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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime publishes major report into economic impact of maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region

Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, writes:

At London International Shipping week in September, Maritime UK – the national body which brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries – launched its ‘State of the Maritime Nation 2019’ report. This analysis highlighted the vital role the sector plays in the British economy with 95% of all trade facilitated by UK maritime; larger than both the automotive and aerospace transport industries. The sector also boasts high productivity and is a major contributor to the UK Exchequer. That’s the national picture but what about here in the Liverpool City Region (LCR)? For centuries maritime has been a major employer, with hundreds of maritime related businesses operating locally ranging from major corporations right through to small and medium sized enterprises. It stands to reason that this national context is replicated in our regional economy too?

Over the summer, Mersey Maritime, working with Maritime UK, commissioned a special report in partnership with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) to ‘deep-dive’ into how the national impact is reflected at a regional level. Working closely with a range of businesses across the sector in our role as a regional cluster organisation, we already had a strong sense of the dynamism and vitality of the maritime offer here in the LCR but we were keen to know in more detail the actual figures that underpin this.

The findings have confirmed for us just how critical the sector is to the regional and national economy. The numbers are big, with:

  • 52,000 jobs supported across the sector in the LCR
  • An overall contribution of £4.2 billion to the UK economy in business turnover
  • Some of the most productive works in the country compared to the national average: £81,461 LCR maritime workers (Gross Value Added ‘GVA’ per employee) v £77,358 in the UK maritime sector / £54,330 in the economy nationally

But the good news doesn’t stop there. The forecast for growth is 16% cumulative between 2019 and 2023 – a real vote of confidence in the region and the commitment  of the people Mersey Maritime deal with on a day to day basis, our members.

Whilst the national picture might be uncertain at a political level with all the noise around Brexit, it is clear that maritime businesses here in the Liverpool City Region are getting on with what they do best: investing to bring the stability that comes from jobs and business growth locally. Mersey Maritime will continue to champion our sector and support all those who are making this success story happen.

You can read the full report here

Cebr report highlights – overall analysis covers the period 2010 to 2017:

  • The maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) directly drove:
    • £2.0 billion in domestic output (through business turnover)
      • 2% of the overall UK maritime sector turnover contribution
      • An increase of approx. £1 billion compared to 2010
      • Total growth over the period of 118%
      • Marine engineering and scientific industry grew the most (158% increase between 2010 and 2017)
    • £650 million in Gross Value Added
    • 7,899 jobs in the LCR in 2017
  • Sector contributed £163million to the UK Exchequer in 2017 (up £80 million relative to 2010) – spread across VAT, Corporation Tax, Income Tax etc
  • For every £1 generated by the maritime sector in the LCR, the wider economy benefits by £2.64
  • Wider economic impact:
    • £4.2 billion in domestic output (through business turnover)
    • 52,000 jobs (direct jobs supported = 7,900 / Indirect (supply-chain) = 27,300 / Induced (wider-spending) = 16,800)
    • £570 million through the compensation of employees in 2017
  • Every job generated by the maritime sector in the LCR, a total of 6.57 jobs supported in the wider LCR/UK economy
  • A growing sector for the LCR: growth forecast for 2019-2023: 16% cumulative

 

By Mersey Maritime

Are you part of the UK’s leading maritime cluster organisation yet? Join us now!

Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke writes:

 

Last week saw a big staging post in the evolution and journey of Mersey Maritime. Winning the ‘Coastal Powerhouse’ category in the inaugural Maritime UK National Awards cemented our reputation, built up over the last seventeen years, as one of the leading players in the country’s maritime industry. The category was open to a business, charity, organisation or cohort of any size, who have proven themselves as a driver or catalyst for growth within a coastal community. We believe our values, passion and vision as an organisation and the results we have demonstrated for nearly twenty years, put us at the heart of the principles underpinning the award.

 

Winning the award was an incredible privilege but it was about more than just that achievement. It also cast a strong light on how important the maritime sector continues to be in the Liverpool City Region, which anyone who lives and does business here knows has been such a significant industry in our area for centuries.

