Powering up Stoke-on-Trent is, we believe, the national litmus test for Government’s levelling-up ambitions, focused on four priorities; transport, economic development, education and skills, and health and productivity.
Before COVID-19, Stoke-on-Trent was undergoing the most significant transformation in its economic fortunes it has experienced for over 30 years. Having been among the fastest local economies to rebound from the last recession, the city had continued to outstrip swathes of the UK in terms of economic growth, job creation and innovation.
As we look ahead beyond the pandemic, we are determined to regain this momentum as quickly as possible. We need Government’s support to do that. We know that over this next period there will be many national initiatives and funds to support economic recovery, but we want one conversation, one shared plan.
Through a new prospectus for the city and the dialogue that follows, our aim is to secure partnership and investment and set out how we need to work together, with our regional partners, at pace to agree with Government a single set of priority projects and interventions that are right for Stoke-on-Trent, deliverable in the next few years and to which we can all commit. The core purpose of this joint endeavour would be to drive economic development by fostering high growth sectors, creating the high skilled well-paid jobs our city needs.
Through this prospectus and the dialogue that follows, we want to forge a partnership that crosses all relevant government departments and agencies. It’s about one conversation and one shared plan.