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Unlocking Cheshire’s productivity potential

By on March 11, 2019

A panel of strategic employers, property owners, political and civil service representatives will give their views and perspective on how, post-Brexit, the Manchester Airport Corridor can help meet the number one national priority of raising productivity.

At the UK Government Pavilion event at 1pm on Wednesday, March 13, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council will be joined by Sadie Morgan, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission; Chris Oglesby, CEO, Bruntwood; Henry Brooks of the Tatton Estate; and Jonathan Moore of Arcadis. The event will be chaired by Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

The panellists will discuss the international Airport’s importance and how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will improve east to west connectivity; the imperative of improving the strategic road network to prevent it impeding economic growth; the opportunities to improve local connectivity; and the retention and attraction of talent through the creation of new communities near transport links.

MIPIM – the world’s largest property investment event – which will examine how joint Transport for the North’s recent report highlighting the need for the North to create an integrated transport and spatial strategy can unlock the vast economic potential of the Manchester Airport corridor.

Henri Murison of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “Manchester Airport, Airport City and Cheshire already are part of an economic corridor which extends out the remarkable success which Greater Manchester has had in recent years and is seeing the benefits felt across a much wider set of communities, linked to the significant assets in terms of great places and economic strengths like Alderley Park in the life sciences.”

“In Next Steps for the Northern Powerhouse, launched last month, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has made the case for how we need to build garden villages and wider infrastructure before the Northern Powerhouse Rail arrives at the Airport – not after. Government and business need to work together to create the houses and jobs the North needs.”

Henry Brooks of the Tatton Estate said:  “The Northern Powerhouse has gained significant momentum with billions of pounds of investment planned from Liverpool to Hull, with Manchester City Region sitting at its heart. It’s national imperative to improve productivity and this corridor offers perhaps the greatest opportunity.

“Massive investments in transport infrastructure include HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and a £1bn super-terminal at Manchester Airport which already boasts more destinations than Heathrow. However, these upgrades cannot deliver growth, be funded or delivered in isolation. New talent, businesses, physical and social infrastructure are essential to deliver a tangible improvement in life chances – and not risk reducing productivity, growth and quality of life by overloading already overstretched infrastructure.

“Joint working across the North, especially between Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Warrington, is critical and overdue if we are to create an integrated transport and spatial strategy which will fully unlock our economic potential.”

Also at MIPIM, the Tatton Estate will be updating on progress of the Cheshire Advanced Manufacturing hub as part of a 40,000 Sq. ft Cheshire Gateway Development site, which they are bringing forward with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The hub, which is accessed directly from Junction 7 of the M56 & A556, will be staffed by industry innovators and feature state-of-art 3D metal printing capability and additive post processing solutions available for small firms to use to enable them to understand how industry 4.0 can impact their businesses.

The event takes place on Tuesday, March 12 at 12pm on Cheshire and Warrington’s exhibition stand: Palais des Festivals, P-1. G66 and includes a video of the University’s academic lead showcasing this incredible technology.

Annette McDonald, deputy MD of Tatton Group said: “The hub has the potential to help transform skills and productivity in the region and beyond and supports the delivery of Cheshire & Warrington’s Local Industrial Strategy. It will deliver an estimated £3m of initial investment in the North West and be a major new addition to the Liverpool-Manchester science corridor.

“Cheshire and Warrington is the most successful economy in the Northern Powerhouse and the outstanding performer in the UK economy outside of London. The Tatton Estate and Tatton Group are committed to helping make our sub-region an even better place to live, work and visit and our objective is to attract leading national and international innovators.”

Tatton Group is one of a record 44 businesses and organisations that have committed to Cheshire & Warrington promotional events and exhibition stand. The four-day event takes place from March 12-15 in Cannes, France and attracts around 23,000 property professionals from more than 90 countries. It is used by cities and regions to promote regeneration opportunities and attract investment.

It’s the third time Cheshire and Warrington, led by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council and Warrington Borough Council, has taken a significant presence at the festival.

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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