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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #2461
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Hmm. Tented city? Sounds like a climb down from the permanent buildings they originally spoke about
Dunno, tented city brings to mind a music festival vibe.

Having it in Peels giant import centre seems a bit at odds with the export theme.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #2462
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I was thinking that the city region y about to be swamped by 3 to 4bn pounds worth of projects in the coming years, new hospitals, exhibition centre, mersey bridge, new docks, universities expansion, schools programme, new housing, the anfield expansion, different regeneration projects, from stanley dock to everton or edge lane, all this will not only be great for jobs but specially for confidence in the future and thus is another step in the regeneration of what will again become a world class urban area.....Liverpool is back!!
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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #2463
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2013: Deals on the horizon

We continue to live in some of the most turbulent economic times that the market has experienced, and the continuing austerity measures announced by George Osborne, will have as much of an impact on Liverpool and the regions as perhaps as in any other areas of the country.

However, Liverpool's commercial market has shown signs of activity over the course of 2012, giving rise to hope for the future in 2013.

As we end 2012 the number of recorded transactions in the central business district was at the same level at the end of the third quarter this year as for the whole of 2011. Bearing in mind that the market tends to rally in the last quarter, this would seem to create a decent platform for the office market going into 2013. Indeed, the level of take-up has just been improved by the largest letting of circa 23,000 sq ft to Tata and it is understood there are other deals in the pipeline, likely to ensure that take up will be in excess of 200,000 sq ft compared to the figures for 2011 of 270,000 sq ft, which included 94,000 sq ft to Weightmans.

Moving forward, there still seem to be a number of outstanding requirements which have been stalking the market for quite some period of time of areas in excess of 20,000 sq ft. This includes a mixture of financial, professional and office service providers. It is no coincidence that the vast majority of take-up has been in the better quality accommodation, notwithstanding the nature of some of the competitive deals that have been undertaken where landlords have been fighting for position. This, combined with the current lack of proposed office development in the pipeline, is likely to have an impact on the availability of Grade A and good quality Grade B accommodation moving through into 2013. Mann Island and 4 St Paul's Square are currently the only new office developments available to the market.

Traditionally, the market has relied very much on existing refurbished accommodation; however, it seems that the only major scheme on the stocks for 2013 is the refurbishment and rebranding of Mercury Court, 190,000 sq ft. Therefore, looking forward to 2013, I would see existing property owners or new developers looking to upgrade unlettable Grade D space, along with longstanding vacant Grade C accommodation which has previously been unrefurbished. This, however, may presuppose sourcing of residual funding through Regional Growth Fund or European Regional Development Fund. Indeed, signs of such an initiative recently emerged with the proposals for Churchill House by Capital & Centric.

There have also been one or two sales of office buildings and indeed, buildings which are known to be under offer, suggesting that developers and investors are prepared to commit themselves to becoming involved more actively in the market following recent years of stagnation.

In terms of rental levels, the market has been similarly stagnant over the past couple of years and while it may require further take-up of quality space to improve the levels, I nevertheless feel that there is the prospect of some minor growth and perhaps more importantly, a reduction in the unprecedented inducements that had been offered to occupiers in the marketplace over the last couple of years. Similarly, this may start to encourage the investment market where capital values have dropped sharply, particularly for buildings that are regarded as being secondary in the marketplace.

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Old December 15th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #2464
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Liverpool seeks to tap into Indonesian trade opportunities


LOOK EAST, has long been the cry to Liverpool firms eager to exploit a brave new business world with untold trading potential.

So far, most have looked no further than China, the powerhouse economy that has been tipped to overtake the US for the past couple of decades.

But new riches and opportunities, we are told, lie further beyond, in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region of 10 countries, including Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and the biggest, with a population of 248.6m, Indonesia.

Indonesia is the largest source of capital for Singapore and is the economic generator for the majority of overseas investment in London.

It is recognised as having the most stable growth in the world by The World Bank and Asian Development Bank, with growth in trade predicted to rival that of Singapore and Hong Kong.

Its growth ambitions are set to propel the country from 11th in emerging nations, such as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia India and China) countries, to third over the next three to five years.

And, as part of these ambitions, it is eager to open up trading links with the West, which could be just the shot in the arm that the European trading community needs to rescue the eurozone from its long-running malaise.

Liverpool has been quick to recognise the opportunities and in March this year city council officials met with an Indonesian delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), which attracted up to 3,000 delegates from around the world to the week-long event hosted by Liverpool.

The meeting was facilitated by Chase Group International, an Indonesian-based organisation dedicated to developing international trade and conferences. Chase operates in eight global locations, including its UK arm that has been based in Wallasey since 2000, headed by Alexander Melbourne.

