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InvestSefton’s next Economic Forum & Growth Hub Marketplace filling up fast

Inside The Lake House
Inside The Lake House

Free places at InvestSefton’s next Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace at The Lake House, Crosby are disappearing quickly.

Open to local businesses, the free event on Thursday 8th December is filling up fast.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers for next week’s event include Bank of England Deputy Agent Ken Clark and Robin Tudor, Head of PR at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Irina Shmakova, Export Academy – Department for International Trade, Geraldine Fuller, Business Engagement and Marketing Manager Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region, and James Brayshaw, CEO of AdaptiveComms Group will also be speaking at the event.

Around 100 delegates usually attend Sefton Economic Forum events, which are relaxed and informal opportunities for networking and meeting other business owners, leaders, and support providers. The Growth Hub Marketplace usually features over 20 providers.

High calibre

Following previous Economic Forum events feedback to InvestSefton about the events from delegates has highlighted how interesting they have found them and the high calibre of speakers.

Next week’s event, which starts at 9am, will cover a range of topics including a Bank of England economic update from Ken Clark. Irina Shmakova will talk about how the Export Academy is looking to support and increase the number of SME’s who export.

Robin Tudor will be sharing John Lennon Airport’s vision and plans while Geraldine Fuller will highlight what the Business & IP Centre can offer Sefton SMEs.

From a start in in a box bedroom, Southport-based James Brayshaw’s business now employs over 25 staff and provides IT, telecoms and web solutions to hundreds of UK businesses.

To book a place at the December Forum, while they are still available, businesses should call Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk

Any size, any sector

When December’s Business Forum event was announced, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Sefton businesses of any size and from any sector are invited to come along to this informative event which is also a chance to network and find out what support is available to them through our Invest Sefton service in the Growth Hub Marketplace.

“Plus, if they’ve not already visited, see what a great venue The Lake House is for business and social events.”

Free information and advice

InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.  It offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services. It is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

Find out more about how the InvestSefton can help support your business. 

Cambridge Arcade improvement works set to begin in 2023

Cambridge Arcade, SoutportSignificant work to improve and restore Southport’s iconic Cambridge Arcade is set to begin in 2023.

The popular thoroughfare, which is home to a number of businesses, is a key site that links two of the town’s busiest high streets. Thousands of people pass through it each year.

Canopy

Phase One of the scheme of works to refurbish and repair damage to arcade canopy caused by debris falling from a neighbouring private property that is in need of repair.

Starting in Spring 2023, significant repairs will be made to the Lord Street end of the canopy roof. This includes replacing the overhead glazing, installing a new drainage system and implementing additional pigeon control measures.

Further works under the second phase of the scheme, from the Chapel Street entrance to Cambridge Arcade, is due to take place later in the year.

Sefton Council’s Property and Building Services Department have met with businesses in the Arcade to discuss the works and take on board any feedback and answer any questions.

This is the latest in a series of engagement opportunities between the local authority and town centre businesses directly impacted to ensure any works cause as little disruption as possible to their trade.

Asset

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, Regulation and Compliance, said: “Cambridge Arcade is a fantastic asset in the heart of Southport Town Centre but, like many well-used historic locations, it is in need of some refurbishments.

“The Arcade’s canopy is the focus of our initial attention, and we will be undertaking significant works to address issues such as leaks and damaged glazing.

“While these works will ensure we preserve this beautiful Arcade for generations to come, we are unfortunately unable to directly repair the deterioration of the former British Home Stores (BHS) building due to this being privately-owned.

“Officers from Sefton Council have repeatedly contacted the owners of the building in regard to its condition and are hoping to meet with them in an attempt to progress the proposed restoration works which were granted planning permission earlier in the year.

“In any event, officers will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.”

Architects

Bernard Taylor Partnership Architects have been appointed by Sefton Council to work on the scheme and have also met with Cambridge Arcade’s tenants.

Further business engagement sessions will be held as the project progresses and Sefton Council will continue to work with tenants and other interested parties throughout the development process.

 

Sefton spreads christmas cheer with special communitrees

Sefton Council is once again helping to spread seasonal cheer across the Borough with cut and living Christmas trees for its communities.

Following extensive hard work over the last year, the local authority’s Communities & Neighbourhoods officers have ensured that as many areas of the Borough as possible have access to their own festive firs.

Twelve trees, all sustainably sourced, will be lit up and decorated in a host of festive themes as the Borough comes together to celebrate Christmas.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:  “A lot of work goes into this project behind the scenes, with plans being put together from early summer 

“In cases where a cut tree is installed, we have a duty to ensure that it is sourced sustainably, will continue to contribute positively to the environment while in situ.

“The living tree project, which began in 2017, was part of a widely praised sustainability plan to ensure communities had access to a Christmas tree which would develop and grow within its adopted surroundings.”

Work is now underway to reassess the living tree project and explore a number of sustainable options now available to the local authority.

