Wakefield is one of the most improved cities for ‘Good Growth’

​Date: 9/11/2016

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Wakefield is one of the most improved cities in the UK for 'Good Growth' according to a new report.

The city has been praised by independent analysts PWC, in a report comparing growth rates and growth benefits for local people across UK cities. Wakefield raised its scores for attracting new business and jobs, and improving skills and health.

The 'Good Growth for Cities 2016' report states that Wakefield has also retained its high ratings, from last year for offering affordable house prices and good transport links for residents and businesses.

Wakefield Council and its partners set a 'Good Growth' action plan in 2015. This plan focuses its approach on economic development, on building a more diverse economy and to encourage socially responsible employers to come to the district, as well as having the right infrastructure in place such as better transport. The plan is based on three key priorities: growing good businesses, growing good jobs and growing resilient communities.

Cllr Peter Box, CBE Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "This report shows our focus on growth that makes a real difference for local people, by attracting new business, jobs and investors is making a difference. This reflects our long-held view that the district is a great place to live, work and do business.

"However we are not complacent and our focus is to increase the quality of those jobs, to continue to raise skills and improving connectivity - something we are already doing as part of the Leeds City Region.

"It also remains important that we will have a university centre in the district. This will help to attract more highly skilled businesses and jobs. As part of this, it is vital that we, and our local employers, continue to invest in raising skill levels.

"We have faced tough times over recent years but this report shows that we are making good progress. As an example, our city and town centres have seen massive regeneration investment. We are also building new roads including the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, to improve the already excellent transport links.

"We will continue this work with the long term ambition to secure a strong future which will benefit everyone in the district."

The report can be read at http://www.pdf.pwc.co.uk/Good_Growth_For_Cities_2016.pdf



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