Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Tue 29th, May

The Chamber Transport Forum met on Friday 18 May, kindly hosted by Mott McDonald at their offices in the Liver Buildings. One of the aims of the Forum is to provide a wider social and economic context to the transport agenda and we were delighted to welcome Simon Rawlinson, Partner and Head of Strategic Research and Insight at Arcadis, who gave an excellent presentation on the recently published Arcadis report, Investing in Britain. The report looks at issues which impact on the wider investability challenge, recognising the UK’s growth potential and identifying key levers for enhancing growth. Simon gave a fascinating insight on the findings of the report specifically tailored to the city region.
 
Richard Perry, Area Lead for the Department for Transport, picked up on the wider economic theme as part of his update on government policy, outlining the department’s key priorities which include the recognition of the importance to the economy of local and regional transport as well as transformational schemes like Heathrow expansion and HS2. Robin Tudor from Liverpool John Lennon Airport rounded off the session with a short presentation on the Airport’s longer term proposals for growth (Our Journey to 2030) which sets out the potential for how it can further enhance its economic and social impact across the region. We were also delighted to be joined by local MP Louise Ellman, who continues to be a champion for transport policy. Louise gave her usual insider insight as well as taking questions from the Forum.
 
If you would like more information on the Transport Forum please contact policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

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Julie Sankey, International Trade Executive at the Chamber

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Thu 24th, May

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

Julie Sankey. I have been with the Chamber since January 2014 working in various aspects of International Trade. I am currently the lead for the New Markets 2 funding programme which provides financial support for companies who are exporting, including costs of flights, accommodation and exhibiting at international trade shows. If you think you might be eligible you can find out more information here.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

Whilst there is support for new and start-up businesses at both a national and regional level, many businesses struggle with the paperwork – so any reduction in red tape and bureaucracy would be a real bonus!  

What does a typical working day look like?

Each day comes with a new set of priorities. In supporting a small business to apply for funding through the New Markets 2 programme, I need to understand what their business objectives are as well as ensuring they understand the eligibility criteria and what the funding covers. They often require wider support and information on exporting more generally and I will refer them to colleagues in the Department for International Trade. I am always looking for opportunities to promote the programme to make sure as many businesses benefit before it comes to an end in September 2018. I get a real sense of personal satisfaction being in a position to provide support for small businesses, helping them to grow through developing new markets.  

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today! Be decisive in pursuing what you want from life, but don’t be afraid to change direction either.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Ideally walking up a hill in the Lake District.

Last weekend I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Liverpool. My chosen charity was Genie in the Gutter who support people from all walks of life who suffer from substance misuse and mental health issues.

Who is your role model in business?

Anyone who has the drive, confidence, determination and tenacity to start up their own business and succeed.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

Liverpool has its own clear identity and culture which make the people great to work with. It has a wealth of history and has easy access to gorgeous countryside in North Wales, the Peak & Lake Districts.

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Posted by Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive

Thu 17th, May

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May) which this year is focussing on stress. Many businesses across the city region already have programmes in place, recognising that mental health and wellbeing is a core business asset but collectively are we doing enough?  

According to the Mental Health Foundation, over the past year almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. With two thirds of us likely to experience a mental health problem and stress a key factor (often leading to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide), employers have an increasingly important role to play in recognising the symptoms and developing internal policies which look at prevention as well as support.

Stress can also manifest itself in other ways, for example 46% of those surveyed reported that they ate too much or ate unhealthily due to stress; 29% reported that they started drinking or increased their drinking, and 16% reported that they started smoking or increased their smoking.

Whilst awareness is growing there is still more that we can all do, not just as responsible employers, but also because it makes good business sense with the value added to the economy by people who are at work and have or have had mental health problems estimated to be as high as £225 billion per year, representing 12.1% of the UK's total GDP. There is also strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive, increasing productivity by as much as 12%.

