A golden opportunity: How St Helens firms can reap the benefits of region's maritime sector (From St Helens Star)
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A golden opportunity: How St Helens firms can reap the benefits of region's maritime sector
12:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
ST HELENS firms will be offered advice on how to secure “golden opportunities” in the maritime sector when a trade group brings its business forum to the town.
Mersey Maritime is visiting the six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region as part of its ‘On The Road’ programme.
Key points for discussion include the International Festival for Business (IFB) and SuperPort, the £1.8 billion infrastructure project which could transform the regional economy.
Mersey Maritime commercial director Chris Shirling-Rooke said: “It presents a terrific opportunity to help firms across the Liverpool City Region spark new business relationships.
“It further enables maritime firms to gain a much deeper understanding of how they can capitalise on major future developments in the sector.
“The SuperPort project is set to have a dramatic impact on the economic landscape in this region over the next decade, creating about 100,000 new jobs.
“Next year’s IFB has the potential to be a game changer for Merseyside, which local business must take full advantage of.”
Mersey Maritime, a development body for the region’s ports, maritime and logistics sector, aims to help businesses prepare for “golden opportunities”.
It represents the interests of a cluster of 1,700 businesses employing 28,000 people, with a combined turnover of £2.6 billion.
Mr Shirling-Rooke said there is an ambition to forge stronger local supply chains and connecting with more firms.
SuperPort includes the £350 million Liverpool 2 deepwater container terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2015, which will dock super-size Post-Panamax-class container ships, the six-lane Mersey Gateway Bridge and the World Cargo Centre expansion at John Lennon Airport.
For more details on the forums email sarah.king@ merseymaritime.co.uk or telephone 0151 647 4747.
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