Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safer, happier, prosperous 2021

Welcome to the final Knowsley Chamber e-newsletter of 2020, a year like no other.

None of us, individuals, businesses, or communities, have been left untouched by the unprecedented health and economic crises that we are still living through, and with a new relationship with the EU knocking on our door, the start to 2021 will be challenging too. 

But there is a great deal of hope on the horizon and the team at Knowsley Chamber look forward to working with you, supporting you and celebrating your achievements in 2021. Thanks to our members, we are here to help businesses across Knowsley (and beyond), if and when you need us. 
Merry Christmas!

Furlough scheme to be extended 

The furlough scheme will be extended for an extra month until the end of April 2021. Businesses will also be given until the end of March 2021 to access the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Read more

Combined Authority announces £2.8m for Kirkby 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has agreed a further investment of £2.8 million to support the second phase of Knowsley Council’s regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre, which will create 200 jobs. Read more

400 new jobs through MJ Quinn to support £12bn Openreach project 

Following a recent contract award by Openreach, Knowsley based MJ Quinn will create 400 new opportunities across North West England and South Wales. MJ Quinn will be responsible for construction tasks such as: surveying, building and testing as well as associated back office functions. With field and office based roles available across both regions. Read more

Growth Platform unveils new Business Resilience Programme

130 regional businesses will be given the opportunity to rethink their growth strategy through the new Business Resilience Programme which aims to kick start the Liverpool City Region’s economic recovery. Leaders of ambitious, entrepreneurial SMEs can sign up for the free programme which will be delivered by accounting and business advisory firm, BDO. Read more

All the links you need to guidance/advice on the EU Transition
Together Knowsley Chamber and Knowsley Business Team are here to support your queries regarding Brexit.  We regularly liaise with HMRC, DiT, other city region business organisations and Knowsley Council so that we can report back to you. FOR ALL THE LINKS AND GUIDANCE READ OUR DEDICATED EU TRANSITION PAGERead more
Please take action now!
There are now just days 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 
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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Metro Mayor announces £1.1m boost for innovative local businesses
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced £1.1m of funding from the Future Innovation Fund Pilot to 22 local SMEs who have continued to innovate during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the city region’s economic recovery, including Knowsley based NeedleSmart. Read more
COVID-19 PCR test centre to open at LJLA for passengers
Liverpool John Lennon Airport has teamed up with locally based Test Assurance Group (TAG) to offer passengers needing a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate the opportunity to book a COVID-19 PCR test at a new facility based at the Airport. Read more
Christmas appeal provides gifts galore for families in need

The Forshaw Group has been as busy as Santa’s elves to bring Christmas cheer to families across Knowsley, as part of a festive gift appeal by Skyline Roofing & Building Limited. Read more

Verity is 1 in a million...
Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes Awards celebrate the unsung heroes who have helped others and this year the Special Recognition Award winner was local hero and Chamber member, VERITY RHODES, of Vee's Place.
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In conversation with...
Lindsey Moore from new Chamber member, Agnes marketing has spent the last 15 years growing, advising and empowering small businesses. Lyndsey has put together a series of conversations to provide inspiration, motivation and energy to those looking to start, scale or pivot their business. Read more
Maxwell Hodge Huyton Trainee makes the grade
Maxwell Hodge are delighted and proud to announce that one of their Trainee Solicitors, Olivia Kilgallon, recently became a fully qualified Solicitor. Read more
Social fitnessing tips for a safe workout from Village Gym
In a post-lockdown fitness club, getting your usual workout routine done may seem a little trickier than before. But with a little careful planning, you can maximise your gym time, whilst ensuring social distancing is a top priority. Read more
Caring Connections deliver 75 Christmas Hampers to vulnerable adults
Caring Connections is delivering 75 luxury Christmas Hampers to vulnerable adults across the Liverpool City Region. It’s been a really tough year for all of us but Caring Connections hope they can help bring a little joy at Christmas with hand delivered hampers. Read more

Everyone in the Liverpool City Region can have their say on the issues that are important to you. The Metro Mayor and Combined Authority need to know what matters to you on the big issues like employment, environment, housing, transport, skills and transport. Your views will  influence strategic direction for the next 20 years. Read more

National webinar for family-facing professionals
Knowsley Early Years and Family Information Service are promoting the national webinar for family-facing professionals (Practitioners, health visitors, housing, social care etc.) which aims to raise awareness of the 2 year offer alongside other funded childcare and help with childcare costs. The webinar takes place on 09/02/21 from 9.30 to 12.30. Read more
How to access CBILS and funding support before 31 January
MSIF Investment Manager, Sue Chambers, discusses the importance of investment readiness and how best to prepare for funding success during a time of elevated uncertainty.
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Covid-19 information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses
The latest information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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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

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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