There is a range of support available for both employers and employees, including some innovative initiatives developed by our members. For example, Mashbo, who worked in partnership with Chasing the Stigma, a mental health charity, to launch The Hub of Hope in July 2017. This is the first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place. Just six months after its launch the web-based app received over 10,000 unique visits from 751 different cities and towns across 59 countries

Looking forward we are delighted to be working with our strategic partners Merseycare, to develop a joint programme of mental health and wellbeing support for employers over the next six months.

The Hub of Hope’s key message is that there is always somebody to talk to, so let’s use the opportunities provided by Mental Health Awareness Week to start those conversations that really matter to us all - as an employer, a family member, a friend or a work colleague.

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Karen Caffrey, Managing Director of Home Carers Liverpool

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Thu 17th, May

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do

Karen Caffrey Managing Director of Home Carers Liverpool (HCL) and Chairperson of Liverpool Home Care Providers CIC actively promoting the sector. HCL are a lead domiciliary care provider in Liverpool established in 1994 and currently delivering domiciliary care services to older people in their own homes. We recruit all our staff locally supporting the neighbourhood model of care delivery. As a former Practice nurse, I am passionate about promoting health and wellbeing across our workforce and the people we care for to support healthier lifestyles and reduce the strain on the NHS.

We work collaboratively with a range of providers from public, private and voluntary sector in order to deliver holistic care services to our service users and support the local economy.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

Recruitment and retention is a big problem in social care and there are lots of measures that I think would help - probably too many to list here! For example, we fully support the apprenticeship programme, working with a range of schools and colleges and in the past eight years we have trained over 270 apprentices. I would love to see more political support at a local level for funded apprenticeships for young people in social care.

I would welcome a joint initiative with the health sector to support recruitment to create more parity between the sectors as we are often seen as a stepping stone to a career in the health sector which means we lose a lot of the talent we nurture. We need to raise the profile of social care and the opportunities it can provide across a range of skills.

I would also like to see closer working with primary care providers to reduce the number of hospital admissions and delayed discharges. This could include, for example, shared access to training to upskill the workforce in preventative measures.

What does a typical working day look like?

No two days are the same in social care as it moves at a fast pace and that’s what makes a great place to work! Typically I have daily meetings with my senior management team where we will review targets, address any complaints and celebrate any positive feedback. I have a great team and we work with a range of partners to support staff particularly through health and wellbeing initiatives. It was so rewarding for all the team to have our work recognised when we won the Chamber's Responsible Business Award in 2017. I also seem to spend a lot of time writing tenders!

What advice would you give your teenage self

Study while you are young before you start a family - I established my business with four children!

Don’t worry if you make the wrong career choice. I started out a nurse, ended up in social care and established my business as a result.

Where would we find you on your day off?

In the gym or Anglesey - my favourite place to unwind

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Focus on quality, aim high and network.

Who is your role model in business

Maggie O’Carroll at the Women’s Organisation is inspirational, supporting women across business. Maggie has been instrumental in giving me the confidence to aim higher and to develop our business model to help us to go to the next level. I also want to mention Rosemary Kay of the eHealth cluster who has supported me to develop the links with the digital providers in the city and across Europe, helping us raise the profile of SME’s in social care and putting Liverpool on the map.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

I was born in Liverpool and I love the city and the people and LFC of course! We are now expanding our business across the Liverpool city region and I am delighted to be working with Sefton and Knowsley to share our experience of delivering preventative services in Liverpool. I am excited about the new procurement models of working and look forward to working more closely with our health colleagues across the region.

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Andy MacGregor, Managing Director of BT Local Business

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 11th, May

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

Hi, my name is Andy MacGregor and I have been running the BT Local Business for Liverpool Chester and North Wales for over 15 years now, our business and employees purely works for BT and is responsible for sales to businesses with less than 100 Employees. We have a team of 35 people with various roles in the company – Business Development Managers calling customers re upgrades at the exchanges, Account Managers for the larger accounts, Field Specialists and a Support Team that interface with the bigger BT.

