Friday, 19 January 2018

Honest Hayley Makes The B&B Experience Just Like Home



Having spent many years working in the service industry both in the UK and Europe, Hayley wanted to bring together her passion for customer service and eye for detail to create a business with this at its foundation. With the vision of bringing together what Hayley had learnt whilst working abroad, combining a customer focused work ethic to the industry, Honest Host was born! Hayley’s ethos is to treat property and guest in equal measure, maintaining a professional attitude, whilst providing a service with a homely quality.

Honest Host are there to help users maximise rental income in the short-term rental market by managing/hosting via Airbnb. They advertise and promote via Airbnb and on their own website to ensure maximum views on properties, leading to maximum bookings.

At Honest Host they handle all aspects of the short term let from bookings to cleaning. Honest Host strives to bring excellent customer service to both property owners and the guests staying at the property.

Hayley said: “Wirral Enterprise Hub has given me the confidence to register my business. I have learnt valuable business tips and the support given has been brilliant!”

Hayley’s business has already proved popular with several homes available through the service they are providing.

Wirral Chamber are a partner of Enterprise Hub and are helping start-up businesses like Hayleys' to find their feet, ensuring that people’s business ideas are given the support required to become successful companies.  If you’re thinking of starting a business in Wirral, please contact The Enterprise Team on 0151 650 6940


For further details on Honest Host, visit http://honesthost.co.uk/


Friday, 12 January 2018

When Your Business Dream Becomes Your Reality

Liz Thomas ends 2017 on a high, starting her own Art Therapy relief for children.

Starting up is one of the most daunting tasks facing entrepreneurs, it is often a world unknown to them so with our support and guidance we help those like Liz Thomas to become a registered company and provide them with useful skills along the way.

Through Art Therapy for Children they gain skills not just relief, Growth and Development, Self-Regulation, Meaning-Making, the Therapy allows children to express their emotions. Art therapy is a specialized area of mental health that uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts. 

Liz Thomas, Right

2018 aims to be a bright year for Liz as she ventures into the world of business for herself, Liz isn’t just making her own dreams reality, but she will help the business people of tomorrow open up to their full potential.

On the support through Wirral Enterprise Hub, Liz said: “The Enterprise Hub has been extremely helpful and motivating in the journey towards becoming my own boss. It has been a very valuable experience”.

Wirral Chamber is a partner of Enterprise Hub and are helping start-up businesses like Liz’s to find their feet, ensuring that people’s business ideas are given the support required to become successful companies.  If you’re thinking of starting a business in Wirral, please contact The Enterprise Team on 0151 650 6940.

Week Three of Enterprise Hub Business Start Up Fesitval 2018

The final week of Enterprise Hub’s Business Start Up Festival 2018 is upon us! The festival, starting on 22nd January, will give aspiring business starters the opportunity to learn more about what steps they should next take to make their business idea operational and increase their chances of success. Whether it’s planning, funding or marketing, the festival aims to inspire, educate and equip the business people of tomorrow.





The festival is open to anyone with an interest in starting their own business or becoming self-employed. Our partners across Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley are hosting a number of free events across the Liverpool City Region.

Here’s what to expect in week three...

Tuesday 6th February

Event: Information & Networking Event with St Helens Chamber
Where: St Helens Chamber, Salisbury Street, Off Chalon Way, St Helens, WA10 1FY
When: 4pm – 6:30pm


A good opportunity to network and get information about starting up your business later on in the day. St Helens Chamber have helped hundreds of people pursue their dream of becoming their own boss.

For more details, contact: connor.tutty@sthelenschamber.com or 01744 742096

Event: Find Out About Franchising and Business Start up
Where: Speke Education & Training Centre, Boulevard Business Park, Unit House, Speke, L24 9HZ
When: 10am – 4:30pm


Speke Education & Training Centre’s work involves helping sustain regeneration in Merseyside, whether that be skills provision for unemployed people or promoting lifelong learning amongst the employed. Learn more about the option of franchising with our partner Franchising Works and pose your questions about how to go about starting your business.

For more details, contact: Vicky.berry@franchisingworks.org or 0151 352 8463

Event: Start Up Business Planning Workshop with Wirral Chamber
Where: Pacific Sheds, 1 Pacific Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1LJ
When: 9am


Wirral Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing chamber in the UK. They centre around driving business growth and competitiveness not only on a local stage, but an international stage too. Attend this workshop to gain the knowledge needed to start your business plan.