Community groups and schools who wish to recycle any cut trees following the 2022 festive period for educational or ecology uses can email Kerry.pavey@sefton.gov.uk for more information.

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Sefton businesses invited to December Economic Forum in stunning surroundings of ‘The Lake House’ Crosby

The Lake House, CrosbyInvestSefton is inviting local businesses to attend its next Economic Forum & visit its Growth Hub Marketplace on Thursday 8th December.

Lake House Crosby

Taking place at The Lake House Crosby, the free event will welcome guest speakers Bank of England Deputy Agent Ken Clark and Robin Tudor, Head of PR at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Geraldine Fuller, Business Engagement and Marketing Manager Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region, and Mick Gallagher from the Capital Growth Fund St Helen’s Chamber of Commerce will also be speaking at the event.

As ever, the forum is a relaxed and informal and offers opportunities for networking and meeting other business owners, leaders, and support providers from across Sefton and beyond.

High calibre

Sefton Economic Forum events usually attract at least 100 delegates and over 20 providers in the Growth Hub Marketplace. Feedback received by InvestSefton about the events from delegates, tends to highlight how interesting they have found them and on the high calibre of speakers

December’s event, which starts at 9am, will cover a range of topics including a Bank of England economic update from Ken Clark.

Following the Forum, businesses will be able to explore the Sefton Growth Hub Business Marketplace, where there will be more information about funded business support including skills development, digital marketing, and carbon reduction.

Informative

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Sefton businesses of any size and from any sector are invited to come along to this informative event which is also a chance to network and find out what support is available to them through our Invest Sefton service in the Growth Hub Marketplace.

“Plus, if they’ve not already visited, see what a great venue The Lake House is for business and social events.”

To book a place at the December Forum, businesses should call Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk

Business support

InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.  It offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services. It is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

People wanting to find out more about how the InvestSefton can help support their business, can visit www.investsefton.com or contact the team on 0151 934 3452 or investsefton@sefton.gov.uk

You can find out more about InvestSefton here

The Lake House is a new, Sefton Council-owned venue offering high-quality dining, drinks and accommodation in stunning surroundings.

 

Southport Market review lauds tireless efforts of traders and staff

Southport Market is going from strength to strength after being buoyed by the growing ‘staycation’ holiday market.

Since reopening in July 2021, the hugely popular food and drink hall in Southport town centre has already served over a quarter of a million meals and 100,000 pints to tens of thousands of visitors.

It has also directly led to a transformation of the surrounding area with a number of new shops and businesses opening up due to increased footfall. 

Performance

In a report to Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s November 8th meeting, a One Year Review of Southport Market shows that the venue has continued to perform very well despite industry-wide challenges.

Tireless work by the traders and Sefton Council staff since the opening are among the factors the report says are behind the market’s success. The support of the local community to the unique investment, which provides a new reason to visit this part of town, has also been important.

Growth

Southport market’s success is expected to grow even more in 2023 with significant changes to the public realm space around Market Street and King Street, which are designed to increase footfall in the area.

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

“When it was  first launched I made a promise that the new look Southport Market would be a great success and a year in, despite the effects of a worldwide pandemic and the hard-hitting cost of living crisis, we are already seeing the fruits of our labour come good.

“This is in no small part down to the work and creativity of our traders who have come together with their culinary skills to produce an international smorgasbord of tasty treats.

“Their own successes have been bolstered by an incredible events calendar put together by Sefton Council’s Tourism team who have transformed our flexible events space time and time again for a series of amazing shows, conventions and fayres.”

One of the key objectives of investing into the new Southport Market was for it to be a catalyst for further investment in the area and Sefton. 

Cllr Marion Atkinson continued: 

“Most traders in the market are from the local area and have either established new businesses or expanded current businesses, creating over 30 new jobs. The increased footfall has led to several long-term vacant units have become occupied by new independent businesses in both Market and King Street.

“This continued investment is showing no signs of slowing down and a number of large vacant units within the wider Market Quarter are now currently on the market and contracts are being exchanging at a rate. 

“Local commercial agents have told us the area is one of the top investment locations in Southport currently and we firmly believe this is down to the success of the Market.”

Challenges

The report also looks at future challenges faced across the hospitality industry, which Cllr Atkinson says will be monitored closely by Sefton Council as it continues to grow the Market space.

Cllr Atkinson added: 

“A rise and fall in the popularity of staycations will have an effect on footfall, as does the ever increasing cost of goods and services as we all feel the impact of a cost of living crisis. 

“While some of these pressures cannot be fully mitigated against, we have put in place and will continue to develop a series of measures to encourage footfall in the area, ensuring that the Market remains a focal attraction for many years to come.”

People can find more information about Southport Market at www.southportmarket.com, follow southportmarket on Instagram, @spt_mkt on Twitter or Southport Market on Facebook.

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