Hard Working Haverhill Event Success

Hard Working Haverhill Event Success

18 Nov 2010

More than 70 members of Haverhill’s business community attended an event jointly organised by Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and St Edmundsbury Borough Council to look at the town’s future last night (Nov 16).

Haverhill business Genzyme hosted the event, called ‘Hard-working Haverhill’ and guest speakers included Manuel Loureda, Operations Director at Genzyme; Martin Garratt, Director of the Greater Cambridge Partnership; and Dr Dorian Hindmarsh, Business Development Manager for Hethel Engineering in Haverhill.

Chief Executive of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Geoff Rivers looked back on developments in the town over the last 12 months including the improvements to Queen Street, the opening of the MENTA business and training centre and offices, and the Haverhill community Football Project . Mr Rivers set out the council’s plans for the next 12 months including the North-West Haverhill development, Hanchett End Business Park, Gurteens development and BT’s broadband upgrade for the town in 2011. He invited views from businesses at the event which incorporated the council's annual business ratepayers consultation meeting.

Among the other issues discussed were the replacement of Regional Development Agencies with Local Enterprise Partnerships and how it will affect funding in the local area, questions from the floor about what the council was doing to support retailers in the town, the need for greater signage to the town centre, and questions on the feasibility of a Haverhill to Cambridge rail link.

Sarah Howard, Chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said: “We were very pleased with the number of businesses that were represented at the event which we organised jointly with St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s economic development team.

“Recently a great deal of our focus has been on the development of North-West Haverhill.  We are meeting with St Edmundsbury later this month to discuss this issue further and last night we focused on other areas of business interest. I was particularly pleased to find out more about the plans for the LEPs locally from Greater Cambridge Partnership which Haverhill Chamber is involved with on a national level.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Chief Executive Geoff Rivers also announced that work would start on a masterplan for Haverhill in January which will include physical and social infrastructure and provide a vision for the town.

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who chaired the meeting, said: “If you look at Haverhill from the outside, ten years ago some people didn’t even know where Haverhill was. Now the town is very much on the map. Over the past six years, Haverhill has been a priority for  St Edmundsbury and things have changed in a big way here. We should not forget how well Haverhill is doing and keep the momentum going.”

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