Hard work ahead to secure C4 bid success

C4 for LiverpoolThe hard work is underway to make sure that the very welcome decision by Channel Four to shortlist Liverpool to be its possible new HQ/Cultural Hub is translated into a winning bid.C4 bid pic

Parts of Channel Four are moving from central London and the broadcaster is looking for a city that offers it the right support and infrastructure to make a success of the move.

Liverpool’s bid is comprehensive, exciting and builds on the extraordinary cultural prowess of the city.

The bid has won commitments from the city’s energetic creative sector and has support from across the political leadership. You can read the motion myself and other Merseyside MPs have tabled by clicking here.

Liverpool’s ability to attract investors from across film, TV and music has helped to boost employment and training opportunities in recent years  Liverpool established Europe’s first Film Office and is now the most filmed outside of London with £90 million of productions currently in the pipeline.

The city has created a bid steering group that includes Liverpool John Moores University whose Screen School is recognised as one of the UK’s leading film faculties. Liverpool is also developing a new Film Studios, set to be one of Europe’s biggest, on Edge Lane. The city has a wealth of iconic locations for Channel Four and extensive existing studio capacity.

Good luck to the team that is drawing on all the goodwill and support from across our creative city to put in place the best possible bid. A final decision will be announced by C4 on October 1.