Warwickshire county leader hopeful for economy future - The Leamington Observer

Warwickshire county leader hopeful for economy future

Leamington Editorial 14th Mar, 2021   0

‘AREAS of growth have blossomed despite economic downturn’ says Warwickshire’s county council leader.

Warwickshire County Council’s Leader Izzi Seccombe, has spoken of thousands of new jobs being created in and around the county across a range of sectors despite the impact of the pandemic on the local economy.

According to the leader, Warwickshire had high levels positive activity and investment earlier in the year, with large numbers of new jobs created across the entire county. They include in the automotive and future mobility, manufacturing and high-tech development sectors, as well as Warwickshire’s growing reputation as a gaming hub of the gaming industry.

Coun Seccombe said: “The news that there are so many significant investments in the county and surrounding region are very positive endorsements of our local economy. It’s hard to imagine that anywhere else in the UK has seen this level of activity and investment in future technologies, in the first two months of 2021.




“This has not come about by coincidence. For years, the county council and our local partners have been working to create the best possible infrastructure and talent for the local economy to flourish. We have worked to make sites and premises available and accessible to businesses. We have forged strong links between companies and the local universities to establish a talent pipeline.

“We have invested heavily in high tech, low carbon industries locally and have fully supported the move in the automotive industry towards electric vehicles.


“We have talked about bouncing back stronger after the pandemic. Clearly there is a huge amount of work that remains to be done and we know that many small businesses have been hit particularly hard. The county has been helping them throughout with access to grants, digital training, encouraging local custom, business support specialists and a host of other activities. We will be announcing details of our plans for a £140m Warwickshire Recovery Investment Fund in the coming weeks which vividly shows our commitment to supporting local business.

“But for now, the news coming out of the high-tech sector is very encouraging. We will continue to work hard, with all our partners, to build on this and cement Warwickshire’s growing reputation as the place to do high tech, low carbon business. That has given us a very strong foundation on which to launch the county’s economic recovery.”

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