Viewpoint: Mike Mullin on Sefton Local Growth Hub Success
Mike Mullin, Service Manager: Business Support and Investment
InvestSefton is one of the Liverpool City Region growth hubs working alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership, other local authorities, Chambers of Commerce and The Enterprise Hub. This is part of current UK Government funded activities delivered locally by Local Enterprise partnerships. In Sefton this activity has been merged with the ERDF Business Growth Programme to help provide a more cohesive service to businesses.
As at 13 February 2017 InvestSefton has engaged with 520 businesses, carried out 228 diagnostics and brokered 343 businesses into other areas of support. The ERDF Business Growth Programme has also helped create 15.5 new jobs.
The project provides eligible SME’s , who would not typically engage with providers of business support, with the capacity and support they need to grow and prosper. InvestSefton serves as a bridge between start-up and more bespoke, intensive or specialist support typically supplied by the private sector and provide participating SMEs with a dedicated Business Growth Adviser. The Advisers provide diagnostic, business planning and brokerage into other specialist/commercial support.
Councillor Marion Atkinson Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Skills has now made visits to over 11 businesses supported by the Sefton Growth Hub and this has helped generate some publicity through subsequent press releases. In January these included Accu-Right in the Port of Liverpool and Mersey Timber in Netherton.
Accu-Right: The business was established in 2014, and specialises in machining, rotating equipment repair, fabrication and welding. The business has a fully integrated machine shop with state of the art equipment, including lathes, milling and grinding machines, and band saws. They provide a 24 hour mechanical breakdown service, and rapid response service. Customers include shipping companies, large Manufacturers, and businesses within the supply chain. Their work is precision engineering, and Accu-Right has a ISO 9001 quality management systems. At the visit the company also commented on the excellent standard of staff recruited through Sefton@Work’s ILM programme.
Mersey Timber Ltd: a long established business, whose current owners bought business in 1984 although the original business can be traced back to 1919. They manufacture and supply decorative boards in a range of materials (MDF, melamine faced chipboard, plywood) to UK market. The company was assisted with a RGF funding application for purchase of machinery. £42,500 was awarded towards the total project costs of £241,500. The project will also create 7 full time jobs over next 2 years.
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