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Sefton’s major events cancelled

Southport Air Show and British Musical Fireworks Championship

Cancelled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK and the impact that it is having, Sefton Council has been forced to take the difficult decision to cancel the Southport Air Show (12 – 13 September) and the British Musical Fireworks Championship (25 – 27 September). The events will return next year (2021).

Each year these flagship events attract visitors from all over the UK and generate millions of pounds for Sefton’s local economy, supporting local businesses.


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says, “Every autumn we welcome thousands of people to Southport to enjoy these two major events in the town; the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. However, as the latest government guidance on the next stages of its Covid-19 response indicate, it will not be possible or responsible for large-scale events to take place.

“We understand this news will disappoint a lot of people, but we all have to work hard to protect the health and the wellbeing of our communities, and the safety of everyone involved including visitors, exhibitors, traders, staff, contractors, and the many more who contribute and play a part in delivering these much-loved events.  These are the factors at the very forefront of our decision.  We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”

Dates for some of the key events taking place in Southport in 2021:

  • Southport Food and Drink Festival – Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June 2021
  • Southport Air Show – Saturday 3 July to Sunday 4 July 2021
  • British Musical Fireworks Championship – Friday 24 September to Sunday 26 September 2021

With lots of vast beaches and park space, Visit Southport has been urging people to continue to follow UK government advice.  When it is again safe to do so it will ensure a warm welcome awaits visitors to Southport.

Information for workers who have been Furloughed

Have any of your family or friends been furloughed by their current employer?

Did you know even if they have been furloughed they can still access training and support from Sefton Community Learning service and Sefton@Work?

During the current coronavirus crisis Sefton Community Learning and Sefton@Work are on line and available to support individuals with a variety of services.

Sefton Community Learning are running several on line training courses and are constantly developing new training programmes, including:

  • How to apply for Universal Credit
  • Creating a CV
  • Refresher in English and Maths
  • Money Management / Budgeting
  • Spreadsheets
  • British Values
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Digital Marketing
  • Starting you own Business
  • Making Face Mask’s

Sefton@Work Advisers and Employer Liaison Staff are working remotely with local individuals and businesses throughout the borough to offer Free, Confidential, Impartial advice, guidance and support with:

  • Job Search support
  • CV development and Interview skills
  • Assistance with job applications
  • Identifying transferable skills and career coaching
  • Advertising Vacancies for local employers, help with recruitment including pre-screening of applications and online/telephone interviews

If you would like to know more about the services Sefton Community Learning or Sefton@Work can offer please call us on:

Sefton Community Learning Service 0151 934 4546

Sefton@Work 0151 934 2610

Sefton@Work Employer Liaison Team 0151 934 2875

Alternatively you can email us at or

Employer Liaison Team

If you want to know more why not let us call you! Click here to request a Call Back!

For the latest updates, vacancies etc. keep an eye on the Sefton@Work website or follow us on Social Media via our Facebook and Twitter account @LearnWorkSefton

Sefton Council urges businesses to apply for Business Grants

Sefton Council is urging businesses in the Borough to ensure they are applying for the Business Grants that are currently available for small businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.  These are available from Sefton Council to provide financial assistance to businesses, impacted by the disruption and difficulties caused by Covid-19.  The grants are simple to apply for and businesses will not have to repay them.

Two grants are available for businesses that were rate payers in Sefton before 11 March 2020:

  • Small Business Grants are for businesses who are based in a premises with a rateable value up to £15,000 and are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief. The grant these businesses are entitled to is £10,000.
  • Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants operate at two levels. Businesses based in a premises with a rateable value of up to, and including, £15,000 and are eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount are entitled to a grant of £10,000.  Businesses based in a premises with a rateable value of over £15,000 but less than £51,000 and are eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount are entitled to a grant of £25,000.


Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Labour Leader, says, “We urge all business that fall into these categories to follow the simple processes that are in place so that they can receive these grants as quickly as possible.  To date we are pleased to say that £28million has been distributed to businesses across Sefton, but we know there are more that have not yet applied and we would encourage them to do so without delay.  These grants are designed to give small businesses some much needed financial support at this very challenging time and we want to ensure that all businesses that are eligible receive them.”


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says, “The system that has been put in place to give small businesses in Sefton this financial support has been made as straightforward as possible so that the Council can distribute grants to businesses as a key priority and within a short space of time.  The application process itself doesn’t take long, so if any business is not sure whether they are eligible or not, we’d urge them to check.”


How to apply

To apply for one of these grants from Sefton Council you will need your Business Rates Account Number and Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), which can be found on the bills sent out in March 2020.  If you do not have your bill you need to email and ask for your bill to be re-issued.

Along with your UPRN you will simply need to enter your business bank account, VAT Registration Number (if VAT registered) and Companies Number (if a Limited Company) onto the online portal, which can be accessed via

If you have been in occupation of your current premises since before 11 March 2020, but did not let Sefton Business Rates know this you will not be on the rates system and will be required to provide evidence that you are the occupier.

Ongoing business support and advice for all businesses across Sefton is available via InvestSefton, which leads on the Council’s business support.  It has dedicated information available on all of the latest Covid-19 updates and support available to businesses in Sefton.  To access this information visit:

Call out to Young Apprentices

Are you 16-18? Live in Sefton, on an Apprenticeship and furloughed? Career Connect on behalf of Sefton Council are currently carrying out calls to our Young Apprentices to offer support during this challenging time.

Our specialist team are here and an adviser can help you make sense of things. If you are not in education, employment and training we can also help you by keeping in touch and providing support to develop your employment skills, update your CV and explore options for the future.

Don’t wait for us to call you, call us now on  0151 944 6100 to request a call back or email

Parents of young people who are concerned about them are also welcome to call this line!

Business Grants Update

A further £4 million of grants has been processed this week, paid to Sefton businesses who will receive funds shortly after. A further £1.5 million are in the process of being paid, bringing the total value of payments processed as of today is over £25 million.

The Business Rates team will now continue to follow up and resolve any outstanding queries that exist from the original submissions, following up with emails and phone calls as well as processing new applications.

If you are an eligible business within Sefton and have not yet applied for a business grant, you can apply here


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