Businesses and public sector organisations are being urged to get behind a new blueprint for future economic prosperity in Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire's first ever Growth Plan sets out the current strengths and weaknesses in the county's economy and proposes 28 major new initiatives to support businesses and bring jobs and growth to the area.
The action plans, which would be delivered by both the private and public sector, cover three main themes - competitive business growth, connectivity and aspiration. Included are proposals to:
Set up a new multi-million pound investment fund to be targeted at businesses with significant growth potential.
Develop a 'portal of information' on local business support available.
Create a Nottinghamshire Ambassadors Group to encourage inward investment.
Ensure key agencies deliver the major infrastructure investment in Notts, such as dualling of the A453, faster broadband and Midland Mainline improvements.
Secure and enhance the vibrancy of the county's town centres and market towns.
Create a Nottinghamshire commitment to apprenticeships.
The document, which was launched for consultation today, is designed to complement the existing Nottingham City Plan.
Mick Burrows, Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire County Council said, "Whilst we have been compiling the Growth Plan, it has been heartening to witness the enthusiasm, ideas and commitment of Nottinghamshire's business community to the future growth of our County. We have tapped into this positivity and innovation in the plan and are now seeking the support of all stakeholders in delivering the key actions that will drive Nottinghamshire's economy forward.
"The Growth Plan will be a live document, regularly updated and renewed to reflect progress and future challenges. It will be a vital tool in both promoting what Nottinghamshire has to offer and levering in additional Government funding to support our ambitions."
The Growth Plan has been compiled thanks to the input of numerous businesses and other stakeholders from throughout the county.
Benoy Ltd, a global business with its headquarters in Newark, is one of many companies to have worked with Nottinghamshire County Council to produce the Growth Plan.
Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman of Benoy said, "Benoy believes in the 'think local, act global' ethos and has found Nottinghamshire to be truly representative of this way of thinking. The company has an energetic and positive business community that includes local companies and global corporations.
"Benoy is proud of its origins and its Nottinghamshire office remains at the very heart of its operations With excellent school and universities, the area has a bank of academic and creative talent, ready to take the county and its businesses forward. Benoy is honoured and privileged to be able to promote the county across the UK and indeed, around the world."
George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “The Nottinghamshire Growth Plan is an exciting and ambitious document which sets out in detail the opportunities for business growth that exist across the county and, more importantly, the best ways to take full advantage.
“In recent weeks, we’ve seen the publication of both national and regional growth strategies and it’s good to see that these will be complemented by a local plan to drive future economic growth across Nottinghamshire, especially given that 80% of the county’s firms recently indicated that they plan to grow their business over the next 12 months.
“The County Council has put business growth at the very heart of this plan and the Chamber will ensure that the voice of local business is heard during this process by encouraging its members and other companies to respond to this consultation.”
Businesses, business organisations, Universities, Colleges, District, Borough and Parish Councils are all being encouraged to register their views on the Growth Plan.
The consultation is open until 7 December and the document can be viewed at www.nottinghamshire .gov.uk/growthplan