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Developer backs ‘Stoke-on-Trent Remembers’ campaign with £10,000 cash boost

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St. Modwen has pledged £10,000 to support the four-year initiative, which has seen a host of activities take place across the city.

As part of the commemorations, Stoke-on-Trent City Council unveiled six 8ft tall silhouettes, made from galvanized steel. Created by local artist Andy Edwards, the silhouettes depict servicemen from the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent (Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall) with a passage that describes their valiant contributions and experiences in the conflict.

The panels will be will be installed in the servicemen’s home towns.

‘Stoke-on-Trent Remembers’ also encompasses community events, with open days at the restored Bethesda Chapel, an art exhibition titled ‘For The Fallen’ at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and a concert of celebration on Armistice Day to remember the city’s heroes.

St . Modwen has established strong ties with Stoke-on-Trent since being appointed to develop the 1986 Garden Festival site and has created successful commercial developments at Festival Park, Etruria Valley and Trentham Lakes. The developer is also behind the revitalisation of the Trentham Estate and Gardens.

The Trentham Estate team recently unveiled a ‘Thank You Wall’ at Trentham Shopping Village, with the opportunity to purchase and place a poppy sticker on the wall, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.

Guy Gusterson, property director, Midlands and North, St. Modwen, said: “We’re passionate about giving back to communities in the areas we develop and are delighted to honour the proud history of Stoke-on-Trent. This November marks a very poignant anniversary and we’re pleased to be able to support the council in bringing about new ways to remember the servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Commercial Property Event and Celebration of Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

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Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Investment Service invites you to its next commercial property event, hosted by Cllr Abi Brown, Chair of Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and Simon Peters, Director, Network Space.

The event will bring together Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s regular Commercial Property Event with an opportunity to hear about the LEP’s flagship project at Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone of which Tunstall Arrow is the latest site to come forward.  Join us to hear about the success of Tunstall Arrow, a fantastic new development of five high quality industrial units. The next phase of Tunstall Arrow will provide further high quality industrial space and create even more employment opportunities for the area. The event will showcase both the unique partnership approach that has made our Enterprise Zone one of the most successful in the UK, as well as hear the impact it has had on growth of the wider local economy. It will also feature the latest information on commercial property commissioned from Harris Lamb.

To book your place please go to Event Brite

Contact Danielle Boulton for further information

Danielle.Boulton@stoke.gov.uk  (t) 01782 231297

www.makeitstokestaffs.co.uk      (t) 0300 111 8005

 

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New Company Moves to Two Smithfield

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Office space at the flagship Smithfield development in Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre has reached full occupancy – with the news that 300 high-skilled workers are set to move in.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has signed up Davies Group, which will take up two floors in Two Smithfield. The company, which has a 1,200-strong team of professionals across the UK, Ireland and Bermuda, gives operations management, consulting and digital solutions to organisations in highly-regulated markets, such as finance and insurance.

Davies Group has outgrown its city centre home at Telecom House and would have had to move jobs out of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to another city had high-quality office space at Two Smithfield not been available. The company will take up the third and fourth floors of the building, and is looking to expand at its new home by taking on a further 200 skilled staff over the next two years.

The move means office space at the One Smithfield and Two Smithfield buildings is now fully taken, with a mixture of around 1,400 public and private sector workers across both buildings. This is not only giving a significant footfall boost in the city centre, which is good news for businesses and the economy, but providing a regular rental income for the city council.

The move was announced today at the MIPIM property conference, which a delegation from the city council is attending as part of the Midlands Engine group.

Councillor David Conway, leader of the city council, said: “I really am delighted that Davies Group are joining us at Two Smithfield, meaning that office space in both buildings is now fully occupied for the first time since they were built. We’ve put in a lot of effort and hard work to get to this stage, to give the best possible return for the taxpayer and the city from the development.

