The new Morrisons’ store in Ampthill Road, Bedford is opening, bringing back into use a site that has stood empty and neglected for many years and creating new jobs.
It has been great to see a similar pattern of new firms setting up in the area with the likes of Viking Storage, Lantmannen Unibake and Waitrose becoming established and further new opportunities with B&Q at the Interchange Retail Park.
One of my top priorities as Mayor has been to bring new jobs to the borough, boosting the local economy and helping us all to prosper. These remain extremely challenging economic times, which is why it is more important than ever that the message goes out loud and clear that Bedford is open for business.
One way we have been able to do this has been through the nationally recognised success of the Jobs Hub, set up to support residents in accessing a wide range of work, training and self-employment opportunities. Since its opening in 2012 more than 7,000 people have visited the hub.
It’s great to see these successes but we need to do even more in the coming months and years to deliver the growth and boost jobs.
To achieve this we’ve put together an ambitious plan to help the borough grow and prosper. The draft Growth Plan shows potential investors the depth of the commitment in the borough to support the economic growth we need and we want local views on the plan.
Public consultation on the Growth Plan runs until August 26, 2013. Please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/growthplan, Borough Hall reception or the council’s libraries to see the plan and share your views.