A RUNCORN boss, who intends to create a 21st century version of Port Sunlight, was ‘delighted’ after meeting Investment Minister Lord Grimstone.
John Lewis MBE, the boss of the SOG Group, owner of the Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, met the minister yesterday Tuesday at the first British forum on property investment and infrastructure.
Mr Lewis said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet the Minister and personally thank him for the fantastic support SOG has received from DIT, as we seek to raise the necessary investment to fund our proposals to transform The Heath Business and Technical Park Site at Runcorn into Heath Park.
“Our goal is to create a 21st century version of Port Sunlight, a Net Zero place, where people can live, work and play in an environment fit to meet the challenges of climate change.”
Heath Park has been adopted as a ‘flagship project’ by the Liverpool City Region and is one of 35 ethical schemes promoted in the UK government’s Global Investment Atlas.
SOG is currently in discussions with a number of major international investors in an effort to bring Heath Park’s vision to fruition.
Mr Lewis added: “DIT’s support for Heath Park has been hugely important as we reach out to the global investment community.
“I was able to update Lord Grimstone on the latest news on our project and invite him to visit The Heath over the next few months to see the location first hand and meet the SOG Heath Park delivery team.”
Mr Lewis then took part in a panel discussion on how investment opportunities will help achieve the UK government’s net zero targets.