“The company have told us they probably would have had to move the jobs out of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire had this office space at Two Smithfield not been available. That would have been a huge blow to the city, so it’s a real win for everyone that these jobs are staying here. They could have moved their business anywhere but they are staying in Stoke-on-Trent because the city had available the kind of high-quality office building they were looking for to grow and expand their operation. It shows businesses have real confidence to invest in Stoke-on-Trent, a city on the up, and further underlines the city as a great place to do business.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “The fact the company is not only staying but is investing in Stoke-on-Trent is a huge endorsement for our city and proves we are an attractive opportunity for businesses. Having office space in both of the Smithfield buildings now fully occupied is really positive. It’s providing a huge boost to footfall in Hanley, which in turn is good for shops and businesses.”

Davies Group has a partnership with Staffordshire University which gives them access to academic research, lectures from senior academics, and sees them engage with students for work experience, internships and its graduate programme. Staff from the company regularly deliver talks to students on career skills, law, business and finance topics.

Mark Grocott, chief digital officer for Davies Group, said: “Stoke-on-Trent has long been a strategic location for Davies, with a large portion of our operational colleagues based in the area. We can recruit high quality, dedicated and enthusiastic staff here.

“Davies is growing rapidly and to be forced to move away from this area would have been a huge disappointment. We are delighted to have been able to work with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to source the right office space. Our teams are delighted with the final solution.”

Further developments on the Smithfield site are in the pipeline. Plans for a city centre residential development were given the go-ahead by planners in December. The residential block will provide 151 apartments for Fortior Homes with amenity space and communal gardens. There are also leisure and commercial units planned for the ground floor, including a gym and office space. And planning permission has also been granted for a four-star, 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn Hotel on the site. Work on both schemes is expected to start this year.

Davies Group will join business water provider WaterPlus at Two Smithfield, who moved 400 staff to the building in 2016 when the company was launched as part of a joint venture between Severn Trent Water and United Utilities. One Smithfield is occupied by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and NHS North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Major Manufacturing Growth Zone Plans Unveiled at MIPIM

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M54 Growth Zone AnnouncementA collection of new high-value manufacturing, business and logistics investment opportunities in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton have been unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone will be one of the biggest in the UK and was today (Tuesday) showcased at The Right Landscape for Growth hotspot at the global property forum.

The Growth Zone consists of six strategic cluster sites next to the M54 and junctions 10a and 12 of the M6.

It builds on the award-winning i54 joint venture formed by City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and South Staffordshire councils in 2012, working closely with private sector partners.

The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11 million sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites.

It provides investors, developers and occupiers exciting opportunities over a ten-year programme.

The six strategic cluster sites are i54 South Staffordshire, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and West Midlands Interchange and Four Ashes Park.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “The M54 high growth zone presents huge opportunities for global investors and so presenting it at MIPIM is a vital part of our marketing of the area.

“All of the sites within the zone complement each other and are already home to world-leading brands which are playing an important part in UK and regional growth.

“The fact that the zone contains thriving enterprise hubs is due in no small part to the highly successful partnership of councils which has levered in millions of pounds of private investment. Its central location and road and rail links of course strengthen our pitch and we expect more improvements to infrastructure.

“The continued expansion and growth of the zone will create thousands more quality jobs in our area and ensure we have a skilled workforce to meet the needs of future business.”

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a great opportunity to join global brands in a nationally significant growth zone.

“These strategic sites are centrally located with first-class connectivity and major public-sector infrastructure investment.

“The scale of the proposition makes it one of the biggest in the UK and also offers access to a highly skilled workforce.”

The first cluster is the final 15 acres on plots C, D and E at i54, where the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Atlas Copco (Tentec) are located.

The i54 partnership is now proposing a 100-acre western extension of the site, off junction 2 on the M54.

Wobaston Park offers two adjacent sites with easy access to the newly-improved Wobaston Road and M54, with planning permission for B1, B2 and B8 use.

Further north along the A449 is Wolverhampton Business Park on M54 Junction 2, which boasts available plots for professional services and end occupiers.

It is already home to Sunday Times top-ten company, Charter Court Financial Services.

ROF Featherstone, just north of M54, junction 2, is a 60-acre former ordnance site, owned by St Francis Group. It includes plans for a 30-acre extension. Joint venture partners are funding a new access route to the site, which will be followed by a planning application later this year, with plots available from 2020.

