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Sefton Council announces ground-breaking ‘street food’ regeneration pilot project for Bootle Canalside & Strand

Concept design illustrating what the future re-purposed Strand could look and feel like.Sefton Council is announcing an exciting and ground-breaking ‘Street Food’ regeneration pilot project.

Initially, the initiative will focus on the area around the Canalside and Bootle Strand to complement existing regeneration and investment plans, but it will also have the potential to expand.

As well as meaning new street food traders in the area, the project will provide an education, training, skills development and employment pathway and new business start-up mentoring and support within the hospitality and leisure sector for the local community.

It will also help to revitalise the Canalside and The Strand Shopping Centre further by providing new catering facilities, alongside a complementary events programme designed to encourage more people into Bootle town centre.

The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Nationwide Caterers Association, Hugh Baird College and Everton in the Community, and based initially in Bootle.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said “This is a unique opportunity for our residents to get trained in making and selling street food, and a potential route to a career in the hospitality and leisure sector. We are working with partners to develop a curriculum which provides both catering and business start-up training and opportunities to hone these skills in a real life setting within the Strand and on the Canalside. We look forward to providing more details in due course and inviting applications to our first cohort”

Mark Laurie from Nationwide Caterers Association said: “We hope this is the beginning of new and exciting food culture across Sefton enabling local people to enjoy great affordable food in a new space, set up and run their own businesses or find employment. The Canalside venue and strand street food space are the perfect locations and additions to the area to support Sefton council’s ambition to develop a unique destination, that can be enjoyed by all and adds value to the community; a hub for local people and visitors to meet, eat and have fun. Sefton Council have shown great ambition and dedication in pushing to take on this pilot project for Bootle and we look forward to working with the community and all stakeholders on this making this initiative a huge success”

John Billington, Director of Facilities and Technical Services at Hugh Baird College, said: “This street food project offers an exciting opportunity for our catering students to expand their skill set and gain further experience of operating in a commercial setting, enriching the curriculum and whilst also supporting town centre regeneration. We are very grateful for the strong relationship with the council, enabling partnership working on education and skills development of this nature, to the betterment of Bootle’s community and economy”.

Further details will be announced soon, including how existing catering students and the wider community can access this opportunity, and when the project will be launched.