SonFest Southport 2017
ON 7 September 2017, the 2nd SonFest
was held on King's Gardens, on the Promenade, Southport, with the 1st this year
being held back in August. If you don't already know, SonFest Southport started
held back in 2014 and has grown into a very popular event, thanks to their title
sponsor:- 'Fill the Gap Concerts,' from North Carolina, in
America. The Christian Music Festival mixes live music of a variety of styles
from jazz to pop, to folk and to gospel, with the promotion of Christianity.
"This event is organised by local Churches and sponsored by local businesses,
as a gift to the community and a way to introducing people to the life giving,
life changing message of Jesus Christ." said a representative SonFest
Southport. These are a few photographs we took at the event. Please email us
your thoughts about this event to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com and also for more information about the
2018 event, go to:-
Merseyside Business Games
MSP are hosting their annual Merseyside
Business Games event in November, with an evening of fun and inclusive
teambuilding activities on offer. Bring a team of colleagues along from your
workplace and see the business benefits that physical activity can bring.
The event returns to Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool, from 6.00pm to 9.00pm,
on Thursday, 2 November 2017. The evening consists of teams (5 to 7 people per team)
taking part in a variety of exciting beginner-level sports and activities,
scoring points for their team in a bid to become the most active organisation in
Merseyside! Businesses of all shapes and sizes attend the event, and no previous
experience of sport or level of fitness is required for individuals to take
Merseyside Business Games is organised by MSP, who promote physical activity and
sport in the workplace as part of their 'Active Workplaces' programme.
There are clear business benefits to having a more active workforce, with
research showing that active staff take 27% less sick days than colleagues who
are inactive. Investing in workplace physical activity also enhances an
organisation's Corporate Social Responsibility, reduces staff turnover and
improves staff morale, team working and communication. Danny Woodworth from MSP said:-
"This event is a great way for staff to come together to bond with their
colleagues and network with other organisations. Attendees in 2016 told us that
they thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities, learning
top-tips to be more active to improve their health and wellbeing."
This year's event, sponsored by Sonex Publishing, is now open for any
organisation in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens or on the Wirral
For further information about the event or to book your place please visit:-
You can also contact the Active Workplaces team on:- 0151 728 1811 or send them
Society in Southport calls
for Schools to register for Money Minds financial education programme
YORKSHIRE Building Society colleagues
in Southport are offering to deliver innovative financial education lessons at
local Schools as they aim to improve social mobility for young people.
The Society is calling for Schools in Southport to contact them at the start of
the new academic year to sign up to benefit from the Society's Money Minds
Money Minds is a free programme consisting of a series of activities and
projects designed to promote discussion and learning about money among children
and young people aged 5 to 19 of all abilities. Recent research by the Education Policy Institute suggests the most
disadvantaged pupils are more than 2 years behind their classmates when they
sit their GCSE's.
Graham Stukley, Yorkshire Building Society's branch manager in Southport, said:-
"Learning how to effectively manage finances is a vital life skill. As
research has shown that disadvantaged pupils are over 2 years behind their peers
by the time they are 16 and we want to use our colleagues' expertise in
financial education to help narrow that gap.
Our Money Minds sessions are designed to engage pupils and enable them to test
and expand their vocabulary and understanding of money through fun activities.
We're committed to supporting Schools in Southport in teaching financial
education and hope that our Money Minds programme will help to improve financial
capability and social mobility across the UK. If you are a teacher who is
interested in having a lesson delivered then you can register on our Money Minds
In the 2016/17 academic year over 8,000 pupils in the UK benefitted from a Money
Money Minds comprises a series of activities and projects designed to promote
discussion and share learning among children and young people of all ages and
Topics range from keeping money safe for ages 5 to 7, planning a party to learn
budgeting skills for children aged 8 to 11, up to calculating interest and
responsibilities to repay loans for older children.
The activities seek to build decision making skills, team working abilities and
practical maths knowledge as well as financial literacy.
They are delivered by Yorkshire Building Society colleagues as part of the
mutual's award winning corporate volunteering scheme, which allocates each
employee 31 hours' paid leave every year to carry out volunteering in local
Each Money Minds session is delivered in conjunction with a classroom teacher
and each Society colleague completes a Classroom Ethics and Safeguarding
Awareness course prior to leading the group. More information and how to
register your interest about Money Minds can be found
by emailing:- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabinet approves further
rate relief for local businesses
WIRRAL businesses which have been
adversely affected by this year's 'Business Rates Revaluation' may qualify for
financial assistance to help provide relief against the impact of the changes.
