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Hundreds of businesses boosted thanks to Sefton Economic Forum

More than 100 business leaders from across the city region have attended the latest Sefton Economic Forum to find out how they can expand and plan for future successes.

Run by InvestSefton, the winter Sefton Economic Forum took place at Formby Hall Golf Resort on December 7, with more than 110 local businesses present to discuss the North West economy and Brexit.

Hosted by Karen Potter, local businesswoman and estate agent, the popular forum included guest presentations from Brian Sloan, Deputy Agent from the Bank of England; Dr Thomas Horsley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, who provided an update on Brexit; Natalie Atkinson, CEO at Southport Football Club, who shared the club’s ambitious plans and Alison Hadaway, Business Manager at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa.

Following the informative talk, businesses networked at the Growth Hub Marketplace, discovering a wide variety of support for their enterprise, from investment opportunities to health and fitness in the workplace and more besides. Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team was also present.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “It is great to see the economic forums go from strength to strength, helping leaders to grow their businesses and create opportunities for the workforce across Sefton and the Liverpool City Region.

“All of our speakers gave great insights into the business climate, especially in light of Brexit and the challenges we need to meet in our local economy, something we can do more effectively as a business community coming together and working collaboratively.

“After the forum finished, businesses spent time in the Growth Hub Marketplace and met with representatives from over 20 different business support agencies who provided vital information on what help is available to boost business.

“InvestSefton consistently curate engaging forums and organise a vibrant marketplace showing the best of Sefton’s businesses – I’m looking forward to the next forum”

For more information about further Sefton Economic Forum events call 0151 934 3452 or email info@investsefton.com

Sefton in top 10 performance for NEETs

Sefton’s performance in helping young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) is currently in the top 10 of local authorities nationally.

Figures are released by the Department for Education regarding the annual publication of national participation figures of young people aged 16 to 18.

Statistics are also released of NEET (not in education, employment or training) and NET (not in education or training) figures based on results from the annual labour force survey (LFS).

Robert Andrews (Director), Peter Oxspring (MD), Julie Swarbrick Invest Sefton, Peter Dowd MP, Cllr Marion Atkinson and Gary Brine, Hardy production manager

Latest figures collected locally reveal Sefton is currently ranked 144 out of 152 local authorities. Rankings are national comparisons from 1-152 where 1 equals worst performance and 152 equals best in that indicator. National figures will be released later in the year.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “There is some fantastic work that is provided across Sefton in helping and supporting young people find work, training and staying in the education process.
“These figures that show how Sefton is in the top 10 of local authorities for helping NEETs is amazing news for the whole of the borough. “It is vital that we encourage young people to make positive choices about their future – promoting options around training, different career options, job applications and interview skills.
“In the long run this can make a huge difference not just to the individuals’ and their families, but the community and our local economy as well.”

For more information about Sefton@Work visit www.seftonatwork.net.

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Friends of Sefton Coast celebrate bumper Year Of The Volunteer campaign

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline!

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

The Green Sefton coast and countryside division are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

Through the 2018 Year Of The Volunteer, an incredible 2,300 people volunteered 5,200 hours of their time over 76 clean-up events that saw thousands of bags of rubbish cleared from our coastline.

From beach cleans to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast and Green Sefton are always looking for more people to get involved.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between January & March 2019, or to get involved, check out the Friends of Sefton Coast Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, click here

Free bike tagging events held across South Sefton

Sefton Council has partnered with Merseyside Police to offer free bike tagging events in the borough.

Four bike tagging events will take place in January at locations across South Sefton to help secure and protect pedal bikes by using specialist marking kits which aim to deter thieves.

Sefton Council has donated £1,100 from South Sefton ward funding to Merseyside Police to allow them to secure a limited number of bike marking kits, which will then be given out free on a first come first serve basis to residents.

cycle chat

Four bike tagging events will be held in the first week in January. They will take place at:

Netherton Activity Centre (January 2; 10am-2pm)
Crosby Police Station (January 3; 10am-2pm)
Linacre Bridge Hub (January 4; 10am-2pm)
Maghull Community Police Station (January 5; 3pm-6pm)
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to have funded these security kits through local ward funding.

“These kits help assist Merseyside Police in deterring bike thefts and give our residents and communities added peace of mind.

“We know these tagging events are very popular so please take advantage of this service.”

Community Policing Sergeant, Chris Taylor, said: “We are committed to preventing bike theft across Sefton and these bike marking kits are just one part of this work, alongside Sefton Council.

“What price peace of mind? In this case, it’s free! We only have a limited supply of the kits though so pop down as early as you can.

“You can also keep in touch with your local policing teams in Sefton via @SeftonPolice on Facebook and local twitter pages, where we publish news and crime prevention advice on bike theft and other issues in the community.”

Bike theft crime prevention advice is also available at: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-bicycle/how-safe-is-your-bike/

Treasure Sefton wants to showcase your mental health service

Treasure Sefton, a mental health group associated with Sefton in Mind and Sefton CVS, is calling for mental health services across the borough to submit a poster to be displayed at a poster exhibition at Southport Community Centre.

Treasure Sefton aims to celebrate Sefton through creative activity and mindfulness and the exhibition will showcase the services in Sefton that contribute to the wellbeing of the region.

Services and groups in Sefton are invited to design an A3 poster that promote their service, what it does, and how it helps to improve the lives of those who live and work in Sefton.

This poster should include the service name, the location served, and the best place to find information about the service. It can be created using any means including drawing, painting, collage or digital design.

This is a brilliant opportunity to engage service users and staff either through a collaborative piece of work or a competition.

Please accompany your poster with a short text that formally describes the service and mission, and includes address, contact details, opening hours, and means to access (self-referral, GP referral etc).  You can email this to treasuresefton@seftoncvs.org.uk.

The deadline for entries is noon on Monday, 4 February. Hard copies can be handed in to Treasure Sefton, c/o Sefton CVS, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport or emailed to treasuresefton@seftoncvs.org.uk.

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