James Wharton Sue Higginson
Wharton, left, met with Sue Higginson, principal of Wirral Metropolitan College, as part of his tour

Enterprise zones key to Northern Powerhouse success, says Minister

James Wharton MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Local Growth & Northern Powerhouse, yesterday made a fact-finding visit to Mersey Waters enterprise zone, following his announcement last month that zones would be extended.

During the visit, the Minister saw the progress on the Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters developments within the Mersey Waters EZ, one of the largest zone areas in the UK.

The Minister also visited Liverpool Waters to review progress on a pipeline of projects being developed within the 100-acres of land in Peel’s ownership and travelled across to the Wirral Waters project, which aims to transform 500-acres of semi-derelict dockland in Birkenhead.

The ministerial visit will included a tour of Tower Wharf, the 48,000 sq ft office currently being built and due for completion in November, and the new Wirral Met College Campus nearby, which opens on 7 September.

The £11m college campus will become the first new-build capital project completed in the EZ when it opens to its first intake of students.

The Minister announced in July that the Government would be extending the enterprise zone scheme beyond the current 24 zones.

Wharton said: “Investment and innovation are at the heart of Enterprise Zones and the Wirral Metropolitan College project is a testament to what can be achieved when the public and private sector work together to support businesses and create jobs.

“What is really gratifying to see is the way this development is not only creating much needed jobs, but also creating the very skills we need to ensure the success of the Northern Powerhouse now and into the future.”

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