Business Says New Councils Must Stimulate Growth…
Business leaders in North Staffordshire are calling upon local authorities to create a pro-growth environment that encourages enterprise and aspiration.
Following the local election results, the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce says businesses are ready to deliver prosperity, jobs, and sustained economic growth but they need to see commitment and action from the new councils on 6 key issues.
TRANSPORT: business needs a direct connection to HS2 plus ongoing investment in our roads and public transport facilities.
CITY AND TOWN CENTRES: business needs a strong, vibrant city centre, together with defined, distinct and supported roles for our town centres.
TALENT: business needs schools to equip young people for the world of work and embrace ongoing contact with employers.
ENERGY: business wants to see delivery of the District Heat Network for stable energy and supply chain development.
PROCUREMENT: business needs local public sector bodies to spend more of their budgets in North Staffordshire.
PREMISES: business needs access to quality land and premises, with supportive and responsive planning services.
Jonathan Mitchell, President of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce said:
“To create more jobs in North Staffordshire, we have to create the right conditions for our local firms to grow. That means making sure we have the very best transport connections, including an HS2 station in the city. We need to offer a great supply of land and premises, a skilled and flexible workforce and a ‘can-do’ attitude to make it easy for people to do business here. Critically, we must now send a clear signal to the UK and beyond that North Staffordshire is open for business and is a fantastic place to invest.”
We look forward to working with the new councils to bring wealth and opportunities to North Staffordshire.”
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