For more details, contact: 0151 650 6940





Event: Enterprise Hub Start Up Conference Wirral
Where: The Lauries, 142 Claughton Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 6EY
When: 10am – 1pm


Another chance to attend one of the main conferences of the festival, this time on the Wirral. Hear how local business owners brought their business idea to life, network and hear expert advice from a range of Enterprise partners.

For more details, contact: 0151 650 694

Event: Enterprise Hub Start Up Conference Knowsley
Where: The Suites Hotel, Ribblers Lane, Knowsley, L34 9HA
When: 9:30am – 11:30am


Another chance to attend one of the main conferences of the festival, this time in Knowsley. Hear how local business owners brought their business idea to life, network and hear expert advice from a range of Enterprise partners.

For more details, contact: enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113

Event: Inspiring Entrepreneurs Live Screening with BIPC
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 7pm – 9pm


A fantastic opportunity to hear from business owners who have experienced great online growth, becoming well known brands. This will be a live screening of talks with Tom Adeyoola, founder and CEO of Metail, Rikke Rosenlund, founder of BorrowMyDoggy, Karen Hanton MBE, founder of Toptable.com and Sara Murray, technology entrepreneur and founder of Buddi. This will be streamed across a number of locations, with an opportunity to ask questions.

For more details, contact: 0151 233 5835

Book on to this event now via Eventbrite



Wednesday 7th February

Event: Start Up Lite Sessions with Alt Valley
Where: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 9:30am – 12:30pm


Our friends at the Alt Valley Trust join the festival activities once again on Wednesday with this workshop which will provide essential information on starting your business.

For more details, contact: Kayleighclark@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514

Event: Find Out About Franchising and Business Start up
Where: Speke Education & Training Centre, Boulevard Business Park, Unit House, Speke, L24 9HZ
When: 10am – 4:30pm


Speke Education & Training Centre’s work involves helping sustain regeneration in Merseyside, whether that be skills provision for unemployed people or promoting lifelong learning amongst the employed. Learn more about the option of franchising with our partner Franchising Works and pose your questions about how to go about starting your business.

For more details, contact: Vicky.berry@franchisingworks.org or 0151 352 8463


Thursday 8th February

Event: Enterprise Hub Start Up Conference Halton
Where: Widnes Vikings, Select Security Stadium, Lower House Lane, WA8 7DZ
When: 10am – 12pm


Another chance to attend one of the main conferences of the festival, this time in Halton. Hear how local business owners brought their business idea to life, network and hear expert advice from a range of Enterprise partners.

For more details, contact: enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111




Event: Entrepreneurs Clinic Drop in with BIPC
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 1pm – 4pm


Liverpool Central Library launched its Business and IP Centre in 2015; the service is based on the successful British Library model which provides access to free advice and support, giving people the opportunity to take advantage of free intellectual property and enhance their business expertise. Budding entrepreneurs can drop in on Thursday to utilise this service.



Event: How to Market your Business with Alt Valley
Where: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 9am – 4pm


Alt Valley Trust present the fundamentals of marketing your business, a large part of every business’ success. Lunch provided.

For more details, contact: Kayleighclark@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514


Friday 9th February

Event: Meet the Adviser Live Stream with Enterprise Hub
Where: Enterprise Hub Facebook – www.facebook.com/MerseyEntHub
When: 1pm – 2pm


If you can’t attend any of the events, tune in for advice from the comfort of your phone. Every Friday of the festival there will be a Facebook Live Q&A with a selection of Enterprise Hub business advisers. Send your questions in advance, post your questions on our page during the session or simply listen to some top tips.





Event: The Onion Drop in with Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Where: The Onion, 16 The Palatine, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ
When: 10am – 4pm 


Due to be repeated every Friday of the festival, Merseyside Expanding Horizons are skilled at bringing together voluntary, private and public sector agencies to encourage cross-sector working across a range of social projects. They have built a reputation as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for their work on numerous innovative projects on a local and national scale. The drop-in session will give you a chance to ask their representatives your questions.

Week Two of Enterprise Hub Business Start Up Fesitval 2018

If you’ve missed any of week one of Enterprise Hub’s Business Start Up Festival, then fear not! there’s still time to learn everything you need to know about pursuing your goal of starting your own business or becoming self-employed.



As part of its role as the gateway to business start-up support in Merseyside, Enterprise Hub are starting 2018 with their first Business Start-up Festival. The festival, starting on 22nd January and running for three weeks, is open to anyone with an interest in starting their own business or becoming self-employed. Our partners across Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley, are hosting a number of events that aim to inspire you to be your own boss, as well as equip you with the right tools to succeed.

