• Liverpool City Region Business Leaders Back Joe for Metro Mayor

    29th July 2016

    Business leaders have voiced their support for Joe Anderson’s bid to be Metro Mayor. With decades of entrepreneurial experience and representing thousands of businesses large and small, their endorsement shows the confidence the City Region business community has in Joe’s plans for high quality apprenticeships, a living wage economy and 10 new Mayoral Development Zones – two each in Halton, St Helens, Wirral, Knowsley and Sefton.

    Paula Basnett – CEO, Wirral Chamber of Commerce
    “The Devolution deal, the Combined Authority and the LEP are important to the future of the City region and its businesses. Joe has led the City region to where we are today – he can provide the leadership we need going forward.”

    Kevin Adderley – MD, Wirral Chamber of Commerce
    “There is no doubt that Joe, as Liverpool Mayor and Combined Authority Chair, has provided leadership, determination and vision of the type we need to take forward the City region. . We need this experience in our Regional Mayor to ensure we can maintain momentum and maximise opportunities for businesses.”

    Jenny Stewart – CEO, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
    “Joe Anderson’s experience and track record provides the stability we need to continue to grow the City Region economy.”

    Robert Hough CBE DL – Chair of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and former Chair of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
    “It is testimony to Joe Anderson’s vision that Liverpool City Region was one of the forerunners to strike a devolution deal with government. As Mayor of Liverpool, he has demonstrated the importance of forging strong relationships and working in partnership, both with the public and private sector and at the highest levels of government. Joe has led from the front and delivered and is best equipped to enable the City Region to progress strongly. It is crucial at this time to have this same strong and decisive leadership going forward so that the potential of the devolution deal can be fulfilled and also to capitalise on the other immense opportunities that lie ahead for the City Region.”

    Jim Gill – Chair, Professional Liverpool and Chair, Commercial District BID
    “The devolution agenda gives the city region an exciting opportunity to boost economic growth. It is clear that Liverpool has benefited from having a strong leader like Joe Anderson as Mayor. We need a regional mayor who can bring that same level of experience, ambition and track record of delivery to the job.”

    Frank McKenna – CEO, Downtown In Business
    “With the country’s businesses facing uncertain times ahead, it is vital that our Metro Mayor has a clear vision for the future of economic growth across the whole City Region, as well as the passion and determination to deliver on that vision. Joe Anderson has proven time and again he is the right person for that job.“