Sedgemoor economy has bright future

Bridgwater Mercury: Mulberry is moving to Bridgwater Mulberry is moving to Bridgwater

“THE JOBS are coming” – that was the message at a packed economic development conference held in Bridgwater yesterday (November 14).

Around 140 potential investors heard from guest speakers from local, national and international businesses at The Exchange as they shared their experiences of bringing major projects to the district.

Talks were given by Mulberry, who is opening a warehouse next year, Bridgwater College about preparing for the future, Bridgwater Gateway, Yeo Valley, EDF Energy, National Grid and more.

Phillip Adams, economic development officer for Sedgemoor District Council, which organised the event, said: “There were more people than we expected and many are interested in investing in the area.

“There are ten land and property developers already developing things in Bridgwater and Highbridge, and that’s really something.

“The conference has been going for a few years now and in previous meetings we’ve been talking about what we want to see in Sedgemoor. Now we can actually see development happening.

“We’ve still got challenges, such as unemployment, but the jobs are coming.”

Councillor Gill Slocombe, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, opened the conference. She told the Mercury: “It was absolutely excellent. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback and people have said we should host the event more often.

“People didn’t realise how much economic growth there is in Sedgemoor and they were amazed. We heard from various businesses who talked about business strategy and they exchanged lots of great ideas.

“Sedgemoor is the fastest growing economic area in the South West and these people are driving the economy forward.”

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9:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

cidreman says...

Some-One should tell the Forward Group and the Towns Labour Cllrs ..
Some-One should tell the Forward Group and the Towns Labour Cllrs .. cidreman
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9:13am Sat 17 Nov 12

male54 says...

More Jobs for the eastern europeans then
More Jobs for the eastern europeans then male54
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12:00pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Bridgy old Boy says...

Yes Cidreman I am sure the Towns Labour Councillor's are delighted particularly as in the Mulberry case this is a perfect example of how public intervention, in this instance £2million, can help the economy get off its knees. Encouraging economic growth through public investment has been long advocated by the likes of Milliband and Balls and it is good to see their policy paying off.
Yes Cidreman I am sure the Towns Labour Councillor's are delighted particularly as in the Mulberry case this is a perfect example of how public intervention, in this instance £2million, can help the economy get off its knees. Encouraging economic growth through public investment has been long advocated by the likes of Milliband and Balls and it is good to see their policy paying off. Bridgy old Boy
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7:10pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Doverbeme says...

Milliband/ Balls advocated something? Yeaaaahhh right.
Milliband/ Balls advocated something? Yeaaaahhh right. Doverbeme
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9:33am Tue 20 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

male54 wrote:
More Jobs for the eastern europeans then
It was the last Labour Government that did'nt protect the British Job Market for
British Workers, as they the then Government signed up to the European Work Directive, thus any
Person who comes from a European State is entitled to apply for jobs in any Member State.
Whilst, I would not have voted for such
Measures, WE ARE STUCK WITH IT.
So, you are now breaking the Law by
Making the Statement you made.
The truth of the matter is that many
Companies starting up in Sedgemoor are complying with Local Workforce Agreements, which gives residents equal chances to obtain employment in Sedgemoor. We are all Europeans now whether u like it or not.
We might one day get the referendum
That gives us individually the vote as to what Status we want for Britain . My favourite would be what in the 1970's
Was proposed, " In Europe ,but not controlled by Europe ". therefore free to determine our own destiny, not Controlled by the STATES OF EUROPE . That was why our forefathers fought 2 World Wars, to protect that right......
Regards Blue - Owl
[quote][p][bold]male54[/bold] wrote: More Jobs for the eastern europeans then[/p][/quote]It was the last Labour Government that did'nt protect the British Job Market for British Workers, as they the then Government signed up to the European Work Directive, thus any Person who comes from a European State is entitled to apply for jobs in any Member State. Whilst, I would not have voted for such Measures, WE ARE STUCK WITH IT. So, you are now breaking the Law by Making the Statement you made. The truth of the matter is that many Companies starting up in Sedgemoor are complying with Local Workforce Agreements, which gives residents equal chances to obtain employment in Sedgemoor. We are all Europeans now whether u like it or not. We might one day get the referendum That gives us individually the vote as to what Status we want for Britain . My favourite would be what in the 1970's Was proposed, " In Europe ,but not controlled by Europe ". therefore free to determine our own destiny, not Controlled by the STATES OF EUROPE . That was why our forefathers fought 2 World Wars, to protect that right...... Regards Blue - Owl Blue Owl
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9:34am Wed 21 Nov 12

awayswing says...

Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.
Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy. awayswing
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10:25am Wed 21 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

awayswing wrote:
Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.
No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a
Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer....
Regards Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.[/p][/quote]No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer.... Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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1:17pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

cidreman wrote:
Some-One should tell the Forward Group and the Towns Labour Cllrs ..
Obviously they now realise that they Do Not speak for the 63% of Bridgwater Residents.....So thankfully the Growth in BRIDGWATERs prosperity can continue, with all the investment we are seeing. I can tell you that neighbouring Taunton would love to see the growth that we are having. So come on get behind this investment, instead seeing doom and gloom, we are doing better than most Towns our size.
Regards Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]cidreman[/bold] wrote: Some-One should tell the Forward Group and the Towns Labour Cllrs ..[/p][/quote]Obviously they now realise that they Do Not speak for the 63% of Bridgwater Residents.....So thankfully the Growth in BRIDGWATERs prosperity can continue, with all the investment we are seeing. I can tell you that neighbouring Taunton would love to see the growth that we are having. So come on get behind this investment, instead seeing doom and gloom, we are doing better than most Towns our size. Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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2:35pm Wed 21 Nov 12

cidreman says...

£500,000 Budget each year for the Town Council ..Taxpayers money (Your Money ).
Labour Controlled Town Council ...
Sitting on a Public Fund of £247, 000
(Civic Enhancement Fund )
Where does this money come from its , Its come out of every household Council Tax ..If its not needed only to be put into Bank account
Then pay it back to every Taxpayer of Bridgwater ..(Sedgemoor)
What does the Town Council Cllrs cost the taxpayer of Bridgwater every year ..
The Labour Group have not delivered on there promises made when they were elected ..
Can anyone tell me , what improvement or investment they have seen within the Town , since The Labour Group have been in control ...
£500,000 Budget each year for the Town Council ..Taxpayers money (Your Money ). Labour Controlled Town Council ... Sitting on a Public Fund of £247, 000 (Civic Enhancement Fund ) Where does this money come from its , Its come out of every household Council Tax ..If its not needed only to be put into Bank account Then pay it back to every Taxpayer of Bridgwater ..(Sedgemoor) What does the Town Council Cllrs cost the taxpayer of Bridgwater every year .. The Labour Group have not delivered on there promises made when they were elected .. Can anyone tell me , what improvement or investment they have seen within the Town , since The Labour Group have been in control ... cidreman
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9:20am Thu 22 Nov 12

awayswing says...

Blue Owl wrote:
awayswing wrote:
Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.
No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a
Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer....
Regards Blue-Owl
What is more important,a united states of europe or being in the single market?In the long run the single market is a better option.Our economy will be devastated if we pull out of the EC,and I can think of no reason why the EC would let us enjoy trading relations without us abiding by the rest of EC rules,net contributor or not.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.[/p][/quote]No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer.... Regards Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]What is more important,a united states of europe or being in the single market?In the long run the single market is a better option.Our economy will be devastated if we pull out of the EC,and I can think of no reason why the EC would let us enjoy trading relations without us abiding by the rest of EC rules,net contributor or not. awayswing
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11:07am Thu 22 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