What to expect in week two...

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January


Event: 2018 New Year, New Business
Where: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 10am – 4:30pm


Make your business your new year’s resolution. This is a weekend opportunity for anyone who perhaps can’t make any of the events through the working week. Alt ValleyTrust are experienced in social enterprise and have helped the local community for years. These easy to follow sessions will prepare you for starting up and running your business.

For more details, contact: Kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514

Book in for this event on Eventbrite


Monday 29th January

Event: Be Your Own Boss with St Helens Chamber
Where: St Helens Chamber, Salisbury Street, Off Chalon Way, St Helens, WA10 1FY
When: 9:30am – 12pm


Hundreds of people have started their own business with the help of St Helens Chamber. Be Your Own Boss events are designed to give you all the information you need to know to decide on whether starting a business is for you. Expect an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and a frequently asked questions segment.

For more details, contact: connor.tutty@sthelenschamber.com or 01744 742096





Event: Find Out About Franchising Drop in with Franchising Works
Where: Southport JCP, 70 Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1HE
When: 10am – 2pm


If you believe your business idea would benefit from being a franchise, you could attend our drop-in session at Southport’s Jobcentre.

Event: Planning for Success with The Women’s Organisation
Where: 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB
When: 9:30am – 4:30pm


Exclusively for women, this workshop aims to help women who haven’t ventured into business yet, providing the essential information needed to plan your business.

For more details, contact: hello@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111

Tuesday 30th January

Event: Marketing on a Shoestring with Wirral Chamber
Where: Pacific Sheds, 1 Pacific Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1LJ
When: 2pm


Marketing your business is integral to its success, despite many people now having a social media presence, many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to marketing their business online. This session aims to simplify and outline the essential marketing aspects you should be looking at within your business.

For more details, contact: 0151 650 6940


Wednesday 31st January

Event: Building a Social Media Strategy with The Women’s Organisation
Where: 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB
When: 10am – 1pm


This popular session is focussed on building your business following online using social media, providing a complete introduction.

For more details, contact: hello@thewo.org.uk

Book on to this session now via Eventbrite






Event: Start Up Lite Sessions with Alt Valley
Where: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 9:30am – 12:30pm


Our friends at the Alt Valley Trust join the festival activities once again on Wednesday with this workshop which will provide essential information on starting your business.

For more details, contact: Kayleighclark@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514 


Thursday 1st February 

Event: Entrepreneurs Clinic Drop in with BIPC
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 1pm – 4pm


Liverpool Central Library launched its Business and IP Centre in 2015; the service is based on the successful British Library model which provides access to free advice and support, giving people the opportunity to take advantage of free intellectual property and enhance their business expertise. Budding entrepreneurs can drop in on Thursday to utilise this service.


Event: Enterprise Hub Start Up Conference Sefton
Where: Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, L20 7AE
When: 10am – 1pm


One of the main conferences of the festival, taking place at Bootle’s Town Hall. The event will no doubt be a highlight of the festival with talks from local business owners on how they brought their business idea to life, opportunities to network and connect with key contacts and information on where you can get free support and advice.

For more details, contact kristina.swift@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 3472

Book on to this event now via Eventbrite


Friday 2nd February


Event: Meet the Adviser Live Stream with Enterprise Hub 
Where: Enterprise Hub Facebook – www.facebook.com/MerseyEntHub
When: 1pm – 2pm


If you can’t attend any of the events, tune in for advice from the comfort of your phone. Every Friday of the festival there will be a Facebook Live Q&A with a selection of Enterprise Hub business advisers. Send your questions in advance, post your questions on our page during the session or simply listen to some top tips.






Event: The Onion Drop in with Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Where: The Onion, 16 The Palatine, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ
When: 10am – 4pm


Due to be repeated every Friday of the festival, Merseyside Expanding Horizons are skilled at bringing together voluntary, private and public sector agencies to encourage cross-sector working across a range of social projects. They have built a reputation as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for their work on numerous innovative projects on a local and national scale. The drop-in session will give you a chance to ask their representatives your questions. 



Week One of Enterprise Hub Business Start Up Fesitval 2018

Have you ever toyed with the idea of starting your own business? Or maybe you already have a business idea but don’t know what your next steps should be?

