Meet the Team: Sally Shah, Lead Commissioner: Place and Investment, Wirral Council

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Sally ShahI have worked at Wirral Council for 15 years and have been in my current role as Lead Commissioner: Place and Investment since November 2016. I previously managed the Council’s Investment team with the main aim of promoting economic growth across the borough.

A key part of my role is to work with our Wirral partners, especially Wirral Chamber, Mersey Maritime and Growth Board businesses to deliver Wirral Growth Plan outcomes and with Liverpool City Region partners, including Liverpool Vision, to ensure opportunities for sector and supply chain growth, investment and jobs are maximised. We have a strong offer in Wirral and working with partners increases our reach increases our reach across markets.

A real positive of my job is that it provides an opportunity to encourage businesses to choose Wirral as their home – to grow and invest here – whether it’s big employers such as Unilever, Typhoo, Cammell Laird, or the many exciting smaller businesses we have in the borough. Wirral is enjoying sustained growth in the energy sector at present, for instance investment in the offshore wind farms in Liverpool Bay will result in one of the largest clusters in the world, and it is important that we enable not just investment but indigenous business growth in this sector. Wirral’s business parks on the A41 corridor, and the Wirral Waters Marine and Energy Park offer opportunities for energy sector businesses and supply chains, with Phase 2 of the Maritime Knowledge Hub providing a centre of excellence for marine innovation, skills and knowledge transfer.

Our Growth Plan outlines our priorities for attracting investment and driving development and we have introduced a range of interventions to tackle issues such as the challenge of economic viability of development projects. This includes building on our Enterprise Zone status to deliver the Wirral Waters Investment Fund alongside working with Combined Authority partners to implement the Single Investment Fund.

As well as investment and business growth, our Growth Plan has a clear focus on skills and employment. Ethnographic research among Wirral residents that we commissioned in 2016 showed us that people experiencing specific health and social issues may not be helped back into work through traditional work schemes. In response, Involve North West and Spider Project have been commissioned by my team and public health colleagues to deliver an innovative programme to support Wirral residents experiencing isolation and low to moderate mental health issues towards recovery and employment.

wirralIf you have any questions regarding opportunities within Wirral feel free to get in touch on 0151 691 8148 or email [email protected]