15 July 2013

Mowat Hails Business Start-Up Figures

Figures released today by Accountants UHY Hacker Young show that Warrington tops the charts for business start-ups outside of London.

The figures, which are based on Freedom of Information requests show the numbers of new businesses registered in each postcode. London dominates the Top 20 with places such as "Silicon Roundabout" and Canary Wharf filling all but 3 of the highest places.

However WA1 is one of the only postcodes outside of the M25 which makes the Top 20 with over 1,510 start-ups in the last 12 months – mostly in the nuclear and energy sector supply chains. At 14th on the list, Warrington was the top ranked location outside of London.

David Mowat commented:

"These figures prove what I have been telling my colleagues in Government for some time – Warrington is the emerging economic powerhouse in the north west of England.

"Businesses are taking advantage of Warrington's great transport links and its highly skilled and motivated workforce to create jobs and prosperity in the future."

15 July 2013

A New Stadium for Warrington Town FC

WARRINGTON Town FC aims to change the landscape of football in the town with a 2020 vision to take the club to the Football League in a new purpose built stadium.
We would be delighted if you could join us on that journey - starting at the Village Hotel, Warrington, on Thursday, August 8th, kick off 4pm till 7, when we will be joined by former Manchester United and England Captain Bryan Robson, who is now a World Ambassador with Manchester United.
Bryan will help unveil our plans to take the club from the Evo Stik Division One North to the Football League, involving four promotions over the next seven years. Bryan Robson sports is working in partnership with the club in its attempts to deliver a new stadium facility. Bryan set his company up with the aim to give something back to grass roots sport. The company works with clubs to help them develop modern and sustainable sports facilities that put clubs at the heart of their communities.
Bryan will be joined by other footballing legends, including former Everton and England star Peter Reid - brother of Warrington Town Manager Shaun and former Manchester City star Gary Owen, who works as an ambassador for the club and who played for Warrington Schoolboys.

The event is FREE to attend and will include food and drink.
Warrington is the largest town in England without a Football League team - and we passionately believe a team playing at a higher level will bring huge economic benefits to the area. We are already working hard in the local community  and engaging with thousands of young people in our efforts to promote the participation in sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Places are strictly limited to the first 100 businesses to register for the event - and with our existing sponsors, including United Utilities, Warrington Collegiate, Stobarts, HG Recruitment, LiveWire Leisure and Golden Gates Housing, already guaranteed a seat at the table, please book early to avoid disappointment.

14 July 2013

Minister "Inspired" by Disability Awareness Day

Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey MP was welcomed to Disability Awareness Day on Sunday by Mayor of Warrington Cllr Peter Carey, local MP David Mowat and event organiser Dave Thompson MBE.

After being taken on a tour of the exhibitions, Ms McVey was told how the concept of a Disability Awareness Day was being replicated across the globe with similar events being held over the same weekend in both the Punjab and in Cameroon.

Afterwards, Ms McVey told an assembly of specially invited guests that she had been "inspired" by what she had seen and hoped that they would soon achieve their ambition of an International Disability Awareness Day.

Disability Awareness Day is the largest event catering for all types of disability in the world. 500 individual stands were allocated for this year's event and, since 1992, over £600,000 has been raised for local and regional organisations supporting disabled people.

Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said:

"The Disability Awareness Day format is now being copied across the globe from India to Cameroon. Britain and Warrington are leading the way in showcasing independent living solutions.

"I have been truly inspired by the exhibitions and the people that I have met on my visit and I hope to return soon."

Local MP, David Mowat added:

"As soon as I heard that Esther had been appointed as the new minister, I was straight on the phone to her urging her to come to Disability Awareness Day.

"I've been coming to the event for 5 years now, yet every time I come I am amazed by how many new products, innovations and ways of thinking have come onto the market in just the last 12 months.

"It's a great opportunity to showcase Warrington to Britain  and the wider world."

9 July 2013

Scouts join MPs for Speaker's reception at the House of Commons

27 young people and 2 adult volunteers from Cheshire, along with 150 others involved in Scouting from across the UK, were given the opportunity to mingle with MPs at the prestigious annual Speaker's reception recently.  The event, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Scout Group and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, is a unique opportunity for young people in Scouting to experience meeting with their own and other MPs in the House of Commons to talk about the challenges facing Scouting, such as the lack of adult volunteers.

Warrington South Scouts Rebecca Mitchell (15), Ryan Beddard (16) and Robin Lush (17) from the Tsunami Explorer Unit of West Warrington Scouts, along with West Warrington Scout leader Amanda Connolly were given a tour of the Palace of Westminster before taking tea with local MP, David Mowat.

