Bouncing back together - October 2021 to March 2023

Promoting Prosperity

Promoting Prosperity

Our priorities

  • Make use of the competitive advantage of our location to attract new business
  • Support the growth of key employment sectors
  • Enable businesses to thrive with access to business support and key networks
  • Ensure skills and training provision align to meet the needs of the local economy now and in the future
  • Develop our culture and heritage offer in shaping opportunities for tourism and investment

We will

  • Continue with the development of Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park creating up to 2,000 high quality jobs
  • Complete the Horizon 120 Enterprise Centre providing space for conferences and events as well as serviced offices, café and public plaza for startup companies and SME’s
  • Develop the Witham Enterprise Centre providing small industrial units for startup companies and SME’s 
  • Complete the I-Construct innovation centre supporting the development of SME’s in the construction sector
  • Refresh our Plan for Growth to identify future priorities and deliver the outcomes of the associated Action Plan
  • Deliver campaigns to promote Braintree District as a place to invest in, live in and visit
  • Support individuals back into employment by addressing barriers and providing tailored support and access to training

Working with others we will

  • Rise to the economic challenges by working in partnership with members of the North Essex Economic board to provide support to businesses and create opportunities to boost growth
  • Continue to develop the business support offer for the construction sector as part of the I-Construct innovation centre
  • Continue to provide signposting to business support, advice and suitable grants
  • Ensure residents have access to the skills programmes and education they need to access employment opportunities including in new and expanding sectors