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Liverpool's VEC to deliver £5.1m innovation support programme for City Region's SMEs

A new partnership between the University of Liverpool's VEC (Virtual Engineering Centre), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Edge Hill University has launched to support business innovation across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

The new £5.1m Horizons programme, funded by the Liverpool City Region's £44m UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocation, will support more than 100 SMEs in its pilot phase. The partnership aims to deliver industry-leading innovations across 6 boroughs, providing the expertise, facilities, and funding businesses need to drive innovation.

Launched by Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham, Horizons is the 1st innovation support programme in the City Region funded by the UKSPF and will prioritise supporting businesses providing sustainable practices and technologies.

SMEs accessing the support, via a streamlined paperless process, can also apply for capital grant funding to further accelerate innovation and drive long term success across communities and businesses, and support the upskilling of their people.

Since 2016, the VEC, led projects that have helped organisations across the Liverpool City Region contribute more than £121 million GVA to the local economy, creating more than 1,400 jobs across multiple businesses.

The Horizons programme, which was developed following consultation with SMEs, and in partnership with the Combined Authority and the City's Universities, will deliver on Mayor Rotheram's ambitions to turn the Liverpool City Region into the UK's next science and innovation superpower.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "SMEs really are the cornerstone of our business community. Together, they account for a massive 99% of all businesses in our Region and have a crucial role to play in helping to diversify our economy. Fortunately for us, we're home to some of the country's leading Universities, who possess the expertise and world class facilities that can really help our SMEs to unleash their full potential. Horizon is the 1st innovation support programme of its kind that directly connects our Region's SMEs to our world leading institutions. It's my hope that this partnership will help more entrepreneurs and innovators to achieve their ambitions and, more crucially, help us to catapult our area to the forefront of UK science and innovation."

Professor Andrew Levers, Executive Director of the Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems (IDEAS), reflects on the impact of the project:- "The University of Liverpool has set out a clear and compelling vision for Regional impact under our Liverpool 2031 strategy. Horizons will help deliver our vision to drive prosperity in the City Region by bringing the benefit of our ground-breaking research to local businesses and helping to ensure that the next generation of world-changing innovation is translated from research to industry by local SMEs. We are determined to continue playing our part to drive a culture of ambition, inclusive collaboration and responsible innovation that bridges the academic and business communities, enabling us to break new ground and make a positive impact in the communities we serve."

To find out more about Horizons and to apply for support, visit:- LCRHorizons.Co.UK.

District Nurses step into Christmas for Palliative Care patient

WARM hearted District Nurses have ripped up the traditional calendar to provide a Christmas to remember more than a month early for 1 of their patients facing the uncertainty of a palliative care diagnosis.

District Nurses from Mersey Care's Allerton and Aigburth Team decided to bring Christmas forward for their patient, Georgina Cuddy, and brought around decorations and festive food to her flat in Aigburth, Liverpool as a surprise in early November.

"As we were walking down to her flat, we were singing:- 'Jingle Bells' and all the neighbours were looking out of the windows wondering what was going on. I'd attended earlier in the day with another Nurse and was dressed up very Christmasy and she thought that was it, but we returned for her Christmas dinner, sang songs, dressed up and gave her a present and a card; she was crying." explained Jessica Morris, 1 of the District Nurses who planned the surprise.

In response to the kind gestures, Georgina wrote a card to the team saying:- "Girls, I'm so touched and blessed to have such wonderful angels taking such good care of me; I appreciate you more than you will ever know."

Mersey Care delivers a district nursing service across:- Liverpool, Sefton (including:- Southport and Formby) and Knowsley 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are accessible 24 hours a day. They provide care to vulnerable and housebound patients, keeping people safe within their own home or home environment and helping to reduce hospital admissions.

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