 

It is perhaps a little known fact that 95% of UK trade is handled by the maritime sector and we are larger than both the automotive and aerospace transport industries. This underlines how important maritime is to the country but, our own regional figures also show, Merseyside is a significant part of this overall picture. We know that the sector:

 

    • Is worth £4.2 billion in domestic output through business turnover
    • Supports 52,000 jobs either directly or indirectly through supply-chains
    • For every £1 generated, benefits the wider economy by £2.64

 

This represents a major contribution to the regional and national economy and demonstrates why the work of Mersey Maritime is so important. And it builds on the recognition we received from Government in the Maritime 2050 strategic document which was launched in early 2019 and commented:

 

“One of the most established and successful clusters is in Liverpool centred on the creation of Mersey Maritime in 2003. Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the marine and maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region, working with large and small businesses across 33 different sub-sectors of activity to create conditions that will allow business to flourish.”

 

In a nutshell, that’s what we are all about. We are standing full square behind this overall strategic document to propel forward the maritime sector in the years ahead. Locally this means our over-riding objective will be to continue creating an attractive business environment whilst also fostering innovation and growth. With around 200 members of our cluster, we are well placed to achieve this aim but we can and should aim higher so that’s why I’m asking today:

 

Is it time for you to be part of this journey?

 

Here are just some of the key reasons why we would be delighted to see you become part of Mersey Maritime and join what is now officially the UK’s leading ‘Coastal Powerhouse’ maritime cluster:

 

  • Business to business networking opportunities, a minimum of monthly, frequently more
  • The opportunity to influence maritime related policy at a local, regional, national and international level
  • Access to expertise across all aspects of maritime in the Liverpool City Region, from shipping to ports to marine engineering
  • Marketing opportunities through our social media channels, monthly e-Zine and business directory
  • A place at the table – an invitation to attend Mersey Maritime’s industry-specific briefing sessions and forums from international trade to the clean maritime growth agenda
  • Business advice – access to team providing information, advice, routes to funding and links to fellow members for ‘problem solving’

 

To find out more, contact the Mersey Maritime team:

 

Ruth Wood, Head of Commercial: ruth.wood@merseymaritime.co.uk / 0151 231 2959

Stacey Bradley, Business Development Executive: Stacey.bradley@merseymaritime.co.uk / 0151 231 2951

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime wins the Coastal Powerhouse category at the first national Maritime UK Awards

Mersey Maritime has received further national recognition as one of Europe’s leading maritime cluster organisations by winning the ‘Coastal Powerhouse’ category at the inaugural Maritime UK National Awards. The Merseyside based organisation was one of three shortlisted in the category at the prestigious event to celebrate the breadth and diversity of every aspect of the maritime industry in the United Kingdom. Hosted by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, an expert panel of judges revealed their final choice at a gala dinner which took place at The Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour Hotel during the Southampton International Boat Show.

Collecting and responding to winning the award, Mersey Maritime Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“On behalf of the two hundred businesses that make Mersey Maritime what it is, I am absolutely thrilled to accept this Coastal Powerhouse Award. Since we were founded in 2003, our drive has been to transform the Liverpool City Region into a Coastal Powerhouse community. Our values, passion and vision has always been about helping our members to deliver growth and jobs through collaboration across the maritime sector. Winning this award once again confirms our reputation as a major player on the national maritime stage.

“I would like to pay tribute to our fellow finalists in this category; simply being one of the top three is recognition in itself. It is also testament to the hard work and dedication that goes into making a maritime cluster organisation work for the benefit of the industry in their own particular part of the country. Collaboration and working together as we drive a Coastal Powerhouse agenda is strengthened by our joint success here at these awards, albeit that there can only be one overall winner.

“Mersey Maritime is committed to delivering the Maritime 2050 agenda set out by the Department for Transport earlier this year and is taking a leading role in the rollout of our network of regional cluster organisations throughout the UK. Our expertise in this area is recognised by both Government and the European Commission and our work will continue apace with a packed agenda for the remainder of this year and beyond.

“It has been a privilege to represent the many members we have in the Liverpool City Region at these national awards. The recognition we have received this evening will drive us even more to continue our important work in the UK’s leading industrial sector.”

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime to host Women in Maritime event

Mersey Maritime, in conjunction with Maritime UK, is pleased to announce that it will host a Women in Maritime public speaking workshop on 20 November 2019 at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead. Increasing diversity in maritime is a key priority for the industry following the launch of the Women in Maritime Taskforce in 2018. This group aims to address the gender imbalance across all parts of the industry and feedback through the Taskforce has highlighted a lack of confidence in public speaking as one of the main obstacles for women entering and progressing in the sector. Maritime UK therefore delivers public speaking workshops to tackle obstacles such as this in a direct and practical manner.

