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Christmas is coming to Bootle Canalside

Blurred Xmas tree lightsA gingerbread extravaganza coming to Bootle Canalside with two pop-up events scheduled this Christmas.

Over the weekends of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th and Friday 17th to Sunday 19th December, Bootle Canalside will be decorated for the festive season, featuring a Christmas tree, cosy tipis and gingerbread people on stilts.


Food and drink will be served from Bootle Canalside’s trademark shipping containers in a nod to Bootle’s industrial past, and people will be seated in a cosy, covered tipis surrounded by barrels and benches in true Bavarian style.

There will be activities for all the family including crafts and storytelling to bring Christmas to Canalside. A gingerbread trail through the Strand will lead out onto the Canalside.


This Christmas extravaganza is the latest on the site after the successful August Bank Holiday pop-up market which saw thousands of people descend on the new Bootle destination.

Since then, improvements have been made to the site including the start of construction of a brand-new staircase giving access from Stanley Road, extensive utilities and resurfacing works to improve its look and feel.

These Christmas pop-up events will be yet another chance for the community to leave their feedback before the final design of the site is confirmed and installed in 2022. The August Bank Holiday event saw over 500 responses left and it is hoped local people will continue to shape the site and help guide its development into a true community space in the heart of Bootle.


Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “I am thrilled to see a fantastic festive community event planned for Bootle Canalside this Christmas.

“The last event we held on the site back in August was a great opportunity to hear from the community and really listen to what the people of Bootle want from the Canalside site. This event will give people another opportunity to be a part of Bootle Canalside’s future.

“Bootle has been hit hard in recent times, not least due to the impact of covid and the disappointing news that Government had rejected Bootle’s bid for Levelling up funding. Nevertheless, Sefton Council remains committed to building a thriving town centre that works for everyone. The regeneration of Bootle must put community at its heart and projects like this bring a renewed optimism to our town centre.

“I hope people will join me in following the gingerbread trail through the Strand and out onto Bootle Canalside for a hot mulled wine or a delicious, spiced latte!”

Sefton Council pledges support to Orange the World campaign against gender-based violence

Orange the World 2021, from 25 November until 10 December Sefton Council will be joining the 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violenceToday, Thursday 25th November, Sefton Council is pledging its support to the United Nation’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence in the UK.

‘Orange the World’ officially starts today, 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and runs until Friday 10th December, which is international Human Rights Day.

This period is known as the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, where landmark buildings are lit orange to show solidarity and support of those facing violence.

Gender-based violence and abuse is a fundamental human rights violation, and it affects women and girls around the world.

Working alongside Savera UK and Zonta Club London, the Council is committed to raising the awareness of the different forms of violence women and girls face. These include, domestic violence and abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Women, girls and all those affected by gender-based violence have the right to live free of fear and discrimination. Death or abuse should never be the price to pay for your freedom and right to choose, or for simply walking home, as Sarah Everard was.

It is vital that we reassure people who are silently suffering or concerned for their safety that they are not alone, and that people in their communities care about them and are looking out for them.

“There are support services in place to help and we urge anyone who is experiencing abuse, or who knows of someone who is, to get in touch immediately.”

Over the next 16 days, Sefton Council will be sharing videos, myth-busting information, and crucially, the support available for residents living in Sefton and wider North West region. The Council will share the various ways people can get involved in the campaign, through attending online events and becoming an ally.

People can follow the campaign coverage over the next 16 days by visiting Sefton Council’s social media channels and by following the hashtags #NoExcuseForAbuse and #16Days.

Twitter @Sefton_Council

Instagram @SeftonCouncil

Facebook @OneSefton

Useful contacts

If you, your child or anyone in your family are at immediate risk of harm from any kind of abuse you should contact the police urgently on 999.

If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse, or believe someone you know is, contact Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team on 0151 934 5142 or email

You can also contact Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid on 0151 922 8606 or visit

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is staffed 24 hours and can be reached at 0808 2000 247.   

Sefton businesses urged to sign up for The Good Business Festival event at Southport Market

A new event from The Good Business Festival, Family Fortunes, Southport Market 5pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021, sign up for free now
A new event from The Good Business Festival, Family Fortunes, Southport Market 5pm on Tuesday 7th December 2021, sign up for free now

Businesses across Sefton are invited to attend next month’s free The Good Business Festival event at Southport Market, in partnership with InvestSefton.

‘Family Fortunes’ takes place on Tuesday 7th December from 5pm. It will offer an insight into family-run businesses and explore how the business dynamic of working alongside those related to you may help, or occasionally hinder, growth and progression.

According to the Institute for Family Business, 87.6% of businesses in the UK are family businesses. They employ more than 14 million people nationwide and make up more than 50% of the private sector workforce.

All businesses based in Sefton, regardless of whether they are family-run or not, are welcome to attend the evening event. It will feature contributions from local entrepreneurs, leaders and family business owners. This will be followed by entertainment from Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell and then networking opportunities and refreshments.

