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Liverpool council bring regeneration arm in-house

Liverpool City Council will bring regeneration arm Invest Liverpool in-house to work more closely with the council’s regeneration department.

A total of 37 staff employed within Invest Liverpool and Marketing Liverpool are to move to the Cunard Building at the start of December, and on March 31 2019 the functions and staff will formally transfer to the city council.

Liverpool Vision was set up in 1999 as one of the UK’s first urban regeneration companies and has lead on several regeneration projects in the city, including Liverpool One and the new arena at King’s Dock.

In 2008, a re-organisation of Liverpool Vision saw its operations merged with both the Liverpool Land Development Company and Business Liverpool to form a single Economic Development Company.

As a result of the move, Liverpool Vision’s chief executive Max Steinberg will step down at the end of December after eight years in charge.

Steinberg oversaw Liverpool’s participation at the 2010 World Expo, secured the first hosting in Europe of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and chaired the International Business Festivals in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Mayor Anderson, chair of Liverpool Vision and a board member since its inception, said: ‘Liverpool Vision has been a key player behind the city’s transformation and the city’s appeal to tourists and investors has boomed since its creation.

‘I now want to build on these successes and the time has come to integrate the capabilities and expertise of the Vision staff with teams in the city council. I believe that this will create a really strong foundation, to ensure that we meet the challenges ahead, to maintain momentum, and ensure that growth is shared around all of our communities.’

Max Steinberg, added: ‘As a born and bred Liverpudlian it’s been a huge privilege to have been part of the success of Liverpool Vision creating jobs, generating investment and marketing the city to investors and visitors.

‘There are significant opportunities and challenges ahead and I am confident that the new arrangements will enable us to combine and amalgamate to strengthen and enhance the delivery of some of the most important priorities in the Inclusive Growth Plan.

‘On a personal note I’m honoured the Mayor has asked me to continue to play a role in delivering the inclusive growth agenda and look forward to continue to making a contribution.’

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