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The Liverpool City Region has taken a central stage this year with key players from the international, shipping and logistics community seeing first hand our enviable maritime heritage and exciting trading future.

Already we have played host to the EU’s Motorways of the Sea, the Automotive Supply Chain Conference, Supply Chain Connect and the annual convention of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Associations. It is fitting that these organisations chose the City Region to meet and discuss the future as the upcoming years will be momentous for Superport Liverpool. 

The future prosperity within the City Region’s supply chain and logistics sector is being shaped by the huge investments being made in hard physical infrastructure but, of course, it will be at the softer, human level where we will see the real change; with a qualitative shift in the prospects of many and a significant increase in jobs across the sector.

We can see the first of these new jobs with the start of recruitment by Peel Ports for Liverpool2, the new deep sea container terminal, more of that in this newsletter and also with the creation of many new courses and training programmes and facilities dedicated to the maritime and logistics sector.
 
I’m looking forward to bringing you more news on jobs, skills and new business initiatives in future issues of Superport Quarterly, but remember you can also keep abreast of Superport developments by logging on to our website:
www.superport.com

Bernard
Putting freight at the forefront of the Northern Powerhouse

Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has confirmed that the government is forging ahead on it's high-speed rail and Northern Powerhouse plans, and Superport will be an integral part of this.

He confirmed that £13 billion government funding would be invested to transform transport infrastructure in the north over the next five years - better connecting up the region so that northern towns and cities can pool their strengths and create a single economy, helping Britain better compete on the world stage.

And he pledged that the north will be empowered to shape its own future - by devolving power away from Whitehall. He said that by the autumn, Transport for the North (TfN) - the body established by the government to work with it on delivering a Northern Transport Strategy - will have a new independent chair to speak on behalf of the north with one voice on delivering improved train and bus services, rolling out smart ticketing, looking after passengers, reducing road congestion and speeding up links to ports and airports.

TfN will also develop a Northern Freight and Logistics Strategy. Following the publication of The Northern Powerhouse report in March 2015, which set out the ambitions of TfN, a tender has been issued inviting businesses to assist in the development of a multi-modal freight and logistics strategy, and scheduled to be published in 2016.

TfN points out that 90% of containers currently enter the UK through southern ports – despite up to 60% being destined for the Midlands and the North.

The strategy would even out North-South inequalities and increasing the value of exports across the region this project, while offering sustainable freight movements and cutting carbon.

Commenting on the announcement, David Brown, Director General of Merseytravel, who sits on the TfN Executive Board and is responsible for freight, said: “This marks an important step forward in delivering our vision of a North which acts as a magnet for inward investment, and capitalises on the combined strengths of its towns and cities.

“TfN is looking for a partner to map out a strategy which will support northern business, increase the value of exports across the North and ultimately unlock the economic potential of our region.”

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Events
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Motorways of the Sea

Liverpool hosted a major international conference concerning logistics infrastructure and the European Commission’s £1+billion Motorways of the Sea initiative, designed to streamline and promote new intermodal maritime-based logistics chains across Europe.

The city was selected to host the event thanks to both its historic prominence as one of the world’s great ports, plus the opportunities being opened up by the current £1billion Superport-related  investments in logistics facilities across the City Region.

The free-to-attend conference on May 20 and 21attracted
163 delegates from 21 countries. Registrants were from ports and shipping bodies across Europe, Commission policy makers, plus UK businesses and academics keen to get the latest information on EU funding and policy developments relating to the Motorways of the Sea programme, plus forge new international links.

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Executive Director Mark Basnett said: “This conference marked a key point in the maturation of the City Region’s renewed standing in the international logistics sector and as a core port on the European network.

“Do not be mistaken that this event was just a talking shop: it had real purpose, not least during UK Export Week. The chance to get the latest information and influence policy and funding decisions, combined with the opportunity for a face-to face session with key officials, made it is a must-attend event for anyone interested in trying to secure funding from the Motorways of the Sea and wider Connecting Europe Facility programmes."

For more information and the presentations click here

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ExportSefton - The Route to Global Trade

Bernard Molloy, Chair of Superport spoke recently at the launch of the Sefton Exporters Network, an event aimed at local exporters arranged by ExportSefton. 

The event was held at the Port of Liverpool and gave attendees the opportunity of hearing about how Superport placed local companies in an ideal position to exploit the City Region's global connectivity and how investment in Superport was opening up opportunity and jobs across the sector and beyond.

The audience also got an update on Peel Ports' developments across the North West including the latest plans for Liverpool2, the new deep sea water container terminal.

Find out more by clicking here



International Federation of Warehousing Logistics

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the conference of the prestigious Annual Convention of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Associations (IFWLA) at the Town Hall in Liverpool, Merseyside.

