• supporting a national centre of excellence for innovation in the home of the UK glass industry.

    It was fantastic to be at the World of Glass with representatives from across the UK glass industry, St Helens Ambassadors, Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham and Marie Rimmer MP as we met to hear about the progress being made to create a national centre of excellence for innovation in St Helens, the home of the UK glass industry.

    The £50 million project, announced in February, would put St Helens at the forefront of glass manufacturing worldwide, and create 50 jobs across the borough. The plan for the new centre of excellence has pulled together leading glass companies such as Pilkingtons and NGF as well as universities, with the aim of developing new high tech products.

    The event gave Chairman of Saints and the St Helens Economic Board Eamonn McManus the opportunity to make the case for St Helens as the ideal location for the project and the benefits it would bring, both to the glass industry and the Borough.

    It is fitting that in our borough’s 150th anniversary year, St Helens is leading the way as a world leader in research and development in glass technology.