Directors Advice Line Launched
Begbies Traynor and Knowsley Chamber have partnered together to launch a new Directors Helpline. The new, free and confidential Directors Advice Line enables company directors to quickly access guidance to resolve issues they face in repaying bounce-back loans, deferred tax bills and impatient creditors. Read more
Check out the latest edition of our Knowsley Chamber monthly magazine
In the Februray edition of Knowsley Insight, our CEO, Lesley Martin-Wright talks to us about how we all need to inspire the next generation; plus we have features from Begbies Traynor Group and Knowsley Lift Services and we complete the magazine with a Knowsley Construction Sector Focus. Read more
Half of UK Exporters report difficulties
The British Chambers of Commerce first Brexit survey of 2021 has found that half (49%) of exporters are facing difficulties in adapting to the changes in the trade of goods following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 1 January 2021. Read more
Survey vital to help steer support - Knowsley business input needed
The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) has consistently demonstrated the scale of impact on UK businesses, is the UK’s largest independent business survey and is essential in understanding the short and longer-term impacts on businesses. Your feedback has never been more important. It enables us to effectively lobby and represent Knowsley business interests at the highest national level. Read more
New £20m SME Brexit Support Fund
The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund, offers support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 if your business has up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover. Read more
Business Distress Index offers hope for NW
  • 620,000 SMEs in significant distress
  • 2.8m jobs held by SMES is significant distress
  • Insolvencies dropped by 27% in 2020 
  • Top 5 regions in distress: London, SE, NE, NIreland, Mids
  • Top sectors: Services, Health/Education, Construction
Livv Housing wins national employee engagement award
Livv Housing Group is celebrating winning Best Employee Engagement Strategy at the national HR Excellence Awards, showcasing the remarkable turnaround undergone at the Merseyside housing association in the last 18 months. Read more
Happy 10th anniversary Formwork
Knowsley-based Formwork Direct International is celebrating its tenth anniversary year. It established itself as a specialist hirer and seller of concrete formwork and related products and is now developing its own ranges and solutions. It serves customers throughout Europe and as far afield as the USA and Africa. Read about their journey. Read more
Lifesaving CPR reviewed for Covid
Lifesaving CPR has been updated due to Covid and Randr have created a handy infographic to help you understand the changes. Chamber member Randr are available to talk through any health and safety requirements to support you during these difficult times and have a full raft of training available ranging from IOSH, NEBOSH to First Aid. Read more
The Big Help Project celebrates new funding partnership
The Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank) is celebrating a major new funding partnership this week, after securing funding through Barclay’s Community Aid Package. The funding was created to support charities that are helping people most impacted by Covid-19. Read more
Safepoint Professional Services continue to go from strength to strength
After what must have been the strangest year for us all, in 2020 Safepoint Professional Services has continued to go from strength to strength, advising businesses across Merseyside and the country on their business safety. Read their review. Read more
The Forshaw Group's female staff to build on career success
As part of its ongoing commitment to providing apprenticeship skills and support to individuals across the region, the Forshaw Group is proud to be assisting five of its female members of staff with apprenticeships, to enhance their careers within the business. Read more
The University of Liverpool launches Growth Catalyst programme 
Growth Catalyst is a seven month leadership development programme, which includes a 2 day leadership residential, business coaching, a series of masterclass talks, online skills workshopsRead more
Covid Business Resource Pack
Knowsley Council and Public Health England have created a resource pack for Knowsley businesses to help with understanding guidance and rules. The pack contains the latest information and templates to assist with woking during the pandemic. Read more
15 hours free childcare for 2 year olds
Don’t miss out on 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old. If your child is two now, or will be by the end of March, you need to apply for your registration code so your child may start in April. Check your entitlement and apply via the Knowsley Council Parent Portal. Read more
Woodlands Hospice fundraising event put on hold due to pandemic
Woodlands Hospice introduced the ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ Day in February 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The event was extremely popular with many local businesses and supporters and raised over £6000 for the charity. Read more
Commission opportunities with the Generations of Change project
The Generations of Change project is a collaboration between Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Curious Minds, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people through great art and culture. As part of the project they have two exciting commission opportunities. Read more
GOV removes 30-job threshold from Kickstart Scheme
The Government has announced that the 30-job work placement threshold under the Kickstart scheme will be removed. The change will enable businesses to access funding under the scheme regardless of how many work placements they create. Read more
List of GOV support for businesses and self-employed during Coronavirus
On the link below you will find a summary of the GOV support available for businesses from the Government. Such as: Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG), Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for wet-led pubs. Read more
Keep your business moving - New videos on doing business with Europe
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a series of new, on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting. Read more
Knowsley Manufacturing Network - Winter Gathering 2021
25/02/2021, 08:00-09:30
Join our network Chair, Rod Wah, MD, Beverston Engineering, alongside, Daniel Tweer, MD, Rosler UK and Russell McGrath, ABGI-UK (network sponsors 2021), for our Winter Manufacturing gathering.
Growing Your Business Internationally - Virtual Workshops
26/02/2021 and 01/03/2021 
Join this programme of 2 full day workshops to learn about developing sales overseas, researching new opportunities, finding new partners/customers, and ensuring you get paid.
Developing International Trade Online - Virtual Workshops
Various dates 22/02 to 05/03

Join this programme of 4 half day workshops to learn about setting up and internationalising your website, Search Engine Optimisation, choosing the most relevant e-marketplaces, fulfilment, taxation and selling through social media.
British Chambers of Commerce - The Future of UK-EU Trade Relations webinars
Save the dates (and book) for the upcoming series of webinars which will explore the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. These interactive events will provide guidance and advice for businesses in the short term and over the coming months.
Tuesday 2 March, 13:30 – 14:30
Tuesday 9 March, 14:30 – 15:30
Tuesday 16 March, 14:30 – 15:30
Virtual Northern Powerhouse Tech Trade Mission - Singapore
Innovative businesses who are experienced in exporting and looking for new market opportunities in digital, technology and services can participate in this virtual trade mission to explore the Singaporean market.
MPs Business Roundtable Debate
28/04/2021, 10:00-11:00
Following the success of our MP/Business roundtable debate in December, we are now working on the next debate with our local MP's. Places are limited for this event.
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