As part of its role as the gateway to business start-up support in Liverpool City Region, Enterprise Hub are starting 2018 with their first Business Start-up Festival. 


The festival, starting on 22nd January and running for three weeks, is open to anyone with an interest in starting their own business or becoming self-employed. Our partners across Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley, are hosting a number of events that aim to inspire you to be your own boss, as well as equip you with the right tools to succeed.

What to expect in week one...

Monday 22nd January

Event: Financial Planning with Alt Valley
Where: The Communiversity, Altrcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Alt ValleyTrust established themselves in 1983 as an educational charity. Since then they’ve grown to offer all manner of support to the local community, including helping social enterprise. They kick off the Business Start Up Festival with a workshop providing tips on how to manage your finances and create your financial forecast.

For more details, contact: Kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514

Event: Find Out About Franchising, drop in with Franchising Works
Where: Crosby Jobcentre Plus, Hougoumont Avenue, Waterloo, L22 0PB
When: 10am – 12pm

If you believe your business idea would benefit from being a franchise, you could attend our drop-in session at Crosby’s Jobcentre. 

For more details, contact: vicky.berry@franchisingworks.org

Tuesday 23rd January

Event: Bookkeeping and Finance Workshop with Wirral Chamber
Where: Pacific Sheds, 1 Pacific Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1LJ
When: 9:30am

Wirral Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing chamber in the UK. They centre around driving business growth and competitiveness, not only on a local stage, but an international stage too. This places them well in being able to offer expert advice on financing your business idea and keeping your books in order.  

For more details, contact:

Event: Planning for Success with The Women’s Organisation
Where: 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB
When: 9:30am – 4pm

Exclusively for women, this workshop aims to help women who haven’t ventured into business yet, providing the essential information needed to plan your business.
For more details, contact: hello@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8111




Wednesday 24th January

Event: Enterprise Hub Business Start-up Conference Liverpool
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW

When: 10am-1pm


Have you got an idea for a business?

Want to create your own job?

Thinking of going self-employed but not sure how to get started?


At this free and informative event you will:

  • Hear from local business owners sharing tips on how they moved from idea to successful business
  • Be given opportunity to take part in group activities to understand the practicalities involved in self-employment.
  • Have chance to network with others who are considering starting a business and make key connections
  • Find out about the FREE support on offer to help you to get your business off the ground through Enterprise Hub, Liverpool Central Library and other local organisations.
Book onto this FREE event via eventbrite here.


Event: Business Planning with St Helens Chamber
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 12pm – 2:30pm

Get to grips with planning your business in Liverpool’s Central Library. Part of St Helens Chamber’s day to day work is helping business start-ups.

For more details, contact: connor.tutty@sthelenschamber.com or 01744 742096

Event: Enterprise Start Up Conference Liverpool
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 10am – 1pm

Liverpool Central Library remains a central hub of the festival on Wednesday, with one of the main festival conferences. The event will no doubt be a highlight of the festival with talks from local business owners on how they brought their business idea to life, opportunities to network with key contacts and information on where you can get free support and advice.

For more details, contact: enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113


Event: Start-up Day Reloaded: Tony Schumacher in conversation with Mike Morris
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 1:30pm – 3pm

Aspiring novelists are invited to join a Q&A session with acclaimed writer Tony Schumacher. Mike Morris, Co-Director of Writing On The Wall, will host the session, delving further into how Tony got to where he is now and discussing his latest book An Army of One, which concludes the John Rossett trilogy.

For more details, contact: info@writingonthewall.org.uk or 0151 546 5514




Event: Start Up Lite Sessions with Alt Valley
Where: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, L11 0BS
When: 9:30am – 12.30pm

Our friends at the Alt Valley Trust joins the festival activities once again on Wednesday with this workshop which will provide essential information on starting your business.
For more details, contact: Kayleighclark@altvalley.co.uk or 0151 546 5514

Thursday 25th January

Event: Entrepreneurs Clinic Drop In with BIPC
Where: Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW
When: 1pm – 4pm

Liverpool Central Library launched its Business and IP Centre in 2015; the service is based on the successful British Library model which provides access to free advice and support, giving people the opportunity to take advantage of free intellectual property and enhance their business expertise. Budding entrepreneurs can drop in on Thursday to utilise this service.