Its five staff and 12 associates work throughout the UK and have been responsible for organising more than 500 delegations to the UK over the past 12 years.

One of its first major events in 2000 involved a conference in Liverpool, in partnership with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), that was attended by more than 500 overseas delegates from countries including Indonesia, Java, China, Thailand and Hong Kong, who were eager to establish trading links with fellow delegates from the UK and Europe.

A follow-up delegation to the March talks at the GEC event recently visited the city resulting in a trade deal that sees Liverpool recognised as the first of four UK gateways into the European market for Indonesia, along with London, Cardiff and Southampton.

A “sister city” pact was also signed linking Liverpool with Manadao, a major Indonesian maritime trade hub and the second largest city on the huge island of Sulawesi, and an increasingly influential port for Indonesian trade that shares much in common with Liverpool.

Indonesia’s UK ambassador, his excellency Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb, was part of the visit, as was the Mayor of Manado’s representative Lucky Londong, and the ambassador said: “Economically, the UK is looking more and more to Asia, given the crisis in Europe.

“This agreement connects Liverpool to the Pacific Region and Indonesian mainland.”

He added: “There are no immediate plans for us to have an office here, but if we are to move the partnership forward, then we would like to open such an office.”

And the Mayor’s representative said: “Our city is a strategically-placed hub. It is playing an important role in opening up the Pacific and the rest of Asia.

“So, if a Liverpool company has interests in Asia, they can work through Manado.”

Mr Melbourne will now spend six weeks in Indonesia working on the sister city programme, including delivering a seminar in Manado on the scheme and highlighting Liverpool as a case study of a sustainable city which consistently punches above its weight.

He said: “The sister city programme is not twinning, it is about establishing and developing trade links, and we want to develop trade between the UK and Indonesia.”

He said the sister city venture is the precursor to a major British Government commercial pact with Indonesia that will be announced early in the new year which aims to double Britain’s interests in Indonesia by 2015, and to open up other markets in the Asean region.

He went on: “Liverpool will be the biggest, and the main gateway for Indonesia into Europe. This is based on Indonesia’s confidence in Liverpool’s plans for the next decade, as well as tourism opportunities.”

He said a huge appetite for tourism is emerging in Indonesia and said a memorandum of understanding has already been signed with Liverpool FC: “This is linked to tourism, because football is seen as cultural tourism.”

Earlier this year the Anfield club signed a business partnership with Indonesian airline Garuda and announced plans for a pre-season tour of Indonesia before the 2013-2014 season.

Mr Melbourne said trade links with Indonesia and Manado could deliver far more opportunities across a broad spectrum of sectors.: “Manado is building a cruise terminal that can take five liners which will make it the biggest cruise terminal in the Asean region, and they are very interested in what Liverpool has done.

“Also, there are opportunities in life sciences and bio sciences.

“Next March the Indonesian Medical School will visit Liverpool University for talks about medical and bio sciences, and Indonesia has the greatest resource in the world for tropical medicine, so there are obvious links with Liverpool University’s School of Tropical Medicine.”

He said other areas ripe for growth and collaboration include the maritime sector, such as ship building and ship repairs, and the renewable energy market, like wind farms which Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird is involved in with the assembly and shipping of huge turbines for offshore wind farms.

Mr Melbourne said: “Trade deals could run into many hundreds of millions of pounds.

“There are many opportunities to develop multi-million pound trade links for ports, a SuperPort, ship building and ship repairs and the maritime sector.”

He said: “All these areas are just immense opportunity areas in Indonesia.”

Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar, the assistant cabinet member to the leader for business, met with some of the Indonesian delegation and said: “They were enthused by Liverpool and want to come back, but they also want us to go to Indonesia to see what they are doing.”

He said: “The mayor of Manado is Indonesia’s lead mayor and he loves Liverpool and wants to talk about Liverpool and I am pleased to see that two growing maritime cities are creating a relationship.”

Cllr Millar added: “I think it is a strong relationship, although we are in the early days of creating a fruitful relationship between maritime cities of a similar size and similar ambitions for things like cruise liners and for the knowledge economy and the bio sciences economy.”

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Old December 16th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #2465
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Liverpool's export driven growth strategy

Looks like Liverpool has the right growth strategy, by targeting Asian growth economies as suggested in 'scenario 2 Aspirational Rebalancing' in the CBI's report on how to rebalance the UK's economy:

http://www.cbi.org.uk/media/1231301/...ort_301211.pdf
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Old December 27th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #2466
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Global support growing for Liverpool’s International Festival of Business 2014

GLOBAL support is growing for Liverpool’s International Festival of Business (IBF) 2014.

