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Businesses invited to help drive future productivity of northern Devon

Caddsdown Business Support Centre

Local businesses are invited to an event to help promote northern Devon's role in the future productivity of the area.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are supporting a consultation event to find out what local businesses and organisations think about the draft Productivity Strategy for the Heart of the South West. The strategy aims to help all businesses of any size across the region to thrive by unlocking natural potential, to ensure education and skills equip people for a changing job market and strengthen our connectivity.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 28 November 2017 from 4pm - 6.30pm at the Caddsdown Business Support Centre in Bideford.

Lead Member for the Economy at Torridge District Council, Councillor James Morrish, says:

"We want to make sure that the voice of local businesses is heard during this process so that the strategy truly reflects all our aspirations and is representative of the area as a whole, especially those rural areas and sectors of the economy that are often forgotten. While it would be great to see as many people as possible at the event, we appreciate working people are busy and so if you cant make it along then please use the links to leave your views online."

All of the councils in Devon and Somerset, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the two national park authorities and the three clinical commissioning groups, are working in partnership to deliver the Productivity Strategy for the Heart of the South West (HotSW).

Deputy Chair of the Joint Committee of the Leaders of the HotSW, Paul Diviani, says:

"The Heart of the South West economy is larger than that of Birmingham, so we need to be recognised for our true potential as a cohesive economic area. 

"Our vision is for all parts of the Heart of the South West to become more prosperous, enabling people to have a better quality of life and higher living standards. 

"To achieve that, we have to create a more vibrant and competitive economy where the benefits can be shared by everyone, and by working in partnership we can present a stronger proposition. We urge our stakeholders in business and the wider economic community to give us their views and help us create an effective strategy for delivery." 

More information about the event and how to book a place can be found online or by emailing sean.kearney@torridge.gov.uk.  The draft strategy is out for consultation until 15 December 2017 and  can also be viewed on Torbay Council's website.

The results from the consultation will be considered by the Joint Committee of the Leaders of the Heart of the South West and the Heart of the South West LEP Board, before a final Productivity Strategy is agreed early in 2018.

21 November 2017