UKWA hosted this year's annual convention IFWLA. The venue for 2015 was been chosen for a number of reasons, but predominantly because Port of Liverpool has a glorious history in terms of world trade, and is undergoing an exciting regional redevelopment programme which attracted trading partners from around the world.

Delegates were mostly 3PLs, who were keen to talk to UK 3PLs, retailers and manufacturers. They included delegates from USA, China, India, Japan, Taiwan, France, Italy, Iran, and Australia.

Read more here

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Automotive Supply Chain Congress

The annual Automotive Supply Chain Congress took place in Liverpool’s Arena and Convention Centre on June 10-12 and was a global event for the automotive supply chain community.

Although it took place in the UK, the globalisation of the industry ensured that the Congress attracted an international audience of automotive business leaders keen to hear about and to discuss best practice wherever it is to be found.

The scope of the Congress was far-reaching, covering all areas of the automotive supply chain, component suppliers, logistics service providers, packaging, IT, multi-modal transportation, finished vehicle distribution and aftermarket parts. The Automotive Supply Chain Congress provided the opportunity for leading industry players, both domestic and international, to meet, network and debate how best to establish a practical approach to achieve common goals.



Supply Chain Connect, Liverpool

After the success of the inaugural Supply Chain Connect event in March in Liverpool the event is being repeated on 8th October. Do not miss out! 

We want to support strong, integrated supply chains which will drive the Liverpool City Region economy.  Come along to grow your business and connect with large OEM and Tier 1 companies.

More information will be available on the Superport website shortly

Skills

It is estimated that around 20,000 more skilled people will be required to fulfil jobs created by Superport if we are to unleash the full potential of our airport, port and logistics hubs.
 
There is a great deal happening across the City Region to ensure that employers can adequately upskill and that schools, colleges and universities can prepare individuals for the wide variety of roles and careers that could be created. Across disciplines including: maritime, logistics, engineering, transport and project management tailored courses and apprenticeships are taking form.
 
In this issue we are focussing on developments at Hugh Baird Port Academy.


 
Port Academy Liverpool was founded by Hugh Baird College in direct response to the job opportunities around the development of the Port of Liverpool. Since 2013 the college has worked with maritime partners to develop Port Academy Liverpool with the aim to create a hub that will support this significant economic growth through providing effective training.

The college is engaging with young people, from the age of 14 years and upwards in considering a career connected to the world of port operations and maritime logistics. They are also working closely with schools to ensure that they are aware developing courses available linked to the careers available and future jobs.

The college is also actively engaging with local businesses to ensure training meets their workforce demands through the provision of adequately trained apprentices including warehousing and logistics, team leading and management, business administration, customer service and a range of hospitality programmes.

For further information on the Port Academy visit their website: www.portacademyliverpool.com/

Partner news
Peel Ports Launches Recruitment Drive

Peel Ports has launched a recruitment campaign to hire the first tranche of the 500 jobs it will create by building a new £300m deep water container terminal in Liverpool.

As part of its ambitious growth strategy, Peel Ports is now looking to take on an extra 90 staff in a move that marks the beginning of its exciting plans to further develop the Port of Liverpool.

The vast majority of new jobs will be created in Liverpool with 75 new positions being created in the next three months alone – a move that will continue to increase the size of the workforce at the Port of Liverpool as well as bring vital new skills to its operations.

Read the full news article here...

To apply for the current roles and to sign up for the job alerts for upcoming vacancies at Peel Ports, visit the careers site http://peelports.com/careers-peel-ports

New routes and passenger growth at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport experienced a growth in passenger numbers of 7.5% in May – the fourth consecutive year on year monthly increase in passenger throughout. 

Passenger figures for the first five months of 2015 are now over 5% higher than for the same period in 2014 and reflect the recent upsurge in business at the Airport.

Read the full news article here...

Property

General Mills named as first tennant at Port Salford

General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley – is to be the first tenant at a new state-of-the-art distribution hub that will save 600,000 road haulage miles each year whilst providing a “future proof” solution to market trends.

The 280,000 sq. ft. site at Port Salford – which will be run by food and drink logistics expert Culina Group – will act as a central hub for General Mills’ ambient brands arriving by short sea freight from Europe.

Located adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and next to the arterial motorway routes of the M60 and M62, Port Salford would improve General Mills’ supply chain, explained General Mills UK & Ireland Supply Chain Director Dave Howorth, as well as giving the company future opportunities to move freight by rail.

He added: “We are very excited about this new distribution agreement as it reinforces our commitment as a company to finding solutions that are best for customers, consumers and the environment, and our move to Port Salford ticks all those boxes.”

Read the full news article here...

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