We want to attract new businesses, facilitate start-ups and enable existing businesses to expand – to further develop the prosperity of our district. We are therefore currently conducting a business accommodation survey to determine where additional capacity is required. We are also reviewing car parking capacity throughout the District to help maintain easy access and economic prosperity. We have committed £100,000 of further investment to improve high-speed broadband access.
In Uttlesford District
Sustainable economic growth is the driving force of national government policy and Uttlesford District Council shares this commitment. This focus results in increased prosperity, jobs growth
and more opportunities for everyone.
Locally over the last four years much has been achieved by our Economic Development Team; from helping local people fulfil their dream of starting a business to enabling existing businesses gain access to finance necessary to fund their expansion.The Team’s approach includes harnessing the skills, experience and capacity of local people to make things happen both for their own benefit and for the benefit of the district.
A prime example of this is the Stansted Business Forum, run by a small number of local people, a growing membership of over 90 small businesses, helping owners to generate more sales, providing a forum to share ideas and a friendly place for anyone thinking of starting a business to come and meet other businesses.
The Economic Development Strategy 2016-18 retains the focus of the previous two strategies on facilitating sustainable growth in jobs and businesses. The strategy also recognises the important role of the Team corporately in ensuring any external funding opportunities are identified to support economic growth.
In the City of Chelmsford
The Heart of Essex Partnership authorities comprising Brentwood Borough Council, Chelmsford City Council and Maldon District Council, commissioned Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) and Experian to prepare an Economic Futures Study for the Heart of Essex sub-region. The Heart of Essex sub-region is one of four Essex sub-regions, which sits alongside the Thames Gateway (South Essex), Haven Gateway and West Essex. The future economic growth of Essex is being influenced through the Essex Integrated County Strategy which sets out a series of economic priorities for the county to maximise economic growth.
Economic Plan for Essex
Economic growth is our top priority – our county’s future depends upon securing sustainable growth for our businesses and communities. This will not just help our businesses and communities to prosper; it will support the public finances, allowing us to continue to support those who are entitled to expect our help.
This plan, therefore, is our commitment to do more, with support from HM Government, to stimulate economic growth in three
- we will invest more on our own account, and encourage private investment in worthwhile projects that will deliver economic growth. Our ambition is to deliver £1bn of investment between now and 2021;
- with this investment, and by working together, public and private partners will help to deliver a major series of enabling projects described in the plan that we have identified as key to our future economic prosperity; and
- we will introduce a new and more proactive approach to economic development. We will not simply deliver these projects and hope for the expected investment to follow, but will actively market our investment opportunities, encouraging new businesses and investors and seeking out development partners where appropriate.
We believe these three changes will “turn the curve” – taking us from where we are now to a step increase in our economic performance through our ability, working together, to create the conditions to foster and enable economic growth.This EPfE is based on our submission to HM Government, as part of SELEP, for funding from the Single Local Growth Fund from 2015-16 onwards. It is intended to supplement the information submitted through SELEP and provide a clear focus on our ambitions for Essex and those of our partners in SELEP.