The Wirral Chamber of Commerce 2018 In Business programme continued during February when over 40 businesses participated in an event focusing on Energy and Environment.
The delegates received an update on the progress at Wirral Waters from its Development Director Richard Mawdsley, together with a presentation by Professor Ian Jenkinson from Liverpool John Moores University about the potential for Wirral’s economy to tap into lucrative supply chains within marine engineering and energy sectors.
The session was concluded by Tom Kelly of Inteb Managed Services who gave an insight about the benefits of energy efficiency and also a review of some of the legislative measures that central government are imposing on non domestic property portfolios to improve their green credentials.
Andy Snell, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the importance of the Chamber’s Patron and Strategic Partners to the success of the In Business programme, which enables key industry leading experts to share their insight with the chamber membership. "The series of In Business events provide our Patron and Strategic Partners, together with Chamber mermbers with key access to both current and future opportunities and developments which will build Wirral's economic prosperity. Throughout the year we will be presenting a selection of speakers from all sectors to meet with our delegates and to open potential links for future business engagement."
Richard Mawdsley presented a view of the Wirral Waters multi-layered development, encompassing residential, industrial and educational facilities currently planned and which will begin to add to the extensive remedial and infrastructure work which has been completed. The scheme is now focussed on creating an attractive and sustainable development creating homes, training opportunities and jobs, and potential for energy generation across the site.
The positive tone continued with Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department for Maritime Engineering at LJMU with encouraging figures around the size and scope of the maritime and energy sectors within the North West region.
He said, “Wirral is ideally placed and equally well equipped to take advantage of its proximity to many large energy and maritime projects which are ongoing in the region. Wirral needs to take the lead for investing in specific skills programmes to create the workforce needed to capitalise on the opportunities that exist.”
He also outlined the role that the university is taking in the development of the Maritime Knowledge Hub at Wirral Waters, a project which will create an ecosystem of training, innovation and investment to drive Wirral’s ambitions in closing the skills gap, improving productivity and attracting investment
Inteb MS Director, Tom Kelly, who has recently been appointed as Chair of Wirral Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Forum, outlined the multifaceted service Inteb MS offers to clients in providing a range of management service around energy and utility purchase, infrastructure management, usage and efficiency assessments, and legal compliance advice.
Tom spoke of the growth of renewable energy and, in particular, that of wind power which at times has accounted for almost 25% of the UK energy supplies. He said, “As a nation we are committed to a low carbon future and this will be achieved through those large scale infrastructure projects but also on a business by business level as individuals adopt a more conservative and better managed approach to their energy consumption.”
Many delegates took the opportunity to take part in one to one sessions with the speakers and identify other networking opportunities. Danny Di Stefano from JD Engineering said, “An excellent forum in presenting new ideas and giving an insight into what is happening at the cutting edge. We could work with every single company who spoke here today, and as an engineering business we like commercial opportunities, and we heard about upcoming projects relevant to projects we have just carried out.”
Terry Milner from B&M Waste Services, added, “We have a particular interest in energy generation at Wirral Waters and I was able to make an introduction to the representative from Peel. This kind of networking is invaluable and will hopefully lead to meaningful talks about working together for mutual benefits.”