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REGION OF THE WEEK:

Northwest England (United Kingdom)

(26 March 2013)

Northwest England (United Kingdom)

On 27 March Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will meet Mr Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool in Brussels to discuss regional policy for Northwest England as of 2014.

The Liverpool City region with 2 million inhabitants is one big urban centre in the county of Merseyside that fall within the North West region of England. The region also comprises the counties of Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Cheshire.

In the current period substantial EU regional policy investment has been made for the regeneration of the docks of Liverpool - the Arena - and further investments are being implemented to enhance the research capacity and the fostering of productive links between universities and businesses in the region.

The North West, with a population of 7,052,000 in 2011 is the third most populated region in England after Greater London and the South East.

 

What are the region’s priorities?

The North West of England’s priorities are: 

  • Development and creation of high value new enterprises through smart specialization

 

  • Research and Innovation: exploiting the science and research and development base of the region, encouraging innovation to improve productivity in all companies and developing better management and leadership

 

  • Creating the conditions for sustainable growth by developing high quality sites and premises of regional importance and enhancing the region's image for business and tourism

 

  • Job creation for more vulnerable groups and in regenerated areas

 

How has EU regional policy contributed?

For the 2007-13 period, the North West of England has received a total EU contribution of EUR 755,754,611 comprising EUR 307,881,892 for Merseyside and EUR 447,872,719 for the rest of the Region.

 

Project examples

National Institute for Graphene Research  (ERDF contribution EUR 29.5 million)

Located in the University of Manchester, the Institute will build on the research leadership of two Nobel winning scientists who isolated graphene in 2004. It will work with other universities, research centres and companies in applied research which helps take graphene from the laboratory to the market place, strengthening Europe’s competitiveness in the growing global market for graphene applications. The EU investment will contribute to the cost of constructing and fitting out a 7,626 m2 applied research facility as well as the purchase of equipment.

 

Liverpool Bio-Innovation Centre (ERDF contribution EUR 13.6 million)

The project consists of a 7,365m2 bio-medical incubator within Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter and is aimed to provide laboratory workspace and on-site sector specific advisory services. The project seeks to address the insufficient provision of incubator facilities within the Liverpool City Region and the lack of dedicated business advice available for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to achieve their economic potential. The facility is to provide biology and chemistry laboratories, write-up areas, commercial offices and meeting rooms. 

The project aims to establish and sustain a state of the art facility for businesses within the bio-medical sector by September 2015.

 

REECH Project - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in Social and low Income Housing (ERDF contribution: EUR 8.9 million)

This is a Merseyside and Halton wide project coordinated by partners from across the Liverpool City Region and led by the Sefton Council.  The project aims to provide impetus to a new emerging local market for green energy technologies by developing interconnected demonstration projects.  The project will drive up demand for low carbon technologies in the domestic market, especially in the social housing sector.

 

Enworks Resource Efficiency Support Project (ERDF contribution: EUR 7.4 million)

This project won the Regio Stars 2013 Awards in the Sustainable Growth category in January 2013.  ENWORKS aims to improve the competitiveness and productivity of North West SMEs by reducing their exposure to environmental risks and improving their resource efficiency.  Furthermore, ENWORKS set out to improve the region's skills and knowledge on environmental management and to demonstrate that environmental practice is profitable.  ENWORKS offers support across a wide range of issues, from managing environmental risk through to the rewards of reducing energy, water and material usage and improving waste management.  It addresses the broad spectrum of issues that face business today, including eco-design, process efficiency, sustainable procurement, carbon foot-printing and climate change adaptation.

 

Kings Waterfront Redevelopment - Rehabilitation of the docks of Liverpool (ERDF contribution: EUR 65.2 million)

This project comprises a linked multi-purpose indoor arena/exhibition hall capable of seating between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators and providing around 7,800 m2 of exhibition space and a 1,500 seat Conference Centre.  Further provision is made for 26 meeting rooms and 2,000 car parking spaces.  The project provides Liverpool with entertainment, sporting and commercial facilities that constitute a cornerstone in the development of a 14 hectare brownfield site on the famous Liverpool Waterfront – a recently designated World Heritage site.  The site is, moreover, strategically located on the edge of the city center which has undergone significant development. 

 

Further Information:

 Programme North West

Liverpool City Council