FRESH priorities to supporting business have been backed.
Calderdale’s Economic Task Force, backed at last night’s Cabinet meeting, will build on previous successes in attracting start-ups and developing job opportunities.
So far the task force has seen £2.9 million invested across more than 50 business projects in the borough.
And Calderdale is eighth of all English authorities for the number of business start-ups.
A further £2.5m has been identified in the council’s budget for such work.
Clr Tim Swift, council leader and chair of the Economic Task Force, said: “The council can play a major part in securing the continuing economic development of our communities in hard times.
“The priorities we are agreeing set out clearly how we intend to achieve this. This is about targeting our efforts to work as effectively as we can with local businesses, encourage development and provide better opportunities for young people who are struggling to find worthwhile employment.”
Helping young people find employment
Marketing Calderdale to increase tourism, investment and business – the council believes the Tour de France will be key to achieving the priority.
Working closely with significant employers in the borough
Opening up sites which are currently difficult to develop, to attract new businesses, investment and expansion
Reducing the impact of lower public expenditure and welfare reform on individuals and communities.