Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed a green paper on a new modern Industrial Strategy which will support businesses in Mid-Cornwall to grow and create more high skilled, high paid jobs for local people.
The Industrial Strategy will ensure everyone in Mid-Cornwall can benefit from success through ten ‘pillars’ – including investing in science, research and innovation, and upgrading infrastructure – that underpin a new approach and will identify all of the new opportunities across our economy. This strategy will create the conditions where the winners can emerge and grow in different types of business across Cornwall.
The modern Industrial Strategy will benefit the South West and proposes:
- Investment in transport infrastructure to support sustainable local connectivity and reviewing how we can better link together local transport needs and national planning.
- Using infrastructure investment to back local growth. When the railway through Dawlish was washed away, much of the South West was isolated; Government has now set out a commitment to funding an additional £170 million in flood defences.
- The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and foundation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), creating new funding opportunities for the world class universities and research institutions in the South West.
Commenting, Steve said:
‘This is an important step in building a modern, dynamic Industrial Strategy that will deliver more high skilled, high wage jobs and improve living standards and drive economic growth across Mid-Cornwall.’
‘Local businesses and workers have the chance to contribute to this vision and submit their views to help us create a high-skilled economy in St Austell and Newquay where businesses can grow and more jobs are created.’
‘This strategy will ensure we are backing are business across Cornwall and ensure more people share in the benefits of its success.’
‘I was particularly pleased to see the Prime Minister mention Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain’s fastest growing regional airport, and that following her visit to it and the nearby enterprise hub, she recognises how important it is to keep in keeping Cornwall connected, as well as the exciting prospects that the UK Spaceport bid brings.’
‘I look forward to working with all involved to help make this strategy the success that the business of Cornwall need it to be.’