 

Commenting, Ruth Wood, Head of Commercial at Mersey Maritime, said:

 

“Addressing fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector is an important priority but that isn’t just about talking change. Mersey Maritime is delighted to work with Maritime UK to host this practical session which we hope will ultimately help increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine and business services industries.

 

“Achieving a balanced workforce at all levels in the sector will undoubtedly improve culture, behaviour, outcomes, profitability and productivity. We believe this event will be welcomed by our members and we look forward to participation from a wide audience in what will be an informative and interesting agenda.”

 

The event will be run by renowned public speaking coach for companies and women in business, Shola Kaye, and will cover what it takes to be an all-rounder at public speaking. Specifically, how to:

 

– Become a Dynamic Speaker – how to add life to your presentations

– Become an Inspiring Speaker – how to tell stories that connect and influence

– Become a Valuable Speaker – structure your talk for success and know your audience

– Become an Authentic Speaker – know yourself and play to your unique strengths on stage

 

Further details and registration can be found at:

https://www.maritimeuk.org/events/events/womeninmaritime-public-speaking-workshop-liverpool/

 

Read more about Shola Kaye here:  https://sholakaye.com/

By Mersey Maritime

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem puts our current challenges into perspective

In addition to his role as Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, also fulfils the duties of Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Liverpool. In that capacity he had the honour of attending the Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving held by The Parachute Regimental Association (Liverpool Branch) at Our Lady and St Nicholas’, Liverpool Parish Church, on Sunday 15th September 2019. The event was all the more poignant this year, being the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem.

Commenting on an uplifting and emotionally charged service, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“75 years ago this week, thousands of brave Allied soldiers primarily from the UK and Poland took part in the Battle of Arnhem, a major battle of the Second World War that was fought in and around the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, Driel and the surrounding countryside, to free our Dutch brethren from the evil of Nazi occupation. The objective, to enter the Netherlands after the success of the Battle of Normandy in France and Belgium, was bold and challenging and not without considerable risk to the lives of our military personnel. Yet, as always, our men acquitted themselves with the utmost professionalism and dedication to their cause in the face of considerable resistance.

“I was incredibly moved and honoured to be amongst veterans and their families at this service of thanksgiving and remembrance. There’s something very personal about meeting the people who literally freed one’s own grandfather from turpitude. Whilst I am always cautious about drawing parallels between events in a different time and different context, the significance of the sacrifices made by our paratroopers in September 1944 wasn’t lost on me. It rather put the debates around Brexit and Britain’s place in the world in some perspective as I reflected on the sense of brotherhood, mutual support and the selfless willingness of the bravest people on the planet to pay with the ultimate sacrifice if necessary in the cause of freedom. But another word also stuck in my mind, that of trust. Trust on the part of those obeying their battle orders and the mutual trust necessary between comrades in arms to support each other and collaborate in a common endeavour. Or the trust placed by the Dutch citizens in our soldiers to defend them come what may. Why do these good and righteous instinctive values and principles seem so absent currently from our national psyche?

“Some people have compared the challenge that Brexit poses with aspects of the Second World War or remarked that it is our biggest challenge as a country since those dark days. Really? Or is it that we’ve forgotten what our core values truly are? Values that are embodied in those young men who were prepared to do whatever it took to fulfil their duty no matter the cost. To free a peoples unknown to them, literally offering their own lives because it was simply the right thing to do!

“Within my own industry, the maritime sector, trust has always been at our core of how we interact and indeed how we conduct our business affairs. These core values and principles are amongst the most important things in life. As we pay tribute to the sacrifices of the past, those values of our Nation from only 75 years ago, should and must guide us in how we interact with our friends and allies in Europe both now and forever.”

By Mersey Maritime

The national and regional importance of the maritime sector clear for all to see at London International Shipping Week

As London International Shipping Week draws to a close, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke, reflects on how Mersey Maritime and the Liverpool City Region played a leading role at the heart of the world’s premier event in the global maritime calendar:

Once again London International Shipping Week has provided a fantastic opportunity for Mersey Maritime to showcase the very best of the sector in our region to a national and international audience. All of us involved in the maritime industry here in Merseyside know how much it matters but it’s good to remind ourselves just how much from time to time. Our involvement in a number of key events proved the depth and wide impact that Mersey Maritime and its members is having. From offering the opportunity for individual businesses to meet key industry contacts, to promoting debate to influence future policy decisions that will have a direct impact on how successful our industry can be in the future, we’ve sought to demonstrate in a practical way that we are ‘stronger together.’

