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Ainsdale Beach is one of the best in Britain

It would be foolish to celebrate English Tourism Week and not honour one of the best beaches in our fair isle. 

Ainsdale beach has it all, from a fascinating nature reserve, miles of sculpted dunes and golden sands, it’s a haven for all.

Tourists, horse riders, even kite surfers are often seen during the scorching hot summer months on Ainsdale beach, when sunshine brings with it a hive of activity and relaxation.

The nearby Ainsdale Discovery Centre, situated adjacent to the beach and Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, provides local information, a classroom facility, venue for events and free cycle hire.

The beach itself has zones set aside for kite buggy and landboard use while kitesurfing takes place in the sea.

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.

Sefton is booming with business say local firms

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their thriving ventures and future growth.

Success stories and plans for expansion were discussed when Sefton Council visited two borough-based businesses.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Churchill Sheds based in Netherton and Jack Hodson Limited – a family-owned business established in 1966 now trading in Aintree.

Churchill Sheds began trading as a partnership in February 2016, and employs 4 staff and casual labour at peak periods. They manufacture purpose-built sheds, industrial barns, office units and workshops for businesses, the hospitality sector and rural producers.

Under the Business Growth Programme InvestSefton has supported with locating and bidding for public contracts, registration on The Chest and Contracts Finder portals, and using the Planning Portal to source work. The business is also being supported with developing a Social Value and Sustainability policy to help with bidding for contracts.

Jack Hodson Ltd is the ‘go to’ national supplier of security-related electronics for police vehicles, and participates in frameworks for the fitting of cameras, lightbars and security measures to marked and unmarked police vehicles. The business works for a number of police regions in the UK in England and Wales, and has won market share from its competitors. The business employs 25 staff, and turnover is £1.5million, which is expected to increase in the coming year creating more jobs, due to contracts won.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “I really enjoy getting out and seeing at first hand how local businesses are thriving and moving forward.

“Churchill Sheds is an excellent example of how a business can expand by constantly looking to develop new products and to consistent high standards. I am delighted that that InvestSefton has been able to assist them with their sales and marketing and their plans to grow the business further.

“The same goes for Jack Hodson Ltd who has recently relocated to Aintree Business Park, Ormskirk Road following more than 30 years in Berry St, Bootle, due to increased workload. The business has been supported by InvestSefton and Sefton@Work for a number of years, and is currently being assisted under the Sefton Business Growth Programme.

“Success stories like these show how Sefton really is open for business.”

Jack Hodson Ltd’s Financial Director, Peter Edward-Hodson and Technical Director, John Hodson, said: “Our recent relocation to larger, bespoke premises has required a major capital investment. However, the benefits achieved will allow us to streamline our operations, and grow our business.”

Ian Williams, Churchill Sheds managing Director, added: ”Our business is going from strength-to-strength, and we have a lot of interest in our workshops and barns. The help provided by InvestSefton has been invaluable.”

Animal shelter team up with food banks in Year of the Volunteer

Formby based Freshfields Animal Rescue are working with volunteers at various Sefton food banks to provide additional support to vulnerable animals.

Food Banks are fulfilling a vital role in today’s society, providing a lifeline for people who are in need of the most immediate and urgent help to care for their families.

Freshfields will be working hand in hand with the teams, donating food to animals whose owners find themselves in desperate circumstances.

Community and Outreach Fundraising Manager Emma Jensen from the Ince Blundell based animal rescue shelter said: ‘We’re happy to support the animals in the families of people who have fallen on hard times, and welcome this relationship with the Food Banks. 

“We will always look to support animals in the community wherever we can. We do have animals brought into the rescue centre simply because their owners can’t afford to feed them, and that is very upsetting. 

“Obviously we want to prevent this situation for the pet, the family and for rescue centres that always struggle to meet demand. 

“The community help us and we’re helping them which is what it’s all about – everyone benefits.”


Sporting fun in Sefton parks during Easter holidays

The night’s alright for young people as Sefton’s parks come to life with sporting activity over the Easter holidays. 

Park Nights is a new programme from Active Sefton, giving young people aged 10-16yrs the chance to try new sporting activities for free in their local park.

Park Nights are taking place at:

  • Derby Park, Bootle, 6pm-8pm, March 26 (street golf and football)
  • Killen Green Park, Netherton, 5pm-7pm, March 27 (ultimate frisbee and fodgeball)
  • North Park, Bootle, 6pm-7.30pm, March 28 (zorb football)
  • Crosby Coastal Park, 6pm-8pm, March 29 (climbing wall and games)
  • Derby Park, 6pm-8pm, April 3 (street golf and football)
  • Derby Park, 5pm-7pm, April 4 (ultimate frisbee and dodgeball)
  • Marian Gardens, Netherton, 6pm-7.30pm, April 5 (zorb football)

For more information, contact the Active Sefton team on 0151 288 6286.


Wesley Street is a world of shopping wonder

Wesley Street is Southport’s very own ‘Village In The Town.’

A microcosm of shopping, eating and entertaining delights, the colourful street is nestled away between Eastbank Street and Tulketh Street in Southport Town Centre. 

Stepping into Wesley Street is often described as stepping into a different world. 

Awash with independent boutiques, barbers, cafes and shops, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, there is something for everyone.

Accredited with numerous awards for floral displays, community spirit and best Neighbourhood award 2014, you will find a string of unique, independent shops painted in pastel colours.

The traders host family-friendly events throughout the year, such as the Wesley Street Festival.

You will find a traditional sweet shop, celebration cakes, family photographers, a wool shop, butchers, antique jewellers, cafes, gifts and much much more!

With 22 shops, all locally owned, Wesley street gives a personal service with unique products that only independent shopkeepers can offer.

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