Last week the Chancellor outlined additional government support for businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Key features include: A Job Support Scheme; Extension of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant; Tax cuts and deferrals; An additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay”; A new Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system. Read more
The countdown to the end of the Transition period has begun. What will Brexit mean for us?

There will be new rules for living, working, travelling and doing business in the UK and EU from 1 January 2021.  You and your business should prepare now. To help you to prepare, this year we have teamed up with Halton Chamber, Liverpool Chamber and St Helens Chamber. The four Chambers are joining forces on all things Brexit and International Trade to provide a range of webinars, events and support to help you 'Check, Change, Go'!. Read more

£500* Working Well grants for SME's in Knowsley

Working Well has been delivered in Knowsley since 2011 through a partnership between Knowsley Public Health and Knowsley Chamber.  The aim is to support businesses so that they can be equipped to provide health and wellbeing support and is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the borough’s workforceSMEs based in Knowsley can access a health and wellbeing grant of up to £500*, to introduce health initiatives into the workplace. Read more in the Autumn edition of Our Health e-news

Future Innovation Fund Round 2 launched this week

The second round of the Future Innovation Fund (Pilot) to support the city region’s most innovative SMEs is launched on 28 September. The £3m LCR Future Innovation Fund (Pilot) aims to incentivise SMEs to innovate, adapt and diversify in response to, or in spite of, the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and its associated impacts on the economy and society. The first round was highly competitive and saw 14 businesses each awarded a share of £1 million. Read more

Free 'working from home' IT assessments 

Chamber Member, E2E are offering free working from home IT assessments. One of the E2E advisers will talk through your current set up and advice on best practice from an IT / technology perspective. Read more

Sustain course is now open for applications to October intake 

The online course you need to stabilise your business, adapt your strategy and grow sustainably. Deadline 08 October. Read more

Leonard Curtis talks to us about Bounce Back Loans 

Donna Crompton at Leonard Curtis talks to us about the Bounce Back Loans and what to do if you have one but are still struggling. Read more

£70k Bathgate business finance supports Leaf growth 

Bathgate Business Finance has supported the expansion of Liverpool-based hospitality success story, Leaf, with finance deals totalling £70k. Read more

10% off meetings at Covid Secure Knowsley venue 

The Barn at Yew Tree Farm is set in a unique environment for hosting business meetings, training courses and events. Read more

Momentum Group upgrade adventure centre for Scouts 

The maintenance and repair works at Tawd Vale Adventure Centre included creation of a 1,500 metre long gravel track and essential structural repairs to a featured bridge. Read more

Shakespeare success for Knowsley Lift Services 

Knowsley Lift Services have been awarded the lift installation contract at the Shakespeare North Playhouse. The contract win follows other high profile contracts including an installation on the RSS Sir David Attenborough. We will share more on these successes in a future edition.

How to create purposeful content and stand out from the crowd

Matchstick Creative have produced a free, downloadable guide to help you communicate clearly and purposefully. After reading the Purposeful Content Marketing Guide, your content will delight your audience and leave them engaged. Read more

Returning to the workplace in a safe environment

Nick Holden, Managing Director at NexusProtect provides Chamber members with an update on what employers need to be aware of and your obligations to ensure the Health & Safety of both employees and visitors. Read more

UK businesses win against insurers in business interruption test case

A new ruling against insurers now means that the majority of the businesses that have been required to close due to COVID-19 are entitled to compensation under their business interruption insurance. Read more

Anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer installations

Concept Hygiene have stocks of antibacterial soap and alcohol based hand sanitizer available for installation within your Knowsley based business premises. Read more

Well done Alchemic Kitchen

During lockdown the team at Alchemic Kitchen provided 4,160 meals over 18 weeks from their container kitchen in Stanley Grange, and just this month they have been crowned as The New Green Business of the Year 2020 at the Liverpool Echo Environment Awards. Read more

Beating the lockdown blues

Caring Connections is running a new service
aimed at supporting people across Knowsley
suffering anxiety or depression from being
isolated or locked-down. 
Read more

Genesis offers young people chance to get ahead

Genesis Jobs, Education and Training Ltd has secured funding to run a study programme for young people aged 16 to 19. The next course commences on the 12th October 2020 with the last few remaining places available. Read more

Climbing Hangar receives £496K

The Climbing Hangar, has received a £496,000 loan as part of the Flexible Growth Fund powered by Growth Platform and managed by MSIF’s fund manager subsidiary, Alliance Fund Managers (AFM). Read more

Knowsley Outbreak Management Webinar - 06/10/2020, 11:00-12:30
FLASH ZOOM B2B Networking Event - 20/10/2020, 08:00-09:30
The Good Business Festival - Act 1

Over the course of two acts on the 8th of October and the 2nd-4th March, the smartest minds from around the world will join us to think big, galvanise our ambition and drive positive change. Knowsley businesses can play their part in the festival and you can subscribe now to be involved. Subscribe & Read more

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