Now in week two, we’re really in the thick of our Enterprise Hub Business Start Up Festival!

We’ve had a jam-packed calendar of informative events, seminars and drop-ins, all with a mission to help you feel more prepared and confident with taking the leap into self-employment.

A full house at our Sefton start-up conference!
We’re taking our Business Start-Up Conference on the road and today (Thursday 1st February) we headed to Sefton! We were at Bootle Town Hall with over fifty local people in attendance, all wanting to hear more about the support available through Enterprise Hub.
And guests heard it straight from the horse’s mouth! We had three business-owners on hand, all who turned their business dream into a reality with the support of Enterprise Hub.
Richard Medley set up a consultancy business with the support of Alt Valley Community Trust, Shane and Sue set up a home-made chocolatier business called ‘Chocolatism’ (combining both ‘chocolate’ and ‘autism’ with a mission to raise awareness on autism), and lastly Baiba, who started his coffee venture inspired by the idea of bringing a taste of African coffee to the UK!
We had many local organisations in the room including AltValley Community Trust, The Women’s Organisation, Invest Sefton, SAFERegeneration and Liverpool Central Library, all working underneath the Enterprise Hub umbrella to support local people with entrepreneurship.

Kris and Sharon from Invest Sefton.

Following this, Bernie from The Women’s Organisation led an interactive and insightful session on working out if self-employment is the right choice for you.

We also had a surprise visit from local Sefton councillor and special guest, Cllr. Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills!

From left to right: Richard Medley, Cllr. Marion Atkinson, Sue & Shane of ChocolatismUk. 

As always, we finished with tea, coffee and networking and our guests left feeling informed with the impetus to pursue their business dream. Check out what they said:

“Very well organised”

“Such a supportive environment, looking forward to seeing where it takes me”

“I feel reassured knowing that there IS help available”

“This has helped me a lot, I plan to attend more events”

“I feel ready to take my business from the present to the future”

“Loved hearing what the speakers had to say”

Thanks to everyone who attended the event today! If you were unable to attend, we have two more start-up conferences taking place in Wirral and Knowsley – you can book your FREE place now!

You can view our full calendar of events taking place on the last week of our Enterprise Business Start Up Festival here.
Students attending our Sefton start-up conference!

Alternatively, you can contact our Enterprise Hub team on or 0151 706 8113 for more information on how we can support you.

Enterprise Hub is the Liverpool City Regions gateway service to accessing FREE business advice and support. Our team of expert business ideas will guide you through the process of setting up your own business and demystify all the worries you have around starting your own business.