MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson has submitted a bid to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a £230 million ‘Green City Deal’ to tackle climate change and boost the economy post-Brexit.

The proposal would provide new skills and housing which would transform the city through new powers and funding, creating 10,000 new jobs, supporting 35,000 people into work and training 4,000 apprentices.

The ‘Green City Deal’ – which it is estimated would provide a £5 billion economic boost over five years – is focused on helping make the city carbon neutral, while also delivering jobs, clean air, better health, smarter travel, green spaces and warm and cheap-to-heat homes.

It would support the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and address issues highlighted in February by the independent Committee on Climate Change, and also builds on Liverpool City Council’s declaration of a climate change emergency at a special council meeting earlier this month.

The initiative would be linked to developing a local supply chain with businesses and their workforce able to design, install and maintain the technology used in carbon neutral homes, as well as capitalise on commercial opportunities it offers.

Mayor for Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030.

“There are huge opportunities for us to improve the lives of all residents across the city, whatever their age or background, with better and more energy efficient housing, use of smart technology and making sure our young people have the right skills to take advantage of the jobs in these growth sectors.

“This proposed City Deal centres on positioning Liverpool as the go-to place for clean technology investment, training and job creation through an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy.

“This is the right moment for us to be working up a serious bid to Government, as the new Prime Minister will be looking closely at how best to support the country’s economy following Brexit, which he is clear will be at the end of October.

“We know the Treasury has set aside fiscal headroom to deal with the impact of leaving the EU, and we need to be ready to take advantage of this with a clear plan for our economy.

“Through targeted and long term investments in the city’s infrastructure and skills development, we can become a global destination for inward investment focussed on the new clean growth industry.

“We are working in close partnership with trade union partners, residents, industry, government, investors, and universities on the best ideas and solutions, as well as adopting radical new approaches to address climate change.

“For too long we have not inspired our young people to aspire to become engineers and construction workers despite a desperate need for skilled workers. Vocational training needs to be modernised and fit for students and the needs of businesses. Working with the unions we are exploring the potential of working together to deliver better outcomes for our young people.”

The council is working with UNITE the Union, the GMB, TUC and local employers to work up a proposal for an innovative clean growth vocational training hub which would be used to equip people with the skills required by employers in key sectors, whole also promoting fair employment practices.

Len McCluskey, General Secretary, from UNITE the Union, which is working with the city on the education and skills element of the bid, said: “UNITE the union regards the Liverpool City Deal as a series of wonderful opportunities to bring investment into Liverpool with a practical skills agenda, house building programme and a Green Agenda for our members.

“The City Deal can position UNITE in a modern setting working with the Mayor and other trade unions to deliver jobs, future investment, training and skills development.”

It also includes a proposal to make the £1 billion Paddington Village development one of the country’s greenest new developments as an exemplar for air quality with the best carbon neutral infrastructure and transport, including the possible use of driverless vehicles to link it to the city centre.

Lord Deben, Chair of the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change, said: “I welcome this innovative approach from Liverpool to tackle some of the ingrained challenges behind making an inclusive and sustainable green economy for the city. 

“It is only these permanent changes to the way we live and work that will allow us to deliver the necessary and urgent response we need to Climate Change.”


Steve Hunt and Associates 30th anniversary celebrations at St Georges Hall. Picture by Gareth Jones

LIVERPOOL-BASED mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy, Steven Hunt & Associates, are celebrating taking home the Outstanding Achiever Award at the 2019 North West Regional Construction Awards.
The firm recently celebrated its 30th birthday with a party at St Geroge’s Hall.

 Steve Hunt said:  “Liverpool holds such a special place in my heart and it has always been my vision to set up a consultancy that would deliver high quality building services that the city and our industry deserves. From being a company of one to the dedicated 21 strong team that we have today, the vision has always been ‘the best people, to do the best jobs, for the best clients’ and this created the foundation of the company that has served us well over the years.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person that has supported the company over the last three decades, and I look forward to seeing it flourish over the next thirty years!”

 On receiving his award at the NWRCAs, Steve added: “Again, this award would not have been possible without the incredible team of people that I have built around me over the years. I am honoured by their dedication and hard work that they show on a daily basis. To win the Outstanding Achiever Award during our momentous 30th year is just wonderful.”

