Nottingham Growth Plan could transform the fortunes of our city18 July 2012
. THIS is a milestone moment for Nottingham, which I believe will lead to a transformation of the city's fortunes over the next five to ten years.
The importance of the Nottingham Growth Plan to the city cannot be underestimated.
It brings numerous potential benefits to every individual living and working in Nottingham and to all businesses which trade here now and all new businesses which will in future.
The promotion of enterprise and growth in the key business sectors identified in the plan - digital content, life sciences, and clean technology - is a key component and the development of Nottingham's reputation in these areas will bring more investment to the city, particularly if the good work currently being done to enhance Nottingham's general reputation continues to be effected.
The plan's actions for growth, fostering enterprise, developing a skilled workforce and building a 21st century infrastructure support these key strategic aims.
Of course, a plan is of no use without a mechanism for implementation, real strategic leadership and sufficient resource to deliver it.
This is obvious and has been said before.
There are clearly big challenges ahead, but I believe they can be overcome provided that businesses and individuals within the city can be connected with the plan.
All of those involved in its execution and delivery have an obligation to make that happen.
It is positive for the city that although business and the public sector do not always agree, and should never be expected to, communication between the local authority and business is better and more mature today than it has ever been.
We should remember that we are all on the same side, working towards the future prosperity of our city.
We all can and should learn from the great example set by the Post, getting news and information about the plan out there.
I believe that all the city's business organisations, together with those tasked with implementing the plan, have a responsibility to ensure that those businesses small and large and those individuals who will benefit from the funding, strategic help, and training available are connected with it.
If you are reading this, you have a responsibility to tell your contacts about the Nottingham Growth Plan and the positive benefits it will bring for Nottingham.
Word of mouth will be vital in spreading news of this great project and ensuring that all those that need to know, do know.
Invest in Nottingham Club will pay its part in that process and will continue to support the various major development and infrastructure projects including the Enterprise Zone, Creative Quarter, the expansion of BioCity, MediPark, and the clean energy Initiatives.
We will also continue to work hard to attract new investment to the city and help foster the growth of indigenous business and to make sure we act as cheerleaders for Nottingham and its plans for the future.
Paul Southby is chairman of the Invest in Nottingham Club, the business-led partnership body which promotes growth and investment in the city.
Source: www.thisisnottingham.co.uk |