MDA Innovation Network

The MDA established the Network in autumn 2010 for knowledge based and innovative businesses, with the aim of encouraging business interaction and growth across the West Cheshire, North East Wales and Wirral area.

The project is creating a managed but informal network of knowledge-based companies and those who support growth of such businesses, such as advisors, investors, legal advisors, industry and university experts, government agencies, etc. The events consist of  six informal business breakfasts per annum  to be held in appropriate centres throughtout the MDA region,  plus the occasional special seminar.  Further information and dates are available on the innovation network tab.

Make It In Manufacturing

The Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA)  sourced  funding in 2009 which enabled  the Alliance to work with the Manufacturing Institute and the Make It campaign until February 2012 . During this time the MDA  funded  5 events which has involved over  60 local school teams,  with  approximately 650 children participating  in Make It Challenge events since this time , and supported a number of other challenges.

The charitable Make It campaign, delivered by The Manufacturing Institute is helping to attract the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing by promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career destination for young people.  The campaign is a programme of education-business linked activities that are designed to support the curriculum and to create links between schools and manufacturing partners.

The programme is a one day enterprise education event for Year 9 pupils, at each event up to fifteen local schools will participate and enter a team of twelve pupils to compete to create a new product. Each school team is judged on their understanding of the design brief, the successful completion of key tasks and their enterprising skills and qualities. The winning team from each events  go on to represent their school at an annual Make It Grand Final.

The Grand Final 2011/12 of the Make It Enterprising Challenge series for was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Thursday 28th June. Three qualifying events, sponsored by URENCO, Sharp and UPM Shotton, were held across the MDA area, with the top two schools from each event invited to participate in the Final. For the purposes of the Final, which was sponsored by Premier Foods, each team was challenged to design, make, market and sell a new food or drink project to be sold during the Olympic Games.

Schools invited from the MDA area were: St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham; Ysgol Clywedog, Wrexham; Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Bebington; Christleton High School; Helsby High School: and St Nicholas Catholic High School, Hartford.

The winner of the Final was Archbishop Blanch School, Liverpool.

On the 18th December 2012, the MDA supported the Make It Chemical Industry Enterprising Challenge at the Holiday Inn in Ellesmere Port. 11 schools from across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales participated in designing and making a brand new soap product and packaging for a specific customer base of their choosing. The event was delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council and funded by ChemClust, an initiative supported by European Regional Development Fund to develop skills within the local chemical industry and build links between schools and local businesses.

Further information can be found on the Manufacturing Institute’s ‘Make It’ website.

Secondary schools in Cheshire West and Chester, as well as across the North East Wales and Wirral area were able to apply to send teams of eight year 9 pupils to the following events.  For further information please contact

Green Infrastructure Framework

Planning for green infrastructure helps to identify, protect, conserve, enhance and extend healthy natural and built environments, to address the effects of climate change on our communities and to ensure that built developments include usable open spaces that meet the needs of tomorrow’s generations.

The project is supported by Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Councils along with Cheshire West & Chester, Wirral and Cheshire East Councils, the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales and Natural England. Further information can be found on this link.