Friday, September 05, 2008

Darlington - a great place to do business



Lingfield Point

Wednesday's Financial Times had a fascinating piece about the relative competitiveness of towns and cities around the country.

It arose from a survey by the Centre for International Competitiveness at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, and came just weeks after a Conservative think-tank recommended abandoning attempts to regenerate northern cities and promoting migration to the south.

Professor Robert Huggins, who has compiled the index since 2000, said further migration to the south would only accentuate existing problems. "Our research strongly suggests that urban development in the UK is achieving a significant degree of success."

There was very good news for us - the second biggest riser in competitiveness since 2006 is Darlington, where we have sharply improved the skills of our workforce and raised the number of business start-ups per 1,000 inhabitants by more than 10 per cent. The report noted that new businesses include Argos, employing 600, and Infoserve, which employs 185 people on helping small businesses market their services online.

Working with the business community and Government agencies, our Labour Council has helped bring forward important new opportunities for new business at Morton Palms, Faverdale and Lingfield Point. £1 million has been invested in small business development as a result of the BAT/Rothmans legacy.

It's a strong platform for the future.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you will find these success’s are as a result of Darlington’s location, being on the A1, East coast main line and proximity to Teesside, Scotland and Tyneside and despite your attempts to cock it up.

Every time something goes wrong is someone else’s fault (Ped heart, ETC, Tesco, Hurworth school closure), you can’t have your cake and eat it (no pun intended as you appear to do both looking at your picture). I suppose the recessions all a Tory conspiracy is it, no let me guess it’s nothing to do with Labour and as long as Gordon Brown and you keep your fingers over your eyes it’s not happening, Delusion fool.

Chris Close said...

I must admit having soaked one of my pairs of good trousers with the water lying on the uneven pavement in the PEHeart, I do have some sympathy with the previous poster.

I also agree that the Council does try to blame anyone else when something goes wrong(which is actually rather a lot) and takes credit for things they are handed on a plate.

When I was in the indoor market, one of the stall holders mentioned the large number of people who have fallen in his sight and cracked open their heads on the very dangerous steps which are relatively fine on an ordinary day but when there is virtually any surface water, they are a deathtrap for health people let alone the disabled or the elderly.

Mind you it would appear the latter two groups do not matter at all to this Council as evidenced by the scandalous state of Council commissioned care.

Chris Close said...

I must admit having soaked one of my pairs of good trousers with the water lying on the uneven pavement in the PEHeart, I do have some sympathy with the previous poster.

I also agree that the Council does try to blame anyone else when something goes wrong(which is actually rather a lot) and takes credit for things they are handed on a plate.

When I was in the indoor market, one of the stall holders mentioned the large number of people who have fallen in his sight and cracked open their heads on the very dangerous steps which are relatively fine on an ordinary day but when there is virtually any surface water, they are a deathtrap for health people let alone the disabled or the elderly.

Mind you it would appear the latter two groups do not matter at all to this Council as evidenced by the scandalous state of Council commissioned care.

Chris Close said...

Another day, Nick still no answer about Victoria House.

You have claimed I am delusional so why not reply and put everyone right?

Is it because I am entirely correct in my assertions and DBC has at last employed someone with integrity unlike philandering Cliff Brown who has none?

Chris Close

Chris Close said...

Another day, Nick still no answer about Victoria House.

You have claimed I am delusional so why not reply and put everyone right?

Is it because I am entirely correct in my assertions and DBC has at last employed someone with integrity unlike philandering Cliff Brown who has none?

You are being made to look like a buffoon and he is being made to look what he is an incompetent puppet of John Williams.

Chris Close
http://www.a-i-darlo.com/wordpress/
chris_close_2000@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Close said...

[color=red][size=18]For the avoidance of doubt, if Nick Wallis now knows I am correct, how can he continue to act as a Councillor of as a Cabinet member since he will be subourning neglect by refusing to act against Cliff Brown whose actions have brought about the unnecessary deaths of people who could not speak for themselves?

If Wallis now knows I am correct then why have I not received a massive apology and Cliff Brown the sack?

I am correct and so if Wallis does not address this situation then he is making himself out to be an even bigger liar than he has proven to be in the past.[/size]
Chris Close
http://a-i-darlo.com/wordpress/
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