Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Thank you to everybody we've worked with 2014!

It's been a busy year for the Graduate to Merseyside team: hosting successful events at the Liverpool Innovation Park and the University of Liverpool Pop Up Shop in partnership with Santander Universities for IFB 2014; attending network events across Merseyside and placing nearly 180 graduates (with more at interview!) to take us to nearly 600 graduates we’ve placed across Merseyside. With the Merseyside economy improving we’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing companies that have recruited graduates in a variety of roles that are making a real impact.

Monday, 10 November 2014

UPDATE: Limited funding of up to £1,500 available for companies recruiting a Graduate!


The University of Liverpool in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to supporting the local economy and is currently offering a training support package of up to £1,500 to local businesses recruiting graduates or students through the Stepping Stones programme. Whilst you are still liable for their wages, the training allowance will help the successful candidate develop any specific skills that would directly benefit your business.

The programme has already assisted 29 companies in creating 33 jobs across Merseyside including success stories such as MedePad, Seaking Electrical and Quantum of Value and there’s currently a limited amount of funding left over to help further new businesses.

Graduate of the Month: Chris

Chris is a recent graduate from Business & Management from Leeds Metropolitan with over 10 years’ experience within customer service as well as experience working as an Accounts Assistant and is currently seeking a career within accountancy and/or finance in the Merseyside area.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Benross Group makes it 550 Graduates!

Only 8 weeks after our 500th graduate started we have recently placed our 550th graduate into employment with Liverpool based Benross Group!

Benross Marketing Limited stocks one of the UK’s largest ranges of products ranging from home wares, electrical products, furniture, tools and much much more, all available online on their website.

The lucky individual who started last week as a Sales Support / Web Administrator was recent University of Liverpool English graduate Luke Nicholson who has experience in online marketing communications. Responsible for providing expert sales support and customer care as well as dealing with web enquiries, Luke is relishing his new role and responsibilities:

Graduate of the Month: Chris

This month we profile Chris, a recent first class history graduate from the University of Liverpool. With proven experience in sales and marketing, customer service, and administration he is seeking a challenging role in an administration role in the business or charity sector.

Commercial Business Support Programme Launched

Developed by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with local partners, The New Markets Programme* is a new way for local businesses to access high value, commercial business advice, tailored to your business needs and chosen by you.

Eligible businesses can receive a 35% contribution to the cost of commercial advice that supports business growth, procured through this programme*.

Regional Networking Events

With the networking calendar back in full swing here's a selection of network events for you to attend across Merseyside. We’re regularly out meeting businesses face to face, why not come and speak to us at one of the network events that we're attending:

Wirral Chamber's Latest Recruit!

The objective of the Wirral Chamber of Commerce is to create a business environment stimulating growth, employment, and economic prosperity for both its members and Wirral alike. It achieves this through engagement so its members are aware about the support mechanisms available, so important for business growth.

Having worked closely for a number of years, Graham Maddrell, Wirral Chamber’s Marketing Manager, contacted Steve Wood with an opportunity for a Graduate Press and PR Officer to support and promote the Wirral Chamber across the borough. Having referred many of the Chamber members to Graduate to Merseyside, Graham is now experiencing the service directly himself.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Liverpool Business Hires Designer Graduate!

Liverpool based HESIS specialises in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance for various fire and security systems across the UK.

Creating bespoke packages for their customers they’ve worked with NHS Trusts, National Blue Chip companies, Mechanical & Electrical Contractors and many others. In fact they were recently responsible for all security systems, door access controls, CCTV and fire detection and alarm systems for the 710 bedroom Vine Court Student Accommodation building at The University of Liverpool.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Graduate of the Month: Daisy

This month we profile Daisy, a recent University of Liverpool First Class History graduate with three years retail work experience as well as voluntary work is looking to use her various skills in a challenging career within PR / Administration in Merseyside

Regional Networking Events

Right everybody, the kids are back to school and it’s time to get your diaries out and your business cards ready! Here's a selection of network events for you to attend across Merseyside. We’re regularly out meeting businesses face to face, why not come and speak to us at one of the network events that we're attending:

Wirral & Chester Business Fair 24/9/14

Back for a tenth year!
Now firmly established as a popular fixture on the Wirral Business Calendar, the Wirral & Chester Business Fair returns to New Brighton Floral Pavilion on Wednesday 24th September 2014.

Whether your business is new or long established, large or small, there are many benefits to be gained from attending on the day, with features including:

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The BIG Partnership makes it 500 graduates placed!

The BIG Partnership 

The University of Liverpool’s Graduate to Merseyside service has hit another major milestone, placing its 500th graduate into employment. 

