MP supports Maghull’s business support network

MP supports Maghull’s business support network

by Henry James (August 2022)

A FREE business support network for Maghull is being supported by Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson.

It is hoped members of the network will provide mutual support to each other and ultimately will devise a business strategy for the town.

Cllr Dr Frank Sharp explained: “In recent years, the high street and businesses have struggled locally and nationally, initially through changes in shopping trends, compounded by Brexit, the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis.

“We visited Altrincham in 2020, which had transformed itself from the worst high street to a national beacon1, by developing and curating a destination retail model and working alongside grassroots expert stakeholders at every stage of their transformation process.

“Consequently, we want this invitation to our local expert businesses to be the beginning of our process to emulate their success for the benefit of the whole community.

“Despite the clear ‘national challenges, and local challenges’ presented by Sefton Council’s requirement to focus on their assets and needs in Bootle, Crosby and Southport, there are ‘opportunities’ arising from our increasing 25-40% population alongside support from Sefton Council’s brilliant business department and other resources.

“Please register your interest by sending an email with your: name, business name & type, address, contact details (inc email) to”

Mr Esterson said: “It has been inspiring to see and hear the resilience shown by our local businesses in rising to the ongoing unprecedented challenges in recent years. Maghull faces many challenges with an increasing population which provide unique business opportunities that can only benefit from a grass root business support network and a future strategy, which I whole heartedly support.”

Local business owner, Hayley Brennan said: “On behalf of our innovative team we are very grateful to Bill for his time during his busy schedule and particularly for offering both his invaluable support as a Maghull resident with intimate local knowledge and expert advice as Shadow Minister for Business and Industry, during our meeting and going forward.

“We are also enormously grateful to Steven Carr at AbbeyTech Computers for agreeing to create the free network alongside a website to be shaped by its members.”

Pictured in the new 'One Central Cafe Wine Bar' are: Hayley Brennan (Betty's Coffee Shop Owner), Bill Esterson (MP), Christine Fitzsimons (One Central Owner), David Fitzsimmons (Furusato Restaurant Owner).

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