Mercury Park and Vernon Park lie just off M54 junction, where there are opportunities to join brands like Mann & Hummel, DHL, Squire, Hough and J Banks.

Four Ashes Park is the new home to international manufacturer Gestamp. It has also seen international developer First Panattoni invest in a 400,000 sq ft speculative build. The private investment is matched by public sector investment already being developed to support business growth and success.

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Construction of New Student Accommodation in Hartshill Gathering Pace

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Further evidence of Stoke’s continuing economic development comes with the announcement of the construction of Q Studios – a new 300-studio student property in the Hartshill area of the city.

Adjacent to Stoke’s rejuvenated University Quarter and Staffordshire University’s main campus, the 1.5-acre site on North Street has already been cleared and work on the foundations is scheduled to commence later this month. Forty local jobs will be created during the build.

The arrival of this £14 million development is welcome news, with Staffordshire University centralising operations in the city and Keele currently one of the fastest growing universities in the country. This brings with it increased student housing requirements and explains why Q Studios has already won the backing of university officials.

It also ties in with the long-term strategy of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire University and Keele University to attract 17,000 more students to this thriving student city over the next decade.

Construction is being carried out by Alpha Homes – an NHBC-accredited commercial property developer. Established in 2001, they have successfully brought 15 purpose built student properties into operation in locations that include Durham, Leicester, Loughborough and Bradford.

Once completed, in September 2018, Q Studios will be managed by Mezzino, who will install a ten-strong team to manage the development on a day-to-day basis.

Mezzino are a specialist student property management company, with a portfolio of 1,800 beds throughout the country – collecting more than £9 million in gross rents each year.

Q Studios will be the first all-studio development of its kind in Stoke. Each apartment will boast a private en-suite bathroom and open plan living space – with both social and study areas, as well as a double bed and fully-equipped kitchen.

Resident facilities will also include a cinema, gym and study centre, alongside off-road parking, bike storage and a laundry room.

This development is further evidence of Stoke’s appeal to investors.

The city is recognised by global forecasting experts Oxford Economics as having had the second fastest growing local economy over the last five years, with growth since 2010 sitting at nearly six times the national average.

More broadly, the West Midlands attracts the most investment of any region outside London.

Much of Stoke’s success can be put down to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP, which is recognised by fDi magazine as a top three local enterprise partnership for attracting inward investment.

James Harrington, Business Development Manager for Emerging Property – Q Studios’ exclusive marketing agents – said:

“Stoke-on-Trent has all the characteristics we look for in a student property investment location. It has two large and well-respected universities, and widespread investment initiatives are forever increasing the city’s appeal as a student destination.

“The poor standard of current stock and nominal supply pipeline make the city ill-equipped to meet fast growing demand, and we look forward to our development being welcomed by students and local residents, as well as by the universities themselves.”

Councillor Jack Brereton, cabinet member for regeneration and transport at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “It is fantastic to see Stoke town, the University Quarter and our city as a whole undergoing significant regeneration.

“Staffordshire University is expanding to be wholly based in the city with around 3,000 more students and staff, which will give a real boost to our economy and local businesses. We need additional, good quality student accommodation to meet this demand and it’s great to see the private sector showing such confidence in our city with developments like this coming forward”

Blog – June 2016 Round-Up

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WATER PLUS DRIVES £5.5M OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IN STOKE CITY CENTRE

Great news was announced in the press in May that the joint venture between United Utilities and Severn Trent Water, named as Water Plus, has been approved by the Competition Marketing Authority. After working extensively with the Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team and Stoke City Council, Water Plus announced that they will be the first tenants in the new, grade A office development, 2 Smithfield, in the city centre of Stoke-on-Trent. This fantastic A opportunity will create approximately 350+ new jobs in the area and is estimated to contribute an additional £5.5m to the city centre economy.

High grade railing and balustrade systems provider Q-railing have exchanged contracts for the development of a new 40,655 sq. ft. warehouse, production and showroom facility on Network Space’s Tunstall Arrow site in Stoke-on-Trent. The site, acquired by Network Space in 2013, has recently achieved Enterprise Zone Status and this deal with Q-railing represents one of first new developments to have been secured following the EZ announcement in November last year. Works are due to start on site early in 2017.

