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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 […]

Manchester and Liverpool axis takes a step forwardLook, Steve, if your lot can just beat Arsenal for us...

Manchester and Liverpool axis takes a step forward

‘Best mates’ Steve Rotherham and Andy Burnham have landed the plum nominations as Labour candidates for the Liverpool and Manchester metro mayors, respectively.  Does this mean a new axis between the old rivals, asks Merrion Strategy MD, Dougal Paver. ‘Manchester men and Liverpool gentlemen’ is an old saying first noted in the early eighteenth century.   It stuck for a few […]

Today's the dayLook, George, we need to work with the Tories, so don't kick off in the meeting, okay?

Today’s the day

It’s crunch time for Liverpool as leaders of its six local authorities seek endorsement of its devolution deal from their fellow members.  As a betting man, Merrion managing director Dougal Paver believes it’ll get over the line. The cameras flashed, the politicians’ grins were as wide as the Mersey and the back-slapping was heartfelt: in spite of the nay-sayers, Liverpool’s six […]