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Mikhail Leisure Group to run incredible Southport Market bar

An incredible feature bar will be the centrepiece of the new Southport Market crown after Sefton Council appointed a locally based leisure group to manage its day to day running.

Following a tender process last year, Mikhail Hotel Leisure Group, famous for the Bold Hotel, Lord Street Hotel and Punch Tarmey’s, have been revealed as the team Sefton Council have chosen to manage the feature bar at the revamped Southport Market.

The new look venue will officially open its doors soon, following the reveal of 9 incredible stalls and traders who will take up permanent residence in the building alongside the new bar operators.

Andrew Mikhail, owner of The Mikhail group, said: “Yet again, the great team at Sefton Council have had fabulous vision with their regeneration plans for the market.

“Not only creating jobs for locals but I am certain that this will bring people from far and wide to Southport.

“My team are fabulous at what they do and running great venues is what we are known for, which meant we were the obvious choice to run the bar, the impressive centrepiece to the market.

“The market is looking really impressive and we look forward welcoming those customers who are regulars at our other Southport businesses and to welcoming some new faces. ”

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, thanks to the hard work of Sefton Council and funding by both the Liverpool City Region & Southport Town Deal.

Aesthetics work will soon be completed to give the market space a sleek and modern look, while still combining elements of Southport’s proud seaside heritage.

Nine market stall traders have now been revealed; from artisan pizzas and Mediterranean delicacies to Canadian inspired poutine and spicy Mexican street food.

The full list of confirmed traders is as follows:

Blackhurst Butchers
600 degrees (Pizzas, Italian)
Hector’s Mexicana (Mexican street food)
Down and Oot (Canadian steaks, poutine, hot sandwiches)
King St. Bakery (Portuguese tarts)
Messy Moments (Desserts)
Birkdale Pie & Mash (Assorted pies)
Allotment – (American Burgers et al)
Pitamu (Greek & Mediterranean)

Alongside the brand new Southport Market space is a monthly Maker’s Market, taking place in the surrounding market quarter are of the town, including a mix of artisan craft and food stalls.

The £1.4m market 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.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, 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.

“We are absolutely delighted to have confirmed the Mikhail Group as our Market bar operators and look forward to working with them at what is an iconic location.

“Southport Market is a venue that is 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 and the excitement is really building for our big launch soon!”

Let there be light! Southport switches on to stunning Marine Lake events space

A stunning and modern Marine Lake events centre and light show is set to bring over half a million visitors and nearly 300 new jobs to Southport, Sefton Council can reveal.

The spectacular events space, situated on Southport Promenade, will be combined with a jaw dropping ‘Light Fantastic’ animation on the Marine Lake, thanks to funding from the Southport Town Deal and support from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The concept has been developed in partnership with the Southport Town Deal board, and is set to transform the former Southport Theatre and Convention Centre into a high quality, distinctive entertainment and business events venue, kickstarting an economic rejuvenation of the waterfront area of the town.

Artist impression of Light Fantastic Southport

Its believed the regeneration will lead to footfall of over 515,000 visitors to the waterfront, while also creating 288 jobs and boosting the town’s hotel and hospitality sector with nearly 60,000 overnight stays from conferences and events alone.

A comprehensive delivery strategy is now being produced to help guide the delivery of the Marine Lake events and lightshow project. This will include operator procurement, a full business case, detailed designs and eventual planning application submission.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Southport Town Deal Board Member and Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The existing Southport Theatre and Convention Centre building has a long and proud history and is an asset that stirs great passion amongst all, as well as being sited in an incredible location in the town centre.

“As the largest investment project included within the Southport Town Deal, the Marine Lake Events Centre, a working title suggested by one of the hundreds of schoolchildren who responded to the targeted consultation on the project, will provide Southport with an incredible events space with state-of-the-art facilities to attract a continuous and wide range of different types of entertainment events and audiences to the resort.
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“The Light Fantastic show will provide a walkway into the lake as part of an incredible water, light and sound show which won’t just complement the Events Centre, but will also prove to be an attraction in its own right to further elevate and distinguish the Southport brand.

“Sefton Council and our partners on the Town Deal Board want to see Southport transformed in to a thriving, vibrant visitor destination.

“We want to give people a reason to visit and stay for longer. We believe that attractions such as this, our new events space, and more, will create a genuinely unique visitor experience and will only serve to strengthen our visitor economy.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Like many people, I’ve got lots of happy memories of going to Southport as a kid. It’s great to see these exciting projects to help breathe new life into the town moving forwards.

The Southport Theatre and Convention Centre building currently remains closed at this time.