The end of April saw the Make It team attend Ceramics Expo which is the largest technical ceramics event in North America. It was used as an opportunity to promote the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone in addition to the two companies who took part in the mission (James Kent Ceramics of Fenton, and MemPro Materials). The stand generated a lot of interest, proclaiming as it did that Stoke & Staffs is now home to Europe’s first technical ceramics enterprise zone. Make It also commissioned Quebec-based consultants RCI to undertake some active lead generation which resulted in good leads which are now being followed up. The team also promoted the AMRICC proposal (Applied Materials Research, Innovation & Commercialisation Company), a new venture to try to accelerate the commercialisation of applied materials. The mission was supported by Wendy Hall of Staffordshire Chambers, representing UKTI’s Trade team.

Work is almost complete on the Innovation Centre 5 development at the highly successful Keele University Science and Innovation Park. Due to open in July, IC5 will offer high quality office and workshop accommodation. The offices will comprise of large open floorplates whilst both the offices and workshops will have a serviced finish to allow for a bespoke fit out.

Blog – March 2016 Round-Up

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A MIPIM 2016 has been hailed a success for Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Throughout the week between 14-17 March, numerous events and meetings were held focusing on major investment and development opportunities in the area. Two key events – the launch of the Northern Gateway Development Zone Prospectus (NGDZ) with Brandon Lewis MP and a round table hosted by Jackie Sadek, DCLG drawing a crowd of investors looking to get involved.

The NGDZ is a landmark partnership between 2 LEPS and 7 local authorities to promote the investment potential arising from HS2 infrastructure throughout Cheshire and Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Initially announced at Olympia in October 2015 by Baroness Williams and backed by Government, the NGDZ aims to unlock major new growth and investment opportunities which could deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040 with the creation of a new Growth Zone as the connecting gateway to the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.

MIPIM 2016 saw the launch of the Midlands Engine Regeneration Opportunities Pitchbook, which included the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, ROF Featherstone and Branston Locks. Branston Locks is a proposed Sustainable Urban Extension to the Growth Point of Burton-upon-Trent in East Staffordshire by Nurton Developments. It is over 400 acres in size and will deliver up to 2,500 new houses, and 20 hectares (1 million square feet) of employment land suitable for B1, B2 & B8 development creating over 3,800 jobs. Work is scheduled to commence in May 2016 with the construction of a new bridge over the Trent & Mersey Canal, installation of new mains services and the access road into the main employment site. Construction of the first houses will be in early 2017.

Other significant news – announcement from United Utilities and Severn Trent Water establishing a joint venture to combine their non-household water and wastewater retail businesses into a single AL940m-turnover company, with its new headquarters to be based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Recent months have seen a genuine interest and appetite for the development of speculative industrial units in the area. Trebor Development are building a unit of 113,500 sq ft at Redhill Business Park. Triton will be completed by the end of 2016 and will include 12.5 metre eaves, 6 dock level doors and 4 ground level doors. In addition, St. Modwen have developed a 87,000 sq ft industrial warehouse speculatively at Burton Gateway and there is considerable interest in other sites across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

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Mucklow Tests ‘JLR Effect’ With AL17m Business Park Plan

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BLACK Country property group, A&J Mucklow, is testing the aJLR effecta by launching a AL17m business park at the door of one of the manufactureras high profile sites.

Studies have suggested that the impact of the manufactureras expansion is having a dramatic effect on the supply of commercial property space in Solihull.

Halesowen-based Mucklow is now testing whether the same applies to the Black Country, by opening a new site next to the firmas giant Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54, near Wolverhampton.

Mucklow Park i54 stands at the entrance to the existing i54 site, which is also the Black Countryas designed Enterprise Zone.

A&J Mucklow is the development partner for the owners of i54 – Wolverhampton City Council, South Staffordshire Council and Staffordshire County Council.

Mucklow Park i54 is a 15-acre site and is ready for immediate development. It can accommodate up to 265,000 sq ft of buildings, ranging from 40,000 sq ft to 160,000 sq ft.

Letting agents are Cushman & Wakefield and Wolverhampton-based Bulleys.

