I am a big fan of partnership working. To me it is the most logical way of doing businesses, bearing in mind we’re still in the middle of an economic recession.
In my recent budget and Keynote speeches I’ve promoted the virtues of working hard with our partners to deliver mutually beneficial projects. An obvious recent example is Tameside College’s move into Ashton town centre.
Recently we were able to add another impressive example to that list. The all-new Kerry Way, the road up to Kerry Foods in Hyde has unlocked a route into a potential Council-owned business park just behind their factory which brings with it the promise of around 300 new jobs.
This latest project was implemented through a partnership between the Council and Kerry Foods and was funded in the main by a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant. This is particularly pleasing because the road was the first project to draw down funding from the RGF programme in the North West as well as being the first completed RGF physical development project in the region.
If that’s not excellent partnership work in action, I don’t know what is!
The completion of the project has helped secure Kerry Foods Board’s commitment to ongoing investment at the Hyde plant, safeguarding over 600 Tameside jobs on top of an additional 50 jobs in the company’s North West supply chain. The development of the business park site which Kerry Way has unlocked has the potential for creating over 300 new jobs and 145 construction jobs once the site is up and running.
Everyone’s a winner – it’s good news for the Council, good news for one of Tameside’s biggest employers and good news for our residents, many of whom may be able to apply for the new jobs.