Business Support Services

St Helens Chamber is proud to be the preferred delivery partner in St Helens for the Liverpool City Region Growth Hub on the following programmes, Capital Grant Fund, Business Growth Programme, Business Growth Grant and Together to Zero.

Some programmes have now ended, new programmes will be commissioned over the summer and launched in the Autumn so please continue to monitor this page for more information.

Until new programmes are designed and launched, we are committed to supporting our local business community and budding entrepreneurs. The following services are still available:

Business Support Programmes

Business Information Services

Whether you need help finding a new supplier or information on new legislation, our knowledgeable team is on hand to provide the answers.

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Business and Financial Planning

St Helens Chamber offers free, confidential support to help make your business more resilient and help you to set realistic growth targets and forecasts.

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Export Services

St Helens Chamber can provide a range of services to help you export successfully – from export documentation to advice on trading overseas.

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Launchpad: Advanced manufacturing

Growth Platform’s programme aims to boost innovation, increase employment levels and develop a global platform and reputation for the industry.

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Gather Programme

Gather is a community for digital, creative and tech leaders in the Liverpool City Region.  A place for the digital, creative and tech community to connect, unite, and grow.

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Gather Beyond

For mature businesses who need support that is bespoke to their needs to unlock sustainable growth. 

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Flexible Growth Fund

The fund provides fast access to finance, removing bottlenecks to unlock existing investment opportunities and leverage private sector investment in job-creating and job-sustaining projects. Loan repayments will be recycled back into the fund, providing new loan capital.

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LCR Finance Hub

The LCR Finance Hub is a free gateway for SMEs wishing to access external funding, with the aim of making the whole process less confusing.   A single access help point for SMEs trying to access external funding.

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Innovation Sprint Programme – SME Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC)

The SME Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) at Edge Hill University is part of the LCR High Growth Programme that is part funded by ERDF and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and managed by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company.

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High Growth Account Management

The LCR High Growth Programme is designed to support businesses in Liverpool City Region demonstrating high growth potential to innovate, adapt, and grow.

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LYVA Labs / LCR Ventures

The LYVA Labs team is now actively delivering a pipeline of investment packages between £25,000 and £250,000 for innovators in the health and life sciences sector.

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Who are the Business Support Team?

John Woods
Business Support Adviser
Janet Fairclough
Business Information Adviser
Jan Corby
Business Start Up Adviser
Cath Hickey
Business Start Up Adviser
Ian Dunkerley
Business Advisor – Digital
Connor Tutty
Business Information Co-Ordinator

Success stories

Funky Timber

The Business Growth Programme provided Funky Timber with 12 hours of fully funded marketing support.

See how they benefitted from the support

JW Products 

The Business Growth Programme provided JW Products with the expert tendering consultancy it needed.

See how they benefitted from Business Support

Adlib Audio

Adlib Audio used their Capital Grant Funding to purchase the equipment they need to grow and develop their business and create new jobs in the Region.

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Want to know more about our Business Support Services?

If you’d like support for your business, please get in touch for a discussion on your needs on or call on 01744 742000 for more information.

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