Bucking trend for offering new jobs

Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member Peter Gibson.
Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member Peter Gibson.
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WYRE has topped the charts when it comes to new jobs on offer.

This year the borough has seen a total of 1,300 new private sector jobs become available – an increase of 3.8 per cent and the biggest increase in the North West.

The figures have been taken from the Business Register and Employment Survey – a sampled survey undertaken by the Office for National Statistics to estimate the number of employees in all local authority areas in England and Wales, as of September 10 2010.

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson said “This is great news not just for Wyre but for the whole of Lancashire. And a testament to our approach and the hard work and determination of local businesses, who have had to adapt to survive in a difficult economic climate.

“Wyre Council’s extremely successful collaboration with businesses, Wyred Up, has had a significant impact on the borough’s economy.

“We bring together all the borough’s support partners for business development, employment, skills and training and facilitate inter trading.

“This has helped businesses achieve economic stability, and growth in many cases, which in turn has resulted in the creation and retention of jobs.

“We will continue to support businesses, invest in the area and drive growth in the local economy.”

An assessment in 2009 showed Wyre could benefit from almost £1bn of new investment.

Part of this investment has come to fruition over the last year with an increase in employment, mainly in the construction industry.

Developments in residential property by David Wilson Homes, at Hawley Gardens, Thornton, and by Redrow and Persimmon Homes at Fleetwood Docks have boosted employment numbers, alongside commercial developments by Booths and Dewlay Cheesemakers at Garstang, creating retail and production jobs respectively.

Global Renewables, operating the new Waste Technology Park at Thornton have been also been a success story for Wyre, working with Blackpool & The Fylde College and JobCentre Plus to provide new employment opportunities for local people.

And Victrex Plc is currently developing the second stage of a new plant at Hillhouse International Business Park, which will add new jobs for the future, and has also contributed construction jobs during an earlier phase of development.

Wyre Council’s chief executive Garry Payne, added: “We value the importance of working with businesses to ensure appropriate development.

The most recent statistical release is a pleasing demonstration that we are managing to buck the national trend.”