Liverpool is enjoying one of the most dynamic and exciting periods in its history. It is a vibrant and successful city which continues to grow, attract businesses and jobs to the city whilst also growing our population. Despite being at the sharp end of austerity and sustained funding cuts, Liverpool’s economic future is overwhelmingly positive.
We currently have an exciting pipeline of regeneration developments worth around £14billion that will help transform even further the city’s economic prospects. Our culture and tourism sector is thriving, hosting events of national and international significance coupled with the city’s first class retail offer. We are at an advanced stage of planning for a new and improved cruise liner terminal with associated infrastructure including a new on-site hotel development which will further enhance our reputation in the global cruise market. The city also welcomed a return of the International Business Festival in June 2018, supported by UK Government, providing a platform for the global business community to invest and do deals with local industry under one roof.
The City Council has recently adopted its Mayoral Inclusive Growth Plan, setting out a series of long-term aims and priorities which are designed to ensure the growth in our economy benefits everyone across the city. These priorities will contribute towards delivering our vision of a strong and growing city built on fairness. The plan is a whole city approach working with residents, businesses and public sector partners to ensure that our neighbourhoods are great places to live with everyone feeling the effects of the economic growth we are stimulating. To realise our vision, we need to break the cycle of poverty, improve outcomes in early years, increase skills and educational attainment and reduce health inequalities. The council can only achieve this by being more closely aligned to our public sector partners, using data more intelligently and by empowering our citizens to play an increasing role in shaping how we deliver services.
Balanced against these opportunities are the budget challenges the city is facing. Since 2010 the Council will have lost over £400million in government funding. As a result, we have to do more with less and think more creatively about how we do things. Using our commercial intelligence and developing a strong spirit of entrepreneurialism to generate income through our ‘invest to earn’ programme is a major mayoral priority and sits at the forefront of our transformation programme.
That’s why we’re looking for a new Director of Finance and Resources with passion, drive and commitment and who understands the complexities of a major local authority. If you have ambition for yourself and for this city, thrive on challenges and getting results and share our values around fairness and inclusivity, then we want to hear from you.
Mayor of Liverpool