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

With the need for a reliable internet connection becoming more and more important every day, I am very enthusiastic about the moves being made towards the integration of 4G technology and traditional internet access. For SME’s this really helps provide resilience and can assist in far reaching places. My view would be that it would be great to see more internet connectivity using 4G technology as a back-up and therefore less risk of loss of service to businesses.

What does a typical working day look like?

Breakfast with my family, Office for 8.30, Generally I have 1 or 2 appointments in a day as well, and then back to the office, leave at 6.30 on a good day and home for tea.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Embrace technology and look at the future, don’t do what others are doing, look at emerging technology and look to start a company in what is not yet happening. Some people may use the term “ride the wave”, however now a days I think being in business with changing technology is already like a series of technological waves, so I think it’s better to “create the wave”.

Where would we find you on your day off?

I have to juggle my love of cycling and golf with family pursuits..!

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

I think the best advice was “you are only as good as your team” and looking at the highs and lows of my career that is definitely the case, great people equal great results and when you have them that makes work so much easier.

Who is your role model in business?

This is hard, I love different people at different times, I have found that most of my best inspiration has come at training events and just reading blogs.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

If I am honest Liverpool folks may term myself as a southern softy having come from the West Country and then London, however I met my wife and moved up here 18 years ago and I am pleased to say that I would never leave the area. I think Liverpool and the north west are amazing, with the Lakes up the road and North Wales a short trip away we are blessed to live and work where we do.

 

BT Local Business is hosting our next Meet & Eat on Tuesday 22nd May at Malmaison. Click here to book your place and learn about the 'Future of Business'.

 

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Posted by Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive

Thu 10th, May

Earlier this week, the Chamber hosted an event with Heathrow Airport to discuss the opportunities for improved UK connectivity as part of the consultation on the Government’s Airport National Policy Statement (NPS) which sets out the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England.

With the parliamentary vote on NPS expected in the summer, we heard from some excellent speakers from a range of sectors, all making the compelling case for the need to increase capacity for more domestic flights between London and the rest of the UK.

The clear message from Flybe, Continental Airlines and local airport operators including Liverpool John Lennon Airport was that there are two key issues we need to address to support the commercial case for increased domestic flights. They are the need to address the issue of domestic air passenger duty (APD) which is making UK airports uncompetitive and the need to increase capacity at Heathrow. All were clear that the longer we prevaricate the more likely it is that we will lose out to our global competitors.

To open up new export markets and opportunities for inward investment, particularly post Brexit, we have long argued that we must improve our existing transport infrastructure and improved access to our ports and airports to transport both people and freight is fundamental to that aim.

For the Liverpool city region we have both the opportunity to grow the leisure, tourism and retail sectors as well as promoting our expertise in areas like the creative and digital sectors. As we aspire to attract more global brands to invest in the region however, we need to be able to compete on a level playing field and be more ambitious about what we can achieve.

Supporting the Heathrow proposals is an important piece of the jigsaw and provides a timely opportunity to demonstrate how we can work in partnership at both a political and commercial level to make the case for improved global and domestic connectivity. It is simplistic to pigeon hole the Heathrow development as an investment for ‘the South’ at the expense of the North. Connectivity with the UK’s hub airport immediately enhances our ability to attract even more outstanding international conferences and visitors to the city and would boost our attractiveness to investors in campaigns such as the current bid for Channel 4.

So whilst the Heathrow link is a jigsaw piece, at the same time, we need to continue to look at the whole end to end journey experience, making the business case for improved road and rail links, if we are to achieve real parity in the domestic and global markets and position Liverpool City Region as the best place to start, locate or operate a business in the UK.

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Posted by Neil Ashbridge

Fri 04th, May

UK GDP was estimated to have increased by 0.1% in Q1 ’18, compared with 0.4% in Q4 ’17, making it the slowest rate of growth since Q4’12.  While there were some adverse weather impacts in construction and retail these were generally small.

