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Cheshire ‘Riding the crest of a wave’

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Cheshire is riding the crest of a wave by playing to its strengths in science, fintech and transport, according to delegates at a packed Insider event.

Insider’s latest breakfast, entitled Cheshire: The Ripple Effect, brought together key figures in the county’s business community to discuss the area’s key economic sectors and how these can drive wider long-term growth across the county. It took place at Alderley Park on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.

According to Bruntwood managing director Peter Crowther, Alderley Park is not only a science hub but will also become a 24/7 place to live and socialise.

Crowther said: “We want to really open it out and make a community here. Rather than just being an employment site we have an appetite to make this a seven-day-a-week community.”

“We have planning for 275 residential units, there are also plans for a new £5m gym onsite, a gastropub, a hotel and affordable housing for the workers.”

Radbrook Hall, the international headquarters of Barclays’ tech operations, is flying the flag for fintech meanwhile. Darren Earnshaw, IT director at Barclays at Radbroke Hall, said: “It is our UK headquarters for technology and has really become our global headquarters for technology. There are about 3,800 people there. “We have been at Radbroke Hall for 40 years and that’s 40 years of bringing people out of London and into north Cheshire. We have a strong cybercrime unit, forensics, mobile technology, disability access to ATMs, there’s a whole tech community there.”

John Adlen, growth director at the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s not about us competing against the cities, it’s about us working together. There is something genuinely powerful about Cheshire and Warrington connecting Manchester and Liverpool together.

“Cheshire is the best performing economy in the North, and the second best outside of London. We are punching above our weight.”

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