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Hundreds attend Sefton Economic Forum to build for the future

Over 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.

Hosted by InvestSefton and sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport , the autumn Sefton Economic Forum took place at the Ramada Hotel, Southport on November 17 with more than 110 local businesses present to discuss ‘Opportunities for Business Growth’.

The popular forum included guest presentations from Robin Tudor of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Kevin Potter of BLISS hotels, new owners of the Ramada Plaza, Pete Sandman from Liverpool LEP and Julie Swarbrick from InvestSefton.

To close the event, there was even a touch of enchantment to the forum as illusionist David Burgess entertained guests with his sleight of hand and illusion during the interval.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “This was by far the best forum of the year with over 110 businesses turning up to learn all about how they can make both their own business and the local economy grow!

“All of our speakers gave a great overview of Tourism and Business in the region and how it is not only improving, but can get even better with businesses and organisations working together more effectively.

“It was especially great to hear BLISS hotels reiterate their commitment to Sefton’s investment framework.

“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.

“I would like to once again congratulate the InvestSefton team on organising such an interesting and well attended forum.”

For more information about further Sefton Economic Forum events call 0151 934 3452 or email

(pictures courtesy of Ray Farley Photography)