to light up the Merseyrail Community
are Southport Football Club's floodlight sponsors for the next 3
years. In a 1st for Southport Football Club, the exciting new
sponsorship partnership was announced on the Merseyrail Community
Stadium pitch before kick off on Easter Monday.
County Insurance adds fantastic financial support to Southport
Football Club's stadium development, linking in with the club's
dedicated supporters led by Trust in Yellow.
Trust in Yellow have led a fund raising series of events to raise
funds to support the club's ambitions to replace the stadiums
floodlights that date back to 1963. The symbolism of the Trust's
dedication to their fund raising was Colin Aindow's sponsored run
from Southport to Grimsby Town.
County Insurance's Managing Director Dave Clapp, Tim Crighton
(Marketing Director) and Kevin Catterall (Sales Director) have all
been impressed with Southport Football Club's ambitions for the
future and this major sponsorship will light up the Merseyrail
Community Stadium for next season.
County Insurance are based locally at 23 Princes Street, right in
the centre of Southport. This makes them an ideal insurance broker
if you'd like to pop in and discuss your insurance requirements in
person, and of course they are available on the phone and internet.
County Insurance offers the full suite of both personal and business
insurance services. On the personal insurance side, this includes
car, van, home and travel insurance.
For business insurance, this ranges from sole traders requiring
public liability or van insurance, through to larger businesses that
need premises, stock and vehicles insuring.
Just over a year ago, they launched a sister company called County
Financial Services, headed up by Southport life resident Paul
Gilchrist. So they can now offer mortgages, life insurance, sickness
cover and private health schemes.
County Insurance Managing Director Dave Clapp comments on the 3 year
sponsorship deal:- "We are delighted to have signed a major
sponsorship deal with Southport FC having held discussions with both
Charlie Clapham and Haydn Preece. We have sponsored several match
balls over the last couple of years but really wanted to take our
sponsorship of Southport FC to the next level, and sponsoring the
floodlights and tying in with the very worthy Trust in Yellow is a
perfect fit for us. Our Southport office has really flourished in
recent years and now employs over 45 people. We are expecting this
to grow in the next few years, and are hoping our sponsorship of
Southport FC further increases our profile in the region. We'd be
really grateful for all supporters of Southport FC to try us for
their personal and business insurance quotes to see how competitive
we can be, coupled with local broker service. We genuinely believe
we are a best of both worlds broker in that we are a Top 50 UK
broker who will provide £35m worth of insurance premiums for our
clients this year, but with a big emphasis on providing quality
local customer service. We are delighted to be a main sponsor of
Southport FC and are already looking forward to next season building
on the very promising form and results shown in recent weeks"
Commercial and Community Director Haydn Preece said:- "Easter
Monday was a wonderful day of celebration led by County Insurance.
We have a stadium up to Football League standard and now with County
Insurance's sponsorship we can construct the highest quality
floodlights. The club's ambitions are to compete for promotion to
the Football League so it is imperative we have all the facilities
to match. The new floodlights are fundamental to that. County
Insurances input plays a major part along with our supporter led
Trust in Yellow who I am sure will support County Insurance during
this fabulous long term floodlight sponsorship."
UK Government unveils a
major new renewables project within the Merseyside area
A major renewable electriCity project has been unveiled in
Merseyside as part of the government's world leading electriCity
reforms, giving a massive boost to green growth and green jobs. The
project, along with seven others across the UK, will provide up to
£12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs by
The project, based in Liverpool Bay, around 7 km North of the North
Wirral coast, involves an extension to the existing Burbo 2 Offshore
Wind Farm. It is expected to add a further for 258 MW of low-carbon
electriCity to Britain's energy mix.
The 8 projects, once built, will contribute around 15TWh or 14% of
the renewable electriCity we expect to come forward by 2020, helping
to put the UK well on the way to meeting the UK's renewable energy
target. They will also reduce emissions by 10 MtCO2 per year
compared to fossil fuel power generation.
The projects have been offered under Contracts for Difference (CfD),
which form part of Government's world leading ElectriCity Market
Reform programme. They include offshore wind farms, coal to biomass
conversions and a dedicated biomass plant with combined heat and
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:- "These
contracts for major renewable electriCity projects mark a new stage
in Britain's green energy investment boom. By themselves they will
bring green jobs and growth across the UK, but they are a
significant part of our efforts to give Britain cleaner and more
secure energy. These are the first investments from our reforms to
build the world's first low carbon electriCity market; reforms which
will see competition and markets attract tens of billions of pounds
of vital energy investment whilst reducing the costs of clean energy
to consumers. Record levels of energy investment are at the
forefront of the Government's infrastructure programme and are
filling the massive gap we inherited. It's practical reforms like
these that will keep the lights on and tackle climate change, by
giving investors more certainty."
There has been significant growth in renewable electriCity sector
with the renewables' share of total electriCity generation more than
doubling since 2010. We are supporting this growth to continue
through ElectriCity Market Reform and expect to deliver over 30%
renewable electriCity in 2020.
The 8 successful projects have been awarded contracts under the
Final Investment Decision (FID) Enabling for Renewables process,
allocating the first CfDs that are being introduced through the
ElectriCity Market Reform programme. Under CfDs, generators and
developers receive a fixed strike price for the electriCity they
produce for 15 years.
These contracts are vital to give investors the confidence they need
to pay the up front costs of major new infrastructure projects.
The contracts are supported by the new legislative framework
introduced through the Energy Act 2013.
Further CfDs will be made available in the autumn and the Government
intends to publish further details of the allocation process
alongside the Government Response to the January Consultation on
Competitive Allocation of CfDs shortly.
Together, the successful projects will help provide a secure,
affordable supply of electriCity and support skilled jobs, boosting
growth, supply chains and businesses across the country.