Business in the Community Event – Blackpool
John Woodman, Director of Wyre Dock Development was one of sixty participants in a special all day seminar hosted at the new Energy Centre of Blackpool & The Fylde College at Squires Gate earlier this month by Business in the Community. The Princes Trust includes focus on actions and influences benefitting communities through public and private sector initiatives – this is handled through a national structure ‘Business in the Community’ – BiC.
Blackpool and the Fylde Coast have been assigned priority in the formation of pro-active advisory team to engage the private sector with local authorities in formulating goals which can deliver enhanced social and community benefit across a wide range of socio- economic issues. Baroness Jo Valentine, formerly Director of LondonFirst agency is now heading the Fylde coast team established late 2017. Director of Wyre Dock Development, Frank Heald, has been tasked with covering especial issues impacting Fleetwood. Naturally these cover ongoing proposals for regeneration of Wyre Dock and attendant restoration of the rail link for Fleetwood’s benefit.
J. Marr Group Ltd.
Exploratory exchanges took place late 2017 to consider potential utilisation of part of the existing Ice Company property owned by the J. Marr Group at Wyre Dock. Follow on meetings are anticipated in February. The company’s origins were an important part of the Trawler Industry and fishing sector in Fleetwood, with the ice production plant still providing output on the same site over the past one hundred years. However usage has changed considerable to much wider market applications in which the company have benefitted through new business activities and operations over recent years.
A potential application being considered for the building now vacated will be storage of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust trams under cover with the possibility of major overhaul and restoration of two or three examples for display.
Wyre Dock Development are engaged in exchanges with Chinese interests on the broad strategy for regeneration of Wyre Dock. Understandably this involves Associated British Ports who are Owners of nearly 100 acres of Fleetwood docks and waterfront. A visit is being planned in early February for a leading China coordinating organisation helping introductions to various companies looking to the UK market for investment and expansion. The themed ‘Gardens of China’ botanic attraction planned as a lead venue by WDD will engage further with Chinese regional agencies and involve specialist firms in The Netherlands with previous experience in UK high profile ‘green’ leisure developments such as ‘The Eden Project’ and Wisley headquarters of the Royal Horticultural Society.