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The Ocean Gateway - Liverpool, Manchester and the Ship Canal

 By Anthony Hatton, Director of Strategic Projects, Peel Holdings, and Rachel Hinton, Head of sales, Peel Ports.   

Take a look at the  photo here. It's astonishing proof that a long-term business vision can be commercially successful. Our first speaker at Business Club in 2014 was Peter Nears from Peel Holdings; he left us amazed at this remarkable private company's list of 50 projects over the next 50 years costing (at least) £50 billions, on previously derelict land of the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board and Manchester Ship Canal. Peel created the Trafford Centre (now 30 million visitors a year) and MediaCity, when no-one imagined such regeneration was possible. Peel's long-term aim is "to make the North West of England the leading economic region of the UK." Amen to that.
Since that meeting in 2014, they've spent £350 million on a new deep-water port in Liverpool, the first new dock there since 1921. Containers chug up the canal - not the motorway. Your Tesco wine from Chile is now bottled in Salford. The future is.. rosé perhaps?
Come, hear two senior people who really know what they are talking about: from their perspective, the Northern Powerhouse is alive and well, indeed thriving, and they are making money out of it. We are very fortunate that they have agreed to come, again.

Anyone in business is welcome. Let me know who is attending, please!

From 7:30AM - Coffee, Pastries, Juice

8:00-9:00AM - Speaker and Questions, then networking over the bacon baps

High Peak Business Club offers superb networking with friendly people, so please pass details to colleagues and clients, or bring them along with you. We're not party political, and completely independent.

There's no membership subscription, but for each meeting it's £25, payable in advance, by BACs (details below) or by cheque payable to HPBC to 28 Whaley Lane, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7BA. Any queries, please reply to

You can also book via the website, HighPeakBusinessClub.Com where you can also see full reports of previous meetings.


Date: Friday 15th September 2017

Time: 7:30AM - 9:30AM

Location: Chapel Golf Club, Manchester Road, Chapel en le Frith, SK23 9UH


FUTURE DATES for your diary..
Friday October 6th, from 7.30am,  Chapel Golf Club: "Baking Up a Business" with Greggs plc's Retail Director Raymond Reynolds. Pasties for breakfast..why not?
Friday November 10th, from 7.30am, Chapel Golf Club: "Keep On Truckin'!" with Angelina Miley, HR Director of Warrington-based Eddie Stobart. They've come a long way since Eddie fist started driving a truck in Cumbria. Come and hear what they are up to now.
Friday 8th December, from 7.30am, Chapel Golf Club: "The Chancellor's Autumn Budget" with Ian Bingham, senior tax partner of BDO Manchester. So what now..? More taxes, perhaps? More spending? What will this Chancellor's plans mean for business in 2018?