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Crewe has future as high growth city

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The following speech was delivered at the South Cheshire Chamber’s 20th Annual Business Awards, where I talked about Crewe's potential to grow not only as a town, but as a future city.


Despite uncertainty generated by dramatic changes in local, national and world politics, Crewe’s economic growth was assured and the area could plan ahead with confidence.


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“Following on from the Brexit vote, we have a new Prime Minister, and now we have a new President of the United States. We are also trying to understand what the measures taken in the Autumn Statement will mean for the future.


“What is needed from Government is a clear plan and strategy that will create some stability and give business the confidence to invest in the future and to meet the challenges that lie ahead.


“In spite of all this uncertainty, there is one thing that I am very certain about – and that is that Crewe will go on to achieve substantial economic growth and become one of the most successful and prosperous towns - if not cities - in the country.


“These are exciting times for South Cheshire and the recent announcement confirming the line of HS2 and the creation of a maintenance depot here is further evidence that this is going to happen.”


"The key will be to develop an ambitious Master Plan that will completely transform the area with new roads, commercial, educational and housing developed in balance with the growth in population. Although some elements may be controversial in the short-term, there will be greater long-term benefits.


"To ensure that business plays its full part in this process the Chamber has created a formal Business Council which is part of the Chambers governance structure.


"This gives the Chamber a formal platform to work with the Council to help shape future economic strategy.


“Of all the aspects of future development opportunities, the one that is at the top of everyone’s agenda is Crewe Town Centre.


“This is something that businesses can really influence and shape and I am determined that the Business Council should focus on giving top priority to developing a vibrant but very different town centre than we have at the moment.”


The Chamber is pressing for positive change to help businesses overcome existing hurdles such as access, traffic congestion and parking while offering finance to support business growth and advice on exporting.

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