Mark Vernon, Mucklow investment and development director, said: aWe are proud to be involved with i54 and to support the growth of manufacturing in the West Midlands through this development.

aWe will be investing more than AL17m in the scheme and will be building best-in-class production facilities to suit occupiers’ exact requirements.a

David Binks, head of logistics and industrial at Cushman & Wakefieldas Birmingham office, said the new scheme already had outline planning permission, and buildings could be constructed on a rapid timescale, possibly within a year of agreeing terms.

He said: ai54 has already witnessed significant success with advanced manufacturing occupiers. We are confident that Mucklow Park i54 will continue that trend.

aDemand amongst manufacturing occupiers is very strong at the moment, particularly as the resurgence of the Midlands as a UK, European and global manufacturing centre continues.

aCombined with Mucklowas strong reputation for high quality industrial development across the region, we have no doubt that Mucklow Park i54 will be very successful.a

As well as JLR, i54 is also home to aerospace firm Moog, Eurofins and stamp printer, International Security Printers.

A new junction from the M54 serving the site was completed 18 months ago in order to ease access and attract further investment to the area, where high value manufacturing jobs are at a premium.

 

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Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone Promoted to Global Investors

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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone is among the prime sites being promoted to global investors this week.

The Midlands is setting out its stall to win AL14 billion from global investors as part of its plan to turn itself into one of the world’s leading regional economies.

Never before has the Midlands come together on such a large scale in order to attract investment, with 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships including Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire uniting to convince global investors that the region represents one of the most attractive propositions anywhere in the world.

The plan, dubbed the Midlands Engine Pitchbook, is being used to showcase investment opportunities to key markets such as China and the US. It unveils 33 major opportunities for investors, which combined can create 178,000 jobs, 32,000 new homes and 57.9 million sq ft of property space for the region.

The Midlands is the largest economic area outside London, and attracted 880 foreign direct investment projects between 2011 and 2015, more than any other region. It already generates £222 billion to the British economy, which has increased 30% in the past decade. The region is already home to major investors including Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Mondolez, Toyota UK and Boots.

The business secretary Sajid Javid, who is the ministerial champion for the region, UKTI and local leaders believe the Midlands must open itself up to the world if it is to sustain the remarkable economic growth it has experienced in recent years.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The Midlands is a region on the rise with a unique offer to investors. From Nestle to Rolls Royce, it is home to some of the world’s biggest companies and boasts a vast pool of talent in industries ranging from advanced manufacturing to food and drink.

“Foreign investment in the Midlands has more than doubled since 2011 and by embracing opportunities such as the MIPIM trade fair, we will capitalise on the Midlands’ natural strengths and make it an engine for growth.”

These opportunities, the majority of which are ready for development immediately, include:

  • A mixed use development site in Leicester, which will be one of the biggest greenfield sites to be developed in the UK (Scale: £400m).
  • The unique opportunity to invest in the UK’s most ambitious infrastructure project, HS2.
  • More than 4,000 new homes will be built around the city centre’s brand new HS2 station Curzon Street (Scale: £1.5bn+).
  • The regeneration around the HS2 Interchange and Hub in Solihull alone will create over 20,000 new jobs (Scale: £1bn+).
  • Jaguar Land Rover will expand its existing facilities, and create a designated technology campus in Coventry (Scale: £500m).
  • A range of investment opportunities adjacent to the Rolls-Royce global civil aerospace HQ are on offer within Infinity Park, part of the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone, where businesses receive a package of benefits (Scale: £700m+).
  • Plans for 6,000 houses and a new motorway junction have been approved in Lincolnshire Lakes to complement the government’s initiative to create the UK’s largest deep water project (Scale: £900m)
  • To capitalise on the region’s expertise, the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone will see the development of six individual sites along the A500 corridor in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme (Scale: £1.5bn).

The investment opportunities outlined today have been individually sourced by the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation which has a remit to support job creation and economic growth across the UK through attracting institutional investor funding into large scale regeneration schemes.

Sir Michael Bear, chairman of the UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation, said: “The UKTI Regeneration Investment Organisation has a track record of sourcing the most attractive investment opportunities, and delivering success for investors across the world. The Midlands Engine has grown at record levels over the past decade, and its offer to investors is among the most desirable in the world.

