Tue 30 January 2018
A group of Colchester’s business and professional leaders - including Colne Housing's Chief Executive - have joined forces to promote the town and attract more jobs to what is one of the fastest growing boroughs in the UK.
At a launch reception at the House of Commons (January 29 2018) hosted by Colchester MP Will Quince, the Colchester Ambassadors spoke of the golden opportunity that the town has to offer to inward investors and companies looking to set up, expand or relocate.
The Colchester Ambassadors – which has 21 founder members – urged MPs, - including Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, Colchester MP Will Quince and Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin - business relocation specialists and local dignitaries to put the town at the forefront of their considerations for new investment opportunities.
Colne's Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: "Colne plays an important role in providing affordable homes for those in need in Colchester and we are proud to contribute to the economic success of the town. It was great to see so many MPs listening to what Colchester Ambassadors want to achieve - and how we can all work together to make Colchester the best it can be."
You can hear more from Sara here.
Mr Javid told the delegation: "Colchester is leading the way in business. The jobs that are being created and the speed at which they are being created and the opportunities they are opening up... I have seen that and my colleagues in Government have seen that."
He added: "There are a lot of growth opportunities around the country and, in Colchester, you are on the front foot - especially with your work on the garden villages. This is something I will be taking a close interest in."
The town is currently benefiting from £3 billion local authority and private sector investment in five development areas; Tollgate, Northern Approaches, Hythe, town centre and the Knowledge Gateway. Plus ultrafast broadband has been made available for 900 businesses in the town centre. The borough also has excellent strategic transport links as it is less than an hour from London, Stansted Airport and Harwich International Port.
In a series of videos on the www.colchesterambassadors.co.uk website, each of the Ambassadors has highlighted what Colchester offers to their own organisations and has made their contact details available for other businesses looking to find out more. They are also appealing to other members of the business community to become Colchester Ambassadors.
The Ambassadors are: Adrian Pritchard (Colchester Borough Council), Alison Andreas (Colchester Institute), Carl Milton (Fenwick), Craig Newnes (McDonalds), Ian Montgomery (XS Items Ltd), Ian Morehouse (Flakt Woods), Ian Vipond (Colchester Borough Council), Jeremy Newman (Newman Commercial), Jon Neill (Sportsafe UK), Lorna Fox O’Mahony (University of Essex), Julian Lamb (Barkley Projects), Karen Ainley (Mosaic – The Integrated Marketing Agency), Ken Jenkinson (ex Colchester Royal Grammar School), Laura Mansel-Thomas (Ingleton Wood), Paul Bleck (Bartech Marine), Paul Milsom (Milsom Hotels), Sara Thakkar (Colne Housing), Stephen Clark (Churchmanor Estates Company), Stuart Cock (Mersea Homes), Tim Price (Park City), Tony Fisher (Fisher Jones Greenwood).