Economy in the north of Warwickshire ready for take off
The economy in the north of Warwickshire could be on the verge of take-off – but the events of the next few months will be key.
That was the over-riding message from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s north branch meeting of business leaders, local authorities and MP Marcus Jones at Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council’s Town Hall in Nuneaton.
The meeting heard about the latest developments for Transforming Nuneaton, potential future upgrades to the A5, the ongoing plans for a Business Improvement District (BID) and the opportunity for national funding to boost the high street.
Former Chamber president John Nollett, who has an engineering business in the area, chaired the meeting, and he said there was plenty to be positive about in the region.
He said: “There was a really strong feeling that there is a great deal of potential for the north of Warwickshire and that could soon start to be realised should certain elements come together in the next few months.
“We heard how the whole Transforming Nuneaton might soon have its first couple of developments ready to go and how that could kick-start further investment in the town. There was also the latest on the BID and all of the development going on along the A5 corridor, which will require the road itself to be upgraded.
“There is also a significant amount of work being done around skills across our patch and ensuring we have a workforce that is ready to meet the needs of a changing economy.
“It was great to hear about the new Chamber Talent programme that is looking to support the business stars of the future which was launched recently.”
John added: “It was great to have businesses, local authorities and Marcus Jones all in the same room discussing these important pieces of the wider economic jigsaw for our region because this is a really important period for the area.”