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Bournemouth gains independence on back of strong job growth

Bournemouth gains Independence on back of strong job growth as announced by Nick Clegg.

Nick Clegg, Deputy PM, announced that Bournemouth and Poole are to be one of 20 English Zones to be given greater independence from Whitehall under the new “City Deal” scheme. The scheme is being extended from an initial eight to twenty eight zones.

Mr Clegg said: “London will always be at the heart of the UK’s economy, and the envy of the world: open, global, dynamic, diverse, unmatched in its talent and expertise.

“But we have other strengths too, in other industries, in other places. There can and must be more than one jewel in our crown.”

The “City Deal” scheme is designed to transfer some powers from Whitehall to the local zones in a bid to drive growth and jobs. Applicant zones had to demonstrate in their application a strong plan for increasing number of jobs in Bournemouth and Poole and a plan to drive industry in Bournemouth and Poole.

Some 28 areas are now part of the city deal scheme, accounting for 71% of the English population and 68% of the jobs.

The eight existing city deal areas are Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The twenty new city deal areas are the Black Country, Brighton and Hove, Coventry, Cambridge, Hull, Ipswich, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Oxford, Portsmouth and Southampton, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Southend, Sunderland, Stoke, Swindon, Bournemouth and Poole, and the Tees Valley.

Conservative MP Greg Clark, the minister for cities, welcomed the announcement: “Each city is unique, yet for decades Whitehall has treated them as being the same – there has been too little sense of place in government policy.

“City deals are a quiet revolution in the way Britain is governed. Rather than London laying down the law, cities have the right to do things their way.”

Under Bournemouth and Poole’s City Deal Proposal they committed to boost jobs in advanced manufacturing, particularly marine and aerospace, as well as the digital and creative industries.

City Centre recruitment are looking forward to hearing more, as the plans are developed, about how the City Deal will impact on its specialist recruitment areas of Manufacturing, Engineering, Driving, industrial, Catering and cleaning.

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