More jobs set for Merseyside

Posted: 31/08/2012

Over 3,000 small businesses and sole traders in Merseyside will share a £10 million fund to help the economy grow. Council leaders believe that small businesses are the key to long term success in the region and the support programme is expected to create 1,500 jobs across Merseyside.

The funding is coming from the Merseyside Business Support Programme and the European Regional Development fund who have offered £5 million each to the scheme to support the private sector. It is thought that around 1,100 jobs will be saved as well as almost 2,000 small businesses will receive money to improve general performance.

The highest amount of jobs created will be in Liverpool at 998, the second highest in Halton and Sefton at 115 then 125 in Knowsley and the remaining 57 in the Wirral.

In addition, the shipyard Cammell Laird based in Birkenhead has announced jobs for 800 workers including 80 apprentices and a further 700 subcontractors. Cammell Laird has already introduced 200 extra workers to its work force this business period and in a half yearly statement, the company stated that it was bidding for building work in the next generation of nuclear power plants.

In other Merseyside news, Tuebrook in Liverpool is set to receive £1 million funding for housing refurbishments. There are 74 vacant properties which have been purchased by the housing association Liverpool Mutual Homes with a view to sell or rent. These houses could be sold through ‘shared ownership’ deals which are aimed to help first time buyers buy a share of the property with the remainder owned by the builder or housing association it has been renovated by.

Tuebrook has the lowest amount of social housing in Liverpool but many properties are privately rented out by landlords and councillors have often raised concern about the quality of the housing in the area, with a number of terraced houses turned into houses of multiple occupation. The funding was secured as part of a £16 million funding available to restore abandoned houses across the country.

You can read Pali’s previous blog about all of the housing developments taking place in Liverpool HERE.

What are your thoughts on the latest jobs and housing boom across Merseyside?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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