Steven Hunt & Associates have worked across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, residential and education. Notable projects include Paddington Hotel in Liverpool, Eclipse residential development at Baltic Triangle, Royal Bolton Hospital, Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, North Manchester General Hospital and Cypress Building for the University of Liverpool. The firm has also been appointed to work on the new Rutherford Cancer Centre in the Knowledge Quarter.

Review by Nigel Smith

Yesterday I told a slightly sceptical friend, who worked in the original Masquerade Club, that I was going to the press night of Laura Lees’ new play ‘Masquerade’. He said that if the omnipresent manager wasn’t swishing about with trays of sandwiches teetering on his hand, then it wouldn’t be authentic. He needn’t have worried.

Lees (whose day-job is in the Royal Court’s Box Office) has grown the play from the recollections of her uncle Mike, who for a time worked as a DJ in the iconic Liverpool venue. To be clear, we’re talking here about the original incarnation of The Masquerade which stood on a part of Cases Street now submerged under the Boots store in Clayton Square. The story follows Mike as he tries to reconcile his sexual identity with the world around him, and to find a place and a community where he can feel at home.

Like so many LGBT people coming out in the 1980s, Mike nervously eases his closet door open to discover a world terrified of the AIDS epidemic staring him in the face. It’s in the Masquerade that he finds a safe haven, and more besides. Along with his party-animal friend Tony he makes a second home in the club, where he falls for the glamorous Stuart.

But the voice of John Hurt delivering the government’s brutal ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ message reminds us of the spectre that looms over party. Against this background of a fear campaigns, Mike graduates from calling bingo to taking over from an absent DJ, soon becoming the focus of the place he’s grown to love. He can’t imagine the tragedy that will soon strike the heart of his new-found family.

Roy Brandon and Eithne Browne are the life-blood of the club as the owner Frank and his stalwart bartender Norma. Frank’s hair drips the boot polish used to keep it black (think Dirk Bogarde in Death in Venice) and he does indeed drift about with the sandwiches, although there is something perplexingly starched about his delivery. Another Royal Court favourite Julie Glover puts in an understatedly dignified performance in the small but important role of Tony’s mum.

Adam McCoy and Daniel Waterhouse both give strong performances as Tony and Stuart, and both Lees’ writing for them and their treatment of it ensure that their characters, albeit flamboyant, never fall foul of becoming stereotypes. The biggest surprise of the evening (although probably not to the producers) is an exceptionally distinguished stage debut from Jamie Peacock as Mike. He is yet to begin his acting degree course at LIPA this autumn, and is surely a talent to watch out for. This is a challenging, vulnerable and brave role to launch a career, and Peacock carries it off with beautiful subtlety.

Whilst the show could do with tightening somewhat in pace, director Paul Goetzee holds his cast together in close ensemble and uses the space of the studio well, to make the cabaret style seating feel like part of the set.

Lees’ narrative certainly stirs very vivid memories for those of us who grew up gay in the 70s and 80s, but it’s not just about the nostalgia. She also creates an entertaining piece of theatre that documents an important and pivotal period in the growing up of the LGBT community, as it fought its way through events that threatened to shut it back in its closet for good. This should be staple fare for anyone joining this week’s Pride in Liverpool.

SIR Robin Saxby has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Edge Hill University in recognition of his contribution to business and technology.

An extraordinary leader and pioneer of innovation, the 72-year-old and his team at ARM can lay claim to have transformed how we live our lives.

Born in Derbyshire and educated at Chesterfield Grammar School, Sir Robin gained a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics from the University of Liverpool in 1968, fulfilling an obsession which saw him, in his early teens, running his own radio and TV repair business.

He reflected fondly on his time in the region during his speech, which ignited his love for Liverpool FC and deepened his passion for music – as well as meeting his future wife, Patricia. He said:

“My uncle played left-back for Chesterfield, but I had to follow the Reds! I used to build amplifiers for rock ‘n’ roll bands, Liverpool ‘was’ music for me growing up where I did.

“On 26 November 1966 I was here at Edge Hill, at a flower dance with my friend, Phil. He was nervous trying to find a girl to dance with, but it is where I first meet Patricia, whose parents were visiting friends in nearby Old Roan. I soon forgot about him, and in the end, he initially refused to drive us home. But I’m glad, as an engineer, I was able to remember her number. It is so touching that we can go back down memory lane, a lovely surprise.

“It’s so amazing for me to be back here again, after so many years – perhaps one day somebody here will follow in my footsteps?

