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Sefton Reopens – A guide to safe reopening of businesses

As Sefton begins to open as Covid-19 is brought under control we will start to welcome our customers and staff back. We have produced a guide to help you create a safe, secure and sustainable reopening and recovery period.

This guide will focus on:

  • Government & Industry Guidance on Safely Reopening Businesses
  • Guidelines on Safe Reopening
  • Recommendations for our Businesses

This will help you create a safe and sustainable return for Sefton businesses, residents and visitors. Click on the image below to download your guide.


A popular historic building in Crosby is set to be brought back into community use.

Sefton Council recognises the importance of the Grade II listed Carnegie Library building and late last year advertised it to try and identify the right opportunity that benefits the community and local residents.

The competitive process looking at bids for the future of this important asset has been completed and options around next steps are now being considered.

A report highlighting the potential use of the College Road building as a sustainable business hub with an emphasis on social value has been approved by Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services.

Cunard Construction Limited will facilitate the repair and refurbishment of the Library in line with its status as a Grade II listed building.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“Carnegie Library is a valued asset for both the Council and the local community and its heritage status is widely recognised.

“The successful business plan submitted for the premises reports on the development and operation of a create a flexible business hub for start-up and smaller businesses, a community café in the centre of the building within the heart of Crosby.

“This is exciting news for Crosby and the wider borough as we bring a much-loved building back into use serving our valued communities. Further details will be released in due course.”

James Flannery, Construction Director at Cunard Construction, said;

“We are delighted to be chosen as the preferred bidder for the iconic and much-loved Carnegie Library in Crosby. We as a business have a track record of refurbishing historic buildings across the Liverpool City Region and the North West.

“We aim to work in partnership with Sefton Council, and the immediate community in Crosby, to create a stimulating business hub, focusing on start-up and smaller businesses who want to work more locally to where they live rather than the more costly city centre office environments. We also have plans to work with other partners, including the Combined Authority, on this and other exciting schemes in the future.

“We as a business will be operating from the new space as we want to demonstrate the transition from start-up, to a more established business operations and the building will be designed to allow this growth.

“We feel the integration of a central bistro / café to compliment the flexible office working environment will enhance a new way of working post Covid-19. Furthermore, we will aim to extending the welcome to this unique building to the local community with internal and external seating space”.

Discretionary funding support for Sefton Businesses

Sefton Council has just announced its plans to administer the Discretionary Business Grant Fund as part of the wider government support response to the coronavirus outbreak. This will be a small grants fund to support struggling local businesses who have fixed property costs that can be evidenced by a commercial lease, commercial rent or commercial  mortgage agreement.

The process to administer the £2.2m fund will be open towards to the end of the week commencing 8 June and allowing businesses to apply online.

The window to apply for a discretionary grant will be strictly limited, with the process closing once the anticipated funding levels have been met. The grant funding has a government guided eligibility criterion for businesses to check if they are eligible before they apply.

To support the grant process, rigorous checks will be undertaken to ensure businesses meet the firm eligibility criteria. A systematic assessment method will be employed to determine need and funding award levels.

Due to financial constraints and to maximise distribution, grants will be capped with most grants expected to be less than £7,500. The Government has asked local authorities to give priority to groups of small businesses that are ineligible for current support, namely charities in receipt of charity rate relief, B&Bs which pay council tax, businesses in shared workspaces and regular market traders. Of course, other small businesses, not in these highlighted groups, will also be welcome to apply where eligibility is met.

Once the business has completed the online form, applicants will be given 7 days to submit all the required supporting information.  The date of application will be the date when all supporting information was received.  Businesses will be notified within 2 weeks from this date as to whether their application has been approved.

The application form will be live by Friday 12th June 2020 but the eligibility criteria and FAQs can be viewed here.

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 reiterates support for shielding residents across borough

Sefton Council is reminding anyone who has been contacted by their GP or the NHS and told they should be shielding that they are entitled to Government Coronavirus support.

This means they can get a range of help including food parcels, prescriptions and essential supplies.

To get this support they need to register either online at or by phoning 0800 028 8327.

People can register themselves or on behalf of someone else such as a friend, relative or neighbour.

Residents of Sefton Borough who aren’t able to get the care they need from family, friends or neighbours can also get support seven-days-a-week, from 8am until 8pm, by calling the Council’s team on 0345 140 0845.

They can help with things like urgent food deliveries, prescription collection, support with online services such as a Wi-Fi Connection or help with emails or even just a friendly call to help people cope with loneliness

Staff taking calls we will try to match callers’ needs as far as possible with the support available, and currently aim to respond to requests within three working days.

People wanting help locally can also use the form at but should note that is only being monitored during regular office hours so a response may take longer.

The Council is also reminding people that when they seek help they should only do so from people you know and trust and that they should only give cash to someone you know and trust as well.

Bank cards and PIN numbers should never be given to anybody and personal health or care details should never be shared with anyone unless they are from the NHS or the Council.


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