Wirral Council funding programme helps companies develop and create jobs

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council funding programme helps companies develop and create jobs Wirral Council funding programme helps companies develop and create jobs

Dozens of new jobs will be created across Wirral following the release of regional funding to local companies.

Wirral Council has allocated cash from its own £5m Regional Growth Fund grant to develop the peninsula’s offshore wind farm industry and enable companies to manufacture components.

Council cabinet has pledged support for three companies’ expansion plans.

Cabfind.com, which pioneered the first generation of “dynamic taxi booking systems", will create 30 new jobs in Birkenhead, by using the funding to develop a new software development centre.

FPI North West Ltd, specialists in sales and servicing of fluid-powered components and systems, will use the investment to buy new machinery and revamp their premises at Commerce Park, Birkenhead. Four new jobs will be created.

And Bromborough-based Riverview Law anticipate the extra cash will result in “significantly increasing” staff numbers over the next couple of years following further investment in its IT systems.

Invest Wirral, the council’s business support team based at Egerton House, Birkenhead, worked with all three firms to identify their business needs and support them through the funding application process.

Councillor Pat Hackett, council cabinet member for the economy, said: “The three companies operate in very different fields but all have demonstrated a commitment to Wirral. Solid trading histories promise a bright future.

“We are here to help them to invest further in their IT, plant, machinery and most importantly, their staff.

“We have supported four companies operating in the offshore wind industry with RGF grants so far and expect to help even more in 2014.”

On top of its £5m RGF funding,  the council has been successful in securing £25m private sector investment, leading to the creation of 266 jobs.

The present programme will run until the end of March 2015 and represents a partnership between businesses looking to invest in the offshore renewable energy sector and Wirral Council.

Companies interested in applying for  funding should contact the Invest Wirral team on 0151 650 6915 of vist their website.

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3:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

Nothing for The Spotty Blue Teapot?
Oh, sorry, that quickly went under despite a very suspicious alleged £20k public money incentive didn't it? Perhaps googling some keywords will reveal who the proprietor was?
Nothing for The Spotty Blue Teapot? Oh, sorry, that quickly went under despite a very suspicious alleged £20k public money incentive didn't it? Perhaps googling some keywords will reveal who the proprietor was? PaulCa

7:06pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Llamedos 1 says...

Instead of funding commercial companies who should be standing on their own two feet how about funding charities who employ disabled people. Oh yes, I forgot this bunch of clowns are incapable and not even interested in supporting people with disabilities.
Instead of funding commercial companies who should be standing on their own two feet how about funding charities who employ disabled people. Oh yes, I forgot this bunch of clowns are incapable and not even interested in supporting people with disabilities. Llamedos 1

7:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Spotty Blue teapot director= Liz Whaling former manageress of Egerton House, home of invest wirral,

The Edge = melissa and barry bragg recipients of the only big grant {£20K} totally disqualified in the opinion of Grant Thornton


Both the above and other cases through the participation of Invest wirral
Spotty Blue teapot director= Liz Whaling former manageress of Egerton House, home of invest wirral, The Edge = melissa and barry bragg recipients of the only big grant {£20K} totally disqualified in the opinion of Grant Thornton Both the above and other cases through the participation of Invest wirral hobroW

9:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

Significant funding such as this is greatly welcomed IMO. However, may I make a suggestion to those responsible for managing the fund. Please enable the fund to be accessible to businesses that don't understand the jargon often used when applying for such funding. I recently suggested the fund for an organisation I am associated with, as with some investment it was in the position of creating a number of new jobs. After researching the fund they gave up as they told me it was "like knitting fog". If you go onto the government website responsible you will understand their sentiments.
Significant funding such as this is greatly welcomed IMO. However, may I make a suggestion to those responsible for managing the fund. Please enable the fund to be accessible to businesses that don't understand the jargon often used when applying for such funding. I recently suggested the fund for an organisation I am associated with, as with some investment it was in the position of creating a number of new jobs. After researching the fund they gave up as they told me it was "like knitting fog". If you go onto the government website responsible you will understand their sentiments. Joeblogg85

10:12pm Fri 13 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

hobroW wrote:
Spotty Blue teapot director= Liz Whaling former manageress of Egerton House, home of invest wirral,

The Edge = melissa and barry bragg recipients of the only big grant {£20K} totally disqualified in the opinion of Grant Thornton


Both the above and other cases through the participation of Invest wirral
Thanks for that. I did google Spotty Blue Teapot and discovered that it won all sorts of awards during its brief existence. It seems with Liz Whaling being a former council bod, and having a direct connection to Invest Wirral, it was er, how could I put this... ideally placed to be in receipt of the plaudits... but this connection doesn't warrant a mention in what are presented as "impartial", congratulatory newspaper articles. Hmmmm.

