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Edition No. 105

Date:- 28 June 2003

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NWDA Chief Executive seconded to Manchester Knowledge Capital project

THE Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) has today announced that from 1st August Mike Shields, NWDA Chief Executive is to be seconded on a part-time basis, to lead the development of Manchester's Knowledge Capital. He will at the same time hand over the reigns of the Development Agency to his successor, Steven Broomhead. 

Manchester has already developed a world-class reputation for innovation, creativity and knowledge, and will build on these strengths to encourage investment and development in the city. 

The success of Manchester is closely linked to that of the Northwest. The prospectus for Manchester: Knowledge Capital has been worked up with regional partners to maximise the significant opportunities it identified to boost growth, jobs and investment for the benefit of the entire region.

Mike Shields, Chief Executive, NWDA said:-

"I am really looking forward to working on this exciting project which aims to position Manchester at the heart of the Knowledge Economy, significantly contributing to the economic growth of the Northwest region. It will attract talented people, leading edge innovators, venture capitalists, knowledge-based industry, and developers, benefiting the whole economy of England's Northwest."

Prof. Sir Martin Harris, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester said:-

"This is great news for Manchester Knowledge Capital and will be warmly welcomed by the universities of Greater Manchester. Mike Shields' appointment will give added impetus to this key project at a crucial time."

Cllr. Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said:-

"Knowledge Capital uses Manchester's brainpower and creativity to drive forward the regional economy and is the next stage in bringing prosperity to all our residents.

The support of the Northwest Development Agency has been essential in driving forward Knowledge Capital and I'm delighted Mike Shields is playing a leading role. Mike has expert knowledge of the strengths and the needs of the Northwest, and will help us work with a range of agencies and partners to maximize the development of our city and our region."


NWDA Appoints New Textiles Director

THE Northwest Development Agency welcomed the appointment of Bill Mills as the new Director of Northwest TexNet today to boost the textile industry of the northwest. 

In his new role, Bill will promote, co-ordinate and develop the Northwest textile industry and its capabilities, both nationally and internationally, building upon the region's reputation as a major force in the textiles sector. 

His 15 years experience working in Factory management sees yet another profile appointment in his career after holding a series of high profile production executive roles for a number of large textile manufacturers. He joins the NWDA after spending the last two years running Alexandra Workwear in Morocco.

Bill Mills, New Director of Northwest TexNet, NWDA, said:- "The textiles industry in the Northwest is one of the region's most established sectors, spanning 1000 companies, and employing over 38,000 people. Northwest TexNet aims to bring together current textile interests across the whole of the region, and I am delighted to be working alongside the NWDA, helping to secure a healthy, profitable and sustainable future for the Northwest textile industry."

Large events List now fully working.

WE have just finnished the first part of our events listings page on Mersey Reporter, aimed at keeping you posted on whay is happening here on Merseyside and all over the North West.

In this list you will find detail on everything from the World Worm Charming Championships to the Wirral Scarecrow Festival and pop music events! All the lists are being updated weekly as we get events in. 

If you have a large event you want us to list, let us know. We are about to add a small events list, so please feel free to pass them on to us as well.

More to be added, so keep looking.....

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