Spencer Mahoney

Spencer Mahony

HM Consul and UKTI Regional Director for the South East United States

Part of Partners in Prosperity

4th April 2014 USA

Come Together, Right Now, Over to Liverpool!

When I was growing up, I remember hearing stories about the mass pilgrimages that people made to Liverpool in the hopes of hearing the Beatles play live. Although Beatlemania has just celebrated its 50 year anniversary, (is there now One Direction mania?), Liverpool still attracts millions of tourists who want to experience the city’s multiple cultural offerings, and is consistently one of the top five UK destinations for overseas tourists.

Since 2008, when Liverpool was named the European Capital of Culture, it has offered extensive opportunities to satisfy cultural aficionados, and this summer will be no different. In July, the British Open will be held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and in November, the Tate Liverpool will exhibit “Transmitting Andy Warhol,” the first solo exhibition of Warhol’s work in the north of England. And there’s the ever-popular Beatles tours, taking overseas visitors around town to mark the spots (the most popular being the Cavern Club) where the fab four met and played all those years ago.

The city also hosts a thriving business community. Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens have been in the region for years. Bentley Motors is headquartered nearby in Cheshire. As a major port city, Liverpool has attracted investment from transport and infrastructure companies such as The Peel Group, which is constructing a new deep-water container terminal that will become the UK’s first “green logistics hub.” The company will also generate at least 17,000 full-time jobs for the redevelopment of the Liverpool docklands that will feature a 60-story Shanghai Tower. The development will make use of a series of presently derelict dock spaces.

The proposed redevelopment of the Liverpool docklands by The Peel Group that some have compared to the Shanghai skyline. (photo via Rust Design)

Most of the docks And just a one hour drive away from is the city of Manchester, which is also a business magnet for both UK-based and international companies, including  the Bank of New York Mellon, Adidas, Siemens, and Kellogg’s.

Liverpool is also home to the “Knowledge Quarter,” an area in the city centre that is known for the presence of cutting-edge research and life sciences institutions such as the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Merseybio Incubator, a facility that features 15 laboratory units to help the development of start-ups in the life-science and chemistry industries.

With the mix of strong cultural and business offerings, it is no surprise that Liverpool is the perfect stage to host the UK’s biggest business festival since 1951, the International Festival of Business (IFB). The International Festival of Business is a 50-day event that runs throughout June and July. More than 150 business focused events will focus on enterprise and urban business, creative industries, manufacturing and technology, and financial services. Business delegates and trade intermediaries will have the chance to develop domestic and international business-to-business relationships while at the Festival.

About Spencer Mahony

Spencer Mahony took up his posting as HM Consul and Regional Director, East Coast USA for UK Trade and Investment in December 2010. Prior to his current appointment, he spent…

Spencer Mahony took up his posting as HM Consul and Regional Director, East Coast USA for UK Trade and Investment in December 2010.

Prior to his current appointment, he spent three years as Head of UK Trade and Investment in western India based in Mumbai. He covered four states accounting for over 40% of India’s GDP and managed relations with many of India’s largest investors in the UK, including the Tata Group of companies.

On secondment to the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry he directed a joint UK government and industry investigation into how the UK retains its position as a world class destination for biomedical research.

At the Department of Business, he held policy positions in energy security, regional economic development and the department’s strategy unit. He participated in EU employment law negotiations and transposed EU legislation into UK law. He was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions and Deputy Minister for Women and Equality.

He has also worked at the British Embassy in Beijing and was a member of the JET programme.

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