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St Patrick’s Day in Liverpool

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With this weekend being St Patrick's day, we are keen to showcase some of the best boozers in Liverpool, alongside some foodie specials that we couldn't help but share. To find out more, keep reading...

Mother’s Day in Liverpool

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With Mother's Day fast approaching it's time to start deciding whether a massage, facial or manicure is best suited to the main woman in your life. We hope our suggestions of hair and beauty salons across Merseyside has made this easier for you. To find out where, keep reading...

Where to enjoy Pancake day in Liverpool

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Tomorrow is pancake day, aka Shrove Tuesday - the only day of the year that eating 25 pancakes in one sitting is acceptable. To see our top recommendations of where to enjoy all kind of pancakes in the city, keep reading...

Where to celebrate Global Scouse Day in Liverpool

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Tomorrow is global Scouse day, where the world celebrates being scouse, eating scouse or simply having a great taste in food. We have rounded up some of the best places to enjoy this Liverpudlian delicacy in the city.

January’s new business!

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2019 has brought us no shortage of great coffee shops, plenty of cake and a whole lot of amazing community projects!

Deck the halls…

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As we enter into a season of consumption, its important to know that every purchase decision we make can have a massive impact on a local businesses. How amazing is it that there is an array of businesses all over Merseyside that we can support during every season.

The final countdown…

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As the 1st December is fast approaching, we thought we'd round up where you can purchase your annual advent calendars whilst supporting fun and unique local businesses in Liverpool.

Feel fabulous this Christmas…

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For December, we have teamed up some of the best salons in Merseyside to bag you massing savings off hair and makeup - just in time for your works Christmas party! We recommend you booking early though, to avoid disappointment.

Visiting…Old Swan

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Old Swan, or "The Swan" as it is referred to by locals, has a special place in many peoples hearts. It is a suburb of Liverpool that is community focused with a passion for local shopping, well known for it's former thriving fruit and vegetable stalls visited daily by locals.

Exploring…Woolton Village’s food & drink scene

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Woolton Village, jam packed full of wonderful independent businesses in Liverpool's leafy suburbs. We cannot wait for their annual Christmas light switch on this weekend, where it is tradition to grab a piping hot glass of mulled wine, gather round with friends and gaze up at the sparkly lights being switched on...

Exploring…Smithdown Road’s food and drink scene

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Smithdown Road, formerly known as Liverpools student suburbia is a place where the selection of food and drink establishments has grown significantly over the past 12 months. From the addition of a Neapolitan Pizzeria, to a cereal and board games cafe, there certainly is a lot to rave about. To find out who, keep reading...

Remember, remember to give this November!

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Did you know that annually, each charity shop saves approximately 34 tonnes of textiles going into landfill? This alongside the fact that people are reusing and recycling things that would otherwise go in the bin, they help to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 3.7million tons per year. A real thrifty national treasure! Let us introduce you to Open Door Charity shop, ran by the superheroes behind Liverpool's leading homeless and housing charity, the Whitechapel Centre...

Welcome to…Dockside Dining Club

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Are you yet to meander down to Mann Island's independent street food hub? With the River of Light festival kicking off this Sunday 4th November we couldn't think of a better place to sit and watch the Mersey light up than in the company of Liverpool's finest street-food traders at the Dockside Dining Club. Check out their current traders that accept Colu...

How to have a fang-tastic Halloween in Liverpool

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Whether it's the annual night out, or the seasonal scare that you crave, Liverpool is certainly the place to boo. For our recommendations of what is going on in the city and how to keep it within the community this Halloween, keep reading...

Introducing the Colu Cup

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Did you know, that as a nation we use 7 million disposable (often single use plastic) coffee cups everyday? That adds up to 2.5 billion cups a year, which is an awful lot of waste for your morning caffeine fix.

Fall in love with Liverpool this Autumn

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Saying goodbye to the heatwave of summer '18 was never going to be easy, but with crunchy leaves and bonfires lurking - there's undeniably a lot to look forward to. Liverpool is a magical place to be during every season,  however we'd say this was one of the special ones...

