Mendip District Council helped by local businesses

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By abbie_wells | Thursday, November 01, 2012, 12:44

Mendip District Council has asked the local community to help attract more business to the area.

Business representatives from the local area have already started working with the council to help them ensure the area is an attractive destination for both new and established companies.

Community 'champions' have been sharing ideas in forums set up by the council. These include local colleges, the Federation of Small Businesses, town councils and regeneration groups.

Key issues being explored, as part of the council's economic strategy, are good local road networks and the roll-out of super fast broadband.

The council now claims to be working one-to-one with major businesses to better understand their needs.

Chris Atkinson, Corporate Manager for Access to Services, said: "Successful businesses play a key role in ensuring that Mendip's economy becomes more productive.

"The council's economic strategy will set out not just how we can attract businesses to the area, but how we can work more closely to support enterprise.

"Successful businesses create jobs for local people and the money they earn goes back into the local economy which has a positive impact on everyone in the area."

Cllr Tom Killen, Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council with responsibility for economic development, said: "The economic strategy is one of the council's key priorities and we want to send out a message that we are open for business.

"The strategy will deliver social and environmental benefits as well as economic ones and has been influenced by local businesses people and community groups throughout Mendip.

"It underlines the council's commitment to proactively engaging with partners for the benefit of everyone living and working in Mendip."

The council's economic 'action plan' is due to be finalised at the end of November 2012.

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