Wirral Council's Cabinet today approved a recommendation to amend its existing
policy to provide 'Discretionary Rate Relief' to local businesses to reflect the
availability of additional funding provided by central Government and pass this
financial support on to those that need it most.
The Government is providing additional support in 3 distinct areas;
supporting small business, support for public houses and an extension to the
discretionary fund. Now that Wirral Council has full details of these schemes; and the software to process them; it is seeking to agree an amended:-
Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief Policy' in order to allow local
businesses who qualify to access this new support.
Cllr Janette Williamson, Cabinet member for Finance and Income Generation, said
the Council is determined to see these new forms of rate relief passed on those
businesses that need it most. "A priority in the Wirral Plan is for Wirral
to be a place where employers want to invest and businesses are able to thrive. Encouraging small businesses to develop and grow is at the heart of this
and as business rates represent a significant cost to them, we are keen to
ensure small businesses in particular can access rate relief.
The Council already operates a discretionary rate relief policy, which was
approved for 2017/18. With the detail behind the Government's proposals for 3
other schemes now announced, the Council policy is being amended in order to
provide support for more than 600 businesses and 100 public houses in Wirral
this year. Better still, these discounts will be awarded without businesses
needing to complete an application form. This is a real demonstration that
Wirral is a welcoming and supportive place to do business, with a local
authority that will give them the best possible chance to succeed."
As part of the extended Discretionary Fund, the Government is investing ₤300
million over the next 4 years to support businesses which face a significant
increase in their business rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation. Wirral's
allocation is ₤912,000 over 4 years; ₤532,000 in the 1st year, reducing
over subsequent years when the fund expires.
In Wirral, the proposal is to provide local small to medium sized businesses
with relief if their business rates were projected to rise by more than 5% and
their new rateable value is less than ₤200,000 as a result of the revaluation.
It is forecast that more than 600 local businesses will benefit.
Under the 'support for small business' relief scheme, around 30 Wirral
small businesses will qualify to have their business rates increase capped at
₤600 per year, while as part of the 'support for public houses'
initiative, which is for 1 year only, around 100 Wirral pubs and similar venues
will receive business rate relief of up to ₤1,000 provided they have an rateable
value of less than ₤100,000.
The help has been praised within the local business community. Peter Russell,
the Chairman of recruitment firm Russell Taylor Group, which is based in
Bromborough, mentors young local entrepreneurs and he said support such as this
is a lifeline to fledgling businesses. Peter said:- "Getting help and
support with overheads such as this can make or break a small business that has
recently started up. It is really good news that companies which are facing a
big increase in their business rates will qualify for this financial relief; it
will cushion the blow while they continue to grow."
And Steve Wood, Director of Birkenhead based Parity Medical, added:- "Our
company is growing, but the award of partial rates relief after the national
revaluation is still very welcome as it allows us to re-invest in infrastructure
and continue to increase our workforce, further supporting the local economy."
Cllr Williamson emphasised that rates relief will be particularly beneficial to
a sector of the local economy which is going through an especially difficult
period. She said:- "This support will provide a much needed boost for
businesses and to public houses in Wirral in particular. Pubs all over the
country have been struggling of late with an average of 27 closing per week.
Hopefully this rate relief will provide a bit of a buffer in difficult times."
Kings Gardens Open Day
KING'S Gardens, Southport will be
blooming with a host of family fun events to celebrate its wonderful heritage.
An afternoon of fun for all is planned this weekend with fairground amusements,
donkey rides, magic shows and much more, on Saturday, 9 September 2017.
Taking place in the community gardens from noon, there will also be a chance to
learn some circus skills in various workshops.
The heritage open day is an opportunity for everyone to experience what life was
like on the land where King's Gardens now stands.
Residents will have a chance to see how the landscape of King's Gardens has
changed throughout the years with a special photograph display and a:-
'Under The Sea' Big Draw event.
The Big Draw is a marquee moment, celebrating how the gardens and the promenade
looked previously. Focusing on the times when King's Gardens would have been
'Under The Sea,' the creative masterclass will feature a host of arts and crafts
activities, including the chance to create Koinobori; a type of Japanese wind
sock; to create a truly under the sea feel.
More information can be found by contacting:- 0151 934 2421 or following the
Sefton Parks Facebook page.