Within the Liverpool City Region the results of our Quarterly Economic Survey for Q1 ’18 broadly reflected the official data.  Business confidence overall was stable in Q1 ’18 as a sharp pick-up amongst manufacturers helped offset a slight fall among service providers.  This divergence between manufacturing and services was also reflected in the results for domestic and export sales, which dipped slightly in Q1 ’18, driven by a slowdown in services, while manufacturing recorded an increase, in part reversing the sharp fall recorded in Q4 ‘17. Orders also dipped but at a slightly slower pace than for sales and again driven by a easing in services, while manufacturing recorded an upturn.

Investment intentions (capital and labour) for manufacturers increased but remained below their level prior to the EU referendum, while for services intentions were broadly unchanged.  The anticipation of and uncertainty around Brexit appear to be weighing on investment intentions.  Employment intentions fell for both manufacturing and services in Q1 ’18, but are expected to pick-up in Q2 ’18.  Recruitment difficulties remain elevated for both sectors and are seen as a major barrier to business growth over the next two years.

The results for Q1 ’18 suggest that manufacturing growth has rebounded following a slowdown at the end of 2017, while services growth eased.  This could in part reflect a greater exposure to export sales amongst manufacturers, which are benefiting from a competitive exchange rate (16% below its 2015 peak) and strengthening global demand.  Service providers continue to be affected by slower consumption growth due mainly to the squeeze on household incomes caused by higher inflation and weak income growth over the last few years.  The squeeze on incomes however is likely to ease going forward as inflation falls back and income growth picks-up in response to the tightening labour market.

Looking forward, British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its UK growth forecast in April from 1.1% to 1.4% for 2018 and from 1.3% to 1.5% for 2019.  The first forecast for growth in 2020 is 1.6%.  The latest Bank of England’s Quarterly Inflation Report expects growth to average 1.75% over the forecast horizon, a slightly faster pace than projected in Q4 ’17, while the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has also increased its growth forecast for the current year by 0.1%, though they expect growth to ease somewhat in 2019 to 1.3% before edging up to1.5% at the end of the forecast.  The slightly improved near term forecasts mainly reflect slightly stronger consumer spending due to the easing in the squeeze on household incomes as inflation falls back and amid a moderate pick-up in pay growth.   Also, UK export growth is expected to remain robust supported by strengthening global growth.

Despite the slightly better forecasts UK growth is expected to remain well below historical averages and among the slowest rates of growth in the G7 until 2020 at the earliest.

While for many businesses the outcome of the Brexit negotiations is a key uncertainty, equally it is important that the domestic agenda is not overlooked.  It is important that the UK Government and regional bodies invest in the supply side of the economy to ease the pressures that are likely to impact businesses due to the UK leaving the EU, and to improve UK productivity, which has languished since the financial crisis.  In particular, a range of national and local infrastructure projects need to be started, while a clear strategy to address the emerging skills deficit needs to actioned.

This quarter, the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey received 114 responses from businesses across the Liverpool City Region, representing almost 11,500 employees. 25% of the businesses that responded were from the manufacturing sector, whilst the remaining 75% came from services.

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Jayne Croft, Solicitor at Brabners

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 04th, May

Introduce yourself – Who is Jayne Croft; where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

I’m Jayne and I’m a solicitor in our Liverpool based corporate team at Brabners.  We are a full service regional commercial law firm specialising in various sectors including the more established construction, manufacturing and logistics sectors; and the developing creative, digital and technology sector, which happily is experiencing a period of growth in the north.

In addition to my day job, I also sit on the board of directors at the Women’s Organisation and the Gateway Centre on London Road.  I also manage events at Liverpool Ladies Network which is now over 30 years old and going from strength to strength; and I am a co-founder of Future Boss Club which is a networking group aiming at assisting females under the age of 30 with personal and professional development to help them to progress in the workplace. 

Where do you see Brabners in 5 years time?

We are starting a new chapter here with our new managing partner, Nik White taking the helm from the 1st May.  As a firm, we are ambitious and outward looking and I think Nik’s own values reflect this, which can only mean growth and good things for us moving forward.  We have lots of development in the pipeline and I am very much looking forward to seeing the outcome of that.

