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Economic Growth and Job Creation

My campaigns to bring jobs and training to Harwich and the surrounding area.

Since 2010, when I arranged a Harwich Wind Forum, encouraging investment, training and job creation in the Tendring District, unemployment in Harwich and North Essex has been cut by nearly half.  This is the result of an economic policy from the Conservative Government which has worked for the many, not the few. 

Despite this success, more needs to be done to bring jobs and skills to the Tendring area.  I have long argued that Harwich, in particular, needs more investment from the Government, as the levels of unemployment and need for growth are masked by the economic prosperity of the surrounding area.  This remains my view.  

During the last Parliament, I pressed the Government to provide funds to our Local Enterprise Partnership, which could be used in Harwich.  This campaign is ongoing and I will do all I can to continue to bring investment to the area. 

Harwich is uniquely placed to act as a hub for off-shore wind development.  Large scale wind farms are being built off of the East coast of the UK and these require people with relevant skills to build and maintain them.  This is why I campaigned for, and supported, the building of the Energy Skills Centre in Harwich by the Colchester Institute.  The Institute’s Energising Harwich programme is providing engineering and energy-sector related skills, which is already translating into jobs for young trainees in Harwich.  I will support the Institute in every way possible over the next 5 years, as they seek to provide more training and qualifications for people in Harwich. 

Employment opportunities have received a major boost recently, as Galloper Wind Farm Ltd is setting up its new service base in Harwich.  Not only will this provide up to 90 new jobs, it will also benefit other local businesses involved in off-shore renewables.  There is a potential for 240 new jobs in total and a great many opportunity for training for new workers. 

With a growing skills-base and new jobs in the off-shore wind sector, I am more confident than ever that Harwich is seizing an opportunity to transform the town.  I will continue to do all I can to support the efforts of the local authorities, businesses and the Colchester Institute, to bring jobs and economic growth to the Harwich peninsula.