Welcome to an update of IoD Liverpool activities this month and a look forward to October, when we have two events scheduled so far.
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) G12 collaborative group, of which IoD is a member, met again on 26th Sep to discuss with the LEP how we should support the implementation of the LCR devolution deal and the newly launched Driving our Future - Growth Strategy. We have decided to set up a group meeting in November to invite members of all the G12 organisations. Therefore, please indicate your interest to be invited by emailing me. This will be an important opportunity to influence the projects and other action plans supporting the rollout of the Growth Strategy.
IoD Liverpool were guests at the LEP Annual Dinner at the World Museum on 22nd Sep and will be attending the LEP Enterprise Board meeting on 3rd October.
Michelle Helsby represented IoD Liverpool at a Linking Liverpool meeting to hear progress on the campaign to connect Liverpool to HS2 and other key transport improvements. Michelle also attended a strategic forum to discuss Merseyrail, Network Rail and the LCR Combined Authority’s plans for £340m improvement to the local networks and Lime Street Station over the next 2 years to support growth for the next 30 years.
We presented to the 1st & 2nd year students at LJMU on the Business Management degree, who are on the IoD Student membership scheme, to encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity whilst at college. Of the 300+ students just arrived, 80% are from LCR.
IoD Liverpool attended a dinner organised by the IoD Policy Team during the Labour Party Conference where 5 MPs and other business organisations met to discuss key topics of mutual interest, most importantly the BREXIT negotiations.
The IoD Liverpool Branch Committee met on 7th Sep to plan our future events and involvement in LCR business activities. A Workplace Health & Wellbeing breakfast event is on 25th October, sponsored and organised by Health@Work, and the next Economic Breakfast in partnership with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is on 28th October. The panel will discuss how our education provision is helping - or hindering - the employability potential for businesses in Liverpool.
We are planning a “Meet your IoD Liverpool” event in November at the IoD Lounge in The Plaza. Watch out for notification of the date.
My 3-year term as IoD Liverpool Chair finishes this year. An advert inviting members to apply for the role has been included in this month’s NW News and Events, emailed on 30th September. We are also interested to hear from anyone wanting to join the Branch Committee or simply play a more active role in IoD Liverpool, as we look to support local business and play an important influential role in the local community.
IoD Liverpool’s current top priority is the Education & skills agenda, specifically to help address the skills shortage for business. Plans are underway for IoD North West to host events to bring together key Regional stakeholders to improve understanding of how business and education can best work together to ensure that our young people develop the skills they need to flourish in life and the world of work. Sandy Lindsay MBE, MD Tangerine, is heading the initiative. We are seeking volunteer companies & Directors willing to engage with LCR schools. Please register your interest with me.
Liverpool LEP has launched the LCR Local Growth Hub, to create a joined up approach to business support. See the overview video here.
IoD Liverpool supports The Big Trust
, a newly launched charity, enabling local businesses to sustainably help the disadvantaged young people and adults in our City.
Best regards, Pete Radcliffe