Encouragingly almost every month another independent report cites the strength and potential of Warrington’s economy.
Last month it was good to see a report produced by Vodafone which cited Warrington as having the potential to become Britain’s next digital “Supertown” and see massive digital growth in the next few years.
The report looked for towns with populations of over 40,000 (Warrington’s has 207,000) with strong existing digital sectors and the potential to grow still further. It rated them in three sectors – economy, skills and infrastructure – as either high-performing “pacesetters”, solid “pillars” or early “prospects”.
Warrington was praised as a “pacesetter, with huge potential” in all three areas in the report written by Steve Hughes, a former Bank of England economist.
Warrington’s economy is nationally outstanding and Warrington’s framework for economic growth ‘Warrington Means Business’ is designed to maintain and grow that economic position. Warrington & Co. exists to implement and enact Warrington Means Business.
A digital economy is the modern enabler for business and recognised within Warrington Means Business. It is an essential element required for Warrington’s future growth.
Four years ago the Connecting Cheshire Partnership was established to deliver fibre broadband to areas outside the commercial deployment of fibre broadband. It is a partnership with BT and the four local authorities across Cheshire; Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton. It will see an additional 96,000 premises reached with fibre by summer 2018.