Main Associations in Knowsley - Liverpool City Region
Up until the middle of the 20th century most of Knowsley's now urbanized areas were vast
fields seperating the small Lancashire villages of Prescot, Kirkby, Huyton, Halewood and Cronton.
At the end of the 16th century and the early part of the 17th century,
Prescot was home to the Prescot Playhouse, a purpose-built Shakespearean theatre.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Prescot and Cronton particularly was at the centre of the
watch and clock making industry.
This remained the case until the collapse of the Lancashire Watch Company in 1910 which brought
about the downfall of the trade in the area.
It was around this time that the Liverpool overspill began to take hold of the region, as the ever expanding city saw new residents settle into the area. The Liverpool City Council began to buy up land from the Earl of Derby's huge Knowsley estate and set about building homes for the new occupants. The change saw the area quickly change from being a largely agricultural region, to a more industrialised one, with new businesses taking hold in the borough. For areas like Prescot, the BICC company was the primary industrial employer in the town.
As the Liverpool sprawl extended to areas like Kirkby and Halewood in the middle of the 20th century, new trades drove the local economy even further towards industry. Kirkby town saw the Royal Ordnance filling factory open in 1941. The factory was a big employer in the region, with over twenty thousand workers employed there during its hey day. While Halewood saw the original essembly line giants Ford make car manufacturing a key component for the region, investing heavily in the town. It has remained a major trade for Knowsley and the city region ever since.
In 1971, Knowsley took advantage of its vast stately home estate and built a world class safari park. The park attracts visitors from all over the world and is a member of both the 'British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (BIAZA) and the 'European Association of Zoos and Aquaria' (EAZA).
Whilst world reknowned blue chip companies like QVC have bought into Knowsley, with the opening of both a call centre and distribution warehouse in Kirkby. Some companies like BICC have since come and gone, but this leaves the door open for new businesses to take hold in the areas left behind.
In 2000, the site of the old BICC factory became Cable's Retail Park, a name given to it in reference to the old employer. As regeneration projects continue to revitalise the borough, Knowsley reshapes its land, trades and people for a future that is looking more and more promising.
Some of the other associations with Knowsley include; Knowsley Industrial Park, The Mersey Forest, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, The Mersey Regional Burns & Plastic Reconstruction Unit, Knowsley Hall, Discover Knowsley, The Halewood Land Rover Experience and the Liverpool City Region LEP.
Knowsley Borough Council
Knowsley Borough Council has been a Labour council since its first election in 1973. Through a range of forward thinking developments and local partnerships they are aiming to turn Knowsley into a major economy for the Liverpool city region.
|Knowsley Borough Council creation||1973|
|Became the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley||1974|
|Partnered with four local authorities to form Merseyside||1974|
|Joined five other local authorities to form the Liverpool City Region||2009|
Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is a major tourist attraction for the Liverpool City Region, attracting visitors from all over the UK. It also contributes to conservation and research through links with conservation projects and universities like the 'University of Liverpool'.
|Opened with the expertise of a former Uganda and Botswana Chief Warden||1971|
|Monkeys, Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras and Antelope arrive||1971|
|Tigers, White Rhino, Camels and Buffalo added to the park||1973|
|The Olympic torch relay arrived at the park and was welcomed by 6,000 people||2012|
|Named Best UK Safari Park by Trip Advisor's Travellers' Choice awards||2014|
Knowsley Community College
The KCC is an innovative and passionate college with an excellent track record of delivering high quality education throughout the borough. It has further education colleges based over three sites within the borough, in Huyton, Roby and Kirkby.
|Established following the amalgamation of two existing Knowsley colleges||1990|
Knowsley Housing Trust
The Knowsley Housing Trust are a not-for-profit Housing Association providing high quality homes at affordable rents within the borough. They currently provide homes for around 25,000 people, with around 14,000 homes in Knowsley.
|The Knowsley Housing Trust formed to provide affordable quality homes||2002|
|Won the 'Low Carbon Economy Award' at the Knowsley Business Awards||2011|
|'Energy Saving Initiative of the Year' at the Sustainable Housing Awards||2012|
|Won the 'Eco Performance and Most Improved' at the SHIFT Awards||2012|
The Knowsley Chamber of Commerce is a proactive organisation that works with local businesses to help them develop through local, regional, national and international networks. It's a membership led, not-for-profit organisation providing assistance and advice.
|Formed to support local businesses within Knowsley||1988|
|Provides even closer relations with the other 5 Chambers across the LCR||2014|
QVC Shopping Channel
QVC standing for Quality, Value and Convenience, are an American blue chip company with a base in the borough of Knowsley. They are one of the world's biggest multimedia retailers. Its UK call centre and distribution warehouse are also located in Knowsley.
|The original US channel was founded by Joseph Segel in Pennsylvania||1986|
|The Shopping Channel first broadcast in the United Kingdom||1993|
|Facilities were moved to Kirkby from Liverpool's Harrington Dock||1998|