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Check if you are eligible for a Coronavirus Restart Grant 
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The grant will open soon but you can check eligibilty on GOV.UK now. Read more
Business rates relief boosted with new £1.5 billion pot
Plans to provide an extra, targeted support package for businesses who have been unable to benefit from the existing business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, has been anounced. Read more
Access new support for small businesses trading with EU
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, announced more support for businesses trading with EU. A new toolkit that provides a quick summary of actions that businesses need to take, including access to relevant guidance and available support. Read more
How to access a £3000 grant for new employees - 12 Apr 2021, 10:00-10:30
Skills Brokers from Growth Platform will be on hand to provide free advice and guidance in order to navigate employers through funding opportunities, providing practical support to ensure that employers access all funding available for training.
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A roadmap to recovery but what steps do businesses need to take next?...
While the staged dates for scheduled reopening provide a greater element of certainty for businesses, their owners and employees who have been dogged by ambiguity and uncertainty for the past year, this news may unfortunately come too late for a number of companies. Phil Clark, Begbies Traynor takes us through the steps that can be taken to prepare businesses for an emergence from lockdownRead more
Pinch of Salts free 30min consult to help you with marketing out of the pandemic
For the past year, since the beginning of the first UK lockdown, Pinch of Salts have focussed on helping businesses with their digital marketing and online presence. The whole world shifted to being almost completely ‘virtual’, and so companies needed to follow suit... Read more
Take a virtual tour of the amazing college facilities we have on our doorstep
We have some amazing Grade 1 education facilities on our doorstep in the form of Cronton Sixth Form College and Riverside College. The pandemic might stop us from phyisically experienceing college open days but we have the next best thing with a 360-degree virtual tour. You can look around the classrooms from nursing to construction and view the amazing IDEA Centre, labs and study areas. 
RIVERSIDE TOUR                                  CRONTON TOUR
LCR Finance Hub surpasses 2000 SME's milestone as offer expands
The LCR Finance Hub team has now supported over 2,000 SMEs across the Liverpool City Region in their efforts to secure external funding. Originally founded by MSIF in 2017, the LCR Finance Hub is now building on this performance as it looks to assist more of the regions SMEs looking to begin and grow their ventures. Read more
An external perspective that could change your business's fortunes
The Business Resilience programme is an initiative designed to give business leaders in the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day and refocus on their strategic objectives. Read more
The Forshaw Group cleans up on industry waste
As part of its ongoing environmental commitment, the Forshaw Group is helping the construction industry to clean up its act and encourage waste recycling. The restoration company has partnered with the national social enterprise Recycling Lives to assist with site clearance and debris removal. Read more
Imaginarium Theatre and the Shakespeare North Playhouse call for Young Cultural Leaders
Imaginarium Theatre are offering a new and exciting opportunity for young people aged 16-21 to develop creative and life skills, a wider understanding of arts and culture, and gain a prestigious arts leadership qualification by applying to become a Young Cultural Leader for Imaginarium Theatre and the Shakespeare North Playhouse, during the build up to Knowsley Borough of Culture 2022Read more
Sustainability with NeedleSmart
NeedleSmart technology offers the opportunity to move hypodermic needles, syringes and consumables associated with the injection/vaccination process, away from conventional sharps bins to a solution that allows the possibility of recycling to become a possibility. Read more
Ryanair adds Zadar to list of destinations from LJLA this summer
Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, announced a new Liverpool to Zadar route, commencing in July 2021 and flying twice weekly to the popular Croatian resort as part of Ryanair’s UK Summer 2021 schedule. Read more
Updated employers' guide to the national Minimum Wage
Complying with the minimum wage ensures that the labour market works for everyone, both in terms of fair pay and fair working conditions. You can find further information on how to comply and read the updated guide here. Read more
Go with the flow says serial entrepreneur
An acclaimed business coach adept in wellness methods to help businesses and organisation excel is inspiring a new breed of online learners. John Bullock, a former British kick boxing champion and entrepreneur with several businesses creating life changing sums set out to offer his experience of business and life in 2019 and you can read more about Johns journey and thoughts here. Read more
Local man has lottery success in social enterprise
Brian Lightbody founder and CEO of Lightbody Health CIC has been awarded £7,900 by the National Lottery for the provision of walk and talk groups across the Liverpool City Region. Congratulations Brian! 
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Funding for employers to take on an apprentice
Knowsley Council has funding for employers to take on an apprentice from April 2021. The grant is £4,500 per apprentice paid at £500 per month for the first 9 months of the apprenticeship. Read more
Local job vacancies at Maxwell Hodge
Maxwell Hodge has two local vacancies available. The first position is for a Legal Cashier based in Huyton. The second position is for a Paralegal within the Family Team at Aintree. Read more
Free rapid test kits for workplace testing expanded to ALL businesses
The UK Government has announced that ALL Knowsley businesses can now apply for FREE rapid (lateral flow) test kits to allow them to carry out regular workplace testing. All businesses that wish to take part in the programme must register by the 31 March. Knowsley Council has been working in partnership with a number of local employers to explore workplace rapid testing, including Matalan and Jaguar Land Rover. You can read comments from both businesses... Read more
Chamber Member features in CHAS Spring Newsletter

Chamber Member CNS Consultancy Services Ltd is waving the flag for the Liverpool City Region with a case study feature in the CHAS Newsletter. Read more

4,000+ live job vacancies across the UK for military personnel and their families

Forces Families Jobs is the go-to place for training and employment for family members of currently serving UK military personnel. Apply for jobs and access employment and training opportunities with companies and organisations who are forces family friendly. Read more

Knowsley Independent Persons vacancy

Knowsley Borough Council is seeking to appoint at least two independent persons to support the Council’s duty to promote and maintain high ethical standards in the conduct of members of the borough and parish/town councils in the area. Read more

Your member benefits really can support your business...
Dave Coburn, Operations Director, Trak Catering Solutions, who used the ChamberLegal Service recently, said: “I spoke to an advisor and was given very clear advice on how to approach the situation faced, it was definitely worth making the call before proceeding.”
Update on business support programmes, grants and finance available for Knowsley businesses
15/04/2021
Knowsley Chamber and Growth Platform are coming together to provide a quick canter through the many support programmes and finance available to Knowsley businesses.
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. Book Now.
Specific learning Difficulties, Learning Disabilities and Autism
Delivered by Knowsley and Liverpool Council these free webinars are aimed at employers to raise awareness of best practices and support for employees with a learning difficulty... 
Register for   Tuesday 13th April 11am-12pm
Register for   Tuesday 11th May 11am-12pm
Register for   Tuesday 15th June 11am-12pm
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