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Employers give their views on county's growth agenda

Coun Oliver Hemsley discusses the St George's Barracks proposals with businessmen
Coun Oliver Hemsley discusses the St George's Barracks proposals with businessmen

More than a dozen large employers from across the county met with Rutland County Council to provide their views on the County’s growth agenda.

The workshop was organised by Rutland County Council’s Economic Development team and was designed to update the county’s biggest employers on Rutland’s growth plans, particularly the development of an employment zone at St George’s, while gaining their insight into the factors that limit growth locally.

Attendees included Lands’ End, Rutland Plastics, Linecross, C S Ellis, Berridge Taxis, Anglian Water and Hambleton Hall.

Discussions centred predominately on the need to improve transport links with employment centres, particularly developing sustainable transport links from Stamford, Ketton and Uppingham, services for younger people to commute to work and to support a range of shift patterns.

Attendees also highlighted the need to develop affordable homes to enable businesses to employ and develop a range of skills across different industries, particularly for lower paid positions.

Coun Oliver Hemsley (Con), Leader of Rutland County Council, said: “We have always worked hard to ensure Rutland is an excellent place to work, play and visit.

“We are determined that we continue that, so future generations can benefit from a thriving economy and the opportunity to live in high-quality homes, which are affordable and meet their needs.

“It is therefore essential that, when considering the future of Rutland, we engage with our major employers.

“Their insight and experiences provide the key to understanding the barriers to growth and the challenges faced by businesses.

"We are now able to consider their views as we move ahead with developing our plans for the St George’s employment zone and supporting development of the wider local economy.”

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