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Title:Doncaster to see thousands of new private sector jobs
ID & Publication:20140211010 ~ 
Subject:Business News 
 DMBC (4kb)

More than 10,000 new private sector jobs are set to be created in Doncaster over the next five years.

Driven by massive development projects, the town is predicted to have one of the highest growth rates – of up to 20 per cent* by 2020 - in the Sheffield City Region.

The news comes after a Centre for Cities report that looked at the present job situation at cities and towns across the country.

Whilst it showed the number of private sector jobs was down in Doncaster between 2011 and 2012, it did not reflect the upward economic curve of the town right now.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, said: : ‘Like most towns and cities across the country, Doncaster was affected by the economic downturn but we feel now we are stepping out of this and have real optimism here in Doncaster at the moment.

‘Doncaster already has a £4 billion economy, the second largest in the Sheffield City Region with 6,400 businesses. Over the next five years we are predicted to have one of the highest economic growth rates in the Sheffield City Region, driven by a number of key development projects.

‘Our work with local businesses in Doncaster – through Business Doncaster - is producing notable results, with the number of people on job seekers’ allowance the lowest for five years.

‘We have shown we can deliver – by building relationships with business and assisting them locate and grow. At the same time, we are supporting the development of skills and the quality workforce that business needs.

‘We are looking ahead to future opportunities too and celebrated the start of work on our new FARRRS link road which will unlock business potential in a whole area of Doncaster.

‘The ‘Gateway to the Sheffield City Region’ project has seen construction start on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) which will link the Airport and 'iPort' (a new Inland Port) to the UK’s motorway network at Junction 3 of the M18.

‘This major project will help integrate road, rail, water (the Humber ports) and air to provide a major UK multi-modal logistics offer known as the ‘Port of Doncaster’ and act as a catalyst for business development, inward investment and job creation particularly in the logistics, engineering and associated aviation sectors.’

Doncaster Council also has a strong Economic Growth Plan, with the key themes of business growth, skills and harnessing Doncaster’s central location and economic assets. It recognises the need to increase business start-ups, support all existing businesses and support the many sectors which have the opportunity to grow, for example manufacturing, engineering, construction, leisure, tourism and sport and financial and business services. Some of this relies on the Government to give us autonomy at a local level to deliver growth.

Membership of bodies like the Key Cities group, which sees towns and cities of similar sizes working to improve economic growth, are key to getting the powers the Council needs.

‘Doncaster is determined to play its full part in boosting regional and national economic prosperity - and in rebalancing the national economy
‘We look forward to working with the other Member Cities to secure the flexibilities and freedoms to make this happen’, Mayor Jones added.

* stats from the Ekosgen & Regional Economic Intelligence Unit

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