HALTON businesses are sceptical over a predicted jobs boom in the borough due to Liverpool's Capital of Culture status in 2008.
Bill Badrock, chief executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce, said businesses believe the celebrations will be a damp squib for the borough.
He said: 'I am not getting any positive vibes from local businesses in the borough. Having spoken to a lot of people they feel that it is nothing to do with them.
'Whether Halton will experience an economic boom is a matter of choice. They don't anticipate any positive changes as they feel it is something that is happening 20 miles up the road.
'The reason for the dinner was to invite Halton businesses down and for the people involved to get the positive message across to the borough.
'But at the moment traders are simply more concerned with local issues.'
Jason Harborow, Capital of Culture Company's chief executive, says he is confident Liverpool and all its neighbours will benefit.
But Mr Badrock insists his plan is 'too narrow'.
He added: 'I told Mr Harborow that he has got to look at the wider picture.
'They want to include the borough on the outskirts, including Halton, but they do not know how to engage us.
'A DVD was shown showcasing the Liverpool bid but if they want Halton on board then they need to make a second DVD and show what Halton has got to offer.
'We have the Brindley Centre, Runcorn Docks, Widnes Waterfront and the Silver Jubilee Bridge to shout about. Also, we have strong, successful businesses in the borough.'