Sefton says thanks to tireless community volunteers

Sefton Council is once again saying a huge “thank you” to the thousands of volunteers who give up their spare time to give back to the Borough, as part of national Volunteer’s Week 2021.

From litter picking to doorstep food deliveries and even caring for exotic animals, Sefton is a Borough rich with volunteers and caring communities who don’t hesitate to do more for their neighbours and fellow residents.

In the last 14 months Sefton has seen countless people take up a range of new volunteering opportunities, especially in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Borough. This has included delivering food parcels to shielding residents, manning vaccination stations and maintaining parks and greenspaces in anticipation of eased restrictions.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has paid tribute to the Borough’s volunteers, saying they set a shining example to our communities and the City Region.

Cllr Hardy said: “Just this week alone we have seen countless litter pickers helping our Green Sefton teams to keep our beautiful parks and beaches clean after a huge influx of visitors, we have inducted brand new volunteers to look after our exotic birdlife in Southport and hundreds of COVID vaccination teams have been manning stations throughout the Borough to keep us safe.

“Every year we say thank you to the invaluable and immeasurable work our volunteer network undertakes but, as we all can appreciate, the last year has shone the brightest of lights down onto our volunteers.

“When our staff were redeployed across the authority to help our most vulnerable, it was volunteers who stepped up, both internally and externally, to do their bit to help keep Sefton on the move, tidy and safe while we all fought the pandemic.

“The response from Sefton’s voluntary, community and faith sector to the last year has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to keep working together and with CVS and Sefton Council so we all can do our very best for those most in need.

“Now we look towards our continued recovery across all aspects of Sefton and we will continue to need that support from our volunteer network to help our incredible communities bounce back.

“Thank you to all Sefton volunteers, both past and present! And to those wo are considering taking up a volunteering role in the future, I can only stress how vital and appreciated your support will be, whatever you choose to do.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer their time should register their interest to volunteer please visit volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Next steps towards £37.5m Southport Town Deal completed

Following the success of being awarded one of the largest Town Deals to date, the Southport Town Deal Board has now agreed which of the projects originally proposed in the Town Investment Plan will now receive Town Deal funding.

Having bid for £50 million and received £37.5 million, the Town Deal Board faced a challenge in deciding where to allocate the funding. However, the Board agreed unanimously that the Town Deal funding should be allocated to projects which will stimulate other funding and investment opportunities to ensure the investments made bring the widest range of benefits to everyone who lives in and visits the town.

The projects which will be progressing with Town Deal funding, subject to government confirmation, are:

• Marine Lake Events Centre
This project will transform the existing Southport Theatre and Convention Centre into a high quality, distinctive entertainment and business events venue capable of providing great experiences to audiences and users

• The Light Fantastic
The creation of a UK-first light, water and sound show in Southport’s Marine Lake to attract visitors from further afield and encourage them to stay for longer in the town

• Enterprise Arcade
Refurbishment of Crown Buildings to create new business incubator space, supporting Southport’s emerging creative, digital and tech sector

• Les Transformations de Southport
The project will start to deliver high quality public spaces and an accessible and well-connected transport network, providing priority for walking and cycling in support of clean growth

• Building Better Customer Experience
This project will work with a wide range of stakeholders and businesses to deliver a range of training and development programmes for everyone who has contact with visitors and customers in Southport.

The Town Deal funding will cover the full costs of some projects but not all, and there is still a significant amount of funding required to meet all the projects in the Town Investment Plan. Securing further public and private funding, including from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, will be equally as important to ensure successful delivery of the wider projects.

This includes not only the projects above, but also some of the other developments included in or stimulated by the Town Deal. Project Barnum, the name given in the bid to the development of an indoor visitor attraction at the Southport Pleasureland site and led by Universal Rides Ltd, is still proceeding. The new Southport Market project is close to completion and opening, and a range of other exciting public and private sector projects are also underway across town.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, commented: “We are looking forward to the next phase of the Town Deal and building on the good work of the Board. The council will now develop and deliver robust final business cases for the projects which will demonstrate the full benefits of each in economic and social terms. This step will be completed in the next 12 months, after which the £37.5 million promised by government would be delivered”.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Like many people, I’ve got lots of happy memories of going to Southport as a kid. It’s great to see these exciting projects to help breathe new life into the town moving forwards.

“Southport is still a vital part of our region’s visitor economy and I’m sure this funding will assist in the regeneration of what is one of the North West’s great seaside towns. I’ll be continuing to work closely with Sefton Council to support their plans for the town and the wider borough.”

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.

 

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