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20 September 2002

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Liverpool Bid for World Heritage
Liverpool 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 global influence."

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."

FIRST SUMMIT 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. 

Backed 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 manufacturing traditions".

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 long term."

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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