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Merseyside Expanding Horizons 2024

About The Big Onion

Created in 2020 and designed using over 30 years’ experience of working in communities, The Big Onion, owned and managed by Merseyside Expanding Horizons, works to change the economic and social prospects of the people it supports.

Incubates over 25 local businesses including 15 retail traders
Delivers a range of business support services including Sefton’s Business Start Up Service
Operates Sefton Youth Hub, a collaborative employment support programme targeted at Sefton young people aged under 25 with the Department of Work & Pensions
Provides a range of employment support activities targeted at some of the most vulnerable members in our community.
Delivers a range of skills development courses
Partners in a number of local events to help build stronger more resilient communities

Be Part of The Recovery

The impact of the Covid pandemic coupled with the social and financial challenges faced by many local people inspired MEH to create the Big Onion Hub in Bootle.  Drawing together its suite of services, in particular skills development, employment and enterprise support, MEH was determined to ‘’BE PART OF THE RECOVERY’ and support people to become more financially independent.

Over the last 3 years we have worked with so many wonderful people and great organisations to deliver hundreds of stellar outcomes including:

Assisting 107 people to start a business or social enterprise locally
Supporting 318 people to secure full time employment
Involving over 260 local people in formal and informal learning
Creating working relationships with a host of public, private and community organisations including;
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Looking forward Merseyside Expanding Horizons aims to extend its reach and broaden its service and partnership base.  In 2024 we intend to open our satellite hub in Southport Town Hall on a full time basis as well as opening our second Big Onion Hub in Prescot.

Committed to helping people become more financially independent and resilient we see a bright future ahead.

For more information or to join us on our journey email us on