LAST week I was delighted to welcome Sports Minister, Helen Grant MP to meet with representatives of the Royal and Ancient (R&A), Wirral Council and members of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club to talk about the forthcoming Open Golf Championship in Hoylake.
The plans for the Golf Open are well under way and this year there will be an investment of £2.7m in fibre optic cabling to create the world's first outdoor Wi-Fi mesh supporting the Open.
Approximately 20,000 seats will start to be installed in April and 30,000 square metres of tents will start to appear in May. We all remember the Open in 2006, the wonderful weather, the crowds and the magnificent Tiger Woods taming the golf course. This year's tournament promises to be the best ever.
Later in the week I went along to visit a new High Street business in Pensby which brought together two existing companies in Pensby Road - Concept Mortgages, run by Christian Coventry, and Stanhope Accountancy and Advisory, run by Joanne Stanhope.
This joint venture has benefited from the government's help for small and medium sized businesses through business rate relief and they have also taken on more staff including an apprentice. I wish Christian, Joanne and their teams every success.
I finished the week Viking-style! Dinner, poetry, and a Viking play; all part of the commemorations the Friends of Meols Park have been arranging to celebrate Wirral’s Viking connections and in preparation for bringing a longboat to Wirral later this year.
Well done to Roy Shuttleworth and the team and a special thank you to Prof Stephen Harding.
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