Three key areas for district's economic health

Take a look at our Plan for Growth and have your say...

Braintree District Council has pledged to focus on three key areas to help support the district’s economic development over the next five years.  
 
In a new Draft Plan for Growth, which is currently out to consultation, the council states it will:
 
1.    Lobby for better infrastructure
2.    Work closely with partners, businesses and providers to increase educational attainment and improve skills 
3.    Offer business support

The council is asking residents, businesses and partners to give feedback before the plan is adopted. The Plan for Growth is intended to be delivered in partnership with other public sector organisations and the private sector.
 
Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, at Braintree District Council, said: 
 
“The district’s economy has performed well over the past four years for example there are more employment opportunities than there are unemployed people to work in them, we have strong sectors including construction, IT, digital and creative and now more people are finding opportunities locally rather than commuting out of the district. 
 
“But there are also challenges we need to overcoming to make sure that we continue to move forward, such as a need to continue to improve broadband, infrastructure and attainment levels. 
 
“In short, we want to encourage more businesses to the area, we want to support them to grow and we want to make sure that our young people have the skills to match the exciting jobs that are coming this way.”

• To view the draft plan: www.braintree.gov.uk/draftplanforgrowth 
• Respond as a local resident: www.braintree.gov.uk/rq 
• Respond on behalf of your business: www.braintree.gov.uk/bq 

Paper versions of the Draft Plan for Growth and response forms are available upon request please email economicd@braintree.gov.uk or call 01376 552525 and ask for the Economic Development Team.

The consultation will run until the 30th September.