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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 75

Date:- 22 November 2002

Northwest Business Counts.

FROM THE 24th to the 26th of November, England's Northwest will be home to the nation's largest annual Business Conference. 

The Northwest has long established itself as an economically great place to conduct business, and the CBI Conference in Manchester is evidence that the region is finally getting the recognition it deserves. 

In acknowledgment of this, the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) have launched a national campaign using statistics to prove that locating in England's Northwest often makes better business sense than London and the South East. 

According to a survey carried out by Knight Frank 2001, comparable office costs in London were 350% higher than in Manchester; labour costs currently stand between 5% and 12% lower than the South East, according to a report from consultants PION, and London business property is also a massive 79% more expensive than in the Northwest.

Furthermore, a happy workforce is a productive workforce and the NWDA maintain that the quality of life in the Northwest means companies in the region can enjoy better employee relations. The region offers a diverse cultural environment, and as the region has the lowest childcare costs in the country, time to do these extra activities is realistic and affordable.

Bryan Gray, Chairman, NWDA, said:-

"We know that the cost of living is much higher in the South East; we know that the North has so much to offer, and we know that the quality of life here is better, but many new businesses still make a beeline for London. 

I understand why there is the temptation to pump money into housing and transport in the South but in the long-term this will not help.

I do not wish to pit the Northwest against the South East. However the South East has its problems and we are part of the solution. An economically vibrant Northwest will only serve to ease the over-heating problems of the South."

New York's World Trade Centre Designs brought to England's Northwest

THE NORTHWEST DEVELOPMENT Agency (NWDA) is sponsoring an exhibition of the New World Trade Centre Design Proposals Exhibition held in Manchester.

The show, which has been at the Venice Architectural Biennale before coming to Manchester, features the extraordinary visions of more than 60 architects from around the world as their response as to what should replace the Twin Towers in New York. 

This extraordinary exhibition is the only one of its kind in the country, and the event organisers, Cube, have chosen England's Northwest to showcase these remarkable designs. 

The event kicks off on November 22nd in Cube's Leach Rhodes Walker Gallery and Compass Interiors Gallery on Portland Street in Manchester City Centre. 

The exhibition was originally formulated by the Max Protech Gallery in New York and is currently touring Europe thanks to the Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rein, Germany. 

Peter Mearns, Director of Marketing, NWDA, said:-

"It is fitting that the only UK venue for this innovative exhibition is the Northwest, a region at the cutting edge of regeneration and design excellence and I am delighted that through our funding support, the people of the region will have the opportunity to see for themselves these extraordinary concepts for what is probably the most iconic site in the world." 


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