For me, three opportunities stood out during the week. Mersey Maritime is taking a leading role in the national Maritime UK and HM Government regional cluster development programme, so it was a pleasure for me to chair the afternoon ‘Regional Spotlight’ event on Monday which from the South West to Scotland was an opportunity for colleagues around the country to promote their diverse work. For a joint Mersey Maritime and Team Humber Marine Alliance session we debated the imperative for our two clusters of ‘east-west connectivity’. The senior panel we assembled, with representatives from the Institute of Export and International Trade, Peel Ports, P&O Ferries, Associated British Ports and the British Ports Association, proved the importance of clusters working together to push forward-thinking around critical policy matters. Our joint message was simple: investment in regional transport infrastructure needs to be high on the national political agenda and by talking with one voice we stand a better chance of seeing this realised.

Following our intensive afternoon of debate, we were delighted to offer the opportunity for our partners, members and guests to network at what is a firm fixture in the bi-annual Shipping Week calendar, ‘Mersey on the Thames’. Whilst undoubtedly a pleasant social occasion – with Liverpool Gin on offer and photo opportunities with the Champions League Trophy, courtesy of Liverpool FC – there were many chances for business opportunities to be explored with colleagues from across the sector present. That’s one of the most important features of LISW, the ability to reach out to across every part of the maritime industry both here in the UK and internationally too. The talent pool within Mersey Maritime is considerable with some of the most highly skilled and high productive individuals employed in the economy. We can and should be at the forefront of the UK maritime industry in the years ahead.

Finally, on Wednesday Maritime UK launched its ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report in Parliament, where a delegation of Mersey Maritime members were present. Whilst casting a light on the sector on a national basis, it is important to remember that the nature of the maritime sector means the opportunities available are geographically spread across the UK. We commissioned our own focus on the ‘State of Maritime in the Liverpool City Region’ and will publish the findings shortly but one thing is clear: the maritime sector is at the heart of our local economy in many ways. We have a huge opportunity to unleash further the dynamism and diversity we offer here and Mersey Maritime will be at the forefront of facilitating this for our partners.

The simple fact that the UK maritime sector facilitates 95% of all UK trade – more than both the automotive and aerospace transport industries – and the size of the industry locally, means the dynamic range of businesses and their employees are having a direct impact on the British economy now. They are also critical to its future success. I am proud that so many of our Mersey Maritime members, from the largest to the smallest, are playing their part in our local and national prosperity but we can’t rest on our laurels. There will be challenges in the months ahead with the ongoing uncertainty that the Brexit debate brings but there will also be huge opportunities.

Maritime has always played a special role in the life of our island nation and it has been a defining feature of the coastal community here in the Liverpool City Region for centuries. London International Shipping Week has invigorated me further to continue my task of placing Mersey Maritime and its members at heart of the ongoing opportunities that will be there for us on the global stage in the years ahead. Will you be part of it too?

 

By Mersey Maritime

The Liverpool City Region’s prowess in the maritime industry and as a football powerhouse on show as Mersey Maritime arrives at London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week, one of the largest maritime events in the world, has started. The packed programme of conferences, seminars and networking receptions will see maritime leaders come to do business at events to showcase the UK’s £40bn maritime sector. Mersey Maritime, the UK’s leading maritime cluster organisation will, once again, play a full role in the week ahead, starting on Monday 09 September, by promoting the work of its members across the Liverpool City Region at two key events.

 

Arriving in London to lead a delegation of Mersey Maritime members at the start of #LISW19, Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said:

 

“Ask anyone what they associate with the Liverpool City Region and there’s no doubt that the world class maritime industry and our world class footballing prowess will be on the tips of their tongues! London International Shipping Week will see both come together, thanks to Mersey Maritime.

 

“On Monday we will play our part in the Maritime UK Regional Spotlight event, demonstrating the key strengths of our regional cluster here in Merseyside and what makes clusters so important to the industry in the country as a whole as we collaborate with our colleagues at Team Humber Marine Alliance to debate a key issue for us, ‘east-west connectivity.’

 

“Later that evening we will bring ‘Mersey on the Thames’ with a packed-out networking reception in the Global Trade Hub based at Landing Forty Two of the iconic Cheesegrater building in the City. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Liverpool Gin, be entertained by a local band and have the opportunity for a photograph with the Champions League Trophy, courtesy of Liverpool Football Club!

