Town hall and business leaders have come together to answer questions about the borough’s economy.
Council chief executive Mike Palin, head of regeneration Mark Dickens, and Marie Rimmer, MP for St Helens South and Whiston attended an event hosted by St Helens Chamber.
Mr Palin highlighted the current challenges facing the borough, including the budgetary pressures as well as the huge opportunities available to St Helens through its geographical position at the heart of the northwest.
Mr Palin also discussed the need for a masterplan that will see the development of a thriving town centre, and the investments the Council makes in partnership working.
Kath Boullen, Chief Executive of St Helens Chamber, who chaired the event, said: “Keeping our Members informed of the issues which may affect their business and representing their interests both locally and nationally is at the forefront of our work as a Chamber.
“Being able to bring key influencers in front of our Members at business events like these is one of the key ways we are able to achieve this so we are very grateful to Mike Palin, Mark Dickens and Marie Rimmer MP, for making the time to talk to businesses and answer their questions.
“The discussion was very informative and hopefully all the Members who attended found the event valuable.”
Questions were put to the panel on a range of key topics, including devolution, broadband connectivity, a drive to improve the number of start-up businesses and the need for suitable business premises.
Mr Palin added: “The briefing was a valuable opportunity to meet local businesses and discuss how, together, we can take St Helens forward in the face of significant challenges.
“However, it was very clear that there is a determination and enthusiasm to make this happen – and re-establish the borough as a key business destination.”