Lord Heseltine has filmed a special video for Knowsley Development Trust’s 25th anniversary next month.
The former Deputy Prime Minister set up the Merseyside Task Force which helped the Development Trust set up its North Mersey Business Centre headquarters to support new and fledgling businesses in the area.
With the support of the City Action Team and the Civic Trust, the Task Force approved £1m of funding to create 30,000 sq ft of modern offices and workshops on the site of a rundown former council depot in Kirkby.
Today, the once-derelict 7.5-acre site on the fringes of Knowsley Industrial Park, is now a thriving business hub, and home to 110 companies employing more than 750 people.
It is estimated that since the business centre was established more than 1,000 businesses have benefited from its facilities, and, collectively, they have created more than 6,000 jobs.
As a social enterprise, Knowsley Development Trust ploughs back all the profits from the business centre into projects that benefit local people, including Knowsley Enterprise Acdemy and community transport operation Your Travel Boroughwide.