Football, economy and free business support were on menu for InvestSefton’s summer Economic Forum

12 June 2024 3 min read

Football, the economy and free support for businesses were the three main topics at InvestSefton’s summer Economic Forum on 6th June.

Extremely popular, free event

The extremely popular, free event was attended by some 150 delegates from the Sefton business community, held at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa. It was chaired by Fiona McGregor, owner of Southport digital marketing agency One Media Solutions Ltd

There were presentations from Everton Football Club’s Mo Maghazachi on the club’s new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and their work with the Council on transport links with Bootle for match days and other events.

Popular economist, Christian Spence provided an insight into the current state of the economy from Sefton’s perspective and then Jim Mooney and Anthony Walker talked about the support available for businesses from the Horizons projects with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University.

Really helpful

Mo Maghazachi, Senior Liaison and Engagement Manager at Everton said: “Events like this are really helpful in engaging with local businesses in Sefton and keeping them informed on what is happening at one of the most important and transformational projects in the country.”

“Everton Stadium will become a year-round destination delivering more than a billion pound boost to the economy, create tens of thousands of jobs and attract millions visitors to our city region. Our collaboration with Sefton will ensure we are joined up in our thinking on transport and events while also giving local businesses an opportunity to learn more about how they can be part of match and event days.”  

Afterwards delegates took advantage of networking and meeting over 30 support providers in the Business Marketplace providing a wide range of free advice and help including finance; digital boot camps, recruitment, intellectual property, education and skills ,business management, innovation and low carbon support to name for a few.


Stuart BarnesStuart Barnes, Sefton Council's Assistant Director for Economic Growth & Housing said: "I urge any Sefton businesses who do not attend these events to sign up as soon as possible. I am indebted to my InvestSefton team for organising these events , which are perennially well attended, offer huge B2B opportunities, a market place and an endless array of absolutely top quality, high profile, diverse topics, hugely insightful speakers and presentations.
"I go to support my team, to network and to learn. Many others do similar.”

Any businesses not registered with the team that would like to attend future events should email


InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.  It offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services. It is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

People wanting to find out more about how the InvestSefton can help support their business, can visit or contact the team on 0151 934 3452 or


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