“Turn your passion in to a Profit…” AVCT can help!

Sophie Bailey first approached Alt Valley Community Trust in January 2016 for business start-up advice, having been recommended by a colleague who had previously received Business Support Advice on the ERDF Making Business Work programme through AVCT.

Sophie, 21 yrs old, had not long since finished her Art & Design course at City of Liverpool College, having previously had part time employment at a local Garden Centre in Maghull.

Sophie told us “I have always been interested in art but from a standpoint of creating long-lasting and impactful images that are more than just static art form. So the chance to become a self- employed tattoo artist had real appeal, especially as I could get so much free professional business start-up advice.”

Sophie spotted an opportunity in her local community:

“As a long-term resident of Maghull I was aware of a local tattoo salon in Maghull, Studio City Ink run by Michael Seerey, which gave me the thought that I might just have a business opportunity on my doorstep.”

Looking for support to turn her idea into a business Sophie approached AVCT to take advantage of the free support on offer through Enterprise Hub.

“Having signed onto the Enterprise Hub business start-up programme with Alt Valley Community Trust, I was teamed up with one of their Business Advisors Roy Meredith, who arranged for me to attend an initial Business Start Up workshop along with 6 other people who were in a very similar situation to me. I thought it was great – very informative and relaxed, with just the right level of information and participation.”

After this initial workshop, Roy worked on a one-to-one basis with Sophie to help her frame her business plans and develop new skills that will be essential to the future success of the business.

Coincidentally, at around the time Sophie decided to become self- employed, Michael Seerey was re- launching his newly located and expanded salon in Maghull, so Sophie has located into that salon, whilst at the same time developing her own clientele base and creating her own art and style of tattooing.

Since Sophie launched her business in April she has completed over 130 unique tattoos for as many as 98 clients, people mainly in the 30-40 year old age bracket, but also younger and much older!

She said “I get all sorts of people calling in wanting something tattooing which is really different – perhaps to celebrate a newly born child, or remember somebody by. Or people who simply say to themselves ‘WHY NOT?'”

The new Studio City Ink salon is superbly located next to the Coach & Horses Pub in Maghull right by the pedestrian crossing lights which has been great for passing interest.

Reflecting on how far she has come so far Sophie said “My own business progress is really good and with the additional business development skills that the Alt Valley Advisors are now giving me, I’m sure I can do really well. I can’t thank the Enterprise Hub Project enough for their support and encouragement.”

For more information on Enterprise Hub please contact either the central Enterprise Hub Team on 0151 706 8113 or get in touch with Kayleigh Clarke at AVCT on 0151 546 5514.

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Open Day Success for North Liverpool Community College

On Friday 23rd September North Liverpool Community College held an open day at The Communiversity. Tutors met with prospective students who enrolled on to a variety of adult education courses such as ‘Introduction to Teaching Assistants’, ‘Basic Maths’ as well as ‘Creative Writing for Beginners.’ For anyone who could not attend; do not worry as it is not too late to enrol. Please contact Sharon Ross on 0151 546 5514 for further information.

Roald Dahl Birthday Celebration at AVCT

On Saturday 17th September AVCT celebrated Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with over 100 people in attendance. Families from the local community and beyond were treated to FREE refreshments, raffles and competitions.

Winners received amazing prizes such as sweet hampers, copies of Roald Dahl classics and also one child was lucky enough to recive a replica Willy Wonka hat! We also had a competition for who had the best “Twit beard”  –  A massive thank you to Jeanette Edwards, a regular library user, for helping out and painting the children’s faces.

Our ‘Young Persons’ drama group performed adaptations from ‘The Twits’ and ‘James & the Giant Peach’.  This was an excellent perormance which saw plenty of giggles from the children and adults!


Mean Aunt Spiker & Aunt Sponge…booooo!

All in all this celebration was a fantatstic day and was organised by our librarian Lesley Farrar with volunteers from the local community. Every individual thoroughly enjoyed it and were really appreciative to Lelsey who commented; “It is important to encourage reading at an early age and make it a fun experience hence why we have been involved in the celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday.”


Shaun Francis, Alfie & Louie enjoyed the day!


Sophia & Josh meeting the Twits.. Great costumes Libby & Logan!








FREE Family Fun Day at Croxteth Park Farm

On Tuesday the 30th of August 2016 from 10:00 until 16:30 there will be a FREE family fun day at Croxteth Park Farm! The fun day, which has been organised by several local Councillors, will consist of a variety of different family friendly activities that will no doubt keep the kids occupied and entertained!

Activities on the day will include:

  • Face painting
  • Build your own scarecrow
  • Bouncy castles
  • Picnics
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Feed the animals
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Storytelling

The kids will also get the chance to meet the farms two local resident scarecrows, Sally and Stu! All activities on the day will be FREE of a charge.

If you have any questions regarding the fun day then you can ask them on the Croxteth Park Farm Facebook Page, or alternatively give the farm a call on 0151 233 6942.


