Britain's new Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition has this week unveiled controversial plans to replace regional development agencies with local enterprise partnerships.
The North West Development Agency (NWDA), a massive supporter of the Recycling Lives concept, could face being disbanded when plans to create local enterprise partnerships, made up of councils and local business heads move forward.
But Government Ministers have hinted that these new bodies may take the form of the existing Regional Development Agencies in areas where they are popular; which would mean the NWDA would still exist under a different name after the changes.
The Chief Executive of the NWDA, Steven Broomhead, presented new Business Secretary Vince Cable with testimonial letters of the NWDA services from business leaders CBI and the North West Leadership during his visit to the agency’s headquarters in Warrington on Thursday.
Recycling Lives also gives its full backing to the organisation which has been ‘Making big things happen’ in the North West since 1999.
To date the agency has created or safeguarded 222,000 jobs, created 23,000 new businesses, reclaimed 4,700 ha of Brownfield land and levered £3.2 billion private sector investment.
It has been instrumental in driving forward the growth of Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus, reversing the decline in areas like Ancoats and Blackpool, and turning transformational projects such as MediaCityUK and the University of Cumbria into a reality.
Closer to home the NWDA has played a key role in the success of Recycling Lives and its plans to develop the company for national expansion.
Over the next five years Recycling Lives intends to open 50 new centres across the country offering people down on their luck the opportunity to make their lives better through education, training and work experience.