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Sefton businesses offered second chance to apply for Trading On Scheme grant

Eligible businesses have until Friday 10th December to apply for a Trading On grant
Eligible businesses have until Friday 10th December to apply for a Trading On grant

Liverpool City Region leaders have extended the grant application window for the Trading On Scheme, to encourage more businesses affected by Covid-19 to secure financial support.

The second application window is open from 10am on Monday 29th November until 5pm on Friday 10th December 2021.

Last month, Liverpool City Region leaders announced that they had secured a further £8.1m in emergency funding to support businesses across all six local authority areas in their post-pandemic recovery.

The additional funds are to be shared with small or medium-sized businesses, with between 10 and 249 employees, as part of the Trading On Scheme.

More than 100 Sefton-based businesses applied for a share of the £1.4million allocation set aside for the Borough during the first application window. Existing applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks and do not need to re-submit an application.

Businesses who did not apply initially, now have another fortnight to check their eligibility and apply via an online form. 

Sefton based businesses can find guidance and further details about the application process on the Sefton Council website: www.sefton.gov.uk/tradingonscheme 

In a joint statement issued at the launch of the scheme, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Cllr Mike Wharton, Leader, Halton Borough Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader, Knowsley Borough Council, Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader, Sefton Borough Council, Cllr David Baines, Leader, St. Helens Borough Council and Cllr Janette Williamson, Leader, Wirral Borough Council said:

“Throughout the past 18 months, we have worked together to protect our region from the biggest challenge it has faced since the war. That collaboration, creativity and hard work resulted in millions of pounds of support that helped sustain thousands of businesses in all parts of our region through the worst of the pandemic.

“More than £44m was distributed to more than 4,000 businesses, saving many more thousands of jobs and livelihoods in the process. We start our recovery from a much stronger position as a result.

“That recovery is already well underway and received a massive boost in May, with the launch of Mayor Steve Rotheram’s £150m Covid Recovery Fund, which has allowed our region to get a headstart on the rest of the country.

“Now we’re launching another £8.1m of funding for SMEs, who make up a massive chunk of the local economy. Together, we are making sure that the Liverpool City Region has the fastest and strongest recovery possible, with no one left behind.”

The government requires each council to exercise its local knowledge and judgment in devising a grant scheme that aligns best with the particular economic characteristics of its area by funding those businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19. Because of this and the limited amount of funding available, the amounts of grant funding for individual businesses will vary across different local authority areas.

How Sefton Council has supported its local businesses during the pandemic

Sefton Council has administered 23,000 grant payments through local, regional and national financial support packages and schemes totalling £97.7 million in payments to businesses right across the Borough – from taxi drivers to childminders to pub landlords.

A total of £41.8 million in Business Rates retail discounts were awarded in 2020/21 with a further £22.5 million awarded in 2021/22.

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-good-business-festival-presents-family-fortunes-at-southport-market-tickets-206647928517  

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 investsefton@sefton.gov.uk or visit www.investsefton.com

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 https://thegoodbusinessfestival.com/

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: https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/

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 investsefton@sefton.gov.uk.

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

Southport Market launches first ever Christmas Extravaganza

Southport Market is set to play host to a winter wonderland as the popular food and drink venue launches its first Christmas Extravaganza!

Throughout December, Southport Market, on the town’s King Street, will undergo a magical transformation into a festive dream world. There will be  with Christmas film showings, Christmas Markets, additional seating for Christmas bookings and even playing host to the big man himself.

Free events

Sefton Council’s Tourism elves are putting finishing touches to the plans, which will see a host of completely free events take place at Southport Market during the Christmas period.

Decorations will also see the venue adorned with amazing garlands, giant baubles along with an eye-catching tunnel of light.

Book and reserve tables

Anyone wanting to arrange a Christmas get together at the market can now book and reserve tables by pre-purchasing a drinks package for any date between Friday 3rd and Saturday 18th December. And, from Wednesday 11th December, free festive films will be shown in the market’s bespoke events space, in partnership with Bijou Cinema.

Also starting from December 11th, children will be able to visit the market’s special North Pole post office drop-off to ensure their letters to Santa are delivered in time for the big day. Father Christmas and his elves will also be making a special guest appearance on certain dates.

Outdoor chalets featuring a wealth of present and gift ideas will also be located in the area around Southport Market

Wonderland

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Santa’s Sefton representative and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Southport Market will be a winter wonderland with fun for all the family this December.

“All of the special events we have planned are completely free and we are using a first come, first serve basis for our film showings and Santa meet & greet.

“There is plenty on offer from our incredible traders and they will be complimented by a selection of outdoor shopping chalets.”

Find out more about what’s on offer at Southport Market over the Christmas period.  

 

InvestSefton backs campaign to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint

Sefton Council’s business growth service, InvestSefton, is inviting business leaders to attend an expert-led net zero workshop which will help them to better manage and reduce their carbon output.

At a time when many of the world’s business leaders are discussing how to tackle the climate emergency, the very same notion applies to the entrepreneurs and professionals operating in Sefton.

To help local businesses to achieve net zero status in the future, InvestSefton are partnering with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to deliver a workshop with free, practical support to assist businesses in this important action on climate.

It will see leading climate change academics and green advocates outline why businesses should be making a net zero carbon commitment, and the steps that can be taken to reach that goal.

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

The event is set to take place between 10am and 1pm at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa on Tuesday 23rd November.

Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“We are facing a climate emergency and it is vital that a collaborative approach is undertaken to managing the effects of these changes – be that as individuals or as businesses.

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

“In order to do that, they will need to change the way they operate, and some businesses will need a helping hand to be able to meet those commitments. That’s why I would encourage as many business owners in Sefton as possible to sign-up for the InvestSefton and LJMU event to help them take steps to be greener, to save money and the planet.”

The idea of working together for our planet, and pledging to cut carbon emissions, is something that businesses 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: https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/

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 booking a place at the net zero event can contact the InvestSefton service on 0151 934 3452 or via email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk.

To find out more about InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service, visit their website: www.investsefton.com

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