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LIVERPOOL Culture Company has signed a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The deal will be announced this week as the Liverpool Culture Company launches its Delivery Plan for 2008 in London at a special reception at the House of Commons.
The official '08 partner agreement follows the securing of sponsorship deals with law firm Hill Dickinson, United Utilities, Radio City 96.7 and Enterprise PLC. The Agency will be investing £2 million over the next 4 years to assist the Capital of Culture Company with the delivery of its cultural programme.
The NWDA is one of 9 regional development agencies established by the government to develop the English regions. With a budget of £1.5 billion over the next 3 years, the Agency is charged with the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England's Northwest and has 5 key priorities: Business Development, Regeneration, Skills and Employment, Infrastructure and Image.
Councillor Mike Storey, Leader of the City Council, said:- "We are delighted the Northwest Regional Development Agency, which has already played a major part in the regeneration of the region, has come on board as an Official Partner for 2008. The Agency's support recognises the positive economic impact Capital of Culture will have in Liverpool and across the region, as new businesses are established, new jobs created and the physical landscape of the city is transformed as we prepare to welcome millions of visitors to enjoy the celebrations. ''
Peter Mearns, NWDA Director of Marketing, said:- "Liverpool's designation as Capital of Culture in 2008 is not the beginning of the city's renaissance but recognition of what it has already achieved. That is why the NWDA was proud to support the bid and we undertook a number of activities to promote regional support for Liverpool. Liverpool and Merseyside have an important role to play in pushing forward the economic prosperity of the Northwest, and the NWDA will now build on this support and work hard with all our partners, in Liverpool and throughout the region to ensure that 2008 is another memorable year in the history of England's Northwest."
Jason Harborow, Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:-
"The NWDA joins a growing high quality portfolio of official sponsors who will help us deliver the best ever Capital of Culture. Negotiations are continuing with a number of companies in the public and private sectors who are interested and enthusiastic to support us and work with us in that delivery."
Mersey River Festival 25th anniversary
THE RIVER Mersey will be a hub of activity this June as tens of thousands of visitors descend on Liverpool.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Mersey River Festival is the largest maritime event in the country and remains a firm family favourite.
This year the festival forms part of the Sea Liverpool celebrations in the build-up to Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year in 2008.
And 2005 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar which is being celebrated nationally and locally.
Council leader Mike Storey said:- "Excitement is building around the River Festival, it's a key part of Liverpool's culture and links in with the heritage and use of the sea. With less than a month to go, final preparations are slotting into place."
Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool Culture Company, Jason Harborow, said:-
"The Mersey River Festival kickstarts a packed summer of events and entertainment, arts and projects around the theme of the sea. It's a proven success story and grows year on year. It is a testament to the interest of the people of the region in the river's history, as well as the amazing skills of organisers across the city council and the Culture Company."
One highlight of the three-day festival is the presence of the Tall
Ships, including the Lord Nelson which is also crewed by disabled people and the Khersones, the only ship of its kind that can be powered by people alone.
Event organiser Alistair Stott said:- "The Lord Nelson is unique in that disabled people can crew the boat thanks to special facilities, so of the 25,000 people she has taken to sea, 10,000 have been disabled and 4,000 have been wheelchair users.
She'll make a fantastic centrepiece to the host of events that are taking place, made all the more important because of the themed Sea Liverpool year and the 25th anniversary of the festival."
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