The BIG Partnership, one of the UK’s largest full service public relations and digital marketing companies, recruited a new account executive to its city centre office using the service. The lucky graduate was Laurence Laidler, a University of Liverpool Business Studies graduate.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Graduate of the Month: Dale

This month we profile Dale a a University of Liverpool Masters graduate in Medicinal Chemsitry with Pharmacology who has proven research and sales experience through studies and employment and is looking for a challenging career with sales or business administration in Merseyside.

The Importance of ‘Business and University’ Collaboration

Dr Dale Heywood, Director of Studies, MSc Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool Management School, draws on her combined experience as an entrepreneur and a university lecturer, to consider the importance of ‘business and university’ collaboration...

Inspiring Entrepreneurs and Financing Ambition

The North West Fund has supported more than 285 North West businesses with over £97 million, creating and safeguarding more than 2,000 jobs in the region..

Claire House Children’s Hospice Charity Night

Russell Taylor are hosting a Claire House Children’s Hospice charity night at The Marsh Cat, in Parkgate.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Local Business Seaking a Quality Graduate!


Wirral based Seaking Electrical ltd is a marine specialist electrical engineering firm founded in 2001 employing more than 100 staff. Catering for the marine, industrial, commercial, military and offshore markets it has worked in countries across the World.

Group Business Development Manager Neil Mellenchip was keen to recruit a Graduate Electrical Engineer with the skills, attitude and ambition to compliment his growing workforce. He contacted Invest Wirral, a specialist team that supports Wirral businesses with their development, who in turn directed him to Steve Wood, Project Manager for Graduate to Merseyside at the University of Liverpool.

Graduate of the Month: Claudia

This month we profile Claudia, a Liverpool Hope University Masters in Marketing Management graduate fluent in German, English, French and Romanian with marketing and project management experience from internships in companies such as Adidas. She's looking to develop her career in a challenging role within marketing.

Wirral Chamber launch scheme to help new and young businesses

A government-backed scheme has been launched by the Wirral Chamber of Commerce which offers a loan to those who want to start their own business or have been trading for less than 12 months.

The Start Up Loans Programme is aimed at those who may need a little extra cash to get their businesses off the ground or expand if they need to.

It's off to work we go!

With thousands of graduates donning their cap and gowns for graduation and a quarter of them from the Merseyside area, many are looking to put their various skills and experience into good use. So, as the manager of a Merseyside-based SME, how can you efficiently review all of this talent to find the perfect fit for your business?

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at the Santander Universities IFB Event!

Held at the University of Liverpool Pop Up Shop in Liverpool ONE, the event showcased how Santander Universities and the University of Liverpool is working together to support local businesses and researchers across Merseyside and beyond. Present at the event were a number of businesses, graduates, students and researchers that have benefitted from the support offered by Santander Universities and the University of Liverpool.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Andy shines at Glow!

Glow New Media is an award winning team of specialists, each actively involved in shaping the future of web design, ecommercemobile app development and digital marketing. Based in Liverpool City Centre they are focussed on helping businesses succeed and have an impressive portfolio of varied projects each delivering clear benefits to their clients across the UK.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Graduate of the Month: Jessica


Every month we’ll be highlighting examples of some of the many quality graduates in the Merseyside region. With a wide range of transferable skills and specialist knowledge, they can add value to any business. This month we profile Jessica who is looking to develop her career within logistics, operations and/or business management

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Small Business Charter Award

Management School Business Development Manager, Anne Donnelly and Director, Professor Murray Dalziel outside 10 Downing Street

The University of Liverpool’s Management School is celebrating being awarded the Small Business Charter Silver Award in recognition of its role helping to kick-start British enterprise.

IFB Events to look out for!

With IFB 2014 in full swing, there are many events happening across the city that you may wish to attend. Two of which you will find the Graduate to Merseyside Team at! So why not come on down and say hello!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Success Story: Recruit a Graduate in two weeks!

Liverpool City Centre based One Four Four Ductwork was set up in 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of air systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. With customers including national organisations as well as local businesses, they are growing every year.

Final Year Students of the Month: Tina and Sophie

Over the past couple of months we have been running “Meet the Team” events for final year students interested in working with local businesses in Merseyside. These sessions allowed us to find out more about these soon to be graduates to help identify the latest talent for our businesses. This month we profile two final year students, Tina and Sophie, who are looking for marketing and/or events related roles.

New changes will help businesses solve employment law disputes

This month's business advices comes courtesy of Heather Grant, Solicitor at leading regional law firm Maxwell Hodge, who explains how new changes to employment law disputes can help cut costs for businesses.

We've placed over 450 graduates!

As the final year students are starting their exams  the Graduate to Merseyside team has managed to place over 450 graduates in businesses across Merseyside! We look at the graduate and company involved in helping us reach this target and also provide an interactive breakdown of all our opportunities.

Have you heard about the hottest new event for recruiters, career advisors and training providers?

