The leader of the organisation which represents 1,500 firms in Liverpool city centre has signed up as one of the first business supporters of the High Speed Rail – Linking Liverpool campaign.
Bill Addy, Chief Executive of the Liverpool BID Company, ‘signed the pledge’ to support the campaign, which aims to persuade the Government to bring High Speed Rail into Liverpool city centre.
Campaigners hope to get 1,000 City region businesses on board – alongside 100,000 public supporters of the campaign.
Mr Addy said: “HS2 has the power to reshape Liverpool’s economic landscape forever. We all saw what being European Capital of Culture did for the city in terms of regeneration from the Arena to Liverpool ONE but, if granted, the impact of HS2 will be in another league entirely.
“There is no bigger issue on the city’s agenda than HS2 – as its benefits will ripple across the region and will shape the success of other major projects such as Liverpool Waters and the SUPERPORT.
“We owe it to future generations to stretch every sinew to persuade the powers that be that Liverpool’s prosperity is vital to the creation of a true Northern powerhouse and is therefore as much in the nation’s interest as ours.’’
Robert Hough, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, launched the business engagement campaign this week, and is inviting business people to a High Speed Rail forum on September 4.
He said: “This is an issue which affects every business in the City Region – large or small – and I’m sure we will be able to demonstrate united support from across the business community.”
Businesses can register their support in the link below