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Mersey Maritime Brings Big Names to Merseyside

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Gary Hodgson, COO of Peel Ports Group

Gary Hodgson, COO of Peel Ports Group

Next month, local businesses will have the opportunity to discuss the future challenges faced by the shipping industry in Liverpool with Mark Robertshaw, Bibby Ship Management’s Managing Director of the Isle of Man office and Commercial Director, at Mersey Maritime’s networking event “Face-2-Face”. In addition to being the guest speaker, Mark Robertshaw will be exploring hot topics and industry trends.

Taking place on the 2nd September, the “Face-2-Face” event brings key industry figures to the heart of the shipping industry to network and create stronger local business relationships.

Face-2-Face and other industry events run by Mersey Maritime have brought big players to Mersey Maritime’s HQ in recent months, such as: Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs; Esther McVey MP, Minister for Employment; Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group; Gary Hodgson, the Chief Operating Officer for Peel Ports Group; Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement KCB OBE, Chairman of Protection Vessels International; to name a few.

Maria Damanaki

Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs

The industry forum for members, prospective members and stakeholders from the maritime, logistic and energy community meets monthly at Mersey Maritime to collaborate and network.

The forum, which is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)[see editor’s notes] covers news updates, informal networking, two-way discussion, the building of collaboration networks and stronger local supply chains and a guest speaker presentation.

The event is regularly oversubscribed so business people wishing to attend are advised to reserve a place by contacting Mersey Maritime on tel: 0151 647 4747.

Sir Tim McClement

Sir Tim McClement


Mersey Maritime Limited

Mersey Maritime is the private-public sector partnership that represents the interests of the shipping, ports and logistics sector on Merseyside, including improvements to the movement of freight across the region. It represents the interests of a cluster of 1, 700 businesses employing 28, 000 people, with a combined turnover of £2.6bn. The organisation receives funding via the European Regional Development Fund (see below), matched by private sector income raised through membership, events and consultancy services.

The European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. ERDF’s Maritime Sector Development Programme has been extended to 2015. It aims to support productivity, business growth and job creation among small to medium sized enterprises on Merseyside, helping to enhance the competitiveness of the sub-region both nationally and internationally. For further information please visithttps://www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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