Welcome from Monica Fogarty
Hello and welcome to the December edition of Warwickshire Means Business.
In the midst of Brexit and a General Election, and with the little matter of Christmas around the corner, there is plenty going on, but Warwickshire County Council's work to support our brilliant business community continues apace - and there is plenty of fantastic news to report this month.
Hot off the presses, I am delighted that the Transforming Nuneaton programme has today taken a huge step forward. This morning, Warwickshire County Council agreed to divert £19.5 million from our Capital Investment Fund into the Transforming Nuneaton project. The money will go towards building a new library, café and business centre in the Town. Wonderful news and exciting times for Nuneaton.
There is also great news for Leamington with the return of the Interactive Futures Festival to the town early in 2020. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success which showcased our region's world-class talent in the games industry. We are very proud of ‘Silicon Spa’, which plays a key role in our county’s thriving economy and it is the natural home for the Interactive Futures Festival.
Our thriving economy is also heavily driven by our vibrant and varied town centres. There is a lot going on in our towns right now, and lots more coming down the track, so please do have a look at our In The Towns section to keep right up to speed.
In this edition of Warwickshire Means Business we also focus on Lighthorne-based ‘Farm Services’ who exemplify the knack, which small Warwickshire firms seem to have, of finding a niche and building it into a business of national repute. You might not be aware of it, but it is highly likely that at some point you will have benefited from the expertise of Farm Services!
Meanwhile, we bid a fond farewell and also offer a warm welcome. After five years and one day in post, next month Glenn Robinson will leave his role as Skills for Employment Manager in our Economy & Skills team. Glenn's experience and knowledge from many years in education has played a significant role in the success of numerous skills initiatives and we wish him all the best for the future. May he have many a happy Saturday afternoon at his beloved St Andrew's!
Meanwhile, Vicki Barnard has arrived as Strategy and Commissioning Manager, Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities. We warmly welcome Vicki, her deep knowledge and her unusual back story. Warwickshire County Council is full of people with varied and interesting backgrounds but Vicki is, I'm pretty sure, the only person ever to have joined the council from the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hawaii!
I wish you all a very peaceful and Happy Christmas and a successful and prosperous 2020.