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NEWS: Liverpool through young professionals’ eyes

IDEAS for Liverpool, a 60-strong group of young professionals from 40 businesses across the city, including Morecrofts, has launched its vision outlining a collection of innovative solutions to tackle challenges and make Liverpool a more exciting and inclusive place to live and work.

Ideas for Liverpool was originally set up by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup to encourage young, local talent to use their knowledge and expertise to improve their home city.

The group aims to provide creative solutions to solve real problems the city faces and consists of professionals from a range of backgrounds including; town planners, architects, lecturers, solicitors, surveyors and communications professionals.

Trainee Solicitor at Morecrofts, Alex Parkington, is a member of the group. He said:

“Being a part of such a ground-breaking project has been a fantastic experience.

“Having met so many other young professionals from the city, and sharing ideas has given me a great underst

anding of the importance we have on the future landscape of Liverpool and I am excited to continue working with the team.”

Morecrofts have been involved with Ideas For Liverpool both by supporting Alex in his involvement and supporting the team at Arup.

Managing Partner of Morecrofts, Alison Lobb, said:

“It’s one thing to listen to the views of young professionals in the city, but it’s another to give them a platform like this to become real change-makers.

“What Arup have created is outstanding and I am delighted that Alex has been given the opportunity to contribute.”

Chair of Ideas for Liverpool and Arup’s Liverpool-based Senior Town Planner, Kim Cooper, said:

“I am born, raised, educated and working in Liverpool, so my ambition is to make my it the best it can be. The Ideas for Liverpool forum has provided an opportunity for young professionals across the city to meet and collaborate to help shape the Liverpool of the future.”

A background to the city’s challenges was given by Liverpool City Council Chief Executive, Tony Reeves and the professionals were split into groups to research how they could make it the most exciting and inclusive place to live and work.

With support during the process from the Mayor of Liverpool, Liverpool BID, KQ Liverpool, Culture Liverpool, University of Liverpool and Liverpool City Council, the resulting manifesto offers real and tangible ideas to positively impact on the people of Liverpool and address its current challenges.

Tony Reeves, Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, said:

“If we can mobilise the city’s residents, workers and businesses through collaboration and innovation the sky is the limit to what we can achieve. And so, this is why I was so attracted to the Ideas for Liverpool proposal. Empowering young professionals to put their collective talents towards identifying solutions to some of the biggest issues facing their city is such a brilliant initiative.”

Seeing the inspirational and positive solutions created by Ideas for Liverpool, Professional Liverpool along with Arup’s Kim Cooper have agreed to continue the forum, supporting the groups as necessary to bring their ideas to fruition, whilst planning for the next cohort to take on the cities challenges in two years time.

Philip Rooney, Chair of Professional Liverpool said

“I am really excited that Ideas for Liverpool have agreed to join forces with Professional Liverpool. Kim and her team have achieved a great deal in a short time and we are looking forward to being able to support them in the delivery and development of Ideas for Liverpool in the next phase of their journey.”

To read the full Ideas for Liverpool vision visit here

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