Tewkesbury Borough Council’s drive to support business growth and economic prosperity seeks to maximise the potential of its unique location, and fantastic road, rail and airport connections.
Its new economic development and tourism strategy puts employment land provision, for new and expanding businesses, and improving business critical transport infrastructure, at the forefront of its commitment, along with providing practical help and support to promote business growth.
Tewkesbury borough sits astride the M5, mainline railway connections, and one of the 10 busiest airports in the UK, giving unrivalled transport connections; excellent links to Bristol and Birmingham and a large part of the UK population within only 2 hours travel time.
The borough is home to a wide mix of businesses, from small local enterprises to major international companies, from tourism and agriculture to internationally renowned engineering and aerospace with cutting edge scientific and technical expertise.
Businesses trade locally, nationally and globally and we work to support these diverse needs in numerous ways, from farmers’ markets, to events promoting trade with China. The new Growth Hub, setting up shortly in the Tewkesbury public service centre illustrates that support, and will prove a real asset to local business people by offering free advice and practical help.
The strategy is a result of extensive consultation with businesses and our local partners about their needs. It is supported by an economic study and employment land review undertaken by Bruton Knowles and AMION Consulting, incorporating their recommendations. The council are also working closely with the G First LEP (local economic partnership) promoting the M5 growth zone in order to attract investment.
Economic growth is a council plan priority and the launch of the new strategy is an important step towards achieving that objective. Cllr Rob Bird, lead member for economic development, said
“Businesses have told us what they want, and we aim to deliver. We seek to capitalise on the natural advantage of our geographic location. Employment land planning that responds to the needs of business is critical, as are road and rail transport improvements, and the growth of the local airport, renowned for its commercial significance.
Economic prosperity makes life better for everyone, and this is a clear strategy designed to focus our efforts on what works for business.”
A full copy of the strategy can be found at: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/strategies-and-policies.
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