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Merry Christmas to all our Chamber Members and e-news subscribers

What a year 2020 has been (insert you own adjective here)! But we have nearly made it and with a vaccine now rolling out, a new normal is approaching. Chamber members can get a full review of the year at our AGM on 17 December. For every member that attends we will donate £20 to our group of charities. The more members that join us, the more we will donate. Book Now

- 1 WEEK TO GO TO OUR AGM, BOOK NOW -

Is your business missing out on Government financial support? 

Local restrictions (14 October) and national restrictions (5 November) forced many businesses to close. If you were affected by local or national restrictions you may qualify for one or two restriction grants. Read more

Deadline approaching for the Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grant

The deadline to apply for the Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grant (Expanded Scheme) is fast approaching, therefore if your business is eligible you only have until 5:00pm on Friday 11 December to submit your application. Read more

Women in Business - Aspiring to achieve through a global pandemic 

Friday 15 January, 12:00 to 13:30, Zoom Forum
For many the lockdown has been tough and we know that some businesses have not, or will not survive. However, we want the WiB network to remain up-beat and positive. We will welcome a keynote presentation from Leann Hearne, CEO, Livv Housing, (re-branding through a pandemic) and a second keynote from Jennifer Lee, Head of KPMG Liverpool (sharing lessons from months of Leaders Circles during a pandemic). The session will conclude with an open forum debate. 
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EU TRANSITION - LATEST INFORMATION
Transition period webinars
The Department for International Trade (DIT) has organised a series of webinars to help UK businesses understand the new trading rules which will come into effect from 1st January 2020. All webinars are free to attend and aimed primarily at UK businesses importing and exporting goods. On line events take place on:10 December 10.30-11.30am and 17 December 10.30-11.30am. Spaces are limited. Book Here
Please take action now!
There is now less than one month to go until the end of the transition period. It is vital that you act now to avoid disruptions to business operations and to help you make the most of the opportunities that 2021 will bring. Regardless of your business size or sector, you will need to comply with these new rules from 1 January. Read more 
Supplying the public sector after the end of the Transition period - Change ahead...
Latest message from Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This update focuses on new rules regarding public procurement. The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. Read more
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Begbies Traynor launches rescue and recovery service for Knowsley firms
Lockdown restrictions have prompted Begbies Traynor to launch a new rescue and recovery service targeted at firms in Knowsley.
The service focuses on helping business owners tackle pressure from creditors, HMRC, existing lease arrangements and cash flow shortfalls. Read more
Ins-pire Academy set to inspire through virtual training
Chamber Board Member, Liam Hanlon, managing director of The Forshaw Group, is supporting the INS-pire Academy, which will be launching the first of its new open days, on a virtual platform, on 10 December 2020. Read more
Does the term OD mean anything to you
OD is shorthand for Organisational Development and includes all the activities within your business to help you be as effective and efficient as possible. Ai Change Management are hosting a North West OD community in collaboration with two European partners. This community is a place to learn and share ideas. Read more
LinkedIn for Lead Generation
LinkedIn Lead Generation Masterclass: a practical how-to guide of the three key pillars of effective lead generation using LinkedIn. This live Masterclass will be hosted by Lindsey Moore founder of Agnes Marketing, an award-winning business development and marketing adviser to small businesses. Read more
Festive getaway begins as more flights return at LJLA
2020 has been a year like no other for everyone and business at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the latest national lockdown over, flights are now returning ahead of the festive season and the region’s passengers have the opportunity once again to jet off and still enjoy the run up to Christmas and the New Year by flying to a host of destinations direct from Liverpool. Read more
Support Nugent this Christmas
Nugent are calling upon socially minded businesses to help them provide some much needed festive cheer to the vulnerable adults and children in their care. Their ambition is to ensure that they all have a wholesome and dignified Christmas. They have a fabulous partnership brochure filled with festive ideas about how your business can help this Christmas. Read more
Struggling with debt? Help is at Hand
Debt can be a daunting thing. A lot of people don’t like to talk about debt because it feels almost “taboo”. Many will try to ignore it in the hopes that it will go away, but in reality, it spirals out of control. Maxwell Hodge discuss avenues of help. Well done team! Read more
Digital skills for the workplace
Is your organisation experiencing digital skills gaps? Would you like to upskill existing employees, for free, to help develop digital roles in your organisation and support business growth? Do you want to recruit new talent to fill digital vacancies? Digital Skills for the Workplace provides flexible, hands-on courses as part of the government’s Digital Bootcamps programme. Read more
Morecrofts recognised as a UK Business Hero
Morecrofts LLP have been recognised as a UK Business Hero by the British Chambers of Commerce for their contributions this year in supporting their staff and communities through this challenging period. Read more
Woodlands Hospice Light up a Life & Message from Santa service launched
Woodlands Hospice annual Light up a Life Campaign has launched, allowing you to dedicate a light to a loved one this Christmas and support Woodlands Hospice services. Woodlands Hospice have also launched their (personalised video) Message from Santa service. Read more
Supportive Neighbours Scheme - Together we are stronger
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped Chamber Member, Innovate Volunteering to develop The Supportive Neighbours Scheme in Knowsley. Read more
Deadline approaching for Fred Curran Grant applications
The Fred Curran Trust aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Knowsley. Grants of up to £1,000 are available with the next closing date of 14 December at 4pm. Read more
Knowsley Futures - engagement with local businesses
Knowsley Futures is a borough-wide storytelling project, aiming to capture local business stories of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project outcomes will inform the National Lottery’s future strategy and funding priorities for places like Knowsley. Read more
FREE SUPPORT OFFERS FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS
FREE Peer to Peer programme
Chamber Member, Ai Change Management has secured the tender to deliver a national peer-to-peer networking programme. The programme is free and designed for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their business for future success. Read more
 
FREE Marketing support consultation
Pinch of Salts are offering Chamber Members, 30 minutes free marketing health check. Ask about Marketing, PR, Social Media, Digital Events, etc for free. Explore areas of marketing weakness or advice on tweaking your existing marketing.  Read more
 
FREE HR support consultation
PrivilegeHR are offering Chamber Members, 30 minutes free practical advice on how to deal with some of the more difficult employment decisions you might be facing.  Read more
 
FREE Manufacturing CAD offer
If you are a Manufacturing business in Knowsley our Executive Partner, ABGI-UK would like to talk to you, to see if you qualify for up to three full suites of SolidWorks 3D CAD software, completely free for 12-months. VALUED AT UP TO £6,000! Read more
 
FREE Customs Clearance Support
Customwise will provide you with a free 15-minute consultation to help advise on all duties and costs; all documentation; ensure goods move quickly and operate within the law following the end of the EU Transition on 1 Jan 2021. Read more
 

31st AGM of Knowsley Chamber  17/12/2020, 09:30-10:00
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT - Can all Members please record your attendance or apologies

Knowsley Women in Business - Aspiring to achieve through a global pandemic  15/01/2021, 12:30-13:30
 

Knowsley HR Forum and The University of Liverpool, HRM Professional Interest Network Panel discussion- HR lessons learnt through a pandemic 27/01/2021, AM
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