There's lots going on in the area and many new projects are in the pipeline that will create jobs and opportunities for local people. There are plans to create 30,000 new jobs in the Suffolk Haven Gateway area.
The 'Business Improvement District' company for Ipswich has joined forces with Ipswich Borough Council to attract inward investment in the town. They will endeavour to attract new companies to the town centre. There are several new high end retailers in the town already, such as White Stuff, iStore, Viyella and Country Casuals. They will create a rapport with key retailers in an attempt to ascertain why they don't currently trade in Ipswich and try to persuade them to do so.
'Ipswich Fit For The 21st Century' proposals have been given early stage approval by the Department of Transport, despite fears of a Government funding squeeze. This will mean a new transport system for Ipswich town centre improving roads, bus routes and cycle paths in the town centre in the hope that drivers will be encouraged to leave their cars at home. The scheme is likely to cost £25 million, £22.5 million of this coming from the Government.
Key regeneration areas include:
- Waterfront - the scene of the region's biggest single urban regeneration project. Home to University Campus Suffolk, new homes, offices, restuarants and hotels. It will also be an important cultural site as home to Dance East and Red Rose Theatre Chain.
- Education Quarter - home to brand new education facilities of University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk New College
- Ipswich Town Centre - regeneration of the retail and business areas including the old 12 storey Civic Centre block
- Ravenswood - a new "green" community of over 1,000 homes built on an old airfield by the A14.
- Wherstead Park - the East of England Co-operative Society's new headquarters offering opportunties to other businesses in the region.
- British Sugar site, Sproughton - an area being redeveloped for future industrial and business use.
- Ransomes Europark - a major business park beside the A14 with close proximity to the international ports of Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich giving easy access to mainland Europe and beyond.
- Trinity Park - 300 acres of conference and exhibition space.
- Whitehouse Business Park - close to the A14, a multi-let business park attracting a variety of companies.
- A new cinema and re-development is planned for the Buttermarket shopping centre, Ipswich
- Ipswich have secured funding to support start-up businesses in creative industries.
- Possible new supermarket, store and flats being built in Ipswich opposite Cardinal Park and at Cliff Quay
- Lodge style hotel and restaurant on junction of Yarmouth Road / Hadleigh Road, Ipswich.
- Ipswich's two bus stations are to be re-built, new pavements and cycle routes across the town are to be constructed. The £25 million transport scheme will start next year.
- Archant, media group, is drawing up plans to regenerate their current site at Lower Brook Street.
- Larking Gowen Accountants has opened a new regional office at Claydon Business Park, 40 staff are based there.
- Haven Power is doubling the size of its business centre in Ransome's Europark to 20,000 sq feet and will employ additional staff over the next 12 -18 months. Roles will include Customer Advisors, Sales Support and Telesales Advisors.
- Smart421, based at Felaw Maltings is set to become one of the fastest growing companies in the County. The I.T and communications company specialises in systems integration was founded in 2000. A year ago it employed 151 and by the end of May 2011 it will employ 230.
Source : Ipswich Borough Council, Economic Development Strategy