Grow Your Own Talent is a conference and exhibition exploring all the options open to employers when it comes to recruiting new talent. With the number of work opportunities and programmes increasing, there’s never been a better time for clear, practical advice.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Quantum of Value recruits another graduate and receives up to £3,000 for training...

Pictured from left to right: Joseph Brownless; Allison Bacherand Rebecca O'Hare.
Quantum of Value, a leading business agility consultancy, recently expanded into Liverpool with the assistance of Liverpool Vision and recruited a University of Liverpool graduate, Joe Brownless, through Graduate to Merseyside (you can read the full story here). Settling into their new surroundings in the historic Port of Liverpool building, Quantum of Value were so impressed with the service they received that they came back to recruit another graduate to grow their team and provide marketing support.

Top tips and tricks for business savings...

Moving forward we'll be providng free advice for your businesses from local experts to help you and your business. This month we welcome DSG’s Andrew Moss who talks about some quick tips and tricks you can adopt in your business to make savings and minimise the tax you have to pay.

Graduate of the Month: John

Every month we’ll be highlighting examples of some of the many quality graduates looking for work in the Merseyside region. With a wide range of transferable skills and specialist knowledge, they can add value to any business. This month we profile John, an organised and adaptable Civil Engineering graduate with significant experience in a variety of roles who is looking for a new opportunity within an Engineering field.

Why women make great leaders...

Are you a female manager or business owner? Would you like to be a more confident leader and grow your business? Are you sick of hearing tired cliches about female bosses? Statistics show that men are still twice as likely to set up in business as women, apply for funding and business support and earn considerably higher than their female counterparts.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Med ePad Success Study - Recruit a graduate and receive up to £3,000 funding for training

Med ePad is a growing technology company providing innovative mobile solutions to the health sector. Based in Liverpool Science Park, they have developed numerous applications used across the NHS. Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Rob Connell, contacted Dr Lisa Baldwin, Sector Manager for Life Sciences at the Liverpool City Region LEP for support with their business growth. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Graduate of the Month: Daniel

Every month we’ll be highlighting examples of some of the many quality graduates looking for work in the Merseyside region. With a wide range of transferable skills and specialist knowledge, they can add value to any business. This month we profile Daniel, a Loughborough University Information Technology Management for Business graduate with experience in a large multinational power company who is looking for a career within Business/IT in Merseyside.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at our recent ‘Recruit, Train & Lead’ event!

Held at the Liverpool Innovation Park (LIP) the event showcased several of the business support services from the University of Liverpool available to assist regional businesses with their growth. With a healthy turnout of local businesses there was plenty of networking going on!

Monday, 24 March 2014

We are the champions!

Congratulations to Graduate to Merseyside, Client Manager, Paul Cullinan, who was part of the successful winning team at the University of Liverpool’s Golf Society Event held at the West Lancashire Golf Course last week.

New addition to the team!

We are very happy to welcome Kely Kirwan to the Graduate to Merseyside team as our new Finance Manager.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Liverpool Business Fair 2014 - TOMORROW!

The Liverpool Business Fair has been running since 2002 and it is an annual business event that has become one of the most popular in the region. We have a very broad profile of business visitors with representation from all business sectors and most being at owner/manager/director level (the links below also provide some extra information). We usually get between 600 and 900 visitors to the event.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Quantum of Value establishes new Liverpool office

Pictured from left to right: Joseph Brownless; Josef Bacher and Allison Bacher (Quantum of Value); Steve Wood (Graduate to Merseyside) and Kevin McManus (Liverpool Vision).

Quantum of Value is a leading business agility consultancy that uses a tailored approach combining engagement, research and bespoke training to provide measurable impact. Headquartered in London, Director Allison Bacher contacted Mike King from Liverpool Vision to assist their expansion into Liverpool. Mike explains how Liverpool Vision can help companies like Quantum of Value:

Graduate of the Month: Lulu

Every month we’ll be highlighting examples of some of the many quality graduates looking for work in the Merseyside region. With a wide range of transferable skills and specialist knowledge, they can add value to any business. This month we profile Lulu, a creative and professional University of Liverpool Communications, Media and Popular Music graduate with experience of working in marketing and social media is looking to further her career.

SMEs leading the recruitment drive in 2014!

According to a recent report by the Associate of Graduate Recruiters the number of graduate vacancies is to rise by 10.2% in 2014 due to growing business confidence and economic growth. Big growth sectors are set to include IT and telecommunications, energy and banking.  What is interesting is that it is the SME market that is spearheading this recruitment drive!

Businesses Urged to Join IFB 2014 Business Club

The organisers of the International Festival for Business aim to set up 5,000 meetings for businesses with potential new customers, partners and suppliers through a bespoke business brokerage service.