“I still keep in touch with eight friends from University, despite life’s ups and downs we meet up, truly it is a place where you’ll make friends for life.”

He worked for Rank Bush Murphy (with whom he learnt about the importance of working closely with his marketing department!), Pye Ltd, Motorola and Henderson Security – with whom he took on his first CEO role – and European Silicon Structures.

But it was during his 30s where he encountered somebody who would prove so influential later in his life.

“I had a bullying boss in my mid-30s, I felt useless, he was always rating me as a three out of 10 for everything, I had a tough time. But it made me realise I could make the subsequent project at ARM work. If that hadn’t happened, perhaps the success might not have followed.”

He became the first CEO of Cambridge-based ARM in 1991 and was instrumental in it becoming a global giant over the next 15 years, the last five of which he served as Chairman.

Upon appointment, he recruited 12 engineers from Acorn Computers into the newly-formed joint venture between Acorn and Apple Inc, transforming them into a formidable management team. The key to the company’s subsequent success was in having the foresight to introduce the licensing model for selling microprocessors.

“I’d learnt that people are key to success, fostering a sense of togetherness and teamwork”, Sir Robin said.

Having the intellectual property, they created through the design and systems on the processors, rather than in their manufacturer, meant that any company could incorporate them into their own design needs, an audacious approach in the industry.

They would eventually hoover up 95% market share in the mobile phone sector.

Similar success in other areas such as car technology, robotics, medical monitors and inhalers made ARM into the world’s most successful processor company, its growth in terms of sales, employees and market share mirrored in its global reach, with offices based around the world and licenses taken by all significant semiconductor companies – unique for a British company, particularly in the electronics sector.

Knighted in 2002, since his retirement five years later he has been a tireless promoter and champion of young entrepreneurs and continues to be involved in numerous start-up companies. He also retains an enthusiasm for art and music, recording with his son.

“Age is just a number – I’ve moved on to do so many other things, working with my son is such a real bonding experience. I’m still interested in so many things, it keeps me active.”

His role call of honours includes a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, a Faraday Medal recipient, holder of several honorary degrees and the Founders Medal awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He advised: “It’s important to live your life to the full, life is your oyster. Remember, life’s about experiencing everything, gaining an all-round education, not just focusing on your studies. Make the most of life – there are enough pressures. Enjoy your friends, enjoy your time.

“And don’t worry about making mistakes, it’s part of learning – but make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice!”

  • World renowned architect Dan Meis reveals design at fan event

  • Stadium will act as a ‘game changer’ for Club and city region

  • Club to begin month-long consultation period on new stadium and a legacy project at Goodison Park

EVERTON Football Club today revealed the proposed designs for its iconic new stadium which would be built on semi-derelict dockland in North Liverpool and deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy.

Images of the stadium were revealed by world-renowned architect Dan Meis at an event for the Club’s fans held in a former warehouse at the Titanic Hotel just yards from the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock site which is part of the wider Liverpool Waters development.  

The concepts show a stunning brick, steel and glass design which takes its inspiration from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearby. The structure combines the historic and the modern, with the brick base of the stadium incorporating a subtle nod to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald Leitch lattice work while the dynamic roof structure made from steel and glass gives the stadium a modern finish.

The stadium is made up of four distinctive stands including a large steep home stand to the south that will house 13,000 Evertonians on matchdays. Supporters will be as close to the action as regulations permit as the Club seeks to capture and amplify the intensity and intimacy of Goodison Park in this modern arena.

The design of both North and South stand lower tiers will make it easy to adopt rail seating and, should legislation change in the future, they could also be converted into areas for safe standing offering supporters optionality and flexibility in the future. 

The Club also used the event to reveal its plans for the redevelopment of Goodison Park to create a range of community assets such as homes, health, education and enterprise amenities as well as the introduction of public space which will include a lasting tribute to the Club’s current home of 127 years.

The event marked the start of a month-long public consultation into the Club’s plans – which have been badged as The People’s Project – with the results of the consultation informing further refinements to the proposals.

Following the final detailed design work, two planning applications will be submitted by the Club: a detailed application for Bramley-Moore Dock and an outline application for Goodison Park. These applications are expected to be submitted before the end of 2019.

Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today marks an incredibly important milestone for us as we seek to build a new stadium which will act as a ‘game changer’ for the Club and our city region.

“Our proposed stadium design takes its inspiration from both our city’s maritime history and from our Club’s rich heritage and traditions.

