Mersey Maritime was delighted to participate in London International Shipping Week (LISW15) this September, with an exclusive reception designed to bring Liverpool to London and throw the doors open wide to the opportunities that exist for doing business with the UK’s most iconic port city.
Hosted by Mersey Maritime in conjunction with leading law firm DWF, a member of Mersey Maritime, we were joined by a number of our key members and distinguished UK and international guests, including Lord Mount Evans of Chelsea; Chair of Maritime London and President of the Chamber of Shipping, Tom Boardley in celebrating Liverpool’s maritime credentials as a burgeoning city that’s well and truly ‘Open for Business’.
We were delighted to have a fantastic lineup of speakers comprising of COO of Peel ports, Gary Hodgson, Acting Chief Executive, CCO of Liverpool Football Club, Billy Hogan, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Partner of DWF, Michael Kingston and of course our very own Acting Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke.
Mersey Maritime, together with key partners Peel and Liverpool John Moores University, made their major announcement during the course of the evening – revealing that the disused Grade II-listed Victorian tower in Wirral’s docklands is to be transformed into a £30m advanced manufacturing and engineering skills centre.
The centre will provide the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to support the Northern Powerhouse agenda as well as new and niche activities that can bring together business and academia to bridge that gap, providing local firms and wider industry with the skilled staff they need to grow and compete.
The atmosphere for the evening was very much be celebratory, acknowledging our city’s proud maritime history, the 300 year anniversary since the opening of the world’s first 24 hour wet dock in Liverpool, the 175th anniversary of Cunard Line in the city and the opening in late 2015 of Liverpool2, Peel’s new £300m deep water container terminal.