West Suffolk Councils can help Haverhill businesses thrive

Paul Donno receives his Highly Recommended certificate from best of Haverhill owner Elaine CarrABCDE ANL-140423-114020005
Paul Donno receives his Highly Recommended certificate from best of Haverhill owner Elaine CarrABCDE ANL-140423-114020005

The head of economic development and growth for Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury councils, told business owners in the Haverhill area that increasing opportunities for growth was a top priority for West Suffolk Councils.

Addressing the bestof Haverhill’s April 17 networking event at Days Inn, Andrea Mayley said £3m of savings had been achieved through St Edmundsbury joining forces with Forest Heath.

Andrea introduced the six point plan for jobs and growth, of which meeting and understanding the needs of Suffolk businesses was a crucial part of the plan.

She commented that unless the businesses needs were fully understood the team could not help them, adding that they are there to act as honest, impartial brokers who had nothing to gain other than being part of the success of the businesses they were helping.

Promoting West Suffolk and communicating the unique selling point of the region to potential investors was another key area to creating more jobs.

The importance of market towns on the economy had been identified and supporting the markets in West Suffolk had been highlighted within the plan.

A West Suffolk markets development officer was appointed in January and was responsible for developing the markets.

Another factor in the plan was to ensure the right conditions for growth were in place in West Suffolk by removing any barriers to growth.

Andrea talked about the work that was being carried out with Cambridgeshire County Council to carry out a road and rail feasibility study along the A1307 corridor between Haverhill and Cambridge.

Developing skills and improving employment opportunities for all was a further factor and the final element of the plan was the need to capitalise on our key sectors and exploit the opportunities for growth in these areas.

Elaine Carr, owner of the bestof Haverhill comments: “It was encouraging to hear that there is a plan in place to support businesses in the region.

“There is no doubt that West Suffolk Councils realise the growth potential in Haverhill and they are committed

to helping businesses in the town with a range of activities from helping to find land and premises to highlighting funding opportunities.

“Local businesses should not hesitate to access the resources available to them.”

For further information on the six point plan please contact the economic development and growth team on 01284 757114 or email economic.development@westsuffolk.gov.uk.

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