sale dr martens uk Town to bid for ‘centre of excellence’ in glass research and training
COUNCIL leader Barrie Grunewald says the town is “uniquely compatible” to be the location of an upcoming ‘centre of excellence’ in glass training and research.
Glass Futures was started in Sheffield by the UK glass sector’s trade body, British Glass, with its website stating it seeks to build a ‘centre of Excellence’ in glass research and development, training and production improvement.
The not for profit company says that it is looking to “construct two centres employing dozens of highly skilled staff, creating hundreds of related jobs across the supply chain”.
It adds that while sites “have not been finalised”, one of the hubs is “planned in the Liverpool City Region”, with the other in Yorkshire between Sheffield and Leeds.
The two transformational hubs located in the Northern Powerhouse “will be nationally significant, substantially benefitting the entire United Kingdom”, the company adds.
St Helens’ history is steeped in the glass making industry, with the town being home to manufacturing giant Pilkingtons, founded in 1826.
St Helens Council leader, Barrie Grunewald said: “We are aware of the Glass Futures project and have been monitoring the situation.
“Without doubt St Helens is a major contender as the ideal location for a centre of excellence in glass R innovation and training.
“Our heritage and knowledge of glass making, our association with the likes of Pilkington and NGF and our proximity and accessibility to academics within Liverpool universities all contribute to St Helens’ unique compatibility.”