“Nu:Move” into Business for Mike Roxburgh…

Mike Roxburgh first approached AVCT in January 2016 for business start-up advice, having been recommended by a work colleague. At the time Mike was employed and was looking for a career change.

Mike had already had the idea of acquiring an online real estate agency franchise, but without any previous business ownership experience Mike really needed the essential business start-up knowledge and skills to enable him to launch the business. He signed up to the ERDF Enterprise Hub Project that AVCT currently deliver on.

“I had already decided to go down the self-employment option”, says Mike, “but I had never been self-employed before and I needed some pointers to help me get off the ground. I attended sessions at the Alt Valley Community Trust which benefited me enormously.”

Mike added “I also decided to launch a complementary company, MJR Property Management. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly, Nu:Move Liverpool’s services to landlords end at the point of letting. Secondly, ever increasing legislation is being introduced to regulate the private sector letting”

The business start-up workshop that Mike attended at the beginning of the Enterprise Hub programme provided information on setting the business up, business planning, marketing & sales, financing, taxation and keeping information records. The additional support that Mike accessed concentrated on developing essential marketing and selling skills including research, branding, social media, website optimisation and customer management; these sessions were led by the Enterprise Hub advisors John Mathias, Ian Marshall and Roy Meredith.

Mike added “The advice I received from several highly experienced business advisors at Alt Valley was really helpful and really made a difference when I was setting things up. I never felt alone and always had a friendly face or voice at the other end of the line. Just the opportunity to sit down and bounce ideas or thoughts off someone who understood exactly where I was coming from and understood the concerns and anxieties I had was of huge assistance alone.”

Mike’s online Estate Agency Nu-Move Liverpool and his property management company commenced trading on 6th April 2016 and are already showing very promising signs of early success. In the first 6 weeks of trading the companies have sold and let a number of properties across Liverpool with one recent property in the Huyton area being sold subject to contract in just 5 days. There are also a growing number of private tenancy management properties being added to the portfolio with a possible expansion planned as far as Blackpool.

For more information about the Enterprise Hub project and how AVCT can help you; please call the team on 0151 546 5514.

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Kids Summer Drama Group has begun!

On Monday 25th July the Kids Summer Drama Group begun and its proving to be very popular! ALL children are welcome to attend for FREE each Monday and Tuesday 10am till 3pm; with lunch provided. Towards the end of the summer all children have the opportunity to showcase their talents to a packed audience in the Adelphi Hotel. We can assure you that this news has excited our future Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Keira Knightley’s!

If your child is aged 8 – 16 years of age and enjoys drama then please get in touch with Paula Currie on 0151 546 5514.

Award winning Poet comes to AVCT

AVCT is thrilled to announce that the renowned American spoken word artist Black Ice is appearing at Communiversity this week.
Black Ice, who has won a clutch of awards including an Emmy and a Tony will be hosting a FREE workshop this Wednesday 6th July at 5-8pm.

Workshops are open to young people and adults who would like to learn to express themselves through rap, performance poetry or would like to hone existing skills.

Go with the Flow and come along to the session this week – no need to book. Just turn up!

Lawrence Kenwright returns to Alt Valley Business Network!

Guest speaker at the May meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network was Liverpool Businessman and Entrepreneur Lawrence Kenwright of Signature Living Group

The meeting attracted an audience of some 40 members and guests who listened keenly to how Lawrence has built his hotel and leisure empire and continues to attract investment to new developments throughout the country. Lawrence is a passionate scouser and believes earnestly in wherever possible sourcing his specialist resources locally.

Members took advantage of the opportunity to meet Lawrence first hand and briefly introduce their services.

Alt Valley Business Network meets every month, usually on the last Friday for its breakfast meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of the network; please call Kayleigh on 0151 546 5514.

FREE Music Taster Sessions are Back!

AVCT are pleased to announce that FREE music tatser sessions are returning in June 2016. Taster sessions will run for 5 weeks; from Wednesday 15th June 2016, with progression on to a Level 1 qualification. These sessions are aimed at people 16+ who are interested in a career in music. For more information please call Stephen Turner on 0151 546 5514.

Work placement opportunity at Lifestyles Walton

Lifestyles Walton currently have a 6 month work placement vacancy for anyone who is aged between 18 to 27 with an interest in sports, health and wellbeing. Lifestyles Walton is a popular facility within its community and its facilities and classes are used by over 1500 users a week. The centre is looking for someone who has, or is looking to obtain gym and coaching qualifications and is also keen to take coached classes.

Job title: Sports and Wellbeing Instructor

Location: Walton, Liverpool

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: National Minimum Wage for age

Job Type: Temporary full time (6 months)

Person specification

 Prior experience

  • Participates in sport
  • Experience of working with the public


  • Various Sports
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Keeping fit


  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to attain coaching qualifications
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of numeracy and literacy skills
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively
  • Interpersonal skills


  • Able to work shifts
  • Willing to learn new skills


  • This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work unsociable hours

To apply then please send your CV to lifestyles@altvalley.co.uk