Well, you live and learn don't you? One newspaper article said Liz Whaling's husband suggested that she make enquiries about the award.

Who could he be?
[quote][p][bold]hobroW[/bold] wrote: Spotty Blue teapot director= Liz Whaling former manageress of Egerton House, home of invest wirral, The Edge = melissa and barry bragg recipients of the only big grant {£20K} totally disqualified in the opinion of Grant Thornton Both the above and other cases through the participation of Invest wirral[/p][/quote]Thanks for that. I did google Spotty Blue Teapot and discovered that it won all sorts of awards during its brief existence. It seems with Liz Whaling being a former council bod, and having a direct connection to Invest Wirral, it was er, how could I put this... ideally placed to be in receipt of the plaudits... but this connection doesn't warrant a mention in what are presented as "impartial", congratulatory newspaper articles. Hmmmm. Well, you live and learn don't you? One newspaper article said Liz Whaling's husband suggested that she make enquiries about the award. Who could he be? PaulCa

9:44am Sat 14 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Doh...the husband of Liz Wehalingis the council officer at St Helens council in charge of such grants. St Helens was the Merseyside council designated to act on these "rural" improvement grants on behalf of all Merseyside councils.

Internal fraud at WBC were able to comment on the curiousity of the circumstances re Spotty Blue teapot but naturally were impotent as the ..you guessed it..grant was the responsibility of St Helens!!! Of course that did not prevent the WBC from awarding "Wirral Tourist attraction of the Year" a few months into Spotty Blue Teapots existence , and equally a few months before it wound up
Doh...the husband of Liz Wehalingis the council officer at St Helens council in charge of such grants. St Helens was the Merseyside council designated to act on these "rural" improvement grants on behalf of all Merseyside councils. Internal fraud at WBC were able to comment on the curiousity of the circumstances re Spotty Blue teapot but naturally were impotent as the ..you guessed it..grant was the responsibility of St Helens!!! Of course that did not prevent the WBC from awarding "Wirral Tourist attraction of the Year" a few months into Spotty Blue Teapots existence , and equally a few months before it wound up hobroW

9:47am Sat 14 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Oh and read "the Edge" the majority of its content is Invest Wirral and it draws its name from Egerton house which is the home of Invest Wirral
Oh and read "the Edge" the majority of its content is Invest Wirral and it draws its name from Egerton house which is the home of Invest Wirral hobroW

9:58am Sat 14 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Significant funding such as this is greatly welcomed IMO. joebloggs

All would agree but it should be remembered that these funds fall into WBC's hands as we are deemed an impoverished borough. Money comes from europe , from DWP ,from government and communities with a target outlined. WBC would reap this fruit in any circumstance but what is at issue is how effectively they apply the money. The headline makes the reader believe the council is philanthropic "Wirral Council funding programme helps.." but it shopuld be emphasised that the money comes from central government with INSTRUCTIONS on how to spend the same.
Significant funding such as this is greatly welcomed IMO. joebloggs All would agree but it should be remembered that these funds fall into WBC's hands as we are deemed an impoverished borough. Money comes from europe , from DWP ,from government and communities with a target outlined. WBC would reap this fruit in any circumstance but what is at issue is how effectively they apply the money. The headline makes the reader believe the council is philanthropic "Wirral Council funding programme helps.." but it shopuld be emphasised that the money comes from central government with INSTRUCTIONS on how to spend the same. hobroW

10:32am Sat 14 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

With such shenanigans occurring, seemingly time after time after time, one could be forgiven for assuming that "somebody" even further up the food chain is turning a blind eye, and potentially benefiting in some spectacular, but unseen and protected manner.
With such shenanigans occurring, seemingly time after time after time, one could be forgiven for assuming that "somebody" even further up the food chain is turning a blind eye, and potentially benefiting in some spectacular, but unseen and protected manner. PaulCa

10:36am Mon 16 Dec 13

Llamedos 1 says...

Joe you have hit a very substantial nail on the head. Like knitting fog is a very good description for the process especially if you are a new inexperienced enterprise.
Joe you have hit a very substantial nail on the head. Like knitting fog is a very good description for the process especially if you are a new inexperienced enterprise. Llamedos 1

10:07am Wed 18 Dec 13

hobroW says...

The judgement of the effectiveness of Invest Wirral has already been passed re BIG but there are multiple charges and the next judgement will arrive by February.

I speculate a £250,000 fine for mismanagement of ISUS..well done girls!
The judgement of the effectiveness of Invest Wirral has already been passed re BIG but there are multiple charges and the next judgement will arrive by February. I speculate a £250,000 fine for mismanagement of ISUS..well done girls! hobroW

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