A new economic strategy for Buckinghamshire, designed to boost productivity and grow the area’s creative, space, advanced manufacturing and digital health capability on the world stage, has been launched today (19 July).
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Developed in collaboration through the Buckinghamshire LEP business team and government, the Buckinghamshire Local Industrial Strategy sets out how the area will deliver the national Industrial Strategy’s aim to raise productivity levels and to create high-quality, well paid jobs.
“Buckinghamshire is already the fourth most productive area in England and has the highest employment rate in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc area, and the strategy released today will go even further to help boost earning power and opportunities for people and businesses in Buckinghamshire and across the Arc.”
Business Secretary Greg Clark.
The Buckinghamshire Local Industrial Strategy builds on its four big economic assets in the space, creative, advanced engineering and digital health sectors.
- a long-term investment plan for Westcott Space Clusterto develop new research and development facilities and a base manufacturing excellence in space propulsion and in-orbit maintenance, and to address skills shortages for technicians and propulsion test specialists
- a new Screen Industries Global Growth Hub at Pinewood Studios to provide support to creative businesses
- using Silverstone Park and technology cluster to stimulate high tech cross-overs, supporting emerging technologies through improving links between firms, improving links between businesses and universities, and improving networking across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc
- digital health, med-tech and advanced artificial intelligence– building on assets including Stoke Mandeville Spinal Centre, Buckinghamshire Life Sciences Innovation Centre.
Buckinghamshire LEP has developed one of the country’s first Local Industrial Strategies. One of a family of strategies covering the Oxford – Cambridge Arc, the Buckinghamshire Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) sets out a programme of activity to ensure that the county’s economic assets contribute more to the national and local economies.
The Buckinghamshire Local Industrial Strategy focuses on how to strengthen and exploit the country’s most important economic assets, assets that are distinctive to Buckinghamshire and are significant nationally and internationally.
The Buckinghamshire LIS, in effect, forms a local chapter of the Government’s national industrial strategy, including its focus on four grand challenges facing the UK: artificial intelligence and the data economy; clean growth; the future of mobility; and the ageing society. The Local Industrial Strategy will also exploit Buckinghamshire’s location at the centre of the Oxford – Cambridge Arc.
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