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Welshpool is booming!

Created on 08/05/2018 @ 09:40
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Despite major Welsh Government backing to help Welshpool-based firms like Zip-Clip, Invertek Drives and Charlies expand, a claim has been made that there is still not enough business space available to meet the town’s economic boom.

The issue was raised at the Senedd where Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, Russell George, called for the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Ken Skates AM, to facilitate a potential solution to the shortage of commercial units in the town so that businesses can develop and expand their operations.

And Mr Skates has agreed to attend a meeting to be facilitated by Mr George, along with the Chief Regional Officer who is putting together a regional plan for Mid and South West Wales.

He said that the plan is an effort to ensure that the Welsh Government's Economic Action Plan specifically addresses the lack of available and suitable premises for growing businesses.

With the expansion of local firms creating a jobs bonanza, Welshpool appears to be in a strong economic position, and Mr George has welcomed Mr Skates’ response.

“I continue to be approached by a number of companies in the Newtown and Welshpool areas who have experienced difficulties in obtaining suitable sites to develop and expand their business.

“I was pleased that Ken Skates recognised this issue and, like me, saw the potential of a Mid Wales Growth Deal in providing a solution to the shortage of commercial units.

“We have a strong manufacturing and engineering industry throughout the Severn Valley and I am keen that the Welsh Government continues to support this sector to grow.

“I’m particularly pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to meet a number of local businesses with me, to learn more about the issues which they are facing, with a view to exploring options to support business growth in the area.

“I would encourage businesses to contact me if they are experiencing difficulties in growing their business as a result of lack of commercial accommodation or sites available.”

PICTURE: Courtesy of Eye in the Sky Drone.

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