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Exeter Growth Point and Plymouth scheme contest national award

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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Some of the major schemes that make up the Exeter Growth Point

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Three Westcountry partnerships which have seen public and private sector organisations successfully work together to drive their local economy forward, are both set to contend a national award.

Exeter’s Growth Partnership, which is spearheading a massive regeneration project in the heart and the east of the city, together with Plymouth’s 1000 Club and The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service, are among 16 nominated finalists in the Public/Private Partnership category of the 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point is a partnership between Exeter City, East Devon District, Teignbridge District and Devon County Councils. Other partners on the Growth Board include the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), local business groups, such as the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, as well as representation from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership

They have collaborated to deliver an ambitious growth programme, expected to create around 20,000 new homes and over 25,000 jobs in the period up to 2026.

Key projects include the new low carbon community of Cranbrook,the Science Park, Skypark business park, rail freight terminal and the ongoing regeneration of the city centre.

The University of Exeter and Exeter International Airport are also represented alongside the developers behind the main projects, including St. Modwen, Eagle One and the Church Commissioners.

Exeter City Council leader and new Growth Board chair Pete Edwards said: “This is a great start to 2014 for the Growth Point Partners, to be shortlisted for an LGC Award is recognition that together we are stronger and can be very effective in getting things done. Working in this way we are able to bring real benefits for local people, not just in years to come but right now.”

Speaking on behalf of the consortium of developers at Cranbrook, Mike Owen added: “This nomination is testament to the close working relationship between the public and private sectors in the area. Cranbrook is developing rapidly including a start being made on phase two of the new community. Without such an effective and proactive arrangement we certainly would have not achieved the significant milestones at this stage in the programme.”

Plymouth’s 1000 Club was launched in 2012 through the Plymouth Growth Board – a partnership between business and public sector leaders – to make it easier for young people and employers to team up to better suit each other's needs.

The club is further developing member services which will include employer support packs, to make it easy for busy companies to consider generic activities for work experience placements, student placements and apprenticeships.

Over 800 organisations and businesses are signed up to the 1000 Club, including major city employers such as Kawasaki, First Great Western, Burt's Crisps, Babcocks, Rittal, Pipex and Plymouth Citybus.

Chair of the Growth Board and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Paul Woods said: "It's good for businesses as well as the young people who are able and enthusiastic, but who find themselves in a job market at a difficult time. Businesses gain as many young people offer a fresh prospective and different skills that can lead to new ideas and new trade."

The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service shortlisted in two categories is also set to contest the Public/Private Partnership award.

The joint service, commissioned by Devon and Somerset County Councils, has been recognised for its innovative partnership work in tackling rogue traders. It is also shortlisted in the awards' Tackling Fraud category.

The 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards will be held in London on March 12.

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  • edward06  |  January 16 2014, 10:45AM

    Cranbrook? Why don't they call it what it is, Exeter?

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