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Bootle healthcare firm win top Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A Bootle based company has been honoured with a ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ in the International Trade category for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd. designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988. The company supplies pressure relieving mattresses and accessories to some of the world’s largest medical device companies and are recognised industry leaders in the development of this type of patient support surface.

The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
• innovation
• international trade
• sustainable development
• promoting opportunity through social mobility

Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.

Major investment in product innovation and quality assurance has led to great success with manufacturing contracts for medical class 2 products such as heated mattresses. The new product line offers great potential to grow sales in this sector overseas, particularly the United States.

On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team.

“The award marks the next step in our drive to develop new products and expand our international customer base. We recognise that exporting is essential for the viability of our company, and British manufacturing in general.”

The award is going to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside at the Company’s premises on Irlam Road, Bootle in the coming weeks. Mr. Gould will also attend a reception for award winners, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in June this year.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival.

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, added: “We are tremendously proud of this major achievement by a Sefton business. Richardsons Healthcare Ltd has shown a real commitment to investing in research and development, and developing new markets overseas which has now been recognised by this prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

“The company is flying the flag for the British manufacturing industry, and more importantly Sefton. They are positive about employing local residents and have worked with InvestSefton in encouraging other Sefton businesses to consider exporting.”

 

Sefton’s Festival of Golf tees off in style!

Sefton Council is hosting a fabulous festival of golf to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club.

As the borough prepares to welcome thousands of golf fans for the British Masters tournament, a week of golfing activities is taking place at Southport Golf Links and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

The festival is to appeal to both beginners and existing golfers, of all ages and ability, and is supported by the European Tour and former Southport Golf Links junior member, Tommy Fleetwood.

Tommy, a Ryder Cup winner, is hosting the British Masters and his career began nearly 20 years ago at Sefton Council’s Municipal Golf Course on Park Road West, Southport.

Included in the festival is free junior golf, foot and disc golf, free coaching and a longest putt challenge.

All of this activity will centre on Southport Golf Links but the free junior golf will also run at Bootle Golf Course during the week.

There is also the unique opportunity for individuals to get involved in the lonely hearts golf where golfers can find a partner to play a round with. All the fun competitions will be free to enter and this includes a 3-club challenge with some excellent prizes too.

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton manager, said: “As Sefton prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to the British Masters in May, we thought we would celebrate this through our own festival.

“Southport Golf Links will be a hive of activity from May 4-12 and the course, hailed as one of the very best Municipal courses in the country, has helped produce top talent in Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Slattery and Matthew Baldwin.

“All three were members of Park Golf Club who use Southport Municipal as their course in an ongoing partnership with Sefton Council and the trio are supporting our festival as well.

“Through our own festival it’s a chance for anyone interested in the game to get involved no matter how old or your ability. There really is something for everyone with events taking place in Bootle as well.

“We want the British Masters and our own festival to leave a legacy especially amongst younger people, boys and girls, to enjoy this fabulous sport.”

The British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood will mark the European Tour’s first visit to Hillside since 1982 when Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance PGA Championship – the precursor to the BMW PGA Championship – beating his fellow Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer in a play-off.

Tickets are still available for the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club and for more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/betfred-british-masters-hosted-by-tommy-fleetwood-2019-tickets-52081823135

For information about the Festival of Golf agenda, click here

Arriva to sponsor 2019 Southport Food & Drink Fesival

Foodie fever arrives in Sefton from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2 with the annual Southport Food and Drink Festival.

And to make the event even better, Arriva North West have just confirmed that they are this year’s headline sponsor!

This is a festival that’s seasoned with all the flavors of the region’s vibrant culinary scene and served in the beautiful setting of the town’s Victoria Park.

People attending the event will be able to travel to the festival via Arriva services across Southport, meaning they are able to enjoy all of the food and drink on offer, without having to worry about driving or parking.

Arriva has recently updated its services in Southport to include contactless payments, helping to make travel to the festival even easier.

The sponsorship of the festival comes as part of Arriva’s wider community work across Southport.

Last year, local residents were actively encouraged to start using public transport to travel to and from matches at Southport FC as part of an ongoing partnership between the football club and the bus company.

Southport Food & Drink Festival is a free event is for all the family, with plenty of entertainment taking place alongside an eclectic mix of food and drink and live music.

There’s an array of street food stalls to choose from serving lots of savory and sweet dishes, an international flavour and healthy as well as vegetarian options.

There will also be a huge variety of food and drink producers from the region, showcasing the very best creations imaginable; from Posh Pots to Retro Shots, herbs and spices, to pies and puddings.