Indonesia, the expanding Asean tiger economy, officially expressed an interest in attending during a recent trade delegation to the city.

And regeneration agency Liverpool Vision is working on official visits for dignitaries from as far afield as Boston and Shanghai and by leading industrialists from India.

The festival is a 60 day-long business Expo, in June, 2014, which is expected to attract 500,000 visitors.

Costing £15m, the IBF is anticipated to generate £100m for the region’s economy and valuable worldwide exposure for Merseyside.

It will be staged in three locations: the ECHO Arena and BT Convention Centre, the new International Trade Centre in Wirral and a temporary North Liverpool Investment Centre.

Max Steinberg, chief executive of regeneration agency Liverpool Vision, who is leading the IBF, said: “The clear objective is to demonstrate the UK has much to offer.

“We are looking to ensure that more than 125 countries will participate in the event and we are promoting it by all means possible, particularly through our offices in China, USA and London.”

He said: “Already there has been interest from India, the Middle East and South East Asia and closer to home from the Isle of Man, all of whom have been attracted by the city’s increased international profile through events like World Expo 2010 and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and Sea Odyssey this year. We are working with various local, national and international intermediaries who are promoting the festival through their networks.

“We are building on this initial interest and developing an engagement plan to give Liverpool and the festival greater exposure.”

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Old December 27th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #2467
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Stanlow refinery

When Stanlow refinery was bought by Essar Energy more than a year ago, many of the plant’s staff had never even heard of their new employers.
The sprawling industrial site to the south of the Mersey estuary had been owned since the 1920s by the global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. Essar, by contrast, was a new entrant to the London Stock Exchange with a handful of power plants and a refinery in India.
But that difference, Stanlow’s staff claim, could prove to be the key to its survival amid an industry downturn that is likely to see other UK refineries fail.

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Old December 27th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #2468
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Members give thumbs-up to It’s Liverpool in London

MEMBERS of Liverpool’s London- based“ business hub ”embassy” say that the facility is helping them grow sales.

An It’s Liverpool in London membership survey found that 90% of users rated its service four out of a possible five.

The majority of members reported gaining new business through the networking opportunities it offers, with 64% reporting a boost in sales from London-based contracts.

Economic development company, Liverpool Vision, manages It’s Liverpool in London on behalf of Liverpool City Council.

The survey results follow news earlier this year of members winning around £1m of new business as a direct result of their membership of the facility in the centre of the capital. Liverpool-based mobile app and website developer, Crosby Associates, reported winning a contract to provide a mobile app for London Chamber of Commerce.

Crosby director, Jon Porter, said: “On the back of winning this contract, we are looking to develop relationships with other London-based companies. Our increased exposure in London and to other Liverpool in London members is proving to be a great benefit to our business.” The It’s Liverpool in London project was developed following the success of Liverpool’s participation at World Expo 2010, in Shanghai.

Chris Heyes, head of the project, added: “It has been a year in which we have hosted some key events around the Olympics and the BBC Proms, as well as the successful creation of the Liverpool in London Business Club.

“Already next year is shaping up to be an even better year for us.”

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A review on SevenStreets said that the Liverpool in London scheme is not very Liverpool at all and its very London-centric.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:18 AM   #2470
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£1.3bn trio of projects to kickstart Merseyside economy to start in 2013

VITAL projects worth more than £1.3bn which could help kick-start Merseyside's economy are due to be started this year.

The £300m scheme to expand the Port of Liverpool starts next month at the latest, the £425m rebuild of the Royal Liverpool Hospital is expected to start in the summer or autumn, and the £600m-plus second Mersey crossing will begin by the end of the year.

Robert Hough, chairman of the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “These are transformational projects, not just because of the construction jobs, but because they will have a very direct impact on the region’s economy.”

Steve Nicholson, project manager of the Mersey Gateway said the new bridge would give the region’s economy a boost of £500m over the next three to four years because of the construction.


“Longer term the reason why Mersey Gateway is so important is because it makes sure Liverpool City Region is connected effectively.”

A spokesman for the Port of Liverpool, which has named the expanded port Liverpool2, said it was a shining example of private sector investment.

“It’s not just gimmicky why we called it Liverpool2. The port is very aware that it is the biggest boost to the local economy since the Liverpool One shopping centre.

“The expansion will create 5,000 jobs either directly or indirectly in the supply chain, and work should start in the next month or two.”

Judith Greensmith, chairman of the Royal, said of the new hospital plans: “The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital is one of the biggest and most important infrastructure and regeneration projects that Liverpool has seen in recent decades.

