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Business clinics the perfect tonic for local entrepreneurs

Businesses and entrepreneurs across Sefton can look forward to a healthy future with the help of experts from across the world of commerce.

Sefton’s business clinics are taking place every Tuesday at The Atkinson, Southport from 10am-1pm. They are a chance to meet movers and shakers in the world of business to ask any burning questions and gain insights to help you start up your business or take it to the next level.

Officially opened by Cllr. Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills on September 18, the clinics are Organised by Invest Sefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. Sessions cover all business themes, from accessing funding to starting your business to employing the right people to make it a success and everything in between.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “Business is the lifeblood of our borough and we make the point that we are very much open for business. More than ever we need budding entrepreneurs to be bold and make the next step, creating jobs and opportunities for local residents and those across the Liverpool City Region.

“Making that leap into business ownership can be fraught with risk but it needn’t be if people know where to turn for help and advice. This is why an open forum to access the region’s vibrant business community is an asset you should make the most of. All you need to do is just turn up at The Atkinson.”

If you cannot make it to a business clinic, the friendly team at Invest Sefton are on hand all year round to offer advice and support to help your business grow. Contact them on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit their website.

Local companies and start ups find Sefton is open for business

Sefton Council has been spreading the message that the borough is open for business and ready for the future.

As part of a jam-packed calendar of commerce friendly events, local businesses, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs benefitted from the insight of thought leaders, successful peers from the world of business, key organisations as well signposting to funding and support to help make their ventures a success.

Organised by Invest Sefton, the enterprise, business support and inward investment arm of Sefton Council, the Sefton Economic Forum (June 8) and the Business Start Up Conference (June 20) enjoyed big turnouts during a very busy period for Invest Sefton, including the International Business Festival and the Liverpool City Region Skills Show.

The Economic Forum gave local businesses and residents the opportunity to enjoy talks from and a Q&A session with key speakers, including respected sports journalist Tony Evans; Robin Tudor from Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Rob Capleton from Liverpool International Business Festival and Head of Commissioning at Sefton Council, Peter Moore.

Organised in partnership between Invest Sefton, The Enterprise Hub and Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of host Venue Rent a Space, the Start-ups Conference saw budding entrepreneurs flock to the Bootle venue as over 50 would be business owners enjoyed “A Taste of Business”.

Hosted and curated by Kevin, a passionate advocate of local business, the event was open to anyone thinking of starting a new business or at the early stages of their new enterprise.

Attendees heard from Invest Sefton and The Women’s Organisation about the support available to them, as well as real world anecdotes and advice from businesses based at Rent a Space, including family run business Perfect Samosa, Workout Liverpool fitness gym and fashion designer Alex Meade.

Kristina Swift of Invest Sefton pictured with Kevin Murphy of Venue Rent a Space

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton really is open for business and hungry to do business, as the fantastic turnout for  the Economic Forum and start-ups conference demonstrated, although the three Ps of pizza, prosecco and Peroni lager may have helped!

“In all seriousness, the Council is working tirelessly to make Sefton a place where businesses want to grow and invest, bringing jobs and prosperity to our communities. Events such as those hosted by Invest Sefton are vital part of the local authority’s role of facilitator for economic growth as we work towards our vision for the borough in 2030.

“If you are a local business, looking to go into business for yourself or bring your enterprise to our beautiful borough, make sure you contact Invest Sefton to support and advise you.”

For more information, contact Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit them online

Discover opportunities at Sefton’s festival of learning

A special event is taking place in Sefton to encourage local residents to try something different and learn new skills while having fun.

Sefton’s Festival of Learning Summer Fair takes place Saturday June 16, 12-4pm at Sefton Community Learning Centre, 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth.

The air will be filled with tantalising smells from festival goers trying their hand at making tapas and other Mediterranean dishes as the more artistic among them give charcoal drawing and water colour painting a go.

There will be workshops that everyone can take part in and try something new, with the added bonus of free food for children when they or an adult they attend with complete the workshop.

The eclectic mix of fun learning activities will vary wildly, from learning about Viking culture to building bird boxes and much more besides, there will be lots to see and do.

The festival will have lots to offer for all ages, whether whizzing around on go karts, tackling the assault course and giant slide or sparking their creative side of little ones with family craft sessions.

Visitors will never be short of food or entertainment as local businesses from across Sefton will set up shop on the day.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“Learning new skills can be very positive for our happiness and mental well being, as well as equipping us for life in new ways.

“Sefton Council’s Community Learning Service has a brilliant array of courses all year round, but this festival is a fun way to learn more about the service, learn new skills on the day and just as importantly, have fun.”

To find out more about this fantastic event or to book your place, contact Sefton’s Adult Community Learning Service on 0151 934 4546 or visit their website to find out learning opportunities throughout the year.

Sefton champions local carers for national celebration

Sefton Council is joining organisations across the UK to celebrate the amazing contribution of carers to their families and communities.

Carers Week 2o18 takes place 11-17 June, raising awareness of the roles of unpaid carers, the difference they make and the challenges they face.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who would not manage their daily lives or would see a decline in their health without them. A carer can be almost any age, with children and young people also taking up caring roles.

People often do not identify themselves as being carers, just seeing their actions as something they expect to do for their loved ones.

In Sefton there are strong support networks and a wealth of information available from Sefton Carers Centre, or via Sefton’s Adult Services Directory

As part of Carers Week, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting Get Connected, an event to highlight the free support and services available to carers in the borough and beyond. At the event carers will receive specialist guidance from the centre’s Welfare Benefits Advisors and Parent Carers Team. Sefton Young Carers Service will be available to meet families of children with caring roles, as well as helping professionals such as teachers and social workers to identify young carers. ‘Get Connected’ takes place June 13, 11am-2pm at Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton is a borough for everyone, no less so our fantastic and selfless carers, who carry out their caring roles in addition to the everyday pressures we all face.

“While Carers Week is an opportunity to shine a light on our selfless carers, it is also important that we reach people who may not yet realise that they are carers themselves.

“Having see first hand the vital support offered by Sefton Carers Centre, I advise any carers in Sefton to drop in to Get Connected, or make contact with the centre to see how they can help you.”

Sefton Carers Centre can be contacted on 0151 288 6060 or by completing the online form



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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