Maritime Community set to celebrate in Liverpool

Energy, Logistics — By on April 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

International maritime industry leaders will converge on Liverpool in June to take part in the Maritime Logistics & Energy thematic which forms a prominent part of the 50-day International Festival of Business (IFB 2014).

And one of the must-attend events during this packed programme is the Grand Gala Dinner on Friday June 13, hosted by Mersey Maritime at its Monks Ferry headquarters in Birkenhead.

Set in a grand marquee on the banks of the River Mersey and to the accompaniment of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band, this high profile, black tie industry dinner will be introduced by Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Philip Jones of the Royal Navy and will feature entertainment from leading Beatles tribute band, Beatlemania.

Tables of ten can be booked at £1, 100 (+vat) by contacting Mersey Maritime’s events team on tel: 0151 647 4747 or via the website at:  www.maritimelogisticsandenergy.com

More than 250, 000 visitors are expected to attend the International Festival of Business.  Mersey Maritime and partners Shipping Innovation – organisers of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping week (LISW) –  have put together a programme of more than 35 high level business events on a Maritime Logistics & Energy theme that will run from 9-20 June, either side of the Mersey River Festival weekend.  Mersey Maritime’s involvement in the IFB is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

IFB is set to be the biggest trade event of its kind since the Festival of Britain in 1951 and has strong government support and the personal endorsement of UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “There will be no better time to be in the Liverpool City Region and every reason to join us for what promises to be an excellent Gala Dinner evening.

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 1700 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.

Maritime Sector Development Programme

The programme is open to Merseyside-based SMEs. These are defined as businesses with a registered office address in Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral or Knowsley (some postcodes excepted). They must engage in economic activity, being self-employed persons, family businesses, partnerships or associations. They must employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50m, or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43m.

SMEs may qualify for assistance from the programme if they operate in the following sub-sectors: Building, repair and maintenance of ships or boats; Business services; Cargo handling; Defence; Education, training and skills; Engineering and fabrication services; Leisure and Recreation; Navigation and safety; Offshore and underwater services; Oil and gas; Port operations, Professional maritime services; Renewable energy; Research and development; Ship management; Shipping, freight and forwarding agents; Storage and warehousing; Transport by land, air or sea; Wholesale distribution and other specialist maritime sectors.

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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