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Behind the scenes images reveal amazing transformation of Southport Market

The brand new look Southport Market is on course to open its doors this summer, thanks to the hard work of Sefton Council and its partners.

Finishing touches are being applied to the iconic market space as it undergoes a major transformation into a leading food, drinks and events space that will boost the local economic and tourism sectors.

In the run up to Tourism Week 2021, the latest behind the scenes images have been revealed showing the incredible work by project contractors Medlock to change the interior of the building.

Work will soon commence on applying the finer details to the market’s aesthetic, combining key elements of Southport’s heritage with a modern and sleek events space.

External funding from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Southport Town Deal acceleration fund has been secured making the scheme possible.

The £1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan for Southport, will see 10 new locally based food units and a feature bar installed. This will be supported by a flexible events area able to host high-quality markets along with other events.

Southport Market will also include a Changing Places space which is a fully accessible toilet and changing facility for people with disability needs.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It is incredible to see all our hard work nearing completion and I cannot wait to see the Market open for everyone to enjoy.

“Southport Market is an iconic location and one of considerable historic importance to the resort, which is why we have ensured the space is brimming with local touches and influences.

“Our amazing tourism team have been hard at work with The Atkinson to source old images of Southport to be used throughout the market, as well as local sign writer Graham Booth to design some of the internal signage.

“Sefton’s tourism offer is incredibly diverse, exciting and vibrant and this Tourism Week is more important than ever before to showcase how vital a role tourism will play in our economic recovery following the pandemic.”

Once complete it is hoped the revitalised market will act as an enabler for Southport, and forms early plans of an ambitious regeneration programme for the town following the success of the £37.5 Southport Town Deal bid.


Calling all Sefton businesses: tickets now available for the Good Business Festival July 2021

The Good Business Festival marks the launch of general release tickets today with a creative advertising campaign on the streets of the Liverpool City Region, highlighting the event themes of housing, ethical consumerism, sustainable food, and inclusion.  

Commissioned by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, the Good Business Festival is a not-for-profit three-day event, which will take place Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th July at venues across the Liverpool City Region.

Aiming to tackle the world’s greatest challenges, the event will bring together the smartest minds to think big, galvanise our ambitions and focus on progress and not perfection. 

All ticket revenue will be donated directly to LCR Cares – a local community fund established by Mayor Rotheram – with tickets priced from as little as £10 for a one-day pass. Purchase your tickets here:

With more than 70 sessions in six boroughs across 10 venues with leading business experts and creative minds, the festival will explore the economic, environmental, consumer and technological challenges our society faces, as well as offering ideas, inspiration and practical solutions.  

Watch this space for more information about Sefton’s role in the business event and how the Council’s InvestSefton service will be highlighting how they can support businesses across the borough.

InvestSefton leads on and supports economic growth in the borough and is the Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. To find out how InvestSefton can help your business contact 0151 934 3452 or email or visit

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has dealt a hammer blow to people and businesses across our region and around the world but, with the rollout of vaccines gathering pace, there is now hope that the end is in sight. 

“Throughout the last few years, we’ve invested in an unprecedented package of support to protect and grow the local economy and launched projects like the Good Business Festival to reimagine, improve and reshape the way that we do business.

“We’ve also been leading the way in getting back to in-person events, so it would be fantastic to see as many people as there as possible to help us debate and imagine the positive, ethical future we want.” 

Also running from 7-9 July, The Good Business Festival Youth Summit will delve into themes including climate change, food production and distribution, oceans, activism and role models. More than 1,110 primary and secondary school children have been invited to attend across two days in the spectacular Knowsley Hall and Safari Park.

Hosted by TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham the event will feature inspiring interactive sessions from partners including the UK Youth Parliament and the British Antarctic Survey.

Mayor Rotheram added: “For too long, leaders have made decisions about the future without consulting with the young people whose future it really affects. I want to change that. It’s fantastic that we’ll be joined by Chris Packham and some local young people, who will be bringing their enthusiasm, ideas and vision for how we can build a better future.”

Wayne Hemingway MBE, Creative Director, The Good Business Festival, commented: “The Good Business Festival will tackle the big challenges that our society faces, from creating sustainable food to better housing, and examining how business can become a force for positive change.  Tickets are now on sale from only £10 and all proceeds go to local Liverpool City Region charities. We’d all be daft not to be a part of it!”

Healthcare company finds new home in Aintree and creates 25 jobs for the Borough

Preventative healthcare company PAM Group has made a £3m investment in new premises in Aintree, bringing 25 new job opportunities to the Borough.

PAM Group has acquired Fortune House, a 30,750sq ft warehouse on the Sefton Business Park at Aintree. It was built in 1989 as a call centre for Vernon’s Pools. The site on Deltic Way includes an area earmarked for seven smaller units covering a further 18,700 sq ft. Plans for these additional units have been submitted to Sefton Council’s Planning Department.