Southport Market will host the event, taking place on Tuesday 7th December from 5pm. Interested businesses can sign up for the event by visiting the Eventbrite website:  

The event will run as follows:

  • 5pm to 5.15pm – registration
  • 15pm to 5.25pm – welcome and introductions
  • 25pmto 6.15pm – panel discussion
  • 15pm to 6.35pm – Q&A
  • 35pm to 6.50pm – comedy entertainment (act to be announced)
  • 50pm to 8pm – refreshments and networking

Contributors include:

  • Karen Potter – Managing Director, Karen Potter Ltd
  • Norman Wallis – Owner, Southport Pleasureland
  • Peter Salt – Director, Immersive Interactive Ltd
  • James Maddocks – Co-Director, Radwraps Ltd
  • Mark Catherall – Head of Tourism, Sefton Council

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

“After an incredibly challenging year for our Sefton businesses, it’s so great to see events like The Good Business Festival reinvigorating and reshaping the way we do business in a really positive way.

“Holding the event here in Southport, where we’re just finalising our plans for the £37.5 million Town Deal transformation, sends a clear sign that Sefton is very much open for business.

“’Family Fortunes’ really is an outstanding opportunity for local businesses to come together to meet fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts, alongside our InvestSefton advisors who can support them with their future growth and expansion.”

Wayne Hemingway, Creative Director of The Good Business Festival, said:

“For us, being a family business means operating with a non-hierarchical structure and approach that prioritises quality of output over process. We are no doubt informal, if not unusual, in our setup. It means grandchildren are regularly in the office and family dogs barking at the post arriving interrupt meetings, but it makes, we hope, for a fun and lively working environment.”

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, email or visit

Commissioned by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, The Good Business Festival, was postponed earlier this year due to Covid-19 restrictions but smaller events have been taking place across the Liverpool City Region throughout the autumn.

For more information about The Good Business Festival visit

Sefton Community Pharmacy Survey now open

The Sefton Community Pharmacy Survey – which can be completed in less than 5 minutes – is open from now until the end of December.

To let Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board know what you think, simply visit the online Patient Survey of Community Pharmacy Services 2021.

The survey is anonymous and asks you to answer some simple questions about how you use local pharmacies.

It will not be possible to identify people from their responses to the survey questions. The information you give is confidential and no-one else will see your answers, .

Paper copies

To request a paper copy of the survey or to get support with any other communication needs, you can email of call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845, telling them your call is about the Pharmacy Survey.


Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board is working on a new report about community pharmacies or chemists in Sefton and the feedback provided in this survey will be used for that report. The information you provide will only be used in a summary of all the responses.

Your information will help to ensure that the services on offer are a good fit for what people in Sefton need. You will be able to see how information from this survey is used in the draft report  – Draft Sefton Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 – which we will send out in the middle of next year for people to read and comment on.

Thank you for your time and effort. Your views and experiences are very valuable, important, and helpful.

Take part now.

Businesses pledge to reduce their carbon footprint at InvestSefton net zero event

Far left, Julia Thorpe Sefton Council; Left, Julie Swarbrick InvestSefton, Middle to Right event speakers from Liverpool John Moores University.
Far left, Julia Thorpe Sefton Council; Left, Julie Swarbrick InvestSefton, Middle to Right event speakers from Liverpool John Moores University.

Thirty Sefton businesses have pledged to reduce their carbon outputs following their attendance at InvestSefton’s net zero workshop.

The event, organised by Sefton Council’s business growth service, saw local businesses gather at Formby Hall to understand how they could play a role in tackling the climate emergency.

Leading climate academics from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) outlined why businesses should be making a net zero carbon commitment, and the steps that they can take to reach that goal with free, hands-on support available through the university.

Representatives from the Council’s Energy and Environmental Management team also delivered a session on the practical steps businesses can take to reduce energy consumption – which should reduce emissions while also saving them money.

As a result, 30 businesses based in the Borough have now pledged to calculate and review their current carbon emissions and to set their own targets for becoming net carbon zero in the future.  

Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“Off the back of many of the world’s business leaders discussing how to tackle the climate emergency at this month’s COP26, it’s been exciting to see a very similar collaboration taking place here among Sefton’s entrepreneurs and professionals.

“Decarbonising will play a massive role in mitigating the impact of climate change and it is therefore the responsibility of all of us, the Council, local business leaders and residents, to ensure that we are doing all we can to cut the emissions we produce.

“To see 30 local businesses now pledging to do just this shows that they are committed to working with us to protect our Borough, and ultimately our planet.”

Net Zero event at Formby Hall, hosted in partnership by InvestSefton and Liverpool John Moores University.
Net Zero event at Formby Hall, hosted in partnership by InvestSefton and Liverpool John Moores University.

The idea of working together for our planet, and pledging to cut carbon emissions, is something that organisations of all sizes around the UK are being encouraged to do by the UK government. Further information for businesses can be found online at the Business Climate Hub:

Sefton Council itself has committed to becoming net carbon zero by 2030 as a business and has already made a 10% reduction in its emissions in the first year of its Action Plan. Savings on energy consumption and agile working practices have driven this reduction and projects currently in progress are likely to save a further 17% in emissions upon completion; saving energy and money long term.

Any Sefton business interested in attending a future InvestSefton event can sign up to the mailing list via email

More information about InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service, can be found at:

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