Firms are boom­ing, with help

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TWO South­port firms have grown thanks to Euro­pean fund­ing along with as­sis­tance from In­vestSefton and Sefton@Work.

Cllr Mar­ion Atkin­son, Sefton Coun­cil’s Labour cabi­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion and skills, along with sup­port staff from In­vestSefton dropped in to Mor­gan Hope In­dustries Ltd and Im­mer­sive In­ter­ac­tive Ltd to see how both busi­nesses are boom­ing.

Mor­gan Hope, based at the Blow­ick In­dus­trial Park, man­u­fac­tures, sup­plies and in­stalls light­ing and elec­tronic con­trol sys­tems, which re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion.

In­vestSefton has helped by help­ing the firm ten­der for public sec­tor con- tracts, and link­ing it to sup­port and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties through the Liver­pool city re­gion.

Im­mer­sive In­ter­ac­tive is based in Princes Street in the town cen­tre.

The com­pany of­fers fu­tur­is­tic learn­ing spa­ces which can be used in both main­stream and spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ments and sim­u­la­tion train­ing for the emer­gency ser­vices.

It was sup­ported by In­vestSefton through grant ap­pli­ca­tion work.

Peter Salt, from Im­mer­sive In­ter­ac­tive, said: “Our ini­tial in­quiry was in re­la­tion to the pur­chase of new premises in South­port and our ad­viser, Colin Hickey, guided us suc­cess­fully through the Mersey­side Growth Fund ap­pli­ca­tion. Since that ini­tial ex­pe­ri­ence Colin and In­vest Sefton have be­come an in­te­gral part of Im­mer­sive In­ter­ac­tive’s suc­cess and progress, with both sound ad­vice and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I would rec­om­mend any SME to take ad­van­tage of this fan­tas­tic re­source.”

Stephen Fisher of Mor­gan Hope In­dustries Ltd, said: “We de­sign and man­u­fac­ture our range of light­ing prod­ucts in house as a be­spoke so­lu­tion, with sav­ings of up to 80% achieved.

“Sav­ing en­ergy and re­duc­ing costs is im­por­tant for busi­nesses, and we have de­vel­oped valu­able new com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Liver­pool City Re­gion, through work­ing Sefton.”

Cllr Atkin­son said: “Get­ting out and vis­it­ing lo­cal busi­nesses is a great way to see how the sup­port of­fered to them has en­abled them to grow and move for­ward.

“Both busi­nesses have been sup­ported by In­vestSefton and Sefton@Work and it is great to see lo­cal com­pa­nies do­ing so well and ex­pand­ing in their re­spec­tive fields.

“Suc­cess sto­ries like th­ese re­ally show how Sefton is open for busi­ness and sup­ports our lo­cal com­pa­nies.” with In­vest-

Peter Salt from Im­mer­sive In­ter­ac­tion Ltd, above left, with Cllr Mar­ion Atkin­son and Colin Hickey from In­vest Sefton; Cllr Atkin­son, top, with Stephen Fisher from Mor­gan Hope In­dustries Ltd, Julie Swar­brick from In­vestSefton, and Sheila Thomp­son, Mor­gan Hope, John Mur­ray and Bev Darch, all of Mor­gan Hope In­dustries Ltd

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