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Knowsley supports local businesses through challenging times

by Lisa Bennett

Knowsley’s Inclusive Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee has received an update on how businesses in the borough are being supported through an on-going period of economic volatility.

Many factors, including Brexit, inflation, global geo-politics, energy costs, climate change and specific local issues continue to play a significant role on global, UK and regional economies.

Since 2015, the Council’s Business Growth team and Knowsley Chamber have worked together to provide advice, support, and guidance to businesses. More recently this support has focussed on helping businesses to become more resilient, identify emerging risks and opportunities.

Committee Members heard how:

  • The recent launch of the Knowsley Youth Chamber Work will help to develop strong links between businesses and schools to help school leavers find jobs and transition into the world of work.
  • Business Support programmes including marketing, business planning, digital infrastructure, health and safety and a new business start-up programme are all being delivered with the support of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).
  • The Council’s Knowsley Works team has supported recent recruitment at the Ford factory at Halewood.
  • Looking to the future, the Business Growth Team and Knowsley Chamber are supporting the development of a new Economic Growth Plan (2024-2030) for Knowsley and recently facilitated a consultation event for businesses to input their views on opportunities and challenges for the borough.

In addition to bespoke support programmes, the team works closely with local businesses on their investment and growth plans, and to attract new inward investment into the borough.

The team also provides a free property search, advice on access to finance, a tender alert service, and assists in recruitment drives in conjunction with Knowsley Works.

If you would like to find out more about business support in Knowsley, get in touch with the team for an informal chat:

Phone: 0151 477 4000 / 0151 477 1356
Email: Business@knowsley.gov.uk 
Online: www.investknowsley.co.uk
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