Friday 26th January

Event: Meet the Adviser Live Stream with Enterprise Hub
Where: Enterprise Hub Facebook – www.facebook.com/MerseyEntHub
When: 1pm – 2pm

If you can’t attend any of the events, tune in for advice from the comfort of your phone. Every Friday of the festival there will be a Facebook Live Q&A with a selection of Enterprise Hub business advisers. Send your questions in advance, post your questions on our page during the session or simply listen to some top tips. We will be hosting a live stream each Friday during the festival so look out for this in week 2 and week 3! 




Event: The Onion Drop in with Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Where: The Onion, 16 The Palatine, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ
When: 10am – 4pm  

Due to be repeated every Friday of the festival, Merseyside Expanding Horizons are skilled at bringing together voluntary, private and public sector agencies to encourage cross-sector working across a range of social projects. They have built a reputation as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for their work on numerous innovative projects on a local and national scale. The drop-in session will give you a chance to ask their representatives your questions.

Check out week 2 and week 3 by following the links!



Enterprise Hub presents the Business Start Up Festival 2018 | #EntHubStartUpFest


The Liverpool City Region Enterprise Hub want to help more people than ever this year pursue their ambition of starting their own business. An idea is where it usually all starts, but finding out how to make that idea a functional and hopefully successful business, is the part that usually prevents people from going forward. 



As part of its role as the gateway to business start-up support in Merseyside, Enterprise Hub are starting 2018 with their first Business Start-up Festival. The festival, starting on 22nd January and running for three weeks, is open to anyone with an interest in starting their own business or becoming self-employed. Our partners across Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Knowsley, are hosting a number of FREE events that aim to inspire you to be your own boss, as well as equip you with the right tools to succeed.


  • Hear from successful business owners in your area and further afield

  • Interactive sessions that will allow you to look into the practicalities of going self-employed or starting your business

  • A chance to network and meet like-minded individuals
  • An opportunity to ask questions and speak with business advisers

  • Find out about the free support available to you to get your business idea off the ground

  • Advice on hand

  • Main conferences held in Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and Halton

Click on the links below to view a breakdown of the Business Start Up Festival schedule



Monday, 30 October 2017

Mary J Sews Is The Reel Deal

After 20 years of working in social housing, Julia was made redundant and decided to set up her own business, Mary J Sews, with the help of St Helens Chamber and Enterprise Hub.

Julia explains: “I was made redundant in 2016 and was wondering what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to go back into social housing which I’d been working in for 20 years. My brother has just become a Deacon with the church and the family wanted to buy him some vestments.

“I’d always done sewing for friends and family alongside my job and we’d noticed that there was nothing bespoke so I decided to make them for him. I bought myself an embroidery machine and started from scratch.”

It was then that Julia had the idea to expand her sewing from doing favours for family and friends to starting a business and growing a client base.

Julia was referred to St Helens Chamber by her local Job Centre Plus and made contact with the Chamber’s Business Start Up service. She met with a dedicated business Start Up adviser to discuss her business plan and also attended Business Essentials workshops, giving her the tools she needed to become self-employed.

Julia said: “I thought about sewing and repairs as a job so I approached the Chamber and got the ball rolling with the business planning process.

“The process of going through the Chamber was great. I’ve always worked in St Helens and was aware of the Chamber, but didn’t know how big it was. The whole process was seamless.

“The minute that you walked through the door, it was very professional and you can see that they mean business. The whole ethos is very encouraging from the start.”

Julia credits St Helens Chamber with helping her to take her hobby to a professional level and create a robust business plan.

She explains: “The Chamber have given me constructive criticism on my plan and have challenged me to look at things differently.

“I am proud to be associated with the Chamber and I champion what they do. If you live in the St Helens area it would be silly not to take advantage if you are in the position to be able to start a business.”

Julia’s original plan was to split the business between three areas: vestments, children’s communion and flower girl dresses and repairs but due to Julia’s contacts within the Church and the quality of her work, she has been busy making vestments and robes for Clergy members.

Julia said: “Word of mouth is growing quite rapidly and I’ve got really good links with the local Archdiocese and they have been able to provide me with some work.

“It’s about being able to move in those circles and get my name out there. It’s very exciting.”
St Helens Chamber is part of Enterprise Hub, the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Merseyside.  Offering expert advice and support to anyone thinking about starting a business including help to:


  • Understand the process of starting a business
  • Research a business idea
  • Build a comprehensive business plan
  • Develop a marketing plan
  • Create financial forecasts to understand the costs of running your  business and potential income
  • Identify sources of finance to get started

Enterprise Hub is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. For more information about the support available from Enterprise Hub, ring us on 0151 706 8113 or email enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk