Sustainable Sefton programme launches with accommodation event at the Waterfront Southport Hotel

06 March 2024 5 min read

Thanks to funding from the UK Government and in partnership with InvestSefton, environmental consultants Groundwork are kickstarting a new programme of activity supporting businesses primarily in the town centres of Southport, Bootle, Crosby and Maghull with their sustainability credentials.

Sustainable Sefton

Sustainable Sefton will provide funded sustainability support to 60 businesses over the next 12 months, all of which will be supported by Groundwork consultants to develop a bespoke sustainability action plan.

The sustainability action plans will help the businesses reduce their costs, attract new customers and will contribute to the regions Net Zero target of 2040.

The Sustainable Sefton programme kicks off with an event at the Waterfront Southport Hotel on Tuesday, 12th March from 10.30 AM, with a specific focus on how the accommodation sector can become more sustainable.

Practical tips

The event includes practical tips on how B&B’s, small hotels and other accommodation providers can become more sustainable and outlines the multiple benefits of doing so. The agenda also includes details of local grant funds, insights and experience from the sector and gives businesses the opportunity to meet with Groundwork consultants and register for 1-2-1 support.

The event is free but spaces are limited. Tickets can be reserved here via Eventbrite (

Additional events will be hosted in other areas of Sefton throughout 2024, with focus sessions in development for independent retailers and bars & restaurants.

Win-win opportunity

Greville Kelly, Director of Business at Groundwork added said: "We are really excited to be working with businesses across Sefton. Addressing your business's sustainability can lower your costs, grow your revenues and leave a better world for current and future generations, it is a real win, win opportunity. Through low and no cost steps any business can begin to make improvements and the Groundwork team is here to support Sefton companies through the process."

Bespoke support

Cllr Christine Howard, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “I would encourage anyone in the accommodation sector in Sefton to go along on Tuesday to find out more about this initiative, get some specific sustainability advice and to find out how they can access bespoke support.”

Businesses interested in the sustainability support can use this link to find out more and register their interest.


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 and 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

Levelling Up Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Use this link to find out more about the Fund. information, visit


Groundwork is a federation of charities working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Groundwork Sustainable Business consultants offer impartial, tailored sustainability advice to help organisations build a greener future.

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