NORTH LIVERPOOL BUSINESS FORUM RETURNS TO LIVERPOOL WATERS
1 February 2017
More than 60 members of the North Liverpool Business Forum (NBLF) have met to hear updates on the progress that is being made at Liverpool Waters and what they can expect in 2017.
The NBLF held its latest networking event at Princes Dock, which included guest talks from some of the city’s key decision makers in both the public and private sector.
Every year, the NLBF is invited to host a meeting at Liverpool Waters, when its members are provided with an update on the scheme’s development.
This year’s event included a guest talk from Mark Kitts, deputy head of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, who provided the group with an update on The Ten Streets scheme. The project, which includes Oil Street, Porter Street, Cotton Street and Saltney Street, is part of the city’s plan to transform North Liverpool.
Gary Hodgson, chief operating office for Peel Ports Group addressed the group with an update on the progress at the Port of Liverpool.
The meeting also included talks from Councillor Joe Hanson, who discussed the illumination of heritage assets, and Harvey Dodgson from the Heritage Trail, who provided an engaging presentation about the regeneration of the Bootle area.
Jim Forshaw, who hosted the event at Princes Dock, said: “The North Liverpool Business Forum was created with the aim to help small businesses in the area to build key business relationships, share ideas and expand their visibility in the city.
“The Forum has an excellent relationship with Peel and we have received very positive feedback from our members regarding this year’s event at Liverpool Waters. The meeting provided useful insights from some of the city’s most exciting regeneration projects and reflected the new era of development in the North Liverpool area.”
The NLBF is a non-profit networking group and was launched in 2009. The Forum holds an informal breakfast meeting every two weeks and aims to provide members from all industry sectors with the opportunity to network within the local business community.
Ian Pollitt, Peel’s assistant project director, who gave a presentation on latest plans for Liverpool Waters said: “Our relationship with the North Liverpool Business Club started when we were looking for outline planning consent for Liverpool Waters. The group was very supportive of our vision and spoke passionately about it and it created the foundation of the relationship that has grown stronger ever since.
“The group holds business breakfasts every fortnight and once a year we invite them to hold one of these meetings at Princes Dock, when we can update them on progress, invite others to speak on relevant issues and thus to ensure that our friendship bonds remain firm.”