Updates, information and more from around the Knowsley region. Business expansions, new developments and exciting new projects helping to shape Knowsley – we want to know all about it.
Pinion owner smashes Kickstarter world record
Gary Usher, owner of the Elite Bistros group – which includes Pinion in Prescot, – raised his target of £100k in just 11 hours to launch his latest venture, Kala, in Manchester city centre.
Knowsley Ambassadors event shines a spotlight on Apprentices
An all-female roster of speakers lead the latest Knowsley Ambassadors event, talking about apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week. Danielle Flynn, an award-winning apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, spoke passionately about out equal opportunities in the workplace, meeting inspiring women from her industry and empowering other girls to succeed in business.
Liverpool City Region announces intention to bid to host the 2026 Gay Games
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram announced the city region’s plans to attract the prestigious sporting event to the city in 2026 whilst at MIPIM.
Anthony Joshua surprises staff at JLR Halewood
World Heavyweight Champion AJ swapped his boxing gloves for driving gloves when he paid a surprise visit to JLR Halewood. The boxing super star is a Land Rover Ambassador.
Spotlight on Prescot at the LGA Culture Conference
The transformation of Prescot town centre was on the agenda at the Local Government Association Culture Conference. Major investment in the town has seen growth in new businesses and work on the new Shakespeare North Playhouse commences this summer.
Knowsley Council launches consultation for East of Halewood masterplan
Knowsley Council has drawn up a wide-ranging masterplan for the East of Halewood site, which will deliver 1,500 homes across the 200-acre semi-rural site, with upgrades to local education facilities and highways. Two consultation events are being held, and are due to take place on Wednesday 13 March between 3pm and 7pm, and on Saturday 16 March.
Knowsley backs LCR ambition to be the most LGBTQ+ friendly city in the UK
The new LCR Pride Foundation has launched with the support of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, and backing from Knowsley and Wirral councils. The foundation’s focus will be on making the Liverpool City Region the most LGBTQ+ friendly region in the UK and will deliver a full calendar of campaigns as well as social and cultural events, including the annual Pride festival.
Metro Mayor takes a tour of Prescot
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, visited Prescot, meeting with local businesses and seeing first-hand how plans are progressing with major projects happening in the town – including the new Shakespeare North Playhouse.
Plans underway for new housing scheme in Kirkby
‘The Maples’ development in Kirkby will combine high quality affordable housing alongside supported living with a range of communal facilities including a hair and beauty salon, lounges, gardens, and courtyard space.
Shakespeare North Interchange gets £8m of funding
Funding of £7.9m has come from the Liverpool City Region’s Strategic Investment Fund and a local contribution of £186,000, taking the total funding package up to nearly £8.2m.
Multi million-pound Prescot improvement package moves a step closer
Eight million pounds in funding is proposed for the Shakespeare North Rail Interchange transport scheme to encourage inward investment as well as support a better retail, leisure, cultural and housing offer in Prescot as part of Knowsley Council’s wider strategic objectives for the town.
Earlsfield public space proposal set for approval
A masterplan for a public open space at the Earlsfield Park development in Huyton will go to Knowsley’s planning committee with a recommendation for approval. The plans for the playing fields include nine football pitches, a clubhouse, improved vehicle access, a new car park, new paths, and landscaping.
Plans for 800k Sq ft. Knowsley development
Peel Investment (North) have submitted plans to develop a vacant site adjacent to Knowsley Business Park bringing an estimated 1,000 new jobs to the borough once the development is complete.
A first look at the progress of LFC’s new Kirkby training ground
The club’s new 9,200 sq ft complex in Kirkby will unite training facilities for the first team and youth operations for the first time in the club’s history.
City Region cash boost for Halsnead Garden Village.
Twelve million pounds of funding has been confirmed to pave the way for Halsnead Garden Village in Knowsley – one of the most significant developments in the region.
Liverpool Airport Passenger numbers highest for seven years
Liverpool John Lennon Airport handled more than 5.1m passengers in the past year, attributing the boost in passenger numbers to a raft of new routes to destinations across the globe.