Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Marketing Cheshire have unveiled plans to merge.
The pair said that the deal would give Cheshire and Warrington a stronger voice locally, regionally and nationally, helping to position the region at the heart of the government’s Northern Powerhouse plans.
Following the merger, Northwich-based Cheshire and Warrington LEP chief executive Philip Cox will take on a new role as chief executive of 871 Growth, the parent company established to oversee the work of both organisations. Marketing Cheshire will become a sister company of the LEP under the leadership of chief executive Katrina Michel and continue to work from its offices in Chester.
Michel will also take on a wider strategic marketing role to raise the profile of Cheshire and Warrington as a prime visitor and investment location.