Chancellor hosts Senior US Congress at Waters

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne showcased his plans to build a Northern Powerhouse, as he visited the Wilmslow-based UK headquarters of Waters Corporation on Friday, 27th March.

The visit was part of a tour of the North West the Chancellor undertook with a delegation of senior representatives from the US House of Representatives, led by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to highlight how the UK's national recovery will help secure the continued strength of the US and UK's economic relationship.

In 2014, US-based Waters Corporation opened its new £60 million mass spectrometry facility in Wilmslow. The facility, which was launched by the Chancellor, was designed and equipped to accelerate innovation in the field of mass spectrometry – a sophisticated analytical technique that enables scientists to measure components or contaminants present at molecular levels.

The Chancellor said: "The UK and US have an unrivalled historic economic partnership and I am delighted to host Speaker Boehner and his delegation at Waters Corporation in Wilmslow – a transatlantic business that is leading the way in the science and technology industry.

"Today provides an opportunity to showcase our long term economic plan to build a Northern Powerhouse that will create the right environment for businesses to grow. This will establish a truly national economy that will help secure our relationship long into the future."

Speaker John Boehner said: "We are truly grateful to Chancellor Osborne for giving our delegation a chance to see firsthand the impressive growth happening in Greater Manchester and the North West. Our economic partnership with the UK is vital to America's interests, and whether it's trade, manufacturing, or energy, there is no shortage of opportunities for us to continue strengthening these ties."

George Osborne, Waters Corporation


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Colin Jones
Saturday 28th March 2015 at 2:02 pm
Yes, a good story but, hey, I bet the Chancellor, the Government, and Cheshire East Council were pleased that Altrincham Road - especially near to the Waters Corporation site - was free of litter as the VIP party arrived. A couple of weeks earlier, before the big clean-up of Altrincham Road by Wilmslow Clean Team volunteers (and follow-up support by Ansa to remove the collected debris), and the very senior US visitors might not have been so impressed!
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 28th March 2015 at 10:16 pm
And Waters were sent a letter by the Clean Team asking them to join in the Spring Clean Week through their Corporate and Social responsibility programme. Guess what. We didn't hear a thing back from them. Let's just hope there is a better response from them next time.
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 10:54 am
The other good thing about the visit was that someone had actually done their homework and took the delegates to Peover/Knutsford. At least someone recognises that the history of an area is important.
Julie Green
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 3:48 pm
It's my understanding that Waters Corporation offices relocated to Wilmslow, in CHESHIRE, not Greater Manchester. Clearly, the US Senator was not advised of this by George Osborne?
Pete Taylor
Monday 30th March 2015 at 12:03 am
Did our MP ( find time to pop in to see the food bank volunteers?:

A rather sorry track-record, imho.
Kerry Louise Burgess
Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 7:44 pm
Interesting read. I wonder if we will be thinking this in 10 years time! I sincerely hope it does create the right environment for businesses to grow.