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Businesses On The Up

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Success stories and plans for expansion were discussed when Sefton Council visited two borough-based businesses.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

 Sefton Carers Centre has been running for more than 21 years and through the company, they set up the Learning Well Agency as a trading arm in 2015.

The Learning Well Agency has been given a unique opportunity to sell recycled paint via Recipro, Wirral (an organisation set up with community benefits in mind and supports the environment by recycling unused building materials from projects).  

Dulux, the paint manufacturer, have selected Recipro to be one of the first Community Repaint Remanufacturing Centres in the UK, and invested over £3m in the new recycling equipment.  

The re manufacturing process takes unused/discarded paint, then filters and processes it to create a new paint product.  The Learning Well Agency had meetings with Recipro about becoming a supplier of the paint for the Sefton area.

The Learning Well Agency have now got exclusivity to sell the Community Repaint to commercial companies, public sector and members of the general public.  

Invest Sefton have supported Sefton Carers with introductions to commercial painting and decorating companies and visits to the Recipro site.

The company has also created job opportunities with support from Sefton@Work’s ILM programme. 

Hybrid Technical Services Ltd was established in 2005 as a Training Provider. They specialise in Electricity, Gas and Plumbing training and accreditation.

In April 2006 they moved to their current location in Aintree, grew the business and acquired an additional unit. The growth of the business was restricted by the size of the premises and the next phase of development is the purchase of business premises, the creation of larger classrooms to train and accredit more students and grow turnover.

Invest Sefton have assisted in acquiring Finance and Grant Support to purchase and renovate the new unit, which is 3 times larger than their current units. This secures Hybrid’s future and provides a permanent home within Sefton.

Job creation is expected to be in the region of 10 new roles adding to existing staff of 8.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “It was really pleasing to hear directly the success these two local businesses are having and the positive impact they are having on the local economy.

“We are very keen to help businesses both new and established to develop and grow further through expert business support. The InvestSefton and Sefton@Work teams work extremely hard to support a number of SMEs and it is fantastic to hear that this partnership work is having such a positive impact in developing the local economy and securing jobs for now and the future.

“The more I hear about success stories like these, it reinforces the message that we have an important role in making sure everyone knows that Sefton is open for business.”

Vicky Keeley, CEXfrom Sefton Carers, added: “As a charity, we are not experts in commercial business development. Invest Sefton provided the knowledge and development support we lacked to make this project a reality. Not only have they developed the business model with us they have added energy, strength and confidence to the project.
“Without Invest Sefton I do not feel that the project would be the success it is and we will continue to work with them to grow and develop this social enterprise which will enable us to support local vulnerable people in the borough.”

John Burns at Hybrid Technical Services said: “We started our journey with Sefton Council and the Invest in Sefton group about a year ago not really knowing what we were looking for but knew we needed to expand. 

“They guided us through the financial minefield with an expertise and knowledge that was both comforting and impressive and today we are the proud owners of a large building which we are turning into a state of the art training centre. Thank you.”

Next of Kin- Brian Wright

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who died in Southport to come forward.

Brian A Wright, 53, who lived in Castle Walk, Southport died at home on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone who can help the Coroner identify and trace his next of kin should call 0151 777 3422 or email

Access road repairs at Sefton Meadows Recycling Centre off Sefton Lane, Maghull

From Monday 26th June 2017, repairs will start on the access road to Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre.

These may cause some disruption between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, and the works are expected to last 5 days – with expected completion on Friday 30th June.

The road will remain open with traffic management measures in place, and all businesses will be open as usual.

Customers should follow the diversion signs, as there may be some disruption caused by the work. The Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre will be open as usual, 7 days a week from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. 

Any enquiries about the work can be directed to Veolia.

Tel: 0203 567 4200 

Appeal for Witnesses After Road Traffic Collision in Bootle

Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a woman and her four-year-old daughter were seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Bootle.

Emergency services were called shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, 20 June, to Balliol  Road at the junction of Oriel Road in Bootle, after the collision which involved a white Ford Focus which was travelling towards Stanley Road.

The girl suffered serious head injuries and is currently described as stable at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  Her mother also suffered head injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Focus stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with their investigation.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen the white Ford Focus prior to the collision, to contact them by calling 101 and quoting reference number 0517152595 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Freedom of the Borough

The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will parade in Bootle to celebrate the Regiment being bestowed the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton in recognition of its close association with Sefton.

To mark the occasion, an extra-ordinary Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm at Bootle Town Hall where councillors will consider the following motion:

“That in accordance with Section 249 (5) of the Local Government Act 1972, this Council wishes to place on record its high appreciation of, and the debt of gratitude of the Borough to The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and in the light of the long and honourable association between the Borough of Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the Council resolves that the Honorary Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and that it be granted the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”

Following the meeting, the Regiment will parade through Bootle and then be inspected outside Bootle Town Hall by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Peter Rafferty and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead. This will be followed by a civic reception.

Sefton Council agreed in January, 2017 that the Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  

The Council had very close ties with two of the Regiment’s antecedents, the King’s Regiment’s and the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Of note, both the Queen’s and the Regimental Colour from the 7th battalion of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) are laid up in Bootle Town Hall. The names of many of the Regiment’s fallen from both World Wars are also displayed on the borough’s various war memorials. 

More recently, Captain Matt Titchener was commemorated on the war memorial in Southport. He was originally commissioned into the King’s Regiment and was sadly killed in Basra, Iraq in 2003, whilst serving in the Royal Military Police.  In 2016 the commemorative stone for Private Arthur Proctor VC of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) was also laid in King’s Garden, Bootle. 

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “The history surrounding Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment goes back many, many years.

“It is therefore a great honour to acknowledge the Regiment’s services by granting the Freedom of the Borough which I hope will enhance and develop further our already strong relationship.

“On June 20 the Regiment is exercising their right to march in the borough which will be a great spectacle. Hopefully as many people as possible will line the streets of Bootle and really support the Regiment, the ‘Lions of England’, as they officially receive the Freedom of Sefton.”

Brigadier Peter Rafferty, Colonel of the Regiment, said: “The Regiment has long and close associations with the borough of Sefton, which we cherish.  It is therefore a great honour for these links to be formally recognised with the granting of the borough’s Freedom and a privilege for us now to exercise our new Freedom by marching through the borough.”

The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city. The granting of a Freedom to a Regiment, however, gives it the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

Past recipients of the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton include:
2004 – Donald “Ginger” McCain
2006 – James Carragher
The Freedom of the Borough (Freedom of Entry) has also been bestowed on the following Service Units:
1982 – No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport, which was subsequently succeeded by No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 (North West) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) in 2001
2011 – RAF Woodvale

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