“The new £425m hospital will provide world-class health facilities for the people of the city and beyond, it will create jobs and investment and will completely transform the gateway to Liverpool.

“It will also allow the creation of the Liverpool BioCampus, which will put the city on the global map when it comes to life sciences, creating up to 5,000 jobs.”

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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:59 AM   #2471
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Lets just get them on site. I'm a little worried that the wider Biocampus scheme is on the rocks somewhat, with RedX Pharma making noises about leaving the city if they don't get their new Innovation Centre. All stops need to be pulled out to get that building developed.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 01:25 PM   #2472
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Loads of other what I'd call 'big projects' about to start too, it's going to be a really good year this.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 06:56 PM   #2473
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Redx Oncology to create another 60 jobs

3rd January 2013

BIO-medical group REDX Pharma's cancer research subsidiary has launched a recruitment drive, which will see it nearly double in size.

Redx Oncology, which launched in April last year and is backed to the tune of £6m by the Government's Regional Growth Fund, has already created 67 jobs and is looking to fill more than 60 high-value positions.

Positions currently available at Redx Oncology range from junior technicians, to research scientists with 10 years’ experience in industry including senior scientists, senior pharmacologists, and in-vitro biology specialists.

Dr Derek Lindsay said: "Dr Lindsay said: “Redx Oncology is continuing to recruit first-class scientists and professionals from all over the world – boosting Liverpool’s knowledge economy and contributing to the growth of the city and the region, and we are delighted to be building on the city's established reputation in cancer care.

“The immensely positive response we have had is partly a consequence of the difficult state the pharma industry is in at the moment but it also shows that people are interested in working in the North West and that the region is rapidly developing as a science sector.”

A challenging environment over the last two years has seen the pharmaceutical industry has shed over 4,000 science posts, allowing a growing business like Redx to take advantage.

Redx Oncology is not only attracting interest fron UK applicants though, with scientists and chemists from Europe and the US expressing interest in moving to the company.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:57 PM   #2474
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David Cameron announces launch of the UK’s International Festival for Business 2014


Liverpool-based festival expected to attract 250,000 visitors across 61 days of business boosting events

Prime minister David Cameron today announced the launch of the UK’s International Festival for Business, which is set to take place in Liverpool in 2014.

Running across 61 days during June and July next year, the festival will host a variety of events and exhibitions designed to boost and celebrate innovative businesses from around the world.

With the festival expecting to attract more than 250,000 visitors, the event is hoping to provide attendees including entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors from around the world with the opportunity to network.

Organised by Liverpool’s economic development company Liverpool Vision, the festival is set to cost £15m and it is predicted that the event will see a return on investment of £100m worth of economic activity.

Speaking at the launch, the prime minister said: "We are in a global race in our world today, a race in which Liverpool is not just competing with Barcelona and Hamburg, you’re competing with Beijing and Jakarta. Some countries will make it and others will fall behind, and I am determined that Britain, and cities like Liverpool, will make it."

With Liverpool’s economy having grown faster than that of the UK, the city is also set to host Accelerate 2013. Taking place from June 26-28, the new annual event aims to celebrate fast growth UK businesses.

Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision commented: “We are immensely proud that Liverpool will host such a world-class event as the International Festival for Business 2014.

“It will highlight the city region’s transformation as a dynamic location and as a visitor destination and create a legacy that will be built on for years.”
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Interesting game Anderson is playing here. Quite accomplished it seems from the outside. Who'd have thought it before?
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A major world expo for enterprise in Liverpool? An ambitious project and a great idea, Michael Hayman believes.



Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP launches the countdown to the International Festival for Business 2014 at the Museum of Liverpool.

Liverpool’s waterfront provided a stunning backdrop for prime minister David Cameron to launch Britain’s business pitch to the world today.

The International Festival for Business (IFB) is a major world expo for enterprise to be hosted in Liverpool in the summer of 2014. Cameron is in the city to show that the ambitious project has his personal backing and the support of government.

If 2012 was about the Olympics, the greatest sporting show on earth, the new message is every bit as ambitious. It is the pitch to present Britain as the most business friendly nation on the planet.

The prime minister said, “We are in a global race in the world today. We have to recognise that we are in a global competition and some countries will make it and some will not. I am determined that Britain will make it. British products, British technology and British exports.”

He said that this was why the IFB has “my full support. It’s an excellent idea and the government will be right behind you every step of the way.”

The IFB is a global showcase for British business to promote products to international markets, it aims to help rebalance the economy and is a key part of the strategy to double UK exports by 2020.