Ryan later added:
"It was brilliant to have a chance to go to Westminster Palace and see the Houses of Parliament. Meeting with my MP gave me a chance to talk about how much Scouting has influenced my life and what MPs can do to help get more adult volunteers to give up however much of their time possible."

Warrington South MP said,

"I was delighted to meet some of the Scouts from Warrington and that they were given the opportunity to attend such a special event.  I have also enjoyed meeting Scouts from other parts of the UK to learn about what they do every week with support from committed adult volunteers

"It is clear that Scouting continues to be relevant and dynamic, providing young people the chance to try out new adventures, from hiking to snowboarding to working within their local communities.  I have learned more about the challenges faced by the movement such as the lack of adult volunteers.  I look forward to supporting the groups in my constituency through raising awareness of this issue in Parliament."

2 July 2013

David Mowat welcomes Government plans to increase spending on roads and railways around Warrington

The Government has today announced its long-term plan to repair and update our infrastructure. It brings our rail network into the 21st century, secures our future energy infrastructure and includes the biggest programme of investment in our roads since the 1970s.

The package includes:

  • £800 million on the Manchester Motorway Scheme: M60 from Denton to Sharston; the M62 between Birchwood and Eccles; the M6 from Crewe to Knutsford and from the M62 to Ashton-in-Makerfield; and the M56 Junction from Stretton to Frodsham. Subject to finalisation of options.
  • A feasibility study to consider problems and solutions on trans-Pennine routes.
  • Up to £30 million through the innovative earn-back scheme to support infrastructure investment as part of the Manchester City Deal.

This builds on previous announcements:

  • Electrification of the Chat Moss line – reducing journey times and improving services between Liverpool and Manchester.
  • The Northern Hub project to improve connections between towns and cities across the North.
  • £230 million on the South East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy: A6 and Manchester Airport Relief Road. 
  • Trafford Metrolink. 
  • £319 million of the Regional Growth Fund has been invested in the North West to date.

David Mowat commented:

"These will make a real difference to all of us who live in Warrington and show this Government is delivering for hardworking people."

"Britain is in a global race, competing with countries investing billions in their infrastructure. In the past, we stood still while they moved forward. This Government has made good progress since 2010 to reverse that trend and these new plans build on that progress."

1 July 2013

Warrington Teenager with Deteriorative Muscle Condition heads to Westminster to speak about his aspirations

15 year old Lymm High pupil Jonny Barber, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a deteriorative muscle wasting condition affecting mainly boys, came to Westminster last week to meet his MP, David Mowat for afternoon tea, talk about his aspirations for the future and the challenges he thinks he will face in trying to achieve them. 

Jonny  part of Action Duchenne's Lottery-funded Transition to Adulthood Programme called 'Takin' Charge' which is helping those with Duchenne think about the future and develop important skills through an exciting programme involving workshops and an online e-portfolio.  The group have been learning new skills such as martial arts and film animation as well as developing their ability to use IT and social media.

Until recently, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy denied all young people living with it the chance to reach adulthood and the average age of death was late teens. However, now with the correct care and medical management through the use of steroids, cardiac management, spinal surgery and night time ventilation, these young people are living into their late twenties, thirties and beyond.

'These are exciting times' says Dr Janet Hoskin, Manager of the Takin' Charge Project.  'Research is now showing that if young people with Duchenne are given good care and medical support they should be able to look forward to adulthood.  This means they need to develop the skills to make good career choices and to live as independent adults.'

Jonny, his Dad, Nick Storer and his older brother Ben travelled to Westminster to attend this event.

Nick said:  'We wanted to tell David Mowat  how important it is that Jonny continues to receive good health, social, educational and employment support as he moves into adulthood.  It seems that children are relatively well supported, but that it is much harder for a severely disabled adult to gain the assistance that they need to enter higher education and move into employment."

Jonny said: "I joined Takin' Charge mainly so that I could meet other boys in the same situation as me. It has been good and already I have been wheelchair abseiling and climbing with a new friend. I am going to Westminster so that I can explain to my MP that I hope to go to University and at the moment think I would like to be a statistician.

"By then I will need full time personal care, but I don't want this to get in the way of what I can achieve.

Ben said: "I want my brother to have the same opportunities for higher education that I have.  I have just left Lymm High School and will be going on to University.  Jonny is at the same school and has the same aspirations."

Following the meeting David Mowat commented:

"I was delighted to meet Jonny and to find out more about this debilitating condition.
"Jonny is clearly a bright and intelligent young man who is determined not to let his condition stand in the way of what he wants to achieve. I wish him well for the future."

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