“It is, first and foremost, a stadium for football, for our passionate fans and for our players. A stadium that gives Everton Football Club a platform for growth both commercially and socially. But it is also a stadium for the entire city and a development which will deliver transformative benefits in terms of regeneration and inclusive growth for the whole Liverpool City Region and for North Liverpool in particular.

“Our plans for Goodison Park, although much more outlined at this stage, fulfil our promise to our neighbours in Liverpool 4 to work together to create something that will benefit the community for generations to come.

“There is still much work to be done to deliver both the stadium and the community-led legacy in Liverpool 4 but we remain on track to deliver these amazing transformational projects.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and especially would like to thank our fans, the residents and businesses around Goodison Park and the people of this city for listening to us, for sharing their ideas with us and for backing us on this journey.

“It is important that people continue to give us their views during this public consultation, so I would urge everyone to visit the exhibition as it tours the city region or go to the project website to take part.”

Construction of the stadium, on what is largely abandoned dockland, would be a huge fillip to Liverpool’s economy and would kick-start major regeneration in the north of the city, which is one of the most deprived areas in the UK.

Research carried out by international property consultancy CBRE indicates the proposals would deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy with the potential for up to 15,000 new jobs generating £34m of income to local families.

Annual Council Tax receipts would be boosted by more than £2.2m and there would be an uplift of up to £1.7m in Business Rate income. It is also estimated an additional 1.4 million visitors would be attracted to the city if the stadium were built.

Earlier this year Lord Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister and long-term champion of Liverpool’s regeneration, described the Club’s plans as a ‘golden opportunity to bring lasting change to the north of the city’, while a range of private and public sector leaders have expressed their support for the proposals.

LIVERPOOL has welcomed its newest boutique beauty salon and clinic with more than 50 treatments and therapies available under one roof. 

The Ideal Clinic is the city’s newest all-in-one salon that will offer the likes of laser hair removal, advanced aesthetics, make up, hairdressing, semi-permanent makeup, holistic therapies, eyelash services and nail treatments to name a few, all from its plush Woolton Village location. 

Founded by beautician and businesswoman Ciara Harrison, The Ideal Clinic’s newest venue involved an extensive refurbishment of a Grade II Listed cottage. The space boasts unique features including stunning floral arrangements by prestigious interior designers ‘I Want 

Ciara said: “I am delighted to embark on this latest chapter with my skin, health and laser hair removal clinic, welcoming some of the best and most sought-after stylists, make-up artists and aesthetic practitioners in the region to work alongside me.Plants’, the company behind The Florist’s botanical décor.

“With my background in law I have taken a big departure from my career roots but I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve been able to deliver with The Ideal Clinic. With a specific interest in clinical and medical negligence, professionalism is something that I always felt should be paramount in the beauty industry and our venue will ensure client satisfaction and safety with all of the treatments that we carry out.”

The Ideal Clinic, located on Allerton Road, Woolton Village will welcome a host of beauty therapists from a number of disciplines located across two floors. The multi-purpose space will also house a flexible area for businesses and individuals to hire, ideal for those seeking an away-day or training venue with a difference.

Ciara added: “Our South Liverpool location is beautiful and with a number of independent companies flourishing locally we can’t wait to be a part of this thriving business community.”

For more information, visit The Ideal Clinic on Instagram at @theidealclinic or visit

INDEPENDENT restaurant brand Silk Rd has opened its second Liverpool venue this week.

Silk Rd, which already has a restaurant in Beetham Plaza in the city, as well as in Heswall and Bramhall, has expanded to historical Hope Street.

The entrepreneurs behind Silk Rd, Chris Williams and Javier Mellado, have invested more than £200,000 in the new restaurant and have taken on 25 new staff.

Chris, who originally worked with Javier at La Tasca when it was a small, growing independent, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our second Silk Rd in Liverpool – and our fourth across the North West.

“Having established our business in the heart of the business district, it’s great to be expanding into Hope Street.

“It’s an exciting time to be running a small and independent group of restaurants in the North West and we have plans to grow it to seven in the coming years.”

Javier, who was born in Madrid, said: “We love what we do and we’re proud of what we have achieved. We’re already attracting lots of people looking for an exciting new place to eat whether that’s for brunch, lunch or post-theatre tapas.”

