Manufacturing boost for town economy

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Sudbury is riding a wave of economic prosperity, boosted by its manufacturing sector, according to figures released this week.

In its latest report, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership reveals that the manufacturing sector in Sudbury has grown by 17 per cent since 2009, compared to a decline of three per cent nationally.

Employment is also on the up as the number of people in jobs has grown by six per cent, again above the national average.

Simon Barrett, Babergh District Council’s lead member for economy, said: “If we get full employment in the town, then you remove social and housing problems.”

Mr Barrett said that the two figures were a positive reflection of trade in Sudbury and, in particular, the high number of skilled workers in the town.

“We have got to make sure it is easy to keep these people,” he said. “We need to ensure there are jobs and apprenticeships available for the young people of Sudbury.”

Chris Storey, chairman of the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, agreed and said the promotion of the town’s manufacturing sector went hand-in-hand with employment growth.

“Sudbury has always had a very good manufacturing sector – it is one of the key factors in the town’s economy,” he said. “It is essential we give it the opportunity to grow in the future.”

Encouragement was promised, by Mr Storey, towards “well-planned local development” that would benefit the people of Sudbury.

He said that the chamber wanted to see the town benefitting from the financial upturn, adding that any economic success was a good reflection on how Sudbury was being run.

“A healthy, happy economy, where people appreciate the town, will be good for business,” he said. “If people are happy about the town and the environment, they are generally happy in work as well.

“We want to support a well-planned and well-managed Sudbury. That is why we are working with the district council and Sudbury Steering Group on town issues.”