St Helens Unlimited – November 2017

A quick update on where we’re at with our launch as a Social Enterprise and activity during November.

The Business Supporter / Advertiser Program

This has now been launched. You can find out more about it here.

St Helens Creative Hub

We’ve been wanting to do something for the thousands of Creative people who live, work or study in the Borough of St Helens. The St Helens Creative Hub exists to serve creatives across the Borough.

Artists, musicians, makers, designers, actors, photographers, writers, poets, story-tellers, film makers, whatever your “flavour” of creative might be, as long as you live, work or study in the Borough, this is the place for you.

What is the group for….

Essentially it’s about OPPORTUNITIES and SUCCESS.

How might you want to use the group

– Share things you’re working on
– Got a problem? Ask in the group, someone might have knowledge that will help you
– Share opportunities that you have heard about with other group members.
– Collaboration. Perhaps their is a project you would like to work on but can’t do it alone. Ask away.
– Funding: If you hear of funding available to support new initiatives, projects etc post them.
– Events: Heard of an event that might interest other creatives. Give it a share.

You’ll find the Creative Hub here

Success Surgeries

1-2-1’s with Mike Ashworth, the founder of St Helens Unlimited. The idea behind these is that someone who might have an idea for a new business, project, idea, event etc can have a conversation over a coffee and we’ll help you move it a step nearer to becoming a reality. We are especially interested in hearing from anyone who has an idea for a Business that provides a Community Benefit.

During November I held a handful of these “surgeries” to trial them and received some great feedback. In the coming months, I will look to formalise these by running on a specific day(s) during the month.

Other Hubs

Both the Opportunites Hub and Funding Hub continue to grow. Placing more information in front of people that will hopefully lead to a great outcome for them.


What we’ve got planned

We’ll be supporting positive change across the Borough of St Helens. Our Community Interest Company will use the profits it generates to fund new projects and ideas across the Borough. At the same time we will be supporting the local economy and helping small businesses across the Borough get more attention, both here and further afield.

Some statistics for the month of November


12,584 likes. During November our posts reached 138,000 people and engaged with 58,000 people.  (Engagement = likes, comments, shares)

Whilst we dont consider the local press to be our rivals in terms of content (What we do is pretty unique) we do like to do a quick comparison performance wise. I think it’s important to note that our reach and engagement is driven by content that is positive in nature. And I feel that the statistics show an appetite for such content..

This is a quick snapshot during November of our performance.


4,224 followers. During November our Tweets created 279,000 impressions. (An impression means the number of times our tweets have been delivered to other Twitter account’s timeline).


During November we have seen 14,000 unique visitors with 26,000 page views.  Returning visitor rate 49%.

During October this was this was 18,600. 34,900 and 47%.

From 1st September to 30th November. 41,400 unique users, 89,800 page views. Returning visitor rate 44%


#StHelensHour – The weekly Twitter Networking Hour for the Borough

#StHelensHour Monday 6th November 2017

#StHelensHour Monday 13th November 2017

#StHelensHour Monday 20th November 2017

#StHelensHour Monday 27th November 2017


Have a great December everybody…..

Mike Ashworth.
Director and Changemaker.


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