that it is a secure site.

“If you’re not sure whether a site is genuine, click on the padlock and check the security certificate, which tells you if the site is authentic.

“Only valid certificates issued by approved authorities are trustworthy.”

If you see or find anything suspicious, please Report any concerns using the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Liverpool City Region approves new Skills Strategy to drive inclusive growth

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved a new Skills Strategy, setting out a vision for how an effective skills system can drive aspiration and attainment and create a truly global and competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

The Strategy has been produced in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from across the City Region, including input from 60 senior stakeholders through one-to-one interviews and contributions from 50 businesses as part of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Insight Programme.

Responses were also received from the Combined Authority’s constituent councils, employers, business groups, universities, colleges and training providers.

Speaking about the strategy, Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said:


“Our economy has performed well in recent years, creating significant numbers of jobs, and we have also seen an increase in skill levels.

“We know, however, that those successes have not been enough to pull the City Region as a whole up to regional and national averages, and that improvements haven’t been uniformly shared across our communities.

“Ensuring that individuals and businesses have the right skills to compete and succeed in the 21st century is vital if we are to achieve our aim of becoming a globally-competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

“This strategy sets out a high-level vision for how we can reform our skills system to meet that goal.  The associated action plan, currently being developed by our Employment and Skills Board, will set out the concrete steps we need to deliver the strategy’s ambitious objectives.”


Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council and Portfolio Lead, Skills and Apprenticeships, said:


“This ambitious strategy builds upon our collaborative work to date, and sets out how we need to work together to achieve the vision.  Building on such strong relationships and effective practice will enable us to deliver the skills that businesses need as part of a more inclusive economy.”


Key outcomes identified in the strategy include:

  • Higher proportion (particularly for 16-18s) of people with good attainment in English, Maths and Information Technology attainment and work readiness
  • Higher proportion of working age population employed with good quality jobs making up a higher proportion of all jobs
  • Higher productivity and lower incidence of skills shortages across growth sectors
  • More effective workforce and fewer local recruitment difficulties across all sectors
  • Employers investing significantly more in the quality and quantity of the skills of their workforce
  • Much simpler systems and more joined up support processes, driven by strategic use of funding

The strategy sets out a performance framework which details the measures against which the success of these outcomes will be monitored.

Sefton Economic Strategy Consultation

Sefton Council is seeking views on the draft framework of a new Sefton Economic Strategy.

To have your say on the consultation, click here

Comments made from a consultation will present a rationale for the Council’s Growth Programme, one of the four key pillars of Framework for Change, agreed by the Council in January 2017.

Strategic economic growth is a key part of the Sefton 2030 Vision that the Council is currently developing. In 2016 when we asked our communities what mattered most to them, in their thousands they told us of their priorities and what was important to them for the future of the borough.

Some common messages included:

  • Investing in the infrastructure of the borough will help to provide a strong, sustainable economy, be it regenerating town centres and high streets, improving highways and connections, developing urban village communities that have affordable housing and access to social activities
  • Job opportunities is an important area that can support resilient people and places
  • Recognition that Sefton has many natural assets including the coast, local heritage and open spaces and these should be used in promoting the borough to attract businesses, investors and visitors.

A 7 week consultation has just opened and Sefton Council is urging as many people as possible to get involved.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This is the first draft of the framework for a new economic strategy for Sefton and we really want to hear from all sectors of our communities.

“It sets out to identify the key economic and social challenges which should be the focus of the strategy and outlines the headline economic growth objective and the framework for action.

“We recognise the importance of working in partnership with our many key partners and stakeholders from the private sector, communities, voluntary sector and local businesses. This consultation is for everyone and can help define our future.

“We are now seeking views on this important document and would be grateful if everyone could spend a few minutes completing this questionnaire.”

The consultation will run from March 8, 2018 to April 27, 2018.

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