An artist's impression of the new Marine Lake Events Centre in Southport

At today’s Cabinet Meeting (November 3rd) Sefton Council’s Cabinet Members approved an updated Economic Strategy, aimed at helping the local economy to grow, and supporting local residents and businesses.

The Sefton Economic Strategy focuses on four key themes, all geared toward economic growth that will benefit residents, businesses, and communities in Sefton.

  • Employment and Opportunities for Work
  • Business Growth and Investment
  • Regenerated Places
  • Social Inclusion and Access for All 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says:

“The Sefton Economic Strategy focuses on four key themes, one of which is “Regenerated Places”, which aims to improve Sefton as a place to live and work, and to attract visitors and investment. We want to create opportunities for local business, help develop supply chains and create employment and skills development programmes. 

“Of course, we are unashamedly ambitious for the entire borough of Sefton, and the Council has put its money where its mouth is by leading on the delivery of a large scale regeneration programme, from the building of a £73 million Marine Lake Events Centre and the opening of the repurposed Southport Market into a repurposed Food and Drink venue, to the regeneration of Bootle Town Centre, the Strand and Bootle Canalside, to name just a few of our major projects.

“We are ambitious for the economy of Sefton, our businesses, and our people.

“Our focus is on inclusive growth. We are fully committed to growth and prosperity, but not at any cost.  We’re not solely focused on the economic and financial outcomes of growth in our borough, but on the social and environmental outcomes too, and I don’t believe we need to trade one for the other.

“One example of this is the strategy of our wholly owned hospitality company, delivering quality employment and career opportunities alongside a fantastic customer offer at the Lake House in Waterloo.

“Another is the Strand Shopping Centre, where we are working with a range of partner organisations to deliver spaces and events that not only help deliver positive community outcomes, but also drive footfall in the town centre.

“We believe in a “People First” approach and will continue to engage with partners and communities about our strategies, projects and action plans for inclusive growth across the whole borough.”

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