Manchester City Council

Still Pumping

Met John Monks and Katy Archer this morning. John, a Manchester lad, will be well known to those of you with a Trade Union background and has more recently become a working peer, but he was here today in his capacity as Chair of the Trustees of the People's History Museum. Katy is the current Director and gave an update on progress at the museum since it reopened after major refurbishment and the addition of a striking extension to its Pump House home.

The good news is that even in these straightened times, the museum achieved its first year visitor target of 80,000 visitors. The breakdown of the visitors is interesting too with just over half from outside Greater Manchester, and more than ten percent international i.e. making a serious contribution to Manchester's leisure and tourism economy ( as well as informing and educating of course ). Not so good news is that like many other museums and galleries they are going to have to work hard to maintain income levels but John and Katy are very much up for the challenge at what is a unique Manchester-based institution.

Then off to Wythenshawe for the opening of Willow Park's new Enterprise Centre in Benchill. The Centre provides a mixture of incubator space and managed workspace for start-up companies from Wythenshawe and is housed in the former Neighbourhood office on Benchill Road.. Until recently, Benchill has not been synonymous with enterprise and entreprenaurship, but that is definitely changing. Just down the road is the Manchester Enterprise Academy, and the new centre builds on the successful work already being done at Benchill Community Centre to encourage new businesses in the area. Much of this is down to the work of the Willow Park Housing Trust, Manchester's first local housing company. Established by the City Council more than a decade ago following an enormous yes vote in a tenants' ballot, it was seen as more than a little controversial at the time, but that's changed too. Not only has the Trust invested in improving existing housing and building new, it has also invested in the community and in community facilities making a major contribution to improved quality of life and in improved life chances in East Wythenshawe. Opening the Enterprise Centre is a brave commitment by them but one that I am sure will be a great success for Wythenshawe and Wythenshawe people.

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  1. BERNIE WOOD Says:

    and then Richard just down the road at the |Tree of Life there is an extention of Talbot House Support Centre. There is a big need for parents of children and adults who have severe learning/physical disasbilities who are desperate for support. We opened 8 months ago and already a total of 50 parents come along for support Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Not just the big organisations getting on with it "from little acorns grow the oak tree"

  2. franky Says:

    I hope you are right! I worked for Ferranti and when the company changed from manufacturing computers to software, all the workers were made redundant. The local teachers came to us "to please, resist the changes because their students had no other such place to work. We couldn't change the company's mind!



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