awayswing wrote:
Blue Owl wrote:
awayswing wrote:
Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.
No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a
Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer....
Regards Blue-Owl
What is more important,a united states of europe or being in the single market?In the long run the single market is a better option.Our economy will be devastated if we pull out of the EC,and I can think of no reason why the EC would let us enjoy trading relations without us abiding by the rest of EC rules,net contributor or not.
That is why a Referendum is required for the decision to be made by the now
English / British Taxpayer, excluding Scotland and Wales, as they consider themselves devoid of being Governed by Westminster, having been given all the options of Benefit For & Against.
The problem with The European Community @ present and for the future is that the " Club " now is such an uncontrollable beast, that with so many Member States, it has lost it's original vision. My late father, who was a local Bridgwater Builder retired and lived in Germany for his last 35 years.
Many years ago I can remember him saying to me, re the EU. We fought Two World Wars, so as to be able to be free and be in Control of our own Destiny, ( How True Those Words Were) .He then said" We will lose the 3 rd War !!! When, I asked what he meant, it was the Monetary War. ie, Allowing Germany, France, and Debt riddled Italy, to be in charge of the EU Finances. How right those words turned out to be 25 years on !!
RIP. Alan Preece
We hopefully will see what David Cameron can do to reverse the trend that Tony Blair, failed to address, when
Representing Britain, with his ' Bowl' @ the EU Table.....!! What other Organisation or Business can continue when they cannot even get the annual Accounts Audited. Answer. NONE.
Regards Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Some people in this country seem to think that changing our position within EC will be simple to do.This is nonsense.It is beginning to look as though the EC is sick of our perpetual whining.A recent report on the forthcoming EC budget ignores any contribution from us at all!The threat is obvious,even though we are net contributors to the budget.As for a referendum the result would have to be achievable,having the same status as Norway would be unachievable and devastating to the country's economy.[/p][/quote]No it will not be simple, but the further we get " Dragged down the Path of Federal Europe" it will become impossible to disengage, as I said in an earlier Post, the 1970 idea of being a trading partner with Europe, thus helping to Export & Import with equal benefit, Yes. What we now have is a Federal Europe that is ever increasing Countries, who are not themselves financially stable to join, creating an unsustainable body, that has only to my knowledge had their accounts ' Signed Off ' by Auditors. At least when Margaret Thatcher negotiated on behalf of the UK, she got rebates that were beneficial to our farmers & Businesses, the fact is it was Tony Blair, who didn't face up to the European's when negotiating for this Country......Facts are Facts, no Spin, just the Truth, now we all Suffer.... Regards Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]What is more important,a united states of europe or being in the single market?In the long run the single market is a better option.Our economy will be devastated if we pull out of the EC,and I can think of no reason why the EC would let us enjoy trading relations without us abiding by the rest of EC rules,net contributor or not.[/p][/quote]That is why a Referendum is required for the decision to be made by the now English / British Taxpayer, excluding Scotland and Wales, as they consider themselves devoid of being Governed by Westminster, having been given all the options of Benefit For & Against. The problem with The European Community @ present and for the future is that the " Club " now is such an uncontrollable beast, that with so many Member States, it has lost it's original vision. My late father, who was a local Bridgwater Builder retired and lived in Germany for his last 35 years. Many years ago I can remember him saying to me, re the EU. We fought Two World Wars, so as to be able to be free and be in Control of our own Destiny, ( How True Those Words Were) .He then said" We will lose the 3 rd War !!! When, I asked what he meant, it was the Monetary War. ie, Allowing Germany, France, and Debt riddled Italy, to be in charge of the EU Finances. How right those words turned out to be 25 years on !! RIP. Alan Preece We hopefully will see what David Cameron can do to reverse the trend that Tony Blair, failed to address, when Representing Britain, with his ' Bowl' @ the EU Table.....!! What other Organisation or Business can continue when they cannot even get the annual Accounts Audited. Answer. NONE. Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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11:20am Thu 22 Nov 12

Blue Owl says...

cidreman wrote:
£500,000 Budget each year for the Town Council ..Taxpayers money (Your Money ).
Labour Controlled Town Council ...
Sitting on a Public Fund of £247, 000
(Civic Enhancement Fund )
Where does this money come from its , Its come out of every household Council Tax ..If its not needed only to be put into Bank account
Then pay it back to every Taxpayer of Bridgwater ..(Sedgemoor)
What does the Town Council Cllrs cost the taxpayer of Bridgwater every year ..
The Labour Group have not delivered on there promises made when they were elected ..
Can anyone tell me , what improvement or investment they have seen within the Town , since The Labour Group have been in control ...
,You ask the same Question that I have for many years, Re the "Civic Enhancement Fund" even as a then Town Cllr, Elected & Voted onto the BTC Finance Commitee, it took me 3 months before, I was able to gat to see the Full SpreadSheet with the TC Accounts. From the lack of Comments re your Posts on this Matter, the Tax Payers of Bridgwater, are Happy with their Tax Collected Monies, not being used for the purpose it was collected for as a Separate Precept, I like you certainly are not, perhaps we should ask Bridgwater Backward/ Forward what they think on this subject, Oh no
I'm being stupid, why would they disagree with their Labour Friends.
Regards Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]cidreman[/bold] wrote: £500,000 Budget each year for the Town Council ..Taxpayers money (Your Money ). Labour Controlled Town Council ... Sitting on a Public Fund of £247, 000 (Civic Enhancement Fund ) Where does this money come from its , Its come out of every household Council Tax ..If its not needed only to be put into Bank account Then pay it back to every Taxpayer of Bridgwater ..(Sedgemoor) What does the Town Council Cllrs cost the taxpayer of Bridgwater every year .. The Labour Group have not delivered on there promises made when they were elected .. Can anyone tell me , what improvement or investment they have seen within the Town , since The Labour Group have been in control ...[/p][/quote],You ask the same Question that I have for many years, Re the "Civic Enhancement Fund" even as a then Town Cllr, Elected & Voted onto the BTC Finance Commitee, it took me 3 months before, I was able to gat to see the Full SpreadSheet with the TC Accounts. From the lack of Comments re your Posts on this Matter, the Tax Payers of Bridgwater, are Happy with their Tax Collected Monies, not being used for the purpose it was collected for as a Separate Precept, I like you certainly are not, perhaps we should ask Bridgwater Backward/ Forward what they think on this subject, Oh no I'm being stupid, why would they disagree with their Labour Friends. Regards Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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11:41am Thu 22 Nov 12

atdnmt says...

male54 wrote:
More Jobs for the eastern europeans then
Boring......
[quote][p][bold]male54[/bold] wrote: More Jobs for the eastern europeans then[/p][/quote]Boring...... atdnmt
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