Liverpool Bid for
has been placed on a Tentative List of World Heritage Sites by the
Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport as "the
supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest
The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has agreed to provide £150,000
to support the preparation of a draft management plan and nomination
document for Liverpool's bid for World Heritage Site Status. Consultants
Chris Blandford and Associates with Gardiner and Theobold have been
appointed by Liverpool City Council to prepare the plan. The proposed
nomination compliments Liverpool's Capital of Culture Bid for 2008, and
the celebrations of its 800th Anniversary in 2007.
Aidan Manley, Area Manager for Merseyside, NWDA said:-
"The NWDA is fully committed to seeking Liverpool's
nomination as a World Heritage Site. This accolade would ensure that
Liverpool's historic importance and its surviving architectural interest
are acknowledged on a universal scale and conserved for the future. It
would be an immense honour, not just for the city, but for England's
Northwest, if Liverpool receives World Heritage Status."
Ian Wray, Chief Planner, NWDA said:-
"We attach particular importance to this bid. It is regional
strategy commitment and if undertaken successfully will become an
important component in the task of re-imaging the city centre for
tourism, leisure, retailing and other uses."
Mike Storey, Leader of Liverpool City Council said:-
"I am delighted that the NWDA has demonstrated its support
for Liverpool City Council and its other partners in our bid for World
Heritage Site status. The grant will ensure that a top quality bid can
be submitted and that the outstanding universal value of Liverpool's
historic importance and architectural qualities are recognised. The
production of a robust Management Plan will ensure the proper
conservation and sustainable regeneration of the site."
SETS AGENDA FOR REGION'S MANUFACTURING FUTURE
The Manufacturing Institute - the North West's Regional Centre
for Manufacturing Excellence - will bring together captains of industry,
manufacturing experts, Trade Union representatives and Government
leaders for the FIRST Manufacturers' Summit with the theme "Making
it into the Future", to be held on Friday 25 October, at
The Reebok Stadium, Bolton.
by The Northwest Development Agency,
this major Summit will explore the critical components for securing and
enhancing the future of manufacturing in the North West.
- Making a keynote address will be Alan
Johnson, Minister of State for the Regions and Employment Relations.
He says, "We should be in no doubt that the success of our
manufacturers is crucial to achieving prosperity for all. Economic
development and thousands of jobs in the North West depend upon us
securing a vibrant and successful manufacturing base to meet the
challenges of global competition. This summit aims to build consensus
and identify the steps we must take to achieve a long-term vision for
manufacturing in the North West, building on the region's
Sharing the stage will be Peter Booth, National Organiser
Manufacturing for the Transport and General Workers Union; John Getty,
Chairman of PDS Engineering; Bryan Gray MBE, Chairman of the Northwest
Development Agency, and Neville Chamberlain CBE, Chairman of The
Manufacturing Institute. They will be joined by directors from major
North West based manufacturing companies including Jaguar, BAE Systems
and BNFL .
Manufacturing group Richard J Schonberger, originator of the term and
concept of World Class Manufacturing and author of the best selling
manufacturing book of all time, will also provide powerful insights
into the future of UK manufacturing.
Together they will be finding answers to the challenges of:- creating
tomorrow's winning products today; developing manufacturing processes
to rapidly respond to ever changing needs, and attracting and
retaining talented people.
According to Bryan Gray, Chairman of the Northwest Development Agency,
"Manufacturing matters to the Northwest of England,
contributing around 26% of GDP- much more than the national average.
In an increasingly competitive global market it is imperative that we
all work together to drive up manufacturing competitiveness and
productivity in region. This first Manufacturing Summit will help set
the scene to secure the future of manufacturing in the region for the
There is no charge for this Summit. Early registration is therefore
advised by contacting Anne Campion at The Manufacturing Institute on
0161 874 3206.
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