St Helens Chamber offers strong and dynamic services that provide businesses with the support they need to start, grow, survive and succeed. Offering business support, expert business training, apprenticeships and advice for new business start-ups.
The Chamber is a unique organisation, borne out of a desire by local businesses, partners and the broader community for a private-sector led organisation to contribute to the economic success of St Helens, its businesses and residents.
The Chamber currently has the following roles;
Business – we aim to improve business performance by delivering a range of business support which includes intelligence, networking, grant support, winning new business and exporting. We aim to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow delivering an effective business start-up programme for anyone wishing to set up a new business.
Training – we help to develop the workforce to its full potential by providing bespoke training solutions meeting employers’ needs, many of which are free of charge or subsidised.
Career Development – we offer help and support to unemployed people to get back into work, and offer help to employers to recruit staff. We help young people to prepare for and secure Apprenticeships. We bring businesses and schools together to help young people understand business and work.
Membership – we are at heart a business membership organisation, understanding and representing the views of our Members and helping to meet their needs.
Our success in contributing to the local economy, in particular promoting opportunity and improving social mobility, was recognised at the highest level in 2017 by the award of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
- Business Support, Advice and Training
- Business Start-Up Support and Training
- Business Growth Grant (New Markets)
- Business Growth Programme (LCRIBS)
- Business Mentoring Support
- ClickWorks – Free Digital IT Training
- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)
- Events and Business Networking
- International Trade Advice and Guidance
- Workforce Development and Apprenticeships
Regional Support Programmes and Funding
Kindred is a community interest company (CIC), owned locally and collectively, designed to connect, support and harness local entrepreneurialism for social good.
Kindred has two key functions:
1. Membership – a collaborative, peer-to-peer support network to develop and grow collective impact, across Liverpool City Region
2. Money – they support the region’s STOs with money to help them grow and multiply their impact
Liverpool City Region Start Up Support
Starting a business can be an exciting time, but getting the right guidance and support along your journey can make the difference when it comes to start up success.
This service is delivered by Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral Councils to support local residents.
Supply Chain/Procurement Support
High value supply chains have the potential to strengthen businesses and communities.
Growth Platform have produced a toolkit to provide businesses with valuable insights, best practice and practical tools to enhance procurement activities.
A series of masterclasses are being developed to increase the capability of business understanding of how to effectively compete when tendering for new opportunities.