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Running a successful family business: Communicate, consult, collaborate

Last week at Southport Market, InvestSefton and The Good Business Festival hosted the ‘Family Fortunes’ event.

Lots of Sefton businesses braved the weather and came along to explore how the business dynamic of working alongside those related to you may help, or occasionally hinder, growth and progression!

The Good Business Festival has put together an overview of the evening with some insight into running a successful family business.

Give it a read: 

Running a successful family business: Communicate, consult, collaborate

Our InvestSefton advisers can’t wait to work with The Good Business Festival again in the new year. Watch this space for more info on 2022 events.

In the meantime, sign-up to the InvestSefton mailing list to hear about our future business events and workshops. They are all free and open to all businesspeople as long as they are based in Sefton.

Email the team on and why not visit for even more?

Sefton’s walk-through COVID test sites will be open over Christmas & New Year

Sefton’s four local walk-in COVID-19 test centres for people with COVID symptoms, where you can turn up and get a PCR test, will be open from 10am to 2pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

They are open from 8am to 6pm every other day.


The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Without symptoms

Test sites for people with no symptoms, which also offer assisted testing and collection of home test kits are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall
  • The Strand
  • Dunes, Southport

will be open normal hours apart from

  • Christmas Eve
  • Tuesday 28th December
  • Friday 31st December
  • Bank Holiday Monday 3rd January

when they will be open from 10am to 4pm.

They will be closed on

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th January
  • New Year’s Day
  • Sunday 2nd January

Main Symptoms?

The main symptoms we all need to look out for are a:

  • high temperature;
  • persistent cough;
  • loss of taste or smell.

No symptoms?

Those of us without COVID-19 symptoms should be taking regular rapid lateral flow tests, particularly if we are meeting up with people from other households or attending indoor events in crowded spaces.

To get your free home test kits you can:

Bootle-based Christmas business spread festive sparkle with magical tree

Decorators for Christmas tree taking pride of place in Bootle Town Hall's foyer
Decorators for Christmas tree taking pride of place in Bootle Town Hall’s foyer

Bootle-based business, Decorators for Christmas, has spread festive sparkle and cheer to Sefton Council’s Bootle Town Hall with the loan of a professionally decorated Christmas tree.

The tree, which is taking pride of place in the foyer of Bootle Town Hall, has been loaned by the business as a special thank you to Council staff for their continued support throughout the pandemic.

Decorators for Christmas said: “We love Christmas and our passion for the festive season is reflected in our beautiful decorations which we design, manufacture and install. It’s been an absolute pleasure to share one of our stunning Christmas trees with the Council this year as a small thank you for everything they have done to support Sefton businesses over the past 18 months or so.”

The Council’s InvestSefton and Business Rates teams would normally have been delivering business growth and inward investment support while administering and collecting business rates. Instead the focus during the pandemic has been on supporting businesses financially, ensuring they could access important grant payments and other means of support as the health crisis continued.

Colleagues from different departments such as Tourism, Corporate Resources, Housing, Planning, Sefton@Work, Early Years and Adult Care have supported this vital stream of work to ensure that grants were issued to all eligible businesses.

Similarly, officers have helped businesses with practical support, issuing them with PPE, providing vital infrastructure for Covid-19 testing and Environmental Health colleagues have supported the re-opening of the retail, hospitality and personal care sectors.

To find out how InvestSefton can help your business contact 0151 934 3452 or email or visit

Only hours left to support Southport ‘Fiestaval’

There are just two days left for people to lend their support to create a brand new Latin American festival in Southport next year.

One of Sefton Council’s SeftonCrowd supported initiatives, the Viva Foundation’s ‘Fiestaval’ is currently crowdfunding pledges to help them reach their target of £2,863 to make the festival a reality.

This proposed free community festival will combine Latin American music, dance, entertainment and other cultural activities to highlight the multi-cultural nature of Latin America and its communities within the Liverpool City region.

Sefton Council have pledged £500 towards the festival and generous community backers have also contributed more than £1,800, meaning organisers are over 60% of the way towards their target.

Less than 48 hours remain however, with the Fiestaval Project needing to reach their £2,863 target by midnight on Friday, December 17th.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for communities and housing, said: “Sefton Council is providing £500 support to help next year’s Fiestaval in Southport reach its target as part of its Sefton Crowd initiative to give local people with ideas about how to improve their area the opportunity to gain funding.

“Backed by Sefton Council’s £50,000 Community Transition Fund the aim of Sefton Crowd to back ideas such as Fiestaval that will put local people at the heart of the efforts to create more vibrant, resilient and connected communities.

“So far the Council has supported 16 grassroots-led projects that pick up on people’s civic and community pride through Sefton Crowd.

“People can find out more about the initiative and how to apply, when new funding rounds are opened in 2022, at”

To find out more about Fiestaval, visit

Santa Claus spotted getting his booster jab in Sefton

Santa Claus with festive helpers at the Netherton Health Centre COVID-19 vaccination site.Once again, Santa Claus has stopped off in Sefton during his busy  pre-Christmas schedule.  This time he was getting his booster jab to make sure he’s fully protected.

As the final countdown to Christmas begins, staff at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Sefton were surprised by the arrival of a very jolly patient in a red suit, looking to get a jab.

‘Santa Claus’ visited Netherton Health Centre, where he had pre-booked an appointment to get his COVID-19 booster vaccination, under the alias Ron Clayton.

Snowed under

Arriving, unusually, by van rather than by sleigh, Santa explained that his reindeer were busy getting ready for their Christmas duties, but that even though he was ‘snowed under’ with festive preparations he knew it was very important to make time to get vaccinated as soon as he was eligible.

Santa said: “I’ve got a busy few days ahead, flying around to deliver presents to children all over Sefton and beyond! I wanted my long journey to be made as safe as possible for myself and everyone I visit, by getting my booster jab for extra protection.

“Mrs Claus and all of my elves have also had their booster jabs, to keep themselves and everyone else safe this Christmas. Some of the elves are over 100 years old, so obviously they had their vaccinations quite early on, but it’s never too late to come forward for your jab if you’ve not got round to it yet!”

After getting his vaccine, Santa declared that all the staff at Netherton Health Centre were definitely on his ‘nice’ list, before he waved goodbye to the team and set off back to the North Pole.

St. Nick himself

Jenny Macoy, site manager at the COVID-19 vaccination centre at Netherton Health Centre, said: “We were so glad to see St. Nick himself coming in to get his jab, even though he must have a busy schedule at the moment! Protecting yourself and others should definitely be top of everyone’s Christmas list this year.”

“The booster vaccine is important because helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Get yours booked in to stay safe this festive season.”

You can watch Santa’s visit here. 

The NHS is now offering all adults the opportunity to book their booster jab by the end of the year. Those now eligible to book are people who had their second COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago, and are:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19
  • Frontline health or social care workers


If, like Santa, you are eligible for your booster jab, you can call 119 or visit the NHS website to book an appointment, or find a walk-in vaccination site that is offering booster jabs, here:

Booster jabs are also available from local vaccination sites in Sefton, which are taking bookings by telephone for anyone eligible. Contact the local vaccination sites to get booked in:

Seaforth Village Surgery, 20 Seaforth Rd, L21 3TA: call 07979 938 229

Netherton Health Centre, Magdalen Square, L30 5SP: call 0151 247 6413

Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 44-46 Hoghton Street, PR9 0PQ: call 01704 395830 (phone lines open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm)

Find out more about local vaccination sites in Sefton by visiting: or

Last year, Santa visited one of Sefton’s testing centres for a rapid test to make sure he wasn’t passing on COVID without realising.

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