Cheshire LEP’s London expo hailed a success

A DRIVE to raise awareness in Whitehall of Cheshire’s economic power has been hailed a success with more than 500 attendees.

Opened by Chancellor and Cheshire MP, the showcase at the House of Parliament was attended by MPs, civic servants and prospective inward investors.

Mr Osborne said: ” “Sometimes Cheshire doesn’t get the profile it deserves. It is a great place to live and work with a successful economy, but one that we want to be more successful.”

The event was hosted by Congleton MP Fiona Bruce in association with Cheshire and Warrington’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the three local authorities and other agencies and business organisations.

Fiona Bruce added: “We are delighted with the success of ‘Cheshire Day’ and the response we had throughout the day. It was a fantastic event and a true showcase for all that Cheshire and Warrington has to offer. Our ambition is for Cheshire and Warrington to be the best performing economy outside the Greater South East and the preferred location for business.

“Senior representatives highlighted Cheshire and Warrington’s excellent quality of life, exciting business developments, outstanding visitor attractions and high standard of educational provision, all of which are available right across the county. It was a clear, strong and powerful message.”

Howard Hopwood, deputy chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, added: “Cheshire is the best kept secret in the UK. Our economy is very vibrant and contributes £22bn to the national economy.

“Our manufacturing location is of great importance and the message we are delivering is just how strong Cheshire and Warrington is and what great opportunities exist here.”

Guests samples locally-produced Cheshire food and drink – including products from Mornflake, Tatton Brewery, Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Cheshire Cheese Co., Rowlands Red Poll Beef and Congleton Apple Juice.

The ‘Taste Cheshire’ experience was supported by up to 16 local food producers.