 

“I am really proud to be here in London this week to let global maritime leaders know just what a fantastic and dynamic sector we have in the Liverpool City Region. The maritime industry is bigger than the aviation and automotive sectors nationally and for centuries the Mersey has been at the heart of maritime in the United Kingdom. Our cluster organisation is recognised as one of the best in Europe, thanks to the hard work and vision of our many members. Our focus is really simple: creating the conditions necessary for business to thrive and to create the jobs and growth that is needed for our economy both locally and nationally.

 

“Regardless of all the uncertainty that surrounds Brexit and national politics at the moment, we can’t let that get in the way of what really matters to our industry. Mersey Maritime have the knowledge, skills and dynamism to continue to lead our sector in the United Kingdom and London International Shipping Week gives us the ideal opportunity to bang the drum for all that makes us so important to the economy. We’ll be here all week and will use every moment available to us to promote our area; it looks set to be a fantastic few days.”

By Mersey Maritime

“Brexit comment latest: No deal preparedness must involve 100% commitment at every level” By Chris Shirling-Rooke

Brexit, deal or no deal, is never far from the news channels, on the lips of political commentators and in the day to day life of those involved in the maritime sector as the industry prepares for whatever the landscape will look like on and after 31st October. Last week, responding to the news that the Prime Minister has written to the President of the European Council outlining the Government’s commitment to securing a new deal with the EU, but making it clear that Brexit will happen regardless, I had a simple message: our industry will rise to the challenges and opportunities whatever the outcome. But this ‘can do’ attitude needs to be reflected across all aspects of Government and its partner agencies if we are to be truly ready and to avoid any short term disruption there might be. It can’t just be left to businesses to be ready, many of which have already committed the resources in time and money to the task of keeping the country moving and life as normal as possible.

 

Take the recent bank holiday as an example. Not a unique event, something that happens on at least eight occasions in England and Wales each year, an ideal opportunity you might say to test our resilience and what processes we have in place already at an anticipated pinch point for people movement during holiday season. Now it might be an isolated example, but I was disappointed to see a comment from a traveller on the continent on the way back to the UK this week:

 

“Long border queues long before Brexit – bank holiday Monday evening and only half the UK Border Control posts at Calais ferry port are manned so sitting waiting 30 minutes duly missing our ferry having arrived on time. All we need is the booths fully staffed.”

 

I couldn’t agree more! We know, assuming Parliament doesn’t change the state of play at this late stage, that Brexit is going to happen in just over two months-time. Why aren’t the teams we need fully in place and fit for purpose to ensure, working full time and to capacity, that cases like this simply don’t happen?

 

It is reported that the Government is expected to open a £10m Brexit fund for English ports this week. Great news and a good start. But with a matter of weeks before Brexit is due to happen, this money needs to be released quickly to where it is most needed. And we have to be realistic too. It is welcome resource but at this late stage the reality of the impact it will have is relatively limited.

 

Brexit preparedness is a multi-piece jigsaw. I know our colleagues at our ports, for example, have been working hard for three years now to prepare. We need to see 100% commitment from everyone to make sure known risks, like the apparent lack of customs agents and border control staff, don’t have a negative effect when we know we must maintain a positive outlook and show the country is open for business. Having faith in Great Britain is one thing – which I do – but we need that to be a practical reality too!

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime to lead key Government Regional Spotlight event at London International Shipping Week 2019

On Monday 9th September, Mersey Maritime and Team Humber Marine Alliance, will join other cluster organisations to take part in a ‘Regional Spotlight’ event during London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW). The afternoon event will be chaired by Mersey Maritime Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke, in his capacity as Assistant Chair of Maritime UK and will showcase some of the UK’s leading maritime regions, their recent developments and opportunities for investment and growth.

An audience of national and international guests will learn more about how clustering is being used to create a unique and attractive business environment amongst businesses large and small, academia and government. Featuring the work of five regional clusters (the South West, Solent and Scotland feature in earlier sessions), a series of presentations, debates and opportunities for questions will demonstrate the diversity and broad range of the UK’s strength in its maritime clusters.

After updating delegates on all the latest maritime news from the Liverpool City and Humber regions, Mersey Maritime and Team Humber Marine Alliance will close the afternoon with a panel debate on one of the hot topics of the moment: “Connecting and turbo-charging the Humber and Mersey coastal powerhouses – unleashing regional growth from east to west”.

Commenting, Chris Shirling-Rooke, said:

“Growth in the maritime sector isn’t just about figures on a piece of paper. For the members of Mersey Maritime, and the wider industry in the Liverpool City Region, we contribute well over £3bn to the local economy and support nearly 50,000 jobs locally. We want to see this growth continue and stand ready to play our part in the positive agenda of turbo-charging regional growth and prosperity.

