David Williams, Chairman of leading East Midlands law firm Geldards, has been confirmed as Chair of the strategic advisory group for the Derby-Nottingham Metro Strategy 2030.
The advisory group will oversee the future direction of the Metro Strategy that will see both Cities sharing services to improve business, employment, transport and leisure links by 2030.
The Metro Strategy aims to develop the global reputation of both Derby and Nottingham, two Cities that when combined form one of the UK’s most important urban areas as well as being one of the top 30 population centres in Europe.
Speaking at the launch of the Metro Strategy 2030 (Wednesday 26 April 2017), David Williams said: “I am delighted to have been invited to lead this group and have no hesitation in supporting this work, as it makes perfect sense for the two cities to come together. How effectively we work across organisations and sectors to get the most for local residents, employees and visitors will be a decisive factor in maintaining and growing our local prosperity and pride.”
Also speaking at the Strategy launch, Councillor Jon Collins, the Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The consultation clearly showed that the majority of people could see the benefits of the two cities working closely together. Our combined weight will enable us to strengthen our national presence and international reputation. This will be good for our cities, good for local people and good for the wider economy.”
Closer working as a result of the Metro Strategy is already reaping rewards:
- Securing strong support from the Department of International Trade for last year’s trade mission to China and the MIPIM international commercial property show, where Nottingham and Derby had a joint presence
- Establishing a forum to put local businesses in a strong position to take advantage of the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund
- Winning more than £13m of Government and EU funding through joint bids for projects covering business investment, travel and the environment
For more information regarding the Metro Strategy 2030, please visit our previous article, available to view here.