Injection of investment for St Helens and Earlestown town centre businesses

St Helens Borough Council has today (Monday 26 July) launched a £500,000 grant scheme to support businesses and help to develop business premises across St Helens and Earlestown town centres, driving investment and growth. Recognising that the future of town centres depends on independent businesses, the council has allocated half of a £1m Liverpool City […]


More than 20,000 counterfeit and illicit cigarettes and tobacco have been seized from a Runcorn retailer by Halton Trading Standards officers. The operation, on Friday 16 July, saw Halton Borough Council Trading Standards officers join forces with officers from Widnes Local Policing Unit to target a prolific seller of counterfeit and illicit tobacco. The cigarettes, […]

Hospitality support scheme singled out for praise

A new scheme that supports hospitality businesses affected by the pandemic has been singled out as a leading light in the Liverpool City Region. Customers visiting night time venues across St Helens Borough can be confident that their visit is safe thanks to a Covid-19 Nightlife Aware Accreditation Scheme. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority […]

Reopening Contact Centre prepares to welcome back residents of St Helens Borough Council

Residents in need of face-to-face support and self-service will be welcomed back to St Helens Borough Council’s Contact Centre as it reopens on Wednesday 21 July, 10am. The centre at Wesley House, Corporation Street will initially reopen by appointment only, rather than the normal take-a-ticket system.  Face-to-face appointments at the Contact Centre are available, but […]

Kirkdale Customer Hub is open for business

Kirkdale Customer Hub is currently in the former One Stop Shop building Liverpool City Council has opened its very first customer hub marking the start of its new-look one stop shop service. The new customer hub is temporarily in the former Kirkdale One Stop Shop building, 101 Walton Road, L4 4AG. It will move to its […]

Opening up of the night time economy in Greater Manchester

The pandemic has brought about a huge amount of change to both the personal and professional lives of everyone and it’s been a really tough 14 months. Licensed premises are just one part of the industry that has seen a huge impact on their business and they’ve had to adapt in numerous ways to allow […]


Runcorn will receive £23.6m in government funding for a range of exciting town centre projects, following submission of the Town Investment Plan in January this year. The grant announced today is part of the Government’s Towns Fund, aimed at boosting the local economy through investment in regeneration, infrastructure, skills and culture. The Runcorn Town Investment Plan (RTIP) is made […]

Together Energy puts customers first

Together Energy – the Scottish-based energy company in which Warrington Borough Council has a 50% share – is providing better customer service than a number of the big energy suppliers, according to new figures. The latest edition of Citizens Advice’s energy star rating – which ranks domestic suppliers based on customer service – has placed […]

Libraries to fully re-open after a long year in Manchester

Manchester libraries are counting down the days to Monday, 19 July when they can finally return to offering a pre-pandemic service to all their customers. From 19 July all libraries will be open again, including Northenden Community Library, the only one which has remained closed since March 2020, with library opening hours close to what […]