The visit of the minister for local growth and the Northern Powerhouse has “reinforced the importance of Cheshire and Warrington within the government’s vision”, according to the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Earlier this week, James Wharton was welcomed to the North West by LEP board member and music mogul Pete Waterman to discuss the key growth opportunities across Cheshire and Warrington including plans for HS2 and the major redevelopment of Crewe, as well as the assets along Cheshire’s Science Corridor and the £300m regeneration project in Chester city centre.
He was also joined by representatives from the Lancashire, Cumbria and Liverpool LEPs to discuss the government’s wider ambitions.
The trip included a visit to Birchwood Park to showcase the nuclear cluster at Warrington as well as a tour of the new facilities at the European Regional Development Fund-co-funded High Growth Centre at Thornton Science Park in Ellesmere Port, where the minister talked to several energy and advanced engineering small- and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups based at the site. The minister also had a tour of Jodrell Bank and visited Coleg Cambria in Deeside.