Budding Maghull entrepreneurs selling their wares in time for Christmas thanks to the town's newest business venture.
Labour-run Maghull Town Council, together with Maghull Town Team, are preparing to unveil the newest shop in Central Square - Maghull Emporium.
The team, which is made up of Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley and Joan Deegan, together with local businesses, including Town Team leader Steve Maxwell, Maghull entrepreneur Les French and business expert Walter Yates have been busy transforming a vacant shop in Central Square.
The shop is now almost ready and the budding new businesses are preparing to move in.
Maghull Labour Councillor and Maghull Town Team member Lynn Gatherer said she was delighted that the shop would be open for Christmas.
Cllr Gatherer said: "We really have pulled out all the stops to make sure that we can open the Emporium for Christmas. There has been a lot to do to make sure we could, but lots of people have worked really hard and we are all delighted we are ready to open.
"The reason we've worked so hard, is to give the young business people the chance to sell their wares and services in the run up to Christmas, which is the key time for businesses up and down the country.
"And we have some fantastic businesses waiting to set up in the Emporium. We have jewellers, beauticians and bespoke jute bags.
"So there really is no excuse this Christmas not to look great - and to support some up-coming local businesses at the same time.
"I can't think of a better place to pick up some Christmas gifts."
Fellow Maghull Labour Councillor and Maghull Town Team member, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said The Emporium would be a great addition to Central Square.
Cllr McKinley said: "People have really pulled together to make this happen. There's been a lot to do, but it has been a real team effort.
"The Emporium will be a great addition to Central Square. It is offering products and services that aren't currently available from any other businesses in the square and from young entrepreneurs who are bringing fresh ideas and heaps of enthusiasm.
"It will hopefully attract a whole new clientele into the square who may not otherwise have visited and who in turn will likely use some of the other businesses.
"The idea behind this pop-up shop concept is to provide new opportunities to young people and increase the footfall for the existing businesses.
"That is the aim and I am confident that that is what we will achieve.
"With the excellent new businesses that we have lined up for The Emporium, I am sure that is exactly what we will achieve.
"The establishment of the pop up shop is one of our objectives in Maghull Town Council's two year plan. It demonstrates the town council's commitment to enhancing social value by giving local people the opportunity to start their own business."
Meet the businesses:
Twenty-one-year-old Danielle Bromfield is the owner of Boutique Jutes.
Danielle said: "Boutique personalised jute bags are bespoke unique bags personalised with my own quirky design to meet customers' needs and requirements. I offer a wide range of bags ranging from small lunch bags to Santa sacks.
"My bag designs can be tailored to suit anyone of any age, gender or even pets, animals or logos. Great for gifts, shopping bags, beach bags and lunch bags. All my bags are made from Jute material which means they are also Eco-Friendly and are a great affordable price.
"This is my first business venture so I really want to make it a success.
"I Studied A Level Business studies, Art and Textiles at Deyes High School before becoming cabin crew. It was here where I got my idea as I would see passengers with similar style bags but with not much detail on so I thought I would give it a go making them on my days off as a hobby for friends and family, making my bags much more decorative and add lots of 3D effects - which is something non of my other competitors do.
"From there I had people ask me where my bag was from so I offered to start making them for lots of different people. Soon I had orders coming out of my ears and can now 100% commit to making my lovely bags. I am glad I can now put my A levels to good use.
"The pop-up shop is great for local entrepreneurs just starting up and wanting to get out there but in an affordable way. It is a great opportunity to showcase your products in such a busy central location along with other great businesses."
To find out more about Boutique Jutes, go to www.boutiquejutes.co.uk
Vicki Loyden, 40, from Aintree, is the owner of Nail Creations.
Vicki said: "My business is a nail bar called Nail Creations and I am a new business.
"Having qualified as a Beauty Therapist in 1997 and Acrylic Nail services nine years ago, I decided earlier this year that I wanted to start my own business. I decided to attend a skill building course at the Creative Academy Manchester due to their excellent reputation and I was so impressed with the training, I went on to do a further three advanced courses with them. I did Shellac and I recently qualified as a Master Technician, which means I can offer artistic and unique customised nail designs.
"I will only be using quality genuine CND products in the nail bar. I am also an authorised retailer of CND products including the new Vinylux weekly nail polish. I will be continuing to attend training courses to keep up with all the latest trends and techniques.
"The concept of the pop up shop appealed to me as I think it is an ideal way to try out a new business idea without the commitment and overheads of renting a shop. It also has the advantage of being in a prime location which gives the opportunity to generate more business. It is a good way of preventing the decline of local shops in Maghull Square."
Joanne Page, 33, is the owner of Lipstick Rocks - Cosmetics, Jewellery & Accessories & Kenlyns Jewellers.
Joanne said: "I am part of an existing 15 year established business which I took over in February 2012. I have made two businesses in one, Kenlyns Jewellers specialise in fine jewellery, antique, second hand items and watches. They also undertake repairs and custom handmade pieces.
"Lipstick Rocks offer a selection of timeless and classic contemporary costume jewellery together with an extensive range of sterling silver and cubic zirconia bespoke pieces, some of which are my own designs. I also sell luxury branded cosmetics at competitive prices.
"For me, the pop up shop is an excellent opportunity for me to grow my business and showcase my items to a wider audience."
To find out more about Lipstick Rocks, go to www.lipstickrocks.co.uk
Lauren Jackson, 24, is from Lydiate, and the owner of Jewellery Jems.
Lauren said: "My business is called Jewellery Jems and I sell costume jewellery.
"I currently trade at Kirkby market three days a week, but I am really looking forward to being part of The Emporium in Central Square.
"The Emporium is a brilliant idea and will provide fantastic opportunities for traders and shoppers alike."