The new Economic Growth Strategy for Shropshire was approved in November 2012. The plan makes it clear that Shropshire is 'open for business' and aims to ensure we are ready for growth, when it comes.
The new Economic Growth Strategy provides a coherent agenda for growth in the period 2012 - 2026. Aligned to the Shropshire Development Frankework, it will become part of how we will do business to support the delivery of conditions for growth.
The strategy will be based upon robust research provided by up-to-date economic intelligence for Shropshire, which can be viewed via the link on this page, the results of a comprehensive employers survey, and feedback through the engagement of businesses, voluntary and community organisations and other key stakeholders.
Mandy Thorn, chair of the Shropshire Business Board, said: "The ultimate aim of this strategy is to improve the economic competitiveness of Shropshire. To that end, we are determined to increase employment and wealth opportunities for all, and to improve the ability of businesses to respond to changes in external market forces".
Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for economic growth and prosperity, said: "It is important that the strategy reflects the views of the people of Shropshire if we are to produce a working document that can be delivered by us all working together".
The strategy takes a new and innovative approach to delivery, with members of the Business Board stepping up to champion and drive forward implementation. The Business Board has set a smaller number of key strategic actions from the strategy to focus activity in the first 18 months to two years to support us in achieving our longer term goals.
There will be further opportunities for businesses, voluntary and community organisations and public sector bodies to get involved through the development of the business plan to deliver the strategy.