The special Southport FC Arriva bus, One Port, will also be present at the festival over the weekend, giving people the chance to find out more about the partnership and match day travel options.

Tourism Service Manager, Mark Catherall said ‘We have worked closely with Arriva North West to promote Southport for many years. The sponsorship will not only give Arriva a great platform to promote their routes into and around Southport but is also an excellent addition to partnership working.

If you are planning to come to the festival you can leave the car at home, jump the bus, eat good food, soak up the atmosphere and make a day of it.

Talking about the partnership, Arriva North West’s head of marketing, Lisa Pearson, said: “We are always looking for ways to support the local community and we know how important the Food and Drink Festival is to residents and those visiting the local area.

“Our services offer the people of Southport a convenient and comfortable journey, allowing them to relax and enjoy everything the day has to offer.”

Arriva services throughout the rest of Merseyside will be contactless by June 2.

The Southport Food and Drink Festival is from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2. Entry is free and opening hours are 10am to 6pm.

It takes place in Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ. For further information and to plan your day visit: www.VisitSouthport.com

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Coastal Road plays starring role in Sky series

A stretch of the Coastal Road in Southport will be closed to facilitate filming a popular Sky Atlantic series.

Diversions will be in place between the Shore Road roundabout in Ainsdale and Weld Road roundabout in Birkdale from 10am-midnight on Monday, April 8.

The temporary closure is to enable further filming of the second series of Das Boot which is currently taking place across the Liverpool City Region.

Sefton Council works closely with the Liverpool Film Office to help promote ‘film friendly Sefton’ and all the opportunities the borough has for film and production companies.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We work really hard to help facilitate filming requests right across the borough which often portray the natural beauty of the area, or highlight local attractions and destinations.

“Often film crews may base themselves in the borough and employ local actors or support staff, which contributes to the local economy.

“We hope this temporary closure for just one day will cause minimum disruption on the Coastal Road and look forward to seeing Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region positively portrayed in the next series of Das Boot.”

Sefton Council Plans Pleasureland Partnership

Exciting plans for a multi-million pound transformation of Pleasureland in Southport are underway with the signing of a strategic partnership between Sefton Council and Norman Wallis.

Sefton Council and Pleasureland owner, Norman Wallis, are delighted to announce today (March 21) their agreement to work in partnership on the transformation of the site in the popular resort.

A letter of intent has been signed which paves the way for both partners to work together to deliver a unique tourist attraction to support economic growth and deliver positive social outcomes in the town and across the wider borough.

It is hoped over the next 10 years it will see a radical transformation of the site, to deliver new indoor attractions, a revitalised amusement park and a new hotel. This will provide a unique experience for visitors all year round at one of the country’s most celebrated coastal resorts.

Together, Sefton Council and Mr Wallis aim to deliver a vision that is expected to support the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs over 10 years in the town, as well as adding more than £25million to the local economy each year.

The partnership will form part of the strategic vision for Southport’s tourism offer, which will include a range of projects across the areas adjacent to the site. This includes ongoing work on Southport Pier, The Southport Townscape Heritage Project which aims to enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the seafront and Sefton Council bidding for the Future High Street Fund for a Southport project.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour leader at Sefton Council, said: “We have a great deal of respect for Norman Wallis, and for what he has done on the site and across Southport over the last decade.
“We are really enthused about the opportunity to work in partnership to deliver a project that will generate significant social and economic value for the town and for the wider borough.
“Today is all about an agreement to work together for the future with the Council lending full support to Norman.
“This vision aligns with the Liverpool City Region’s objectives for the tourism sector, and would help the positioning of the region on the national and international scene.
“The partnership will help support the delivery of a first-class customer experience for visitors and the eventual transformation will have significant knock-on effects for the town centre and Sefton as a whole.
“Our contribution to this success will also generate long-term and sustainable financial returns that can be reinvested in delivery of services across the borough.”

The vision also includes a museum to celebrate the heritage and the tourism element of the town. Mr Wallis’ family has been active on the site, and in Sefton’s tourist industry for more than 120 years, and this partnership aims to celebrate and continue that relationship.

Norman Wallis, Pleasureland’s Chief Executive, said: “The Council’s leadership and I share a vision for the site, for the town and for the borough that neither of us can achieve alone.
“I am extremely proud of my family’s history in the area for more than a century, and what I have accomplished since 2006, but I am even more excited about what the future holds.
“This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership that will build on the town’s reputation and thrust Southport into the national and international arena as a leading tourist destination.”

 

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