With two key Enterprise Zones, the formation of a new Business Improvement District (BID) and a huge regeneration project in consultation with Chamber representatives, West Suffolk councils are building on success and paving the way for jobs growth.
Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “Engineering the right opportunities to encourage existing businesses to expand, and new businesses to relocate to West Suffolk is at the heart of our everyday work. We now have the Eastern Relief Road in Bury St Edmunds underway, which triggers the 68 hectare expansion of the Suffolk Business Park and will eventually lead to around 14,000 new jobs. We successfully worked with the LEPs to secure Enterprise Zone status for 14 hectares of the Suffolk Business Park plus the Haverhill Research Park – all of which offers additional incentives for businesses to move onto these sites. The Haverhill town centre masterplan meanwhile is already attracting retail interest with a number of new shops looking to open in the town over the next year. West Suffolk is built on success and we never stop pushing to achieve more.”
Cllr James Waters, Leader of Forest Heath District Council said: “With every challenge comes opportunities and none so big than the chance for the regeneration of Mildenhall that lie with the RAF Mildenhall site – check the festival schedule for our 5 October event for more on this.
We recently embraced the opportunity to invest in a new factory in Brandon – that investment secures manufacturing in the town and the creation of more than 80 new jobs. Newmarket town centre, meanwhile, has in recent years punched below its weight. The creation of a Newmarket BID, the visitor spend that will come to the town centre with the opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, our commitment to bring Queensbury Lodge which stands at one of the main gateways to the town centre back into everyday economic use, and the fantastic work of the Newmarket Vision group, all aim to help Newmarket get the national recognition it so richly deserves.”
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth said: “The West Suffolk Business Festival is a great occasion for people to network, to hear from experienced professionals on an array of useful subjects, to make new contacts and generate new leads to help build their business for even greater success. We are proud to put on this sixth annual business festival. It has become an essential fixture in many people’s calendars, so have a look through our busy schedule of events and I am sure we will see many of you there.”
Cllr Lance Stanbury, Forest Heath’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth said: “We continue to support local businesses working with the LEPs, Chambers and other business leaders. Whether its expansion, relocation or our grant schemes, we are always keen to work with businesses to support their ongoing success. We are delighted to once again be sponsoring the West Suffolk award for international trade in the Bury Free Press business awards – and I for one can’t wait for the festival to begin.”