“Our plan has a clear ambition: to attract investors to one of the world’s most attractive business destinations, where they can reap the rewards for decades to come. The majority of these opportunities are ready for development immediately, and I’d encourage investors to seize this unique opportunity while they can.”

Andy Street, chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, said: “The Midlands is undergoing a remarkable economic resurgence, underpinned by the talent, infrastructure and support that the region offers to businesses large and small. Launching the Midlands Engine Pitchbook demonstrates how the region has developed a coordinated approach to targeting new investment; by working together, we have a stronger voice and more compelling story to tell the world. By showcasing our strongest investment opportunities from HS2 to major residential schemes and Enterprise Zone sites to key markets such as China, Europe and the USA, I have no doubt that the Pitchbook will help to stimulate even more international interest in the Midlands.”

Northern Gateway Launched at MIPIM 2016

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A landmark partnership to promote the investment potential arising from HS2 infrastructure throughout Cheshire and Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is today (March 17) being joined by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis to launch a prospectus of opportunities to investors and developers at MIPIM, the worldas largest property convention.

Launched at MIPIM UK in October 2015 by Baroness Williams and backed by Government, the Northern Gateway Partnership is a ground-breaking collaboration of seven local authorities and the Cheshire and Warrington and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP).

It aims to unlock major new growth and investment opportunities which could deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040 by creating a new Growth Zone at the connecting gateway to the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.

The prospectus has been developed both to promote the long-term investment benefits that HS2 will bring to the area, spanning Cheshire and the North of Staffordshire including the city of Stoke on Trent, Crewe and the A500 corridor, along with a number of immediately available investment propositions across the Northern Gateway Development Zone. These include the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone covering 140 hectares along the strategic A500 Corridor, Keele University Science and Innovation Park, Winsford Industrial Estate and Basford West at Crewe Commercial Park.

These existing opportunities are supported by a range of emerging concepts for investors and enterprise to help shape and influence, ranging from garden villages, town centre investment zones, logistic hubs and science parks, and the Crewe HS2 Hub.

The partners working together to deliver these growth opportunities a which will be framed by a growth strategy and masterplan currently in development aA include the two LEPs, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council, Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: aHS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to become an engine for growth across the UK. Our boundary breaking Northern Gateway Partnership is a firm commitment to work together in a joined up and strategic way, to ensure our area, at the gateway of the Northern Powerhouse and Midland Engine, makes the most of this significant opportunity.

aThere are a wide range of exciting investment opportunities available right now, along with a developing portfolio of longer term propositions that have the potential to deliver economic growth on a nationally significant scale.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: aThe Northern Gateway presents really exciting opportunities for creating the jobs and economic growth that will enable our region to flourish.

aIts pivotal position linking the Midlands Engine and the Northern Powerhouse means that the Gateway is ideally placed for growth, with a host of highly attractive current and future investment opportunities. And Ministerial backing for our MIPIM launch will be of great assistance in making an impact in the global marketplace.a

Duncan Sutherland, Regeneration Director at Sigma Capital Group plc, commented:A aThe Northern Gateway Development Zone is a really exciting development at the heart of the UK economy. Built around superb high speed rail connectivity, positioned at the tipping point for UK plc, midway between the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine, this is an area rich with potential for enterprise. The Zone provides a broad platform for enterprise, combining a pedigree of well-established world beating brands, innovative cutting edge new materials research and development, a distribution hub second to none and a real passion for new growth without borders. There is an enormous potential for growth in land values and profitability. Itas great to be working with partners and investors with energy and vision on what is fast shaping up to be a premier economic hotspot for UK Plc. Itas no surprise that the Northern Gateway is causing such at stir at MIPIM.a

The Northern Gateway Partnership consists of seven local authorities and two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs):

Cheshire East Council,A Stoke-on-Trent City Council,A Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council,A Staffordshire County Council,A Cheshire West and Chester Council,A Staffordshire Moorlands District Council,A Stafford Borough Council,A Cheshire and Warrington LEP,A Stoke and Staffordshire LEP

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