BT – official partner of Capital of Culture

BT has become an official partner of Capital of Culture

Maybe this will help with the funding deficit?

BT has become an official partner of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture 2008 to help promote the city’s worldwide showcase.

The leading provider of communications solutions is the tenth official partner to sign up with the Liverpool Culture Company.The deal follows a five-year extension to the joint venture partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Direct Ltd (LDL), signed last December. The extension will save the city around £48m, and £8m of that is being ploughed back into supporting activities such as Capital of Culture, the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre and the 2007 birthday celebrations.

Chris Sayers, Director, Local Government, BT, said: “2008 will be a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool to showcase itself to the world. BT’s partnership with the council over the past few years has achieved some tremendous success, and this is an opportunity to widen our involvement to involve the community and the people of the North West.”

Merseyside is a key region for BT. It supports 25,000 jobs in the North West and last year generated £875 million for the area. Since Liverpool Direct Limited was set up in 2001, BT has invested £53m in new technology to improve and modernise Liverpool City Council services and are also investing a further £41m as part of the extension to the contract to 2017