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New Forest District Council Launches a Vision for Economic Growth

New Forest District Council has published their Economic Development Strategy, setting a vision and key economic targets for the district over the next five years.

The strategy aims to tackle the identified barriers to growth in five key themes covering skills, productivity, infrastructure, towns and villages, and the unique nature of the New Forest.

Cllr Michael Harris, Portfolio Holder for Local Economic Development. Said, "The purpose of this strategy is to deliver a vibrant and growing local economy, ultimately ensuring the New Forest becomes established as a place where thriving business and beautiful landscape come hand in hand. The New Forest economy, the third largest economy in Hampshire, has a value of £4.4 billion with over 9,000 businesses based in the district; a figure more than either Southampton or Portsmouth.  We have a  can-do attitude to enabling businesses to start and flourish in the district, the New Forest is open for business." 

The Strategy will be delivered in collaboration with a range of external partners including New Forest Business Partnership, the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park Authority. It will also seek to ensure that the Council's business facing services work together to improve efficiency, notably the authority's recently published Procurement Strategy which aims to boost local productivity by encouraging local businesses to tender for council works and opportunities.


Published: 4 Jul 2018
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