As a firm we have seen consistent growth in the years following the recession and I would expect that this will continue into the next 5 years.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

When I was a teenager, I was told that ‘someone like me’ couldn’t possibly be a lawyer as I come from Knowsley, and that I would be better off training to be a hairdresser or a nail technician.  At one point, I believed that.  So my advice is that it doesn’t matter where you come from and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  If you work hard enough and have the drive to succeed, then you can be anything you want to be.  Life very rarely hands you opportunities on a plate though, so you have to go out and fight for them and earn your place on the ladder. 

Where would we find you on your day off?

Drinking gin or walking/being walked by my Alaskan Malamute puppy, Mylo (photo credit to Joanna Rose Pet Photogrpahy).

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

To get out and network.  It is so important to build a network of your own contacts and you are never too young, or too junior, or under qualified to do this.  So many people are frightened of networking because that word has all kinds of connotations that come with it, like an expectation that you must come away from an event with a new piece of business or you’ve failed.  Networking is just about building relationships.  You haven’t lost if you go to an event and don’t win work.  These are slow burn processes which done properly, can be very fruitful.

Who is your role model in business?

I am currently a board member at the Women’s Organisation and our CEO Maggie O’Carroll is an absolute force to be reckoned with.  She is fearless and a champion for women in business.

Why choose Liverpool City Region? –possible - personal community side(you could talk about your involvement with local charities, and other networks?)

As a born and bred Scouser, I feel like I can truthfully say that Liverpool is boss!  We are a friendly and talented bunch and I’d like to see more of that talent staying in the city.  We have so much going on at the minute and I love that we have quirky areas like the Baltic Triangle sitting alongside the more established retail offering at Liverpool ONE.  I love that we have so much regeneration happening.  We recently assisted Peel Ports with the new Everton stadium plans and this is just one of the many initiatives which will bring more people to our city. 

We also have the new Knowledge Quarter which is slowly joining the dots between the academic and business areas of the city.

I sit on the board at the Gateway Conference Centre on London Road which is a charitable organisation providing subsidised meeting rooms to other charitable organisations.  In the last quarter, they subsidised over £30,000 worth of room hire.  They are also experiencing regeneration with the announcement of the new Fabric Quarter drawing on London Road’s rich history.

As a firm with our roots in Liverpool, we love seeing and contributing to this continued growth and hope to be a part of it moving forward.

What would you like to see improve or develop in your sector?

There remains a massive equality gap in the legal sector which has historically been male dominated.  Whilst we have hard evidence that more females are completing law degrees, achieving better results and also going on to get training contracts, there is still a drop off point at senior level and this is a gap which I think we are all responsible for helping to close. 

There is a saying that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ so I do my bit by using my governance experience to sit on boards and by putting on events through my networks to encourage women to network more and raise their profile.  There are many unsung heroes that are doing amazing things every day and it is important that we get to hear about them so our young females have role models to inspire them.  Research has clearly shown that more successful boards are those that are more diverse.  Here at Brabners, we are also working to actively close the gender gap and are currently working on an improved equality and diversity strategy, so watch this space!

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Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 27th, Apr

Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Institute of Directors and Merseytravel, hosted a sell-out event - ‘Business through Brexit’ on Friday 27 April attracting business delegates from across the Liverpool City Region.

We had an excellent panel of speakers, including the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the US Embassy, BDO and local MP for Riverside, Louise Ellman , as well as our export champions, Tithebarn and Clarke Energy. The event was chaired by Liverpool’s Echo and Business Post Executive Business Editor, Alistair Houghton. The discussion focused on the local and national economy using the latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) results, as well as the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit, and what businesses can be doing now to prepare.

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics and Business Finance at BCC, gave a breakdown of the national QES survey results, as well as the more local North West results. Despite the slowdown in UK economic growth this quarter, exports have strengthened. It was inevitable however, that Brexit would have an impact on growth so whilst the UK does continue to grow it is at a rate below historical trends and is set to be among the lowest of the G7.

Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at BCC, outlined the BCC’s position and addressed topical issues including the stalemate with Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border mediations, the future of custom union deals and trade policies and whether negotiations will be based on sovereignty or market access. Whilst there has been some limited progress it has been slow and businesses need to look at things they can be doing now. She also touched on the negative perception of Brexit in the media, which focused a lot on what we are losing, with no clear idea of what we might be gaining.

Experienced exporters, Denis Sowler of Tithebarn and Alex Marshall of Clarke Energy discussed their preparations for Brexit. Both agreed that it is confounding for businesses to prepare for something that is unknown. Denis Sowler highlighted issues around handling client concerns around the impact on their business, shifts in the relative strength of sterling which affected material costs and affordability of products for clients. Overall however, their underlying message was that good business will succeed – if you have a good product, you will always be able to trade, regardless of any changes to policy.

This view was supported by Jim Lindley, Commercial Counselor within the US Embassy in London. There are over 7,500 US companies operating in the UK, employing over 1 million British citizens, who share some of the concerns of domestic businesses. US businesses in the UK however are building capacity as the UK is still seen as a strong trading partner. However, real clarity is needed from key decision makers to match that level of interest and willingness to succeed.

Mark Sykes, Partner at BDO, described how important it was for businesses to look at how they could operate differently. With the information available, it was important to ask what Brexit will do for you, , despite the ongoing uncertainty. The difficulties for businesses recruiting were also raised, particularly around attracting skills from across a global economy.

Louise Ellman, MP for Riverside highlighted issues around the uncertainty, conflict and complexity within government and emphasised the importance for delegates to do their own analysis.

Denis Sowler and Jim Lindley also emphasised the importance of engaging with and utilising local chambers, the BCC, and other business advice services to get prepared. BCC have produced a Business Brexit Checklist to encourage businesses to check the health of their business and to better prepare. To get your copy contact export@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

If you would like more information, the following events might be of interest:

  • “Moving Goods in a Post-Brexit World” on Wednesday 16th May 2018 - Book here
  • “Economic Business Breakfast: Skills” looking at the next quarter’s results and challenges faced by business on Friday 27th July 2018 - Book here

Contact events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk for more information.

You can also find a link to the Monthly Economic Review on the BCC website

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Elena Enciso, International Trade Manager at the Chamber

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 27th, Apr

Introduce yourself – Who is Elena Enciso; where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do? –

Elena Enciso, International Trade Manager, Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce. I have just returned to the Chamber after a 12 month secondment with the Department for International Trade.

Where do you see Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce  in 5 years time?

I like to think that we will be at the heart of the business community providing a one stop shop for all the local business needs. Providing a clear and first class service to members, enhancing the business environment, and providing useful partnerships that will help to grow businesses of all sizes.   

What advice would you give your teenage self?

To never assume anything, to find the right balance in life, and to be happy.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Since my children have become teenagers and are more independent I have discovered time for myself again! My amazing day off would start nice and early - cycling off road for a couple of hours with my husband , a catch-up and coffee with friends or family, visiting a local attraction, festival or museum; and finally cooking - without pressure - a lovely evening meal  to enjoy with my family, with a glass of Rioja (Ramon Bilbao if possible!).

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Plan ahead, and don’t run before you can walk. Work hard, when you do this good things will follow.

Who is your role model in business?

J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling children's book series "Harry Potter - she knows how to deal with adversity.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

Liverpool is a great city with excellent transport connectivity, growth sectors and economic opportunities in many areas, tourist appeal and welcoming population. Why look somewhere else?

What would you like to see improve or develop in your sector?

As the Brexit transition period was announced; I would welcome clarity from the Government on international trade procedures. We want to provide our members with the knowledge to prepare for different Brexit outcomes, and build up a solution platform to mitigate risks and costs for business. We want to stop having to anticipate what may happen and start planning ahead.

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