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Bootle firm build for the future in Sefton

Kura, who recently opened a new contact centre site in Sefton having worked with InvestSefton, is celebrating after being shortlisted to bid for a number of government contracts which could support hundreds of jobs in the borough.

 Contact centre and software specialist Kura, who has a major base at Caspian House and employ more than 200 staff, has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service Framework for the next four years.

 The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector meaning Kura have the opportunity to tap into a potential value of £1bn worth of government contracts.

 As part of the celebrations, the leader of Sefton Council and other dignitaries including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bootle MP, Peter Dowd, joined Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial and Hayley Marshall, Senior Operations Manager from Kura in a special visit to the Bootle operation.

 Caspain House, with capacity of 400 seats, is the firm’s first major new site outside of Scotland and the visit comes as Kura announces plans to expand their local employee base and hire more staff from around Sefton.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Kura and see the fantastic work they are doing to create more jobs to the local economy.

 “The call centre at Caspian House is already expanding and we are seeing a whole host of new jobs and opportunities created within the borough.

 “They have been supported by the fantastic teams at InvestSefton and it is great to hear they are now included on the Framework being able to bid for new contracts, hopefully supporting existing and new staff in the borough.

 “Kura selecting Atlantic Park as the home for its first contact centre outside of Scotland shows that it sees the borough as the perfect springboard for future growth in the UK and reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”

 Kura provides award winning out-sourced contact centre and software services from its four locations across the UK.

 Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial, Kura, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be on this framework as it demonstrates we have the capability to support central government in their transformational agenda. We hope to win more business as a result of this framework and our plan is to put this work into our Sefton site bringing more jobs for people in the area.

 “At Kura we’re out to build a very different business in our industry – we want to help people to develop and reach their full potential. Our vision is, to one day, be recognised as ‘Unrivalled in Developing People’. Caspian House will be a flagship site, creating the right learning environment for the culture we are creating.”  

 Liverpool Combined Authority Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “I was delighted to visit the Bootle contact centre, and learn about Kura’s success on being selected for the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

 “This is a massive boost to the business and a great achievement. They have shown great ambition and determination to secure this opportunity, and I have every confidence that it will help them generate additional employment and business at Bootle.”

Formby Civic chair to give fascinating Ypres talk

The chairman of Formby Civic Society is set to deliver a fascinating talk on Ypres to a crowd at Formby Library.

The talk, which is free to book, takes place at Formby Library on Duke Street from 2pm on Tuesday November 14.

John Philips will speak on the harrowing battles which resulted in terrible losses over a hundred years ago in Ypres, Belgium.

The talk will also touch on the affects it had on the lives of people living in Formby during and after the war. 

To book a place at the talk simply sign up at the library, call 01704 874 177 or email

Ditch Those Stabilisers return by popular demand

Back by popular demand during the October half term, Sefton Council is delighted to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, October 24between 9am-12pm or Southport’s Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, October 26 from 9am to 12pm.

Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said:

“Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session.

“It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.

“We have absolutely loved the session learning skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family!”

Pre booking is essential due to popularity. To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.

Make sure you give ‘Paws For Thought’ when buying puppies

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Often illegally imported puppies, which are not vaccinated against rabies, are only ever discovered when a family take their new four legged friend for their first vet visit.

At this point the puppy has to be seized and put in quarantine, with any costs incurred falling on the dog’s owners.

Not only is there a significant financial implication, with fees in excess of £1,000, but the act of removing your cute new four legged friend can be extremely distressing and stressful.

Under legislation, any dogs entering the UK must have been vaccinated against rabies – however the vaccine will not work if given to puppies younger than 12 weeks.

As a result Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team are urging those considering buying a puppy to make sure they know who they are buying from, to check the pup’s vaccination history and always ask to see documentation.

The campaign launches after five people were prosecuted after the Trading Standards team uncovered an illegal puppy smuggling operation on Skipton Avenue, Southport.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“We don’t want people to have their lovely new puppies taken away from them.

“But illegally imported and unvaccinated puppies are an issue, and it is something which can happen in Sefton as we have seen recently.

“The puppies we discovered in Southport were only around eight weeks old when they were brought into the UK, meaning even if they had been vaccinated it would not have been effective.

“Increasing numbers of puppies are being imported illegally in to the UK from puppy farms in Eastern Europe.

“These puppies are being sold via adverts on the internet and are accompanied by false and forged documentation which lead buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK.

“We want people to be vigilant, especially in the run up to Christmas when interest in buying puppies is especially high.”

The Paws for Thought campaign advises people to be suspicious if the seller cannot show you the puppy with its mother and litter mates, as well as:

• If the puppy has been vaccinated ask to see the documentation. This must clearly state the veterinary practice where this was carried out.
Be suspicious if the address of the veterinary practice is outside the UK.
• If the puppy has been brought in from outside the UK, it must be at least 15 weeks old and have a pet passport or a veterinary certificate.
Never agree to have the puppy delivered to your home address or to meet the seller to collect the puppy.
• Never pay for a puppy in advance.
Report any concerns using the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Earlier this year a joint raid by Sefton Council and Merseyside Police at a Skipton Avenue property discovered seven illegally imported puppies being kept in a poor condition.

Sefton’s Trading Standards team had no choice but to seize the puppies and put them in quarantine.

Fears that the pups were too young to be vaccinated against rabies were later confirmed and sadly one puppy was so ill, it had to be put to sleep.

The remaining six puppies were later successfully rehomed.

Cllr Lappin added:

“The case not only shows a blatant disregard for the law, but put the community at serious risk of the spread of rabies by illegally importing the dogs.

“Hopefully this sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of acting illegally that they will be caught and prosecuted.

“We would like to thank the member of the public that came forward to report their concerns, and would encourage others to be vigilant in order to tackle other incidents of a similar nature.”

Thousands enjoy Southport fireworks spectacle

Crowds in their thousands visited Victoria Park, Southport at the weekend to watch an incredible three day fireworks spectacular.

The Sefton run Champion of Champions competition saw seven previous winners of the popular British Musical Fireworks Championship battle it out between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 for the ultimate title. 

An incredible display by ‘Sirotechnics Fireworks’, who performed on the second Saturday evening slot, was enough to wow the judges and seal their place as Champion of Champions. 

Sunday’s ‘Bright Sparks Fireworks’ and ‘3rd All-Star Fireworks’, the opening Saturday display, took second and third place respectively.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“The British Musical Fireworks Championship was yet again a fantastic weekend for Southport and Sefton.

“Thousands of families descended on Victoria Park to see the 2013 winners, Sirotechnics, take home the Champion of Champions trophy. Saturday was full to capacity proving what a draw the Fireworks and Southport really are.


“I would like to congratulate everybody involved in putting on this year’s championship, which was a fitting and fantastic end to our 2017 Sefton events calendar.

“As the season draws to close once again, it is also important that we acknowledge the huge economic impact these fantastic events have on our borough.”

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