Fortune House in Aintree
Fortune House in Aintree

InvestSefton, the Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service, will be assisting the company to help recruit new employees through its Sefton@Work advisors. InvestSefton will also establish a strong working relationship that supports the business as they establish their new home in Sefton.

The warehouse will be the main storage and distribution centre for PAM Health, which sells exercise, fitness, sports, ergonomic, physiotherapy and rehabilitation equipment.

Fast-growing PAM Health supplies consumers as well as professionals such as physiotherapists, and healthcare providers. It has expanded through acquisitions as well as organically, with revenues on track to reach £5m this year.

Following a fit-out of the warehouse, the company plans to install video recording and photographic studios there alongside a technical support unit.

James Murphy, founder and chief executive of PAM Group, said the investment would initially generate 25 new jobs across PAM Health’s warehousing, sales and customer service operations, rising to 50 over the next couple of years.

James said: “We are delighted to have completed the purchase of this site, which doubles our existing warehouse capacity and will enable us to support the expansion of PAM Health.

“There is a huge increase in demand for its vast range of products, particularly as people work more from home and have more neurodiversity needs.

“Our new warehouse means we will be able to hold more stock and ensure continuity of supply for our growing customer base.

“The site is ideally located, being near to the motorway network and a large population from which to recruit talented staff as we bring employment opportunities to the area.

“This investment marks the latest exciting chapter in the growth and development of PAM Group as we continue to build for the future.

“We look forward to progressing plans for the seven smaller units at the site, which will be used for further PAM Health operations including a specialist clinical laboratory, creating more jobs in the area.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It is great news for the Borough that another successful business has chosen to expand its footprint here in Sefton and we’re extending a very warm welcome to them right here in Aintree.

“Not only is this a great asset in terms of creating new jobs for our area but it also demonstrates that businesses can really thrive here.

“InvestSefton play a key role in supporting businesses moving into the Borough like PAM Group, which is vital for Sefton’s future economic growth. Our specialist officers will be providing their expert local knowledge to aid staff recruitment and support the business as they expand their offer from their new Sefton based home.”

InvestSefton leads on and supports economic growth in the Borough. To find out how InvestSefton can support a local business contact 0151 934 3452 or email 

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Southport Town Deal shortlisted for prestigious planning award

Southport Town Deal’s consultation and engagement process has been shortlisted for a prestigious Planning Award.

‘A Whole-Town Engagement: Southport Town Investment Plan’ has been shortlisted in the Award for stakeholder engagement in planning (plan-making or pre-application) category.

Engaging with thousands

In partnership with Turley’s, Sefton Council led the largest recorded response to a single consultation in the town, engaging with thousands of local people, securing thousands of pieces of feedback. Much of the consultation was successfully delivered during 2020 with Covid-19 requiring an innovative approach to virtual engagement, through partners such as Stand Up For Southport.

The feedback generated formed a significant part of Southport’s Town Deal Bid, resulting in £37.5 million being awarded to Southport.

Town’s biggest conversation

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, said: “The Plan we submitted was informed by the biggest conversation that the town has ever had about its future.

“We had 7,000 pieces of individual feedback from residents, business and visitors; over 1,000 young people from the town also put their ideas forward. The breadth and quality of consultation and engagement with all ages no doubt helped us to secure one of the largest Town Deals that the government has agreed nationally and across 101 towns.”

The Awards presentation will take place on Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 June.

Find out more about the Southport Town deal and the Consultation and Engagement process.

Bids sought for UK Community Renewal Fund projects to deliver local growth

Organisations across Sefton are being encouraged to bid for funding from the from the national £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund.

Aiming to “support people and communities in need across the UK,” the Fund will invest in skills, communities, businesses, and by supporting people into employment.

Local growth priorities

Bids should be for a minimum value of £500,000 and should show how they can deliver the key local growth priorities of:

  • Investment in skills.
  • Investment in local business.
  • Investment in communities and place.
  • Supporting people into employment.

Applications must be submitted by Noon on Monday 17th May 2021 and projects must be delivered, with all activity completed, by 31 March 2022. Confidence that funding will be spent within that time-frame will be another key criteria in assessment.

Revenue funding

As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively, revenue based.

The Government has introduced the fund as it prepares for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 to replace EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Successful projects

The Government has designated Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as a lead authority, responsible for selecting bids that will be sent to the Government for consideration and paying grants to successful projects and manging their performance. In selecting bids to be forwarded to be considered by the Government, the Combined Authority will prioritise projects that have the greatest potential to deliver the key local growth priorities.

Find out more about applying for UK Community Renewal Fund support.  

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