We will turn around Labour’s lack of interest in the local economy and develop a mutually supportive relationship with local employers beyond the universities.
Clustering of similar companies in life sciences and technology remains a key driver of our local economic success, but we will seek to protect and secure affordable space in the city for more diverse employment activity with relevant opportunities to the whole community.
We will work through the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Combined Authority to improve skills training and careers advice in schools for those young people not choosing university, but looking for career opportunities with local employers.
We will facilitate developers working more closely with local employers to target particular types of local housing need and seek agreements on local marketing strategies for homes.
We will initiate a re-imagining of our city centre to anticipate changes in retailing. It is important socially and economically that we maintain a centre that is relevant to the community and can continue to support enterprise and employment and wear its heritage with pride. High among our aspirations is a bigger and stronger independent sector.
We will fund an evaluation with interested businesses of a new Business Improvement District for Mill Road as it faces new challenges and opportunities from reduced traffic flow.
We will continue to promote the ‘real living wage’ to employers, targeting those who don’t already pay staff at that level.