Support for Saffron Walden businesses

PUBLISHED: 15:03 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Director of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Martin Garratt

Director of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Martin Garratt

STRUGGLING businesses around Saffron Walden could benefit from a group that is championing the area s economy. Director of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Martin Garratt addressed community representatives at a meeting at Uttlesford District Coun

STRUGGLING businesses around Saffron Walden could benefit from a group that is championing the area's economy.

Director of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Martin Garratt addressed community representatives at a meeting at Uttlesford District Council's (UDC's) offices on Monday.

"One of the things we are doing specifically for this area is a tourism action plan to encourage visitors to stay for long weekends," said Mr Garratt. "Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the country and people that stay overnight are worth seven times more to the local economy than day-trippers."

The GCP covers a 25-mile radius around Cambridge, including Saffron Walden and Stansted, and was set up by the East of England Development Agency.

Bringing together public and private groups, the GCP is a not-for-profit company that aims to enhance the region's economy.

"We are working with UDC and have asked members to come up with three key issues that we can help them with," said Mr Garratt. "We have also sent a letter opposing the Elsenham eco-town on UDC's request and we have asked chief executive John Mitchell to speak at the GCP annual conference."

The meeting, which was titled 'A Vision for Saffron Walden', was organised by the Saffron Walden Partnership Board.

Businesses suffering from the economic downturn can find a list of business support agencies that may be able to help on the GCP website at www.gcp.uk.net. For general advice or funding information, call the GCP on 01223 717310.

Details about securing contracts for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games can also be found on the website.

A broader based pamphlet called 'Weather the Storm' and aimed at assisting individuals, communities and businesses can be found at www.weatherthestorm.org.uk.

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