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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.





Christmas arrives at Merseyrail with calendar of festive activities across the network

The festivities have well and truly begun on Merseyrail with Father Christmas and carol singers appearing up and down the network this December.

Father Christmas gift competition

On Monday Father Christmas delivered a special gift to Liverpool Central’s Mtogo store flanked by security, signalling the launch of a special competition across three stations.

Mystery gifts will be situated at Mtogo stores in Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport stations. Passengers must guess what the gift is to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of high street vouchers.

The competition will run December from 2 to 23  and passengers can enter by filling out a form in one of the three stations.

Father Christmas checking tickets

Father Christmas will be leaving his reindeer at home and travelling by Merseyrail trains on 7 and 8 December from 11:00 to 13:00, checking tickets and wishing all of our customers a very merry Christmas.

Carol choirs

Furthermore, carol singers will be performing your favourite Christmas songs at the following stations:

  • Liverpool Central
    • December 3 10:00-12:00 and 19:00-20:00
    • December 5 19:00 onwards
    • December 8, 19 & 20  times TBC
  • Hamilton Square
    •  December 5 & 19 17:00 onwards
  • Southport
    • December 22 throughout the day

Free Costa hot drinks

Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy a free Costa hot drink on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December at participating Costas across the network.


Great value and enhanced services

To add to the festive cheer across the Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy late night and Boxing Day trains.

With return tickets from just £2.10 and Day Savers available to purchase online, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

The rail operator will be running a special service between 9:00am and 7:00pm on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit or the Destination Merseyside portal at

Our customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year at Merseyrail and we want to make it as festive as possible for our passengers.

“These events across the network ensure passengers have a fun-filled journey complete with carols and appearances from Father Christmas as they travel to parties, visit family or do some Christmas shopping.”

To find out more about what is happening across Liverpool this festive season visit

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.”




Southport law firm expands operations

A Southport solicitors is optimistic about creating new employment in the borough after expanding its operations.

Napthens Solicitors has moved to larger premises in the town, following a period of growth.

The business is moving from its original Hoghton Street offices to a larger site on the same street, after trebling its turnover since February 2016.

Shru Morris, Napthens CEO, said: “Following significant growth, the time was right to make this important investment into our future in the area.  Building on our success, we have a real opportunity for further expansion as we continue to strengthen relationships within the local business community and welcome new clients. We expect to recruit more staff as demand grows.”

Police crack down on criminality in Sefton

Police cracking down on criminality in Sefton are taking part in a day of activity today (Wednesday 25 September.

Operation Vermont uses officers from across the force to focus on community issues. Today this is supporting the ongoing work of Operation Target – our ongoing work to tackle serious and violent crime on Merseyside.

Officers from across the force, including targeted teams, roads policing officers and community officers, gathered at King’s Gardens off Stanley Road in Bootle at 8am before heading out into Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth, Netherton, Formby and Southport. Mounted officers will also be deployed throughout the day.

They have executed five search warrants, and are carrying out open land searches, roadside operations and high visibility patrols across South Sefton to disrupt criminal activity and bring people to justice.

Chief Inspector Matt Moscrop said: “This is an intelligence-led operation aiming to detect criminal activity in Sefton, and deter criminals from engaging in behaviour that harms their community.

“In recent weeks and months, the community in South Sefton have experienced a number of violent incidents which have included the use of firearms and knives.

“Operation Target is aimed at cracking down on this type of serious and violent crime, but we know from speaking to people in the heart of our communities that other types of criminality such as drug dealing, burglary and antisocial behaviour have a huge impact on the quality of their lives.

“The activity we are carrying out today is aimed at letting all those people who want to commit criminal acts and make other people’s lives a misery that they are not above the law. We are out carrying out warrants, searching the areas they may store knives, guns and drugs, and stopping vehicles.

“I hope law abiding members of the public feel reassured that we are out and about and visible in their communities.

“We are concentrating our resources in Sefton today, but this type of activity is happening all year round across Merseyside and I want to reassure people that we work both visibly and behind the scenes with partner agencies to gather intelligence and educate people on the dangers of gun and knife crime.

“We have carried out similar days of action in other parts of Merseyside and are already hearing from offenders we have arrested that many are choosing not to carry knives because they know there is a greater risk that they will be caught.

“This is extremely encouraging but we will not be complacent, and will continue to put uniformed and plain clothed to disrupt anyone prepared to risk the safety of others and themselves by carrying a weapon.

“I would encourage anyone who has information about criminality in their neighbourhoods to contact us so that we may take positive action and make the streets of Merseyside safe and enjoyable places for people to live, work and visit.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the community or knows where weapons are being stored or who is using them can contact us by sending a DM to @MerPolCC, calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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