Liverpool named renewables hub

The Government has given credence to Liverpool's plan to to establish itself as a low-carbon economy by naming the city region as a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE).

The region is the sixth city to be granted CORE status, but is the first on the West Coast where many significant offshore farms are being built.

Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE) are partnerships between central and local government organisations that point businesses looking to invest in manufacturing for the offshore renewables industry to areas where the most support is available.

The submission for CORE status was put together by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP), Cammell Laird, Peel Ports and Wirral Council.

Already, Wirral Borough Council has devised plans for an R&D base for the green tech sector close to Cammell Laird's Birkenhead base, for which it was planning a Regional Growth Fund submission earlier this year.

Robert Hough, chair of LCR LEP said: “This is fantastic news and is testament to the work undertaken by partners over the last two years to place the city region at the forefront of the UK’s offshore wind industry.

“The Liverpool City Region has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for marine-related engineering through the world-renowned Cammell Laird shipyard. But this expertise extends from internationally recognised research institutions and universities to specialised training and skills providers and an extensive supply chain of smaller companies."

Business minister Mark Prisk said: “CORE is an important initiative that brings local and central government together to maximise growth and economic benefit from the offshore wind industry in England.

“It is in an important element of Liverpool’s City Deal, which will help to boost jobs and investment across the city region as part of a government drive to help cities become the engines of growth and play an important part in rebalancing the economy."

Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council said: “Receiving CORE status is recognition of this potential and moving forward, we remain confident that we will be successful with our Regional Growth Fund bid to further support this sector.”

Source: The Business Desk