The council has set the conditions for growth through its can-do attitude to land use, business support and place branding. This has helped Burnley outpace regional growth in private sector employment and gross value added per head. In September 2018, the corporate peer challenge team reported the council “is enabling and supporting the expansion of local business by adopting a wide range of creative and innovative approaches”.
Coventry City Council
Driving growth in partnership
Coventry City Council is ambitious and dynamic, aspiring to create sustainable and inclusive growth that enables all residents and businesses to prosper. Through a proactive, innovative approach to partnership working and securing investment, Coventry is already working to maximise the growth opportunities from being awarded UK City of Culture 2021 and European City of Sport 2019.
Croydon Means Business
Croydon LBC is driving growth to the local business community through innovative stakeholder engagement. This includes events, training and support in a co-ordinated partnership through its Croydon Means Business campaign. This supports its businesses to start, develop and grow – creating innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship.
Hull City Council
Working in better jobs and productive industries connects people to economic growth and opportunity. People who work in good jobs generally live longer, have better mental health and healthier lives. Successful and innovative businesses create wealth, provide well-paid jobs and make prosperous towns and cities. Ensuring Hull has a well-educated, skilled workforce, suitable business sites and high-quality infrastructure will help build an economy that works for all. The council works with the Yorkshire Powerhouse and Northern Powerhouse authorities to improve its infrastructure, support economic growth and ensure Hull benefits from the increasing amounts of national money coming into the region.
Great Yarmouth BC
Through investing proactively in the economy, developing responsive projects and working at the level of place with partners including the local enterprise partnership and port company, Great Yarmouth BC is creating and capturing exciting opportunities for inclusive growth. The borough’s top-performing enterprise zone, focused on the offshore energy sector, has attracted £180m investment since 2012, with the government committing £98m towards a third river crossing, joining the enterprise zone and port to the trunk road network. The council is also doing other ambitious work, including its own housing development, town centre improvements, plus services to assist people into business and employment.
Ambition for Leicestershire: Growth, Innovation and Skills
Leicester CC has bold ambitions to focus on making a difference to people’s lives. Its aim is to work across the council, building a strong economy that is growing and resilient, and where people and businesses can fulfil their potential. It achieves this by planning for good quality homes and communities, delivering transport that moves people and goods, exploiting its central location, installing digital infrastructure including ultrafast broadband and 5G, enabling businesses, building high quality workspace, providing income for the council to reinvest, ensuring people can benefit from our economic wins, and attracting and retaining a talented workforce.
Mid Devon DC
From award-winning strategies to peer-recognised commitment, the council is helping the market deliver award-winning growth and stepping in for market failure and delivering nationally recognised quality. It is reshaping its organisational resources for maximum effectiveness, owning and leading on nationally designated growth programmes, using its own assets and balance sheet to unlock regeneration and growth, creating infrastructure, and seeing levels of economic inactivity hit a 13-year low of 2.3% by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, 2017-18 housing delivery numbers are at their highest in 12 years.
Waltham Forest LBC
The creative choice
Waltham Forest is at a pivotal stage in its development. The borough has come a long way in the past few years, with a robust and creative regeneration programme and more than £800m of investment in recent years, with even more to come. This work has enabled it to transform housing, high streets, parks, schools and leisure facilities and the local business economy. Working with its partners to drive growth has made Waltham Forest not only a place where its residents and businesses can prosper but one where it is attractive to work, live and visit.
Welwyn Hatfield BC
Change brings opportunity
Welwyn Hatfield BC, through its economic development strategy, is delivering an economy that has a thriving entrepreneurial culture and actively supports and promotes sustainable communities. The council has formed strong partnerships with key stakeholders to set a new direction for Hatfield, with full community support and backed by the Hatfield renewal framework. The council has laid the foundations for investment and has already committed significant sums from its own resources. It aims to create the best environment to encourage business growth through the council’s local plan and business plan 2015-18.
Jason Kitcat, executive director of corporate development, Essex CC
Susie Kemp, chief executive, Swindon BC
Nick Page, chief executive, Solihull MBC
Tony Reeves, chief executive, Liverpool City Council