Liverpool

Liverpool has a strong, diverse economyOutside Britain's three capitals, Liverpool is the clear leader in growth on a ten year basis. Well, well, well...

The Northern Powerhouse’s surprise package

Here at Merrion Towers we love charts and graphs that cast a light on the quirky, unusual or just downright interesting.  And those fine fellows at City Metric  have come up trumps with the one above.  So, which economy in the Northern Powerhouse do you think is the daddy-o? One of the great ruses in PR is to offer the […]

urban design in Camden TownWhat happens when urban design gets precedence over uniformity

Invest in great urban design or pack up and go home

As town and city centres deal with the perfect storm of on-line shopping, retailer failures and changing shopping and leisure patterns it’s hardly the time to be talking about investing in public realm and urban design.  Or is it, asks Dougal Paver. If you’re pension is heavily exposed to retail real estate now might be the time for a little […]

commonwealth pool LiverpoolLiverpool's eye-catching Commonwealth pool. Pic credit: Liverpool bid team

Chutzpah: the double-edged sword of civic boosterism

Merrion’s MD, Dougal Paver, has been a cheerleader for his home city of Liverpool for longer than he cares to admit and has seen how confidence and ballsiness breed success.  But chutzpah can also shield a city from the harsh realities of how others view it, as a recent incident demonstrated. We’ve all experienced it: a reality check from a loved one […]

New York from Jersey CityThe view from the Jersey shoreline that unlocked billions in new investment

The ambition pill: has your local authority taken it?

Ambition, focus and a credible plan can excite developers and investors and get them in step behind a local authority to deliver on its economic growth agenda.  But relatively few authorities are in the right place culturally, suggests Merrion MD Dougal Paver. The backdrop fitted the aspiration as councillor Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Council, stood up yesterday morning to address […]

The competitor to the Liveprool Commonwealth Games bidBirmingham: industrial it may be, but it's very, very well connected

Is Boston’s Olympics knock-back a lesson for the Liverpool Commonwealth Games bid?

Boston secured America’s Olympics nomination for the 2024 games in January 2015.  By the summer the city had pulled out in the face of a quiet public revolt.  What lessons does it hold for Liverpool and Birmingham as they bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games?  Merrion MD Dougal Paver explores the issue. Boston: wealthy, sophisticated, beautiful and smart.  A […]

How's that pound in your pocket?

How’s that pound in your pocket?

The good folk of Manchester, Liverpool and Wirral have enjoyed steady wage growth over the last five years – but don’t ask Merrion’s managing director why.  He’d only be guessing. Numeracy isn’t my thing, but as the son of a geography teacher maps, charts and graphs most certainly are.  Whilst pootling around my on-line reading list I came across the graph […]

Ditching diesel cars: where does your city stand?In need of a hydrogen engine. Quick

Ditching diesel cars: where does your city stand?

Diesel cars look like becoming the new pantomime villains, but controlling or even banning them from cities poses logistical as well as political challenges.  Merrion managing director Dougal Paver casts his eye over the issue. At the biggest private sector employer in Liverpool a shiny new car rolls off the production line every 80 seconds – and the vast majority are diesel. Liverpool council, […]

MIPIM 2017 beckons. But what's the key to making millions?All aboard for the jamboree of the year

MIPIM 2017 beckons. But what’s the key to making millions?

MIPIM 2017 is hoving rapidly in to view and the smarter folk are gearing up for the opportunities it offers.  After sixteen years in Cannes’ famous Bunker,  Merrion MD Dougal Paver reckons he’s found the key to success in the south of France. To the formal launch of Liverpool’s MIPIM 2017 programme this morning at the Shankly Hotel to hear more […]

Ten Streets LiverpoolStanding room only at the Ten Streets launch - unless you got a seat, of course.

You can’t beat a dose of benign autocracy

In an age of sophistry and double-speak, the public craves plain talking politicians.  Liverpool’s Mayor Anderson showed ’em how its done the other day, explains Merrion Strategy MD Dougal Paver. Liverpool’s Ten Streets regeneration programme is another step forward in the city’s relentless regeneration, the gist of which is to take ten parallel streets running at right angles from the dock […]

Housing allocation: who's left holding the ball?Housing density: just one of a number of things that will wind the public up

Housing allocation: who’s left holding the ball?

Being in opposition when the time comes to deliver an authority’s latest Local Plan is often a blessing in disguise, suggests Dougal Paver.  For starters, you don’t get the blame. Local authorities the land over are currently working on the latest development plans for their boroughs – the statutory documents which govern what can be developed, and where.  The quantum […]