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BUSINESS ADVICE LINKS

As a local business working daily with Merseyside clients using our telephone answering service, we often get asked questions about business development issues, such as planning and financing. There are a vast number of development and investment resources for businesses in and around Liverpool, which is why we put this page together. We hope you find the information useful.

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Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

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Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce is a member organisation that helps local businesses connect through networking events. It aims to promote and assist local business by providing business support advice and mentoring, access to local and export markets and help with recruitment and training.

Liverpool Vision

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Liverpool Vision is the city’s economic development agency and provides support and information for businesses aiming to establish or grow within the city. The organisation’s investment division provides business support and access to funding for local, national and international companies looking to establish operations in the region.

Business Finance Solutions

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Business Finance Solutions operate the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for the North West providing micro finance with loans of between £25,000 and £100,000. Interest rates typically will be between 8-15%, and the term of the loan can be between 1 to 5 years.

Downtown In Business

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Downtown in Business host a mix of networking events for entrepreneurs and business leaders, including regular breakfast meetings for members, hosted lunches with speakers, and gala dinners. There are a range of membership packages available to businesses of all sizes.

Liverpool City Council

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If you’re a start-up or local business looking to grow, the Liverpool City Council website is a good place to start. The site includes a dedicated business section with a range of information and links to business planning, finance and trading information, including licences and permits, grants and funding sources and business applications.

MSIF

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MSIF provide a wide range funding to businesses the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas. The organisation works with businesses to develop funding packages that suit investment needs, whether a £500 start-up loan or £2 million+ expansion finance. Funds secured generally involve loan funds, equity investments or a mix of the two.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

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The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides finance through a range of funds. NPIF provides over £400m of investment to boost growth in the North of England including up to £100k in microfinance, £750k in debt finance and £2m in equity finance.

Invest Sefton

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Invest Sefton is run by the local council and provides start-up and established businesses with development support. The service is geared towards growing business in the area and offers companies of all sizes help with developing business plans, finding premises, identifying funding and developing staff.

Local Growth Hub

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Local Growth Hub is the Liverpool City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the principal aim of helping businesses grow. The service offers businesses of all sizes access to advice, funding and networking events, including mentoring programmes, commercial and grant financing, and a range of regional workshops and networking events.

BNI Lancashire/Merseyside

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The BNI is one of the world’s most popular business networking groups. Across Lancashire and Merseyside there are many different chapters to choose to visit for network meetings. It has fast become a proven way to create regular, genuine, referral opportunities.