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Susan Williams, Atlantic Gateway


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The annual Construction Lunch, held by McEwan Wallace, Hillyer McKeown & NatWest, was a great success last Friday afternoon. Speakers at the event included Susan Williams from Atlantic Gateway, who discussed current projects, the role of the board and the potential for jobs and growth.

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Susan Williams, Atlantic Gateway

  1. 1. Atlantic Gateway area
  2. 2. Transformational change
  3. 3. Transformational change – the DNA of Atlantic Gateway • ‘If anywhere in the UK can develop the critical mass and momentum to become an alternative growth pole to London, it is Atlantic Gateway’ Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy • By 2030, there is the potential for some 250,000 new jobs to be created in the Atlantic Gateway area • Around 140,000 of these jobs will be associated with Atlantic Gateway priority projects, involving £14 billion of new investment.
  5. 5. Atlantic Gateway Board • Partnership with a mix of public and private sector Board members (Private sector led) • Working closely with the three Local Enterprise Partnerships • Influence decision takers and policy makers in Government • Encourage and support collaborative working around themes of: Growth, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Sustainability, Skills and talent
  6. 6. Atlantic Gateway vision – making great places • Connecting the North West to the rest of the world • Developing an integrated strategy within Local Enterprise Partnership priorities
  7. 7. Atlantic Gateway priorities • Focusing on unique areas where value can be added • Working collaboratively for the delivery of significant infrastructure projects • Promoting the good flow of skills across growth sectors • Working with local Enterprise Partnerships and other administrative boundaries to identify cross boundary issues such as the Northern Hub, skills, environmental sustainability and science
  8. 8. Recent successes • 3MG bridge soon to start construction- voted one of the top 100 infrastructure projects in the world • Funding of the Northern Hub in full – will lead to 30,000 jobs and a boost of £4.2bn to the North West • £35m from the Regional Growth Fund for Liverpool2 now underway – will generate 5,000 jobs • Port Salford has begun with the construction of the Western Gateway Infrastructure Scheme (WGIS) • Completion of phase 1 of Media City- the 1st BREEAM sustainable community in the world