L-R: Elaine Yarwood (portfolio executive at FW Capital), Gary Guest (Fund director at FW Capital), Janice Mears (Head of business growth at Liverpool City Region local enterprise partnership), Sue Barnard (British Business Bank senior manager North West) and Lyn Pitt (MD of DTG).

THE Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), delivered by British Business Bank, has invested more than £11m into ambitious, high-growth small and medium sized businesses in the Liverpool City Region in deals that have attracted an additional £8.2 million invested from the private sector.

Since its launch in February 2017, NPIF has delivered equity finance, debt finance, and microfinance solutions, ranging in size from £25,000 to £2m to businesses across the 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) that make up the ‘Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund’ region.

To date, NPIF has completed 58 investments in Liverpool City Region-based small and medium sized businesses in a wide a range of sectors including manufacturing, digital technologies and life sciences.

Notable investments include Simul Software Limited which creates innovative solutions in real-time rendering, initially aimed at the games and simulation markets. The company has secured a £150,000 investment from NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners working with MSIF in the Liverpool City Region.  The investment will be used for the development of its VR technology, ‘SimulCaster’. The aim is to showcase the concept at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in October 2019.

NPIF also invested in Wirral-based DT & G Limited, which supplies chocolate coating and polishing machines to confectionary manufacturers worldwide. The company has a 50-year heritage and sought £100,000 funding from NPIF – FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital to support the development of its latest machinery, ‘Finn2’ which offers a modernised, more hygienic system for customers. The investment will also enable DT & G to employ additional staff to assist in the management of its customer portfolio.

Further, Knowsley-based DosaFil Limited, which designs, manufactures and delivers innovative high-quality water conditioning equipment, secured £75,000 of funding from 
NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, managed by MSIF in partnership with GC Business Finance. The funding will enable the firm to invest in a marketing function and additional raw materials.

Janice Mears, Head of Business Growth for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership said: “NPIF has provided valuable support to our business community since its launch in 2017 and it is fantastic to see the impact it is having on unlocking business potential and creating jobs in the city region. To continue this momentum, we are working closely with the Fund Managers and existing providers to ensure there is a simple joined up approach for business, through the local growth hub.”

Ken Cooper, Managing Director at British Business Bank, said: “The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund’s performance in the Liverpool City Region highlights that there are ambitious businesses here that are rising to the challenge of taking on funding for new projects and products. An increasing number of these growing companies are taking advantage of the finance options available through NPIF which will help drive economic prosperity in the North of England.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Burnt Truffle, the second of Gary Usher’s Elite Bistros group of restaurants, has been awarded two prestigious AA rosettes by restaurant inspectors.

First introduced in 1956, the AA’s Rosette Award scheme was the first UK-wide scheme for assessing the quality of food served by restaurants and hotels.
This year, Heswall’s Burnt Truffle has been awarded an additional rosette by the AA restaurant inspectors.

The two rosettes are awarded to the best local restaurants with a high level of consistency, precision and use of high-quality ingredients. 

Gary Usher said: “It’s testament to the team at Burnt Truffle that we’ve achieved a second rosette this year. The dishes coming out of the kitchen are stunning and the front of house team is smashing it. With the new summer menu just launched, Burnt is going from strength to strength and I really couldn’t be more proud.”



A NEW director has been appointed at the organisation charged with helping people across Merseyside get active.

Tom Douglas, who has extensive background in retail and a passion for developing sport, has been appointed to MSP (formerly Merseyside Sports Partnership) following an extensive interview and assessment process involving Sport England and Liverpool City Council, which is the host local authority for the organisation.

The 39 year-old was most recently manager of the IKEA store in Leeds and also has senior management experience with ASDA, Tesco and Lidl. He lives in Crosby with his wife and two children.

Funded by Sport England, MSP is the strategic organisation dedicated to helping people across the city region get active every day.

It works with local authorities, health leaders, youth and voluntary organisations, schools and business leaders to unlock the power of sport and physical activity.

Tom replaces Jean Stephens, who stepped down earlier this year following almost 20 years in the role.
Tom said: “I am delighted to be taking up this hugely exciting role at MSP and am determined to bring the same passion I have for retail to my new post.

“Sport and business share many of the same goals – whether it is commitment, drive or a determination to be the best you possibly can.

“Sport and physical activity have always been a major passion for me and I want to combine the expertise I have acquired in business in my new role – I can’t wait to get started.”

More information about the work of MSP can be found at



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