Views wanted to help shape Mid Wales economic plan

Mid Wales businesses are being encouraged for their views on the future of the region’s economy and what can be done to boost growth.

The Growing Mid Wales Partnership, an amalgamation of public, private and voluntary sector organisations set up to strengthen the region’s economy, has commissioned consultants to help develop an economic action plan for Mid Wales.  This follows from the publication of the Welsh Government’s new economic action plan and the announcement of a potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales in the autumn budget.

The Partnership are asking businesses for views on issues such as digital connectivity, business support, transport infrastructure and skills, to identify opportunities for growth in the region.

Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership Cllr Rosemarie Harris Leader of Powys County Council said; ”A Growth Deal for Mid Wales is a major opportunity for the region that will require the full support and participation of the private sector.  Proposals must be transformational focusing on innovation and unlocking the barriers to growth for local businesses and new investment.

“The work being undertaken will set out a clear vision and direction for the regional economy.   The voice of the Mid Wales business community is vital in informing the economic plan. We are very keen to speak to a wide cross section of business leaders within the region that could help shape and influence future growth.”

The economic action plan will look to develop a programme of strategic projects and investments that will help transform the Mid Wales economy and support growth over the next 15 years.  It is anticipated that the projects will be delivered through a range of funding sources including the potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales.

Businesses and organisations can take part in the online survey using the following link:

The study will conclude in the autumn with the preparation of a prioritised economic action plan for Mid Wales.

There are two events next week specifically to promote the Growing Mid Wales Economic Action Plan Business Consultation and to encourage participation in the Survey.

The event details are:

Growing Mid Wales Consultation Event
Monday 30th July, 19:00 – 21:00
The Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon

Growing Mid Wales Consultation Event
Wednesday 1st August, 19:00 – 21:00
The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

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