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Montessori nursey Natural Beginnings opens in Bootle with support of InvestSefton

One of the few Montessori nurseries in the North of England has opened in Bootle with the support of InvestSefton.

Natural Beginnings on Merton Road was officially opened by Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns.

Natural Beginnings, who offer childcare for children from six months to five-years-old, were supported by InvestSefton when they opened their first nursery in 2016 and in putting a business plan together for the new operation.

Cheryl Grogan, Director of Natural Beginnings, said: “The free support we have had from InvestSefton in getting things off the ground has been invaluable. Having support from a business growth advisor at this stage in our business growth is a great help. We are proud of the quality of childcare we offer and believe our Montessori-led approach to child development will be an asset to the borough.”

Montessori is a philosophy and approach to education which focuses on the child and their enabling environment. The approach uses hands-on learning and collaborative play to create an independent and confidence-building approach to learning.

Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns said: “I think having a Montessori Nursery here will be a great asset for local families. They’re teaching children the practical skills as well as the social skills they need. They’re also learning everyday life skills that will be with them for years to come.”

The Mayor added: “From a business perspective it is great to see the former RBS building put to good use, which can only be a positive thing for the borough. The opening of the nursery will have a positive knock on effect for other local business and that is thanks in part to InvestSefton.”

If you have a business in Sefton and would like to benefit from free expert support, contact the team at InvestSefton on 0151 934 3452.





Liverpool City Region Enterprise Hub partner with InvestSefton to support local business start ups

Entrepreneurs in Sefton are to benefit from the growth of the City Region’s Enterprise Hub.

Enterprise Hub, which works in partnership with the borough’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service Invest Sefton, recently announced their continued support to people starting or growing a business.

Enterprise Hub coordinates and simplifies the business start-up and growth support available across the Liverpool City Region by bringing together partners to deliver business support, advice and training.

Since launching in December 2015, Enterprise Hub support has helped to create over 1,060 new businesses so far.

Thousands of budding and early-stage entrepreneurs have benefited from the programme over the last four years, with nearly 6,000 individuals registering for support.

InvestSefton works closely with Enterprise Hub and have referred over 150 people thinking of starting a business. Kris Swift, InvestSefton’s Business Development Manager, said: “We have a great working relationship with the Enterprise Hub and have jointly organised a range of events aimed at stimulating interest in starting a business and we look forward to developing this further under the new phase.”




Appeal for witnesses following Southport traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Southport on the afternoon of Friday 15 November.

At 2.25pm, emergency services were called to Marshside Road to reports of a collision between a Peugeot and a bicycle. The male cyclist has been taken to hospital for assessment of a head injury. The driver of the car stopped to assist.

Road closures are currently in place at Marshside Road at the junction of Marine Drive and the junction of Fleetwood Road. Road users are asked to avoid the area and take an alternative route.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact @MerpolCC or 101 with reference 526.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

The case reviews, which can be viewed on the LSCB website, centred around six children, all of whom lived in Sefton.

The thought-provoking event followed the success of the summer event, which was also delivered by AFTA Thought.

Attendees were able to interact with a Q&A following each case review performance and share their learning at the end of the session.

Sefton Council approves plans for Crosby Lakeside revamp

Sefton Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for a significant investment in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The £3.1m investment plans will transform the hospitality facilities at the Centre and include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 seated and standing
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on lakeside terrace
  • New decking on outside spaces for hosted events and four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp of hotel accommodation
  • New accommodation module added, purpose-designed for community and school groups
  • New rooftop and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

The plans to transform the facility will provide an enhanced hospitality offer, generating additional income needed to provide a sustainable future for this important community asset in the medium and long-term.

The investment in the Centre will directly support the strategic objectives of Sefton’s Coastal Plan, to provide high quality visitor infrastructure, attracting more visitors, contributing to the local economy and managing impacts on areas of environmental significance.

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This investment will enable the Council to significantly enhance facilities at what is already a valued community asset. Investing in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre now will enable the Council to make the facility sustainable in the long-term. The Council expects the enhancements will enable Crosby Lakeside to become profitable in the future, generating investment in frontline services.”

All the current leisure facilities will remain open during the improvement works, which are scheduled to start in April 2020, with the revamped hospitality facilities scheduled to launch in Spring 2021.


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