Welcome to… Grand Central Food Bazaar

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If you have yet to visit the Grand Central Food Bazaar, where have you been! The quirky building houses an array of unique street-food traders and pop-ups well worth a visit, check them out...

Keep boredom at bay…

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Because we all how tedious daytime television can be, we have put together our top 12 family friendly to keep boredom at bay for the summer holidays, whatever the weather!

Exploring… Red Brick Hangar

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Have you paid a visit to the Red Brick Hangar yet? The Camden style market is a treasure trove filled to the brim with all sorts of retro and quirky offerings, let me introduce you to some of the traders...

#AllTogetherNow

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This years Pride celebration is due to be one of the biggest and best celebration of love the city has ever seen. The fun starts on Saturday 28th with the LGBTQ+ parade, rally and party and continues onto Sunday for workshops, exhibitions and activities.

Hats off to Liverpool’s Media and Communications students!

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We would like to congratulate the University of Liverpool's Media and Communications students on graduating with great results this week after many long months of storyboards, scripts, filming and cutting - they did it! Well done guys, this was very well deserved.

19!

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It's been a busy few days in the community, with an amazing 19 new businesses joining us! Let me introduce you...

Welcome to the Wirral!

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With 260 businesses in and around Liverpool city centre and suburbs, we were really excited to announce our community expanded into the Wirral area a few weeks ago! Since then 9 incredible local businesses have been the trail blazers into this whole new area, let me introduce you...

WELCOME!

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It's been a busy couple of weeks in our community! We are delighted to welcome 17 independently owned, local businesses to the community, let me introduce you...

One wallet for all!

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In order to support more independent businesses we are making a slight change to how you use your digital wallet...

Share the Love; Rococo & Alderhey

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Situated at the top of hidden stairs tucked away on busy Lord Street you can find Rococo Coffee House. A notorious independent in the city, Rococo opened 9 years ago and have continued to grow and expand to have 4 amazing rooms.

Share the Love; Lovelocks & L.M.H.C.

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Located on Old Haymarket; if you know, you know. Founded just over a year ago by owner Sarah Lovelock, this is a coffee shop like no other. Expect quirky knick-knacks, fantastic coffee and the best vegan 'pulled-pork' in the city... if you get there before it sells out!

Share the Love this February

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This February, in a month largely dominated by extravagant gestures of romance, we want to do things a bit differently. We want to champion a different kind of  love, one for your community, that lasts long after you have eaten that last chocolate or chucked out those roses.

Crafted in Liverpool; a 2017 Highlight

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2017 has been an incredible year for the art scene in Liverpool; from the Liver Bird wings by Paul Curtis to the dynamic Pier Head Art Fair, the city has been showered in talent.

#70MillionReasons to Support Local Artists

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One of our personal highlights of this year has been celebrating our talented local artists through our Crafted In Liverpool competition (read more about it here!) and in light of this we thought we should share our top 5 gift ideas for your artistic friends and family that can all be bought from local, independent businesses!

Have a cracker on your office Christmas party!

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Looking for somewhere to host that last minute office Christmas party this year? We're pretty sure that all local business owners would be thrilled to have you, making those pounds spread further in our local economy.

70 Million Reasons To Keep It Local This Christmas!

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£140 Million. That’s how much Liverpool as a city is estimated to spend over the holiday period on festivities. From food to gifts and of course the office Christmas party, £140 million is undoubtedly a hefty price-tag. To put some perspective on an almost unimaginable figure, Christmas spending in Liverpool equates to the salaries of approximately 6000 nurses or 4500 teachers for one year!

Meet Our Team!

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Based in the Baltic Triangle, the Colu Liverpool team is comprised of some real characters, let me introduce you...

Quality Burgers in a Free State Kitchen. We Support you! #StoriesToSupport

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Following on from 'Our Moment with Candice Fonseca' last week, Colu are continuing our #StoriesToSupportChallenge as we look to inspire a joined up and prosperous local economy in Liverpool. Each week we will be visiting one of our businesses to experience them for ourselves, let you know more about them, hear their plans for the future and listen to the trials they face as local businesses.