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Local companies and start ups find Sefton is open for business

Sefton Council has been spreading the message that the borough is open for business and ready for the future.

As part of a jam-packed calendar of commerce friendly events, local businesses, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs benefitted from the insight of thought leaders, successful peers from the world of business, key organisations as well signposting to funding and support to help make their ventures a success.

Organised by Invest Sefton, the enterprise, business support and inward investment arm of Sefton Council, the Sefton Economic Forum (June 8) and the Business Start Up Conference (June 20) enjoyed big turnouts during a very busy period for Invest Sefton, including the International Business Festival and the Liverpool City Region Skills Show.

The Economic Forum gave local businesses and residents the opportunity to enjoy talks from and a Q&A session with key speakers, including respected sports journalist Tony Evans; Robin Tudor from Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Rob Capleton from Liverpool International Business Festival and Head of Commissioning at Sefton Council, Peter Moore.

Organised in partnership between Invest Sefton, The Enterprise Hub and Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of host Venue Rent a Space, the Start-ups Conference saw budding entrepreneurs flock to the Bootle venue as over 50 would be business owners enjoyed “A Taste of Business”.

Hosted and curated by Kevin, a passionate advocate of local business, the event was open to anyone thinking of starting a new business or at the early stages of their new enterprise.

Attendees heard from Invest Sefton and The Women’s Organisation about the support available to them, as well as real world anecdotes and advice from businesses based at Rent a Space, including family run business Perfect Samosa, Workout Liverpool fitness gym and fashion designer Alex Meade.

Kristina Swift of Invest Sefton pictured with Kevin Murphy of Venue Rent a Space

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton really is open for business and hungry to do business, as the fantastic turnout for  the Economic Forum and start-ups conference demonstrated, although the three Ps of pizza, prosecco and Peroni lager may have helped!

“In all seriousness, the Council is working tirelessly to make Sefton a place where businesses want to grow and invest, bringing jobs and prosperity to our communities. Events such as those hosted by Invest Sefton are vital part of the local authority’s role of facilitator for economic growth as we work towards our vision for the borough in 2030.

“If you are a local business, looking to go into business for yourself or bring your enterprise to our beautiful borough, make sure you contact Invest Sefton to support and advise you.”

For more information, contact Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit them online

Sefton Council receive three nominations in Apprenticeship Awards

Sefton Council is proud to have received three nominations at the prestigious Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

 The event, held on June 18 at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, celebrated apprenticeships in the Liverpool City Region and recognises the best apprentices and apprentice employers. 

 The awards were organised by Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub and were a part of the Liverpool City Region Skills Show. This is a free one day event for residents to meet local employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities.

 After a high level of applications, Sefton Council was recognised for its dedication to recruiting apprentices, with its nomination in the Sefton Apprenticeship of the Year section.  

 Jon Boyle, 23, and Ernest Brookes, 57, are apprentices currently working at Sefton Council and were both nominated for Liverpool Apprentice of the Year. Jon has become a strong member of the team at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre while Ernest joined the Council to test, develop and roll-out the new provider portal to nursing and residential care providers.

 Attending the awards, Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Congratulations to our two apprentices for receiving their nominations in a very tough category. It is very well deserved and we commend both Jon and Ernest for all their hard work.

 “We are committed to recruiting apprentices and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen profession. Apprenticeships can give individuals valuable on-the-job experience, which helps gain confidence to enter the working environment.”

 On commending Jon and Ernest, the Awards stated:

Jon Boyle : Advanced Apprenticeship in Facilities Management

Training Provider, Asset Training Consultancy, worked closely with Jon to help him secure an apprenticeship with Sefton Council. By undertaking a variety of tasks such as security, health and safety and dealing with staffing issues, Jon has built the confidence and knowledge and believes that the support received has given him the confidence to follow his chosen career.

Ernest Brooks: Diploma in Business Administration

Having left school without any qualifications, Ernest feels he’s made great strides by starting his apprenticeship. He has been a key figure in the implementation of a cost saving provider portal and he is now ready to take on more responsibilities. Ernest also worked with Asset Training Consultancy to gain his apprenticeship with Sefton Council.

Corporate Apprenticeship Team

With the help of a dedicated Corporate Apprenticeship team, Sefton Council takes on an average around 60 apprentices per year. The programme includes monitoring and supporting apprentices on their journey whilst enabling them to make the most of their skills and gaining valuable experience.

Sefton honours service personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls from Monday June 25 to Monday July 2.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1 from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day long program of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

Typhoon confirmed for 2018 Southport Air Show

The jaw dropping Typhoon has been confirmed for the 2018 Southport Air Show.

Set to thunder through the skies over Southport beach, the Typhoon will perform on the third day of the Air Show (Sunday July 8), rounding off a fantastic three days of aerial and ground displays.

The Typhoon provides the RAF with a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in a full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.

Starting with an exhilarating Friday night line up of the Red Arrows, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, the Southport Air Show promises none stop fun for all the family between July 6 & 8.

To make this an incredible day out for the family there will be a host of fun filled activities taking place on the ground including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Typhoon is a brilliant display that has been added to the programme and are excited for the weekend which is promising to be a great family weekend of aviaton”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance until Friday 20 June and start at just £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

Sefton tells messy motorists: ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’

Sefton Council are telling messy motorists that they need to stop being tossers.

Litter thrown from car windows onto the carriageway and pavement is a recurring issue and now Sefton have teamed up with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to say ‘Don’t Be A Tosser.’

The campaign comes on the back of new regulations from the Department For Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, which give Local Authorities added powers to tackle those who litter from their vehicles.

Under the new powers, a fixed penalty notice of up to £150 can be issued to the owner of a vehicle from which rubbish has been thrown out of.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: This is a hard-hitting message to drivers and their passengers that our highways and pavements are not rubbish bins.

“Littering is a disgusting act and it’s no different when you’re in a car. Tossing plastic bottles, fast-food wrappers and cigarettes out of car windows is damaging to our environment.

“The message is simple: Don’t do it or else you can be fined and new rules mean Local Authorities no longer have to prove who threw the rubbish.

“That fine will now apply to the registered keeper of the vehicle.”

Residents are encouraged to report any instances of littering or flytipping via Sefton Council’s website.

For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.k

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