The city’s mayor, Joe Anderson, echoed the prime minister’s words, saying that the IFB will showcase everything that is best about business, entrepreneurship and innovation in the UK. He said the IFB would be “the biggest event in Britain since the Festival of Britain in 1951.”

I have been working on the IFB with the city of Liverpool and the ambition of the project is superb. It will take place in June and July of 2014, will deliver 61 days of business and cultural events aimed at delivering £100m in new investment to the UK economy.

Expect to see day after day of blockbuster events, big name speakers, and business leaders from all over the world. Clarion Events, the delivery partner for the event will be “fired up for business”, said Simon Kimble, its chief executive.

The prime minister also made an interesting point about the vital role of cities in economic recovery. He said, “Our cities will be vital and it is the cities that really focus on being great places to live, great places to invest and great places to work that will succeed.”

This is why Liverpool is an informed choice for hosting the IFB. It is a British bell weather city; its challenges and opportunities are the nation’s challenges and opportunities.

Its appetite to get on the road from recession to recovery is palpable. Business leaders were urged to get their shoulders behind the wheel and realise the potential of the event by Liverpool Vision’s Max Steinberg, while his colleague, Ian McCarthy, said that, “the city works best when it works together” to general applause.

Down by the riverside you really do get a sense of the scale and success of the city’s recent regeneration projects. It is stunning and provides a powerful vista of urban transformation.

Today’s event took place in the £74m Museum of Liverpool, a breathtaking facility opened in 2011. It stands at the heart of a series of buildings that have transformed the heart of the city. Come 2014, it and the rest of Liverpool will provide a stage for business and a message to the world that Britain means business.

The PM closed proceedings with a flourish siting, “plenty of reasons for optimism” and that, “we can achieve our personal best and amaze and dazzle the world. It is really important that we put our best forward and demonstrate the important industrial nation that we are.”

Time will tell whether this is rhetoric or reality but there is a quiet recovery underway. Every week some 1,000 jobs are being created across the country and right now Britain has the highest number of start-ups in its history.

Times are still tough and the nation has a hell of a mountain still to climb to avoid its own fiscal cliff. But events like the IFB are crucial in selling the message that Britain is back in business.

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A good write up, that. Hopefully, in 18 months time, there will be more cranes on the horizon for visitors to se and much less dereliction to put people off. Even if Lime St is not underway (as is likely) they need to do something to smarten it up as an interim measure. Time for the banners I think.
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Interesting game Anderson is playing here. Quite accomplished it seems from the outside. Who'd have thought it before?
A dangerous game though. Linking up with Newcastle and Sheffield kind of fits in with the antithesis to Ed Milibands 'One nation' speech.

If Labour can paint the Conservative party as an out of touch elite (like the Germans dictating austerity and cuts on Europe's failing economies from the Bundestag) then there are potentially lots of points to be scored.
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Funny business though. He had his homie Cameron praising him as a "strong leader" in their joint address at the MoL yesterday. Three letters in about as many weeks may have been to do with shoring up his support in the context of his love in with Dave (and who knew about that happening until it happened?) being imminent. I wonder though. It didn't stop Cameron turning up (and quite the coup for the IFB it was although I could believe Max Steinberg's Liv Vision may have had something to do with this or even govt minister, Esther Mcvey - a Liverpool-born MP who seems to be fully aware that she is representing part of the Liverpool metropolis) and Joe got a private audience with Cameron and, who knows, maybe a concession or two.

As Toadie hinted at a while back Anderson seems to be capable of playing different sides in a manner from which the city might benefit.

The IFB is not am overwhelming economic game changer but it is a very good idea and the city's biggest plan for the immediate future. And it's got fulsome government backing... Well done someone.

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Funny business though. He had his homie Cameron praising him as a "strong leader" in their joint address at the MoL yesterday. Three letters in about as many weeks may have been to do with shoring up his support in the context of his love in with Dave (and who knew about that happening until it happened?) being imminent. I wonder though. It didn't stop Cameron turning up (and quite the coup for the IFB it was although I could believe Max Steinberg's Liv Vision may have had something to do with this or even govt minister, Esther Mcvey - a Liverpool-born MP who seems to be fully aware that she is representing part of the Liverpool metropolis) and Joe got a private audience with Cameron and, who knows, maybe a concession or two.

As Toadie hinted at a while back Anderson seems to be capable of playing different sides in a manner from which the city might benefit.

The IFB is now overwhelming economic game changer but it is a very good idea and the city's biggest plan for the immediate future. And it's got fulsome government backing... Well done someone.
Yes, it could be that Dave is playing with a straight bat, its win win if Liverpool's economy grows, so maybe not the time to be playing party politics too much.
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