An ambitious vision to see our economy thrive

An ambitious vision to build a thriving and successful Kirklees economy is to be presented to Full Council.

What’s the plan?

The Kirklees Economic Strategy for 2019-2025 is our new innovative plan which aims to bring together all local organisations and businesses to create more success and wealth in the borough.

To help deliver our vision for a successful economy that allows every resident, business and organisation to reach their potential, the plan sets five priorities.

What are the five priorities?

These priorities are modern and innovative business, skilled and ambitious people, active partnerships, advanced connectivity and infrastructure and revitalised centres.

With modern, innovative businesses Kirklees will see boosted ambition and the cutting-edge to drive productivity and good jobs.

By equipping people with the skills, talents and confidence they need to access good, well-paid jobs, they can better contribute to and benefit from Kirklees’ economic success.

Strong partnerships across private, public and voluntary sectors will help Kirklees work together to build local wealth and achieve better outcomes.

Making sure that we have the highest standards of connectivity and infrastructure is key to this vision. Part of this will be to secure a Trans-Pennine rail upgrade, a Huddersfield-Dewsbury-Leeds Inclusive Growth Corridor, 10,000 new homes and excellent digital and green infrastructure.

How will be we be supporting the whole of Kirklees?

Finally, revitalised centres will make better use of the strength of Kirklees’ many distinctive places – from the large towns of Huddersfield and Dewsbury to a wealth of smaller towns, villages and valleys.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“We are an ambitious council which is investing the money and resource needed to ensure Kirklees is a great place to live, work and do business.

The Kirklees Economic Strategy is underpinned by inclusive growth – the aim is to ensure everyone benefits from the economic growth that is generated within the area of Kirklees.

We’re proud of the strong communities and even stronger identities that make up Kirklees. Our impressive industrial heritage, outstanding countryside, and our connections to major cities create a fantastic quality of life offer.

This strategy will work for all our towns, villages and valleys across Kirklees. We will work to make the most of our location at the centre of the North of England and our connections across the globe.

We know that we are stronger together, and are committed to building stronger partnerships across Kirklees and beyond. This strategy gives us the basis for joint action.

Closer working not just locally, but within the Leeds city region and other cities and towns across the UK, will help us deliver our vision and see Kirklees become an economic powerhouse.”

Councillors will debate and vote on the Kirklees Economic Strategy at Full Council on 20 March.

Where can I see the strategy?

Read the strategy on our website



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