Over 3,000 Liverpool residents visited Liverpool Town Hall for a jobs homes and enterprise fair offering the chance to apply for live vacancies from top employers in the city and find out about homes available to rent or buy.
The Living Local, Working Local event, hosted by Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, offered over 1,000 job and apprenticeship opportunities from employers including Royal Bank of Scotland, Aldi, Merseytravel and The Flanagan Group (full list included in notes to editors), as well as the opportunity to view vacant Plus Dane homes in the Liverpool city region that are available for rent and sale.
There was a wide range of support including an Enterprise Hub offering help for anyone considering self-employment, starting a business or wanted help growing their existing business. Agencies were also on hand to give support and advice on securing employment, welfare reform and managing debt. A ‘Get Online’ room also enabled job and home seekers to get practical help with applying online.
Linda Minnis, Chair of Plus Dane Group, said: “We were overwhelmed by the success of Living Local, Working Local, both at the level of support from employers and advice agencies, and at the number of people that came along on the day to find out more about the opportunities available to them.
“This event was all about making it as easy as possible for local residents to access opportunities, whether it’s a new home, a job or an apprenticeship or help setting up a new business, by bringing a wide range of support together all under one roof. Feedback so far has been extremely positive, showing that there’s a real appetite for an event of this type.”
Ann O’Byrne, Liverpool City Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I was delighted to see Living Local, Working Local so well supported and well attended. To be able to bring such a wide range of employers and support agencies together alongside other opportunities such as the chance to find a new home, is a great achievement.”
The Living Local-Working Local event was delivered through Plus Dane’s Making Business Work Programme, a European Regional Development Fund initiative offering business support to social enterprises in Merseyside.
Image (l-r): Cabinet Member for Housing Councillor Ann O’Byrne; Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar; and Chair of Plus Dane Group,Linda Minnis, open the Living Local, Working Local event.