Business & Employment
The Chippenham Vision identified a severe threat of shortage of employment land in the 2008 Vision strategy document.
Consultation with local residents identified that a key priority for the future was the creation of local jobs for young people, making sure that good jobs are available within the town for local people and identifying more employment land to retain and attract employers.
Recent evidence from economic development officers has indicated a strong demand for employment land in Chippenham. Failure to respond to this demand may lead to businesses moving elsewhere with the resultant loss of local employment at a time when job losses are universally anticipated. Furthermore Chippenham is in danger of being completely overlooked as a potential business location in the future.
A major part of the work of the Vision is to help create local job opportunities. That means helping to ensure that an adequate supply of land is planned for, understanding the needs and demands of business located or wanting to locate in Chippenham, providing support for business start ups (including provision of business incubation units linked to local business support), and creating strong links between education and business to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.
The Vision has produced a paper setting out issues that need to be addressed so that partners have a common understanding of what needs to be done.
Employment Land Paper