Business champion looks to support recovery

7 Aug 2020 11:15
Published by: Scott Callan


A ‘Business Champion’ has been created to support Cheshire East’s economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The role has been given to Councillor Sarah Pochin, who represents Bunbury on the local authority.

The newly created role is set to support businesses on high streets, engaging with SMEs, larger organisations and those facing unemployment across the borough.

Cllr Pochin will support and advise council cabinet members on:

           Regulatory and government policy to aid high street and town centre recovery across Cheshire East

           The promotion of the borough and appropriate support mechanisms to attract inward investment

           Development of the council’s commercial strategy and the commercial ventures

           Delivery of the rural action plan in relation to support to the rural economy in Cheshire East

           Delivering a sustainable and green economy in Cheshire East including the development of low carbon industry

Together with the relevant cabinet members and officers, she will also look to engage with businesses and corporate representatives across Cheshire East, to successfully deliver agreed targets within approved timescales.

Council leader Sam Corcoran said: “Covid-19 has had a profound impact on businesses in Cheshire East, as it has across the UK and internationally.

“However, I am proud of the borough’s economy, its businesses and workers and I am confident that we can overcome the obstacles that Covid-19 has created. I look forward to the benefit of Councillor Pochin’s advice and experience in supporting the council’s economic recovery across the borough.”

Cllr Pochin, said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on a vital role, as part of the council’s support for economic recovery.

“Our borough continues to face many challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. As business champion, I am looking forward to supporting the cabinet in taking this important agenda forward. 

“Aiding economic recovery is a necessity, to attract new investment and develop our rural and green economies. I will work hard, alongside cabinet, to ensure all businesses and their employees across Cheshire East are supported.”


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