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Liverpool City RegionTransforming our economy

Dave Moorcroft

Director of Economic Development

The Mersey Partnership



  • Introducing Liverpool City Region

  • 2 million people within travel to work area

  • 950,000 jobs

  • 40% of North West GVA, 34% of employment

  • Fast short term growth

    • - GVA growth consistently higher than UK and North West

    • - 50,000 new jobs by 2010

  • But key economic challenges

    • - Delivering a step change in economic performance

    • - High productivity and business density

    • - Matching employers skills demands

    • - Addressing areas of market failure (labour and housing)


    • Liverpool City Region – Strategic Proposals

    • “Regain our status as a premier European City Region by 2025. We will secure an internationally competitive economy and cultural offer; and outstanding quality of life; and vibrant communities contributing to and sharing in sustainable wealth creation”

    • Drivers of Change

    • Productivity – Skills, innovation & knowledge, enterprise, investment, infrastructure

    • Full employment

    • Quality of place and life


    • Maximising our assets and opportunities

    • 5 key themes

      • Premier destination

        • Capital of Culture (£90million secured)

        • Mersey Waterfront (120km of enhancements to the Mersey / Dee Coastline)

        • Liverpool City Centre Regeneration (£2bn investment programme)

    • Well Connected

      • LJLA Airport Expansion (12.3 m.p.p.a. by 2030)

      • Port Growth Strategy (£80m deep sea container berth)

      • Mersey Gateway (£305million second Mersey crossing)

  • Superport potential (development of a national logistics hub)


    • Creative and Competitive

      • £500m of knowledge asset base investment (Liverpool science park, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, National Bio-manufacturing Centre)

      • Knowledge and innovation transfer (the Liverpool Research Alliance, Vaccine Research Centre)

      • 21st Century Business Environment

      • Developing key growth clusters

  • Talented and Able

    • City Region Skills and Employment Working Group

    • Sector Skills Agreement (Food, Maritime and ICT)

    • Mersey-Dee Alliance (linking people with employment)

    • Knowsley Skills and Employment Pilot

  • Sustainable Communities

    • City Region Housing Strategy (Newheartlands HMRI pathfinder)

    • Health Commission Research (linking health and employment)

    • Liveability Strategy (public space, crime, and social disorder)


    • How are we working together?

    • City-region collaboration on strategic themes

    • Northern Way Collaboration

    • Refinement of LCRDP in line with Northern Way Routemap

    • Alignment of Regional Spatial, Housing and Transport Strategies

    • Sub-regional activities

      • - Merseyside Action Plan (end of March 2006)


    • Our Offer

    • Liverpool City Region’s Assets of National importance

      • – Liverpool’s international attack brand

      • – The best ever European Capital of Culture 2008

      • – A world class reception and gateway to the North for passengers and goods, through Liverpool City Region’s Port and Airport facilities and the Mersey Gateway.

      • – Our knowledge and innovation assets – vaccine research, zoonosis, environmental science, engineering design, digital design and digital content.


    • Barriers/ Challenges

    • Requirement for new type of partnership with Government and some new enabling tools

    • Some re-ordering of national and regional priorities and re-focusing of resources

    • New and more effective ways of working with Government & between City Region partners


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