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16 December 2010
Capital of Culture year boosted economy
figures show Liverpool’s economy was given a boost by developments
in its year as European Capital of Culture.
The Gross Value Added data is a measure of the economic performance
of the city. The latest data for 2008 shows that the Liverpool
economy grew by 4.6% between 2007 and 2008, increasing by nearly
£400m from £8.2bn to £8.6bn, the highest rate of any major city.
Gross value per head
- economic performance taking into account the population level-in
Liverpool in 2008 was £19,647 compared with the 2007 figure of
£18,727 – a 4.9% increase. This is above the city region level
(£14,698) level but below the UK level, which rose by 2.8% ,to
The city’s GVA now stands at 95.6% of the UK average compared with
93.4% in 2007 and 86.6% in 1995 showing how much Liverpool is
closing the gap with national levels of economic growth.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration, said:-
“These figures show the impact both of the Capital of Culture
and major developments such as Liverpool One and ACC Liverpool.
Our growth was higher than all other major cities and in terms of
GVA per head we are now moving towards the UK average, having
overtaken Sheffield and Tyneside and being close to Birmingham.
However, we have to be realistic and acknowledge that we are
starting from a much lower base than virtually any other area and
only Nottingham of the major cities has a lower GVA than Liverpool
even though we are closing the gap with our competitors.”
Councillor Joe Anderson. City Council Leader, said:- “Our
challenge is to maintain this rate of growth in extremely
challenging economic times. Like all other areas we have lost jobs
during the recession and nobody is underestimating the task ahead.
While we now have a far more robust economy than a decade or so ago,
Liverpool’s renaissance is being put at risk by the spending cuts
and we would hope that the Government would treat northern cities
like Liverpool fairly so we can continue to build on the progress we
The government has also released a new set of jobs figures for the
city for 2009 (the Business Register Employment Survey). Like all
cities, Liverpool lost jobs between 2008-9 with it having 225,700
jobs in 2009 compared with 228,700 in 2008, a 1.3% loss compared
with 4% in other cities
Initial estimates suggest that the major job losses have been in
construction, finance and insurance and information and
communications. However, there has been strong growth in arts and
entertainment with an increase of 700 jobs in those areas with the
health and social care sector also growing.
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Budget Cuts Hits Merseyside Hard
block funding grant from the Department for Transport has been
slashed by two thirds, with the Chairman of the transport authority
Councillor Mark Dowd warning of severe repercussions on future
transport projects. Councillor Dowd said:- “Never in our most
pessimistic forecasts did we anticipate such a crippling and savage
cut. Having already dealt with a 25% cut of our £17million
allocation during this financial year, we had made realistic budget
predictions of receiving just over £13million next year. We now know
we are going to get only £5.74million and this is going to have a
severe impact on our future plans. Currently we are reviewing all
projects for next year, but my immediate reaction is that it will be
difficult enough to maintain and operate what we have let alone
think about improvements. During my 28 years as a councillor I have
never experienced such a financial savagery, these cuts are
Liverpool’s One Derful Futurey
cultural, regeneration, education and health leaders are signing up
to a new vision to sell the city nationally and internationally.
‘One Plan’ for Liverpool is to be unveiled on Wednesday, 15
December 2011. The first partnership of its kind in the city, it
will draw on the strengths, resources and expertise of all the
city’s major institutions to make sure Liverpool is well placed to
build on the renaissance it has undergone in recent years.
Led by Liverpool Vision – which from April 2011 will incorporate
Culture Liverpool - One Plan will bring together partners across the
private and public sector. Speaking with one voice for the city,
they will work together to deliver a joint action plan aimed at
selling Liverpool as one of the UK’s most important cities to invest
in, to visit, to work in, to study in and to live in.
The partnership will focus on the key events, milestones and
opportunities for Liverpool in 2011 and 2012 – including the opening
of a Liverpool Embassy in London; the Liverpool Boat Show; the
opening of the new Museum of Liverpool, the 100th Anniversary of the
Liver Building; a new Mersey River Festival in 2011; and the London
2012 Olympics – and make sure the city is well placed to gain
maximum benefit from them.
The unique approach also aims to use effective joined-up working to
help the city overcome tough economic times. Partners, from the city
council and the universities to the museums and chamber of commerce
will maximise resources by sharing skills, staff, ideas and
And stakeholders will work together to develop, fund and implement a
collaborative events programme for Liverpool for the coming years,
complemented by a comprehensive research project.
One Plan for Liverpool will be officially announced at Liverpool
Town Hall tomorrow, when city council leader, Councillor Joe
Anderson and Liverpool Vision Chief Executive Max Steinberg will
reveal their ambitions.
Councillor Joe Anderson, said:- “Liverpool has been
transformed beyond recognition in recent years. We are riding high
on recent achievements, from building on the foundations of 08 and
the success of Shanghai Expo, to the continued growth of business
and enterprise and our schools achieving their best ever exam
results. But this transformation did not come about by accident, and
at a time when the national, regional and local political landscape
has changed and access to resources has become more competitive, we
cannot rest on our laurels if we are serious in our ambitions for
the city. One Plan for Liverpool will take us to the next stage of
our journey by building on our fantastic achievements and opening
the doors to new ideas. It’s not about the city council telling
everyone what to do, it is about providing leadership and a platform
for our top-class institutions to fulfil their ambitions. Only by
working together, and building strong partnerships right across the
city and across all sectors, will we be able to develop, grow and
prosper as a truly enterprising and leading European city. By
combining our efforts and speaking with one voice for Liverpool, we
can showcase to the world all that is great about our city.”
One Plan will highlight ‘transformational’ events, projects and
programmes that help showcase Liverpool as a world class city. A
‘One Plan Task Force’ will be created from the private and public
sector to lead the process, while a ‘Marketing Steering Group’ (made
up of marketing directors of the key stakeholders) will orchestrate
the marketing efforts among partners.
Events will fall into two categories - those that are funded and
which offer opportunities for collaboration; and those that require
funding. The private sector will play a critical role in securing
funding and providing sponsorship for projects. They will have
significant participation on the Liverpool Vision advisory board and
will also be approached to assist with ‘in-kind’ and staffing
The ‘One Plan’ will be an evolving and comprehensive
action plan representing the collective efforts of all partners,
which will change according to new opportunities and changing
circumstances. Liverpool Vision Chief Executive, Max
Steinberg, said:- “This is a pivotal moment for Liverpool and
we have to ask ourselves: where do we want the city to be in 10
years time? It’s a time for big ideas and creating the environment
to deliver them. Merging Liverpool Vision and Culture Liverpool is
about creating a stronger, more outward-facing and more ambitious
organisation - and One Plan for Liverpool epitomises everything we
are trying to achieve. It gives us the opportunity to redefine what
partnership means and bring together the public and private sector
in a way that hasn’t been done before, so that we can really make
things happen. Through the plan, we can all work together, with a
shared goal, to build a brighter future for our city. It’s a
fantastic vehicle for us to embrace projects and programmes which
have the potential to transform our city, to capitalise on the
things which make Liverpool such a unique city and to find the
resources we need to sell the city nationally and internationally.”
David Wade Smith, Board Member at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce,
said:- “Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the public and
private sectors didn’t speak to each other in Liverpool. The 90s saw
partnerships developing and links beginning to strengthen. One Plan
takes us beyond partnership, and puts us on the same team. In
difficult economic times for everyone it’s more important than ever
that we work together very closely, and this plan is the start of
that vital process.” Consultation on the plan is now
underway and will continue over the next several months, culminating
in its official launch in April 2011.
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