signalling a new way of prosperity and progress.
St Helens along with London, Plymouth and Nottingham was chosen to pilot
places enterprise and business success at the heart of long-term
regeneration, focussing on the economic potential and competitive advantage
of inner city or urban areas.
Chairman of the St Helens strategy group - local business leader Andrew
Smith - welcomed the national launch and the boost it will deliver to the
people and businesses of St Helens: 'Our new strategy for growth focuses on
fostering an entrepreneurial culture in the borough', says Mr Smith. 'It will
realign employment and training needs towards those sectors with the best
long term growth prospects, helping us to improve the physical appearance
of St Helens, and it will raise its profile and improve its image. It's a
major step forward and we look forward to the benefits it will bring to the
Borough. It's good for business, it's good for St Helens and it's good for
the wider community.'
City Growth board member Andy Bowden, the council's
executive member for urban regeneration: 'This strategy will really see us
unlock our potential. It will mean new jobs, new opportunities and a better
quality of life for the people of St Helens. It will build on some
excellent work that is already underway but will also outline the new areas
for growth and development that will secure our long term prosperity.'
The City Growth Strategy for St Helens has been developed following a major
programme of research and extensive consultation with local communities and
businesses. There are four key areas for action that include
'transformations' of the business base, the physical aspects of the Borough
and culture and perceptions of the area.
The Strategy has been developed by a bus iness led partnership from
St.Helens, St Helens Council and St Helens Chamber, supported by the Small
Business Service and the Northwest Development Agency. Although there is
no money attached to City Growth it is the strategy itself, which will
unlock the investment potential by spotlighting the 'wow' factor that
Council leader Marie Rimmer said: 'The chancellor was very enthusiastic
about the outcome of the City Growth pilot programme. The whole event was
very aspirational and upbeat and the presentation from St Helens was
extremely well received and the quality and depth of our strategy received
particular comment. St Helens really took centre stage at this very high
profile national event and we grasped every opportunity to showcase our
town and the City Growth Strategy which will serve as the catalyst for a
massive injection of jobs and investment.'
(See attached file: P1 pic.jpg) Gordon Brown with the Leader of St. Helens
Council Marie Rimmer
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