“There’s a real opportunity to unleash further the maritime industry within our areas and transform the North of England into an East-West super-corridor, connecting Atlantic focused shipping with continental Europe.

“For our industry to be turbo-charged, we need to see East/West connectivity extend to connect Liverpool and the Humber ports as quickly as possible. That must include plans for rail freight optimisation between these strategic ports.”

Senior industry figures secured for the panel

Confirmed panellists for the discussion include:

  • Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General of the Institute of Export
  • Gary Hodgson, Strategic Projects Director at Peel Ports Group
  • Stephen Weaver, Head of Corporate Development at P&O Ferries, and
  • Dafydd Williams, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs at Associated British Ports.

Further panellists will be announced in the next few days, with the organisers hoping to secure the attendance of a senior Government Minister.

Key sponsorship lined up

Mersey Maritime have secured the support of two of its key sponsors for both the overall Regional Spotlight event and their joint session with Team Humber Marine Alliance. Western Union Business Solutions are supporting the Regional Spotlight as a whole and Peel Ports Group will sponsor the joint element of the event.

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight

Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight at London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW)

Taking place between Monday 9th and Friday 13th September, London International Shipping Week will see the leaders from every sector of the global maritime industry gather to take part in more than 200 meetings, seminars and functions. Over 150 global maritime organisations and 65 commercial partners have pledged their support for LISW19 by hosting events during the week.

Leading regional maritime cluster organisation, Mersey Maritime, will play a key role at a number of events across the course of the week, including:

  • The Maritime UK Regional Spotlight Conference
  • Their own ‘Mersey on the Thames’ Reception
  • A Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons to launch the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report

Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“London International Shipping Week is always a huge event in the international maritime calendar and 2019 is no exception. This year will be our biggest yet and we intend to maximise the opportunity to raise the profile of the Liverpool City Region and the greater North West.

“Recently the Prime Minister committed to serious investment in our regional transport infrastructure and the wider vision of a Northern Powerhouse. Our involvement in LISW gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate the strength of our North West coastal powerhouse to a national and international audience, as well as lobbying for further investment in our industry and the region as a whole.”

Key events with Mersey Maritime involvement over the course of the week:

Regional Spotlight Showcase Conference – Monday 09 September

Recognised as the country’s leading maritime cluster, Mersey Maritime Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke, will chair an afternoon conference to highlight the dynamism of the UK’s maritime cluster offer with presentations from the South West, Solent and Scotland within the Department for International Trade and Maritime UK’s ‘Global Trade Hub’ based in the iconic Leadenhall Building.

As part of the session, Mersey Maritime will join with Team Humber Marine Alliance to host a debate on the importance of ‘east/west connectivity’ across the north of England with a panel of expert speakers from the Institute of Export, P&O Ferries, Associated British Ports and Peel Ports Group. Read more here

Mersey on the Thames Reception – Monday 09 September

Mersey Maritime will take the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the Liverpool City Region and its vibrant maritime sector at its infamous LISW reception, Mersey on the Thames, with a guest list ranging from its own members to government ministers, leading national and international maritime figures. Read more here.

Parliamentary Reception and launch of the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report

On Wednesday 11th September, Mersey Maritime will lead a delegation of its members to the launch of the ‘State of the Maritime Nation’ report at the Palace of Westminster. This detailed analysis of the maritime sector will present findings that show the importance of the sector to the British economy both in terms of value and jobs. Mersey Maritime commissioned a spotlight on the Liverpool City Region as part of this report, with the results released during the overall launch.

More information about LISW can be found here: https://londoninternationalshippingweek.com/

Mersey Maritime publishes major report into economic impact of maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region
September E-zine
Are you part of the UK’s leading maritime cluster organisation yet? Join us now!
Mersey Maritime wins the Coastal Powerhouse category at the first national Maritime UK Awards
Mersey Maritime to host Women in Maritime event
75th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem puts our current challenges into perspective
The national and regional importance of the maritime sector clear for all to see at London International Shipping Week
The Liverpool City Region’s prowess in the maritime industry and as a football powerhouse on show as Mersey Maritime arrives at London International Shipping Week
August E-Zine
“Brexit comment latest: No deal preparedness must involve 100% commitment at every level” By Chris Shirling-Rooke
Mersey Maritime to lead key Government Regional Spotlight event at London International Shipping Week 2019
Mersey Maritime will once again put the Liverpool City Region in the spotlight