Wirral Waters forms part of the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone, a designation provided by Central Government to stimulate jobs and growth. Enterprise Zones are key economic growth tools for this administration, and the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone seeks to utilise the River Mersey and its water assets to stimulate growth.
Wirral Waters was one of the first of four Enterprise Zones to be announced in the UK. Liverpool Waters, on the opposite banks of the River Mersey, is also included within the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.
Businesses in the Enterprise Zone will benefit from the scheme thanks to a number of tools, including help with the provision of superfast broadband, simplified and improved planning regimes, Enhanced Capital Allowances and up to five years of business rate discounts.
Wirral Waters is working with various Government departments including BEIS, DCLG and HCA and has had approval from several key politicians and Ministers. Wirral Waters needs to be a priority project for Wirral Council, the Liverpool LEP and Central Government in order to maximise its potential.
With true collaborative working, the potential is to create over 20,000 permanent jobs in The Wirral.