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Enterprise Hub announce summer roadshow to inspire local entrepreneurs

A four-week roadshow of business advice and support aims to inspire a new wave of entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region.

Enterprise Hub Roadshow will run from June 4 to June 29 across the Liverpool City Region, providing a calendar of events, training and advice for anyone thinking of starting a business.

The road show will be making stops across Sefton with an emphasis on bringing Enterprise Hub events out into the community, giving local residents opportunity to get advice and guidance on their doorstep.

Events will feature informative talks from local entrepreneurs who will share their business start-up stories, as well as offering key guidance about the lessons they have learned along the way and the advice they would offer to others.

Hands-on workshops will help to clarify the processes involved with starting a business, whilst budding entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to speak directly with business advisors on a 1-2-1 basis.

Those interested can find out more about all the events planned and where to drop into for advice or workshops by following a Facebook page ( where the full roadshow programme will be available.

Events across Sefton include:

  • Franchising Works Drop-In, Southport JCP, 6th June, 10 – 12pm, 25th June 10-12pm
  • Meeting the Adviser with SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 7th June, 10 – 4pm
  • The Onion Business Advice Open Drop-in with Merseyside Expanding Horizons, The Onion, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, 8th June, 10 – 3pm, 15th June, 10-3pm, 22nd June 10-3pm, 29th June 10-3pm
  • Franchising Works Drop-In, Bootle JCP, 11th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Find Funding with SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, 14th June, 10-12pm & 2-4pm
  • Works Drop-In, Hougoumont House, Crosby, 18th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Sefton Start-up Conference, Rent a Space, 9 Dunnings Bridge Rd, 20th June, 6 – 8:30pm
  • Business Magic, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 21st June, 10 – 12pm
  • Essential Finance, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 21st June, 10 – 1pm
  • Social Media for Business, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 28th June, 10 – 12pm
  • Innovation Station: Meet The Inventor, SAFE Regeneration, St Mary’s Complex, Bootle, 28th June, 10 – 2pm

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Hub Project Manager, and Enterprise Director at Liverpool social enterprise The Women’s Organisation, said:

“We’re delighted to be taking Enterprise Hub on a Roadshow across the Liverpool City Region this summer.”

“With more and more people thinking about starting a business, it is vital that these individuals are supported with the knowledge and resources to feel confident in making that decision and really succeed.”

“Through a range of informative events, hands-on training and 1-2-1 advice delivered by a team of experts, the Enterprise Hub Roadshow will simplify the process of going self-employed and give local people that all-important confidence boost to pursue a business dream.”

“Enterprise Hub has already helped more than 4,000 people from across the region to discover more about the logistics of going self-employed, evaluate their business ideas and develop entrepreneurial skills, resulting in the launch of more than 600 new businesses since December 2015. – we can’t wait to help you launch yours.”

Enterprise Hub is working with a variety of delivery partners across the region to roll-out the Business Start-Up Roadshow, including The Women’s Organisation, The Prince’s Trust, Liverpool Central Library Business & IP Centre, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, St Helens Chamber of Commerce, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Everton Development Trust, Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Franchising Works,  Alt Valley Community Trust, and SAFE Regeneration.

Business start up event welcomes Sefton residents

Have you got an idea for a new business and you need help with its development? You can come along to a free event where you can network and gain advice and guidance from experienced people from the world of business.

The Business Start Up Conference takes place June 20, 6pm-8.30pm at Venue Rent a Space and is open to anyone over the age of 16 and living the Liverpool City Region.

You can hear first hand experiences from local business owners who will tell you how they got to where they are and give tips on how you can make your business a success. If you are thinking of being self employed, you can learn about the practicalities and the right approach to take. You can also meet like minded people who are thinking about starting up a business, share ideas and make valuable contacts. Find out about FREE support to help you get started.

Event address: Venue Rent a Space, Dunningsbridge Road, Liverpool, L30 6UU

To book, call 0151 706 8113 0r contact the Enterprise Hub by email

Visit the Invest Sefton website to find out how they can help your business.



Southport BID launch new shopping directory for resort

Southport BID has launched a brand new shopping directory for Southport.   

The website has been created as a sister site to VisitSouthport to capitalise on it’s high number of visitors and help promote the range of things on offer in the town.

The site, a directory of all Southport town centre shops allows shoppers to search any store by name or to explore to find what they are looking for and discover shops near them. 

The website will also list all the current offers and promotions and any upcoming sales. It will regularly feature news and updates from shops and brands across the town centre.

Shopping in Southport also has a great ‘Where to eat’ guide to help shoppers find the perfect spot for a coffee or lunch during a day’s shopping or the nearest bar for a cocktail at the end of it all!

Shoppers can also find out more and keep updated about latest sales, new lines in store and more by following Shop Southport on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or using the hashtag #shopsouthport

Hugh Evans of Southport BID says of the site “We wanted to create a site that pulled together all the great brands that Southport together with the superb independents that can be found throughout the town centre and help shoppers discover what is on offer if you explore!”

“The partnership with Visit Southport will really allow the site to reach as many people as possible and give the shops great exposure and help promote the town centre’s retail core alongside the tourist attractions. It is a great tool for businesses to promote offers and news and for shoppers to discover them!”

Head to to find out more or follow on social media

Lord Street to temporarily close overnight for maintenance

Lord Street, Southport will undergo essential carriageway maintenance works from June 11, which will last for approximately five days.

Sefton Council’s Highways team will be issuing letters to residents and businesses on Lord Street, to let them know about the upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Work is due to commence on Monday June 11 and will take approximately five working days to complete.

The works will take place on isolated areas of the carriageway between Duke Street and Manchester Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:”Sefton is a borough on the move and making sure Lord Street’s carriageway is maintained is a key priority for us.”

“Due to the location of the site and the amount of surrounding properties and businesses, we are intending to carry out the works of an evening after 6.30pm to minimise inconvenience and disruption as much as possible.”

It is planned for the night works to end at midnight, followed by a site safety procedure which will be completed on each occasion by 1am.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be available at all times, as well as access for emergency vehicles.

Diversions will be in place via Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Seabank Road and vice versa.

Works nearing Eastbank Street and Nevill Street junctions will be signposted accordingly.

For further information on road closures across the borough visit

New dementia friendly housing in Sefton

One Vision Housing have completed dementia-friendly refurbishments of three of their Independent Living schemes as part of a £1m plan to make all their schemes more energy efficient and inclusive for people living with dementia.

Included in these new developments is Kenyons Lodge in Maghull. The property has been given soft colour schemes, with feature walls, carpets and different wallpaper throughout to make each floor easily identifiable and therefore easier to navigate for those living with memory loss and visual impairments.

The residents were consulted throughout the refurbishment, and chose the fabrics and colours to create a sense of well being and luxury within the communal areas.

One Vision Housing and Sovini Property Services have been holding afternoon tea events to thank the residents for their patience and cooperation during the refurbishment works.

OVH Independent Living Manager, Suzanne Meylan said: “With dementia affecting more people in our communities, it’s important we respond to this need and create communal living environments which promote a sense of wellbeing and comfort for our customers.”

To find out more, visit the One Vision Housing website

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