Meet the Team: Tim Leather, Halton Team Lead – Business Improvement & Growth

Put a face and a story behind a name. We asked Tim to briefly explain his role. So grab a coffee and have a quick read.

tim-leatherI arrived at my current role by a pretty roundabout route. I’d played in bands since my teens so after a three year hiatus studying for my first degree I spent the next couple of years trying to carve out a career in music either in bands, promoting venues or working in PA.

Eventually a combination of poverty and frustration with the ‘music business’ drove me into the arms of the financial services industry. While the money was obviously considerably better I still hankered for something a little more creative so took a job managing Halton Borough Council’s cultural assets. Over the next few years I took on more responsibility at Halton Borough Council until eventually I became ‘Inward Investment Officer (Marketing)’ and have worked in the business support arena ever since

Along the way I picked up an MSc in Management, a MMPD in Enterprise, to complement my first degree in Management and Marketing, and also became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing

My current role is snappily titled ‘Team Lead – Business Improvement and Growth’ which basically means I lead the team which services enquiries from both inward investors and local companies wishing to expand and grow.

We’re a small team but we also manage a number of externally funded business support programmes, deliver the Growth Hub in Halton in partnership with Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and mange a number of Business Improvement District (BID) areas, again in partnership with Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise.

We also take a longer term, more strategic approach, to the economic regeneration of Halton working with major land owners, developers and others to ensure that the Borough has both the stock of development land and premises and the infrastructure necessary to continue to service the needs of the business community and contribute to the Liverpool City Region offer.

Key projects currently include managing the regeneration implications of the New Mersey Crossing, accelerating the development of Sci-Tech Daresbury and its world-class science assets and working with a range of land owners, businesses and other interested parties to Mater Plan ‘West Runcorn’, a huge swath of land on the banks of the Mersey\Manchester Ship Canal between Runcorn Mainline Station and Junction 12 M56 and encompassing a couple of dock complexes and the current Ineos chemical sites.

haltonIf you have any questions regarding opportunities within Liverpool City Region feel free to get in touch, email me [email protected] call me on 0151 511 8337 / 07769 687 813, or connect with me on LinkedIn.