Region’s economic leaders join forces to boost jobs in north Notts

September 22, 2014 7:48 am

D2N2 Invest Ashfield Mansfield

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield brought the region’s top economic experts to Ashfield and Mansfield on 18 August to examine how to accelerate job creation and economic recovery in the area.

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield, the investment team for the two District Councils, led the region’s local economic partnership, D2N2, on a tour of strategic development sites, regeneration opportunities and leading businesses.

Ashfield and Mansfield District Council Leaders, Councillors and officers brought their economic strategy to life during the tour for D2N2 bosses and board members to discuss what more could be done to support the growth of locally thriving companies and to attract other top UK companies to the area.

The tour included the Rolls Royce development site in Hucknall, Sherwood Business Park, M1 access at junction 28, the A38 employment corridor, Sutton town centre’s Fox Street and Idlewells, the former Mansfield Brewery site, Stockwell Gate North, the Lindhurst development, Summit Park, Penniment Farm, Vision West Notts College and the Linney Group.

Mansfield Economic Regeneration Portfolio Holder, Cllr Kate Allsop, said: “Land values and property prices make it cost-effective to do business here. Companies like Linneys stay and grow because they can compete on price while drawing on a talented workforce. People want to stay because this is a stunning and affordable place that offers a great quality of life.

“More companies would benefit from our location: bringing jobs with them. We can accommodate their expansion at the Brewery site, Penniment Farm, Summit Park, Lindhurst, Sherwood Business Park, along the A38, at the Rolls Royce site and in our town centres.”

Ashfield District Council Leader, Cllr Chris Baron, said: “The Rolls Royce Watnall Road development in Hucknall is an ideal base for other advanced engineering firms. Our workforce is skilled, flexible, willing to learn and incredibly hard working. Rolls Royce benefits from employees hungry to work – other employers will too.”

Ashfield District Council Regeneration Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jim Aspinall, said: “Sutton town centre is a great community shopping area and, as such, has enjoyed one of the highest recession recovery rates in the UK. Our town centre development sites offer great potential to retailers and leisure operators looking to move in.”

D2N2 Chief Executive, David Ralph, said: “We all want the same thing: thriving businesses which can create more jobs for local people. We have a capital projects fund to support businesses to stay in this area and to bring in more companies.

“We want to see companies occupying these strategic development and regeneration sites. If there’s a financial stumbling block to getting them on board, that’s where we can step in to help them over the final hurdle.

“D2N2 wants to see 55,000 more jobs across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by 2023. Any funding we secure on behalf of the Invest Ashfield & Mansfield area will help businesses to create real jobs for the people here.”

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield is inviting the region’s businesses to come forward for help with capital costs to expand their operations or relocate to Ashfield and Mansfield.

Call the Invest Ashfield & Mansfield Team on 01623 463537 or contact us via emailVisit Invest Ashfield & Mansfield for site availability and business support schemes.

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