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Welcome to the new look Economy and Culture Newsletter.  In this edition, we round up the latest news on economic development, inward investment, business engagement, culture, public art, heritage and libraries.  Across October-November, MK once again received national recognition in reports from the National Infrastructure Commission and Centre for Cities.  Attendance at MIPIM enabled the team to showcase MK as part of the Growth Corridor Central Area whilst the incredibly successful Feast of Fire event marked the culmination of celebrations for Milton Keynes' 50th birthday. 

 

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Finally, on behalf of the Economy and Culture Team, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2018. 

 

Pam Gosal

Head of Economy and Culture

Milton Keynes Council

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Economic Development
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October and November saw the publication of a number of economic reports and strategies, incluing the national Industrial Strategy, the latest report from the National Infrastructure Commission and SEMLEP's Strategic Economic Plan.  MK also featured positively in reports by Centre for Cities and PwC.


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Inward Investment
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Total enquiries for the year to date now stand at 160.  Attendance at MIPIM and Homes 2017 provided a platform to promote, to a wider audience, the inward investment and development opportunities available in MK. It's great to see this offer enhanced further through developments such as those at the Chancerygate Business Centre.


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Business Engagement
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Following the sign off of the Business Engagement Plan in October, the degree of business engagement through digital, individual business visits and partner organisations has taken off apace.  The team have been working closely with SEMLEP and the Velocity Growth Hub and have presented at a number of recent networking events.


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Employment and Skills
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MK College Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2017
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There's a lot of activity around employment and skills, with new apprenticeships under development and some excellent examples of local businesses supporting the development of their employees.  It's also great to see the efforts of the Neighbourhood Employment Programme reflected in falling unemployment and congratulations go to the recent apprenticeship graduates from Milton Keynes College.


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Libraries
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MK Libraries have been busy participating in a number of events and hosting a number of exhibitions.  Alongside this, building works are progressing well, with Westcroft Library relocating to its temporary home in preparation for a brand new purpose built library.


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