Time to really make a difference in our city region

Fri, February 14th, 2020

It has certainly been a full on week for the Prime Minister and his team...

Paul Cherpeau, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce: 

It has certainly been a full on week for the Prime Minister and his team. Beginning with announcements on HS2 and additional investment in the local transport network and plans to boost the economy through creating new Freeports, the race is on to fulfil election promises to regenerate and reinvigorate “the North”. The Cabinet reshuffle provided a few unexpected surprises and time will tell as to how the apparent No 10 power grab from the Treasury will play out with all eyes now focussed on the budget on 11 March.

It would be churlish not to welcome these policy announcements however, which will have a real impact across our region. That said, we need to fully understand the practical implications for our members and over the coming months we will be exploring the key issues in more detail at events like our quarterly economic breakfast briefings as well as smaller group discussions at our policy roundtables. We look forward to hearing your perspective.

The past seven days have been just as busy in the city region with the launch of Liverpool City Council’s City Plan and the launch of the Combined Authority’s consultation on their proposals for a Fair Employment Charter.

Liverpool Chamber is actively engaged in both initiatives, providing a challenge as well as a supportive role, to ensure that the business voice is integral to any future policy development. I would urge you to engage directly through the consultations and future events to make sure the voice of business is truly reflected.

I was very privileged to be on the panel at the launch of the City Plan last week where we heard from a group of articulate and informed young people on their aspirations for their city. A city where opportunities are available to everyone, no matter where you live; a city with a sustainable, accessible and affordable public transport system; a city which offers more creative pathways to education and training so no one is left behind; a city which leads on tackling climate change and reducing waste; a safe city which provides positive role models and affordable activities as an alternative to gang culture and finally a city where young people can access high quality education, training and employment opportunities without having to move away from the vibrant and exciting place they love.

We all have a role to play to support those aspirations.

For more information on any of the policy and advocacy work the Chamber is doing please contact policy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

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