Let’s Get Together – One Voice
Consultation Workshop on
‘Enterprising Tameside – a New Economic Strategy for Tameside 2026’
11 October 2011, 5.30-6.30pm, Dukinfield Town Hall
Thomas Johnson and Kate O’Donnell from the Economic Strategy, Skills & Enterprise team at
Tameside Council gave a presentation on the new ‘Enterprising Tameside – a New Economic
Strategy for Tameside 2026’.
They explained that if we do nothing on Tameside’s economic development, then we will recover
but very slowly. Tameside is recovering at a rate much slower than the Greater Manchester level.
Tameside is linked to wider Greater Manchester economic development and has a role to play. We
have to decide as a borough what role we are going to play within GM.
What do we need to include?
Economic development should be interpreted
Financial prosperity, physical and mental health,
A new Economic Strategy for
The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) Tameside
definition of ‘whole place’ is at the heart of this new
strategy . The 3 key themes are about People,
Enterprise and Place (double click presentation right
How do you think we will create new jobs and new businesses? Where do you see funding?
There is no funding from anywhere at present but there is a wealth of knowledge and business
acumen in the borough.
Tameside College has a new enterprise centre.
The Council needs the help of the community to make the economic strategy work.
Change the way we provide support, formerly council led but businesses can start providing
Low skilled roles and manufacturing used to be strong in Tameside but the knowledge based
economy is increasing with areas like Media City etc growing.
Technical based knowledge should be increased, keep people in training for longer, encourage
them to set up businesses and to choose courses that employers want.
More people in manufacturing than other GM areas but manufacturing as a whole is in
19% of jobs in Tameside are in manufacturing. Council could protect those jobs and encourage
other industries to come to Tameside.
How does the strategy address social enterprises?
Sees them as vital.
Public sector, private sector and the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) coming
Particularly with changing delivery, we need a strong social enterprise structure.
Need people with a ‘can-do’ attitude to create a strong society.
Low skills, low wages - what is happening to keep young people in work? Those with skills can’t
find jobs and then move into bigger cities, what can we do to keep them here?
Good transport links to keep people living in Tameside and they can commute out of Tameside
Youth employment - working on
Also there has been a scheme that gives
£100 to young people over the summer
holidays and whatever profit they make
from their work with this they get to
What about older people and retired
people? Any business help to keep them
Can go to enterprise centre to get
support for businesses and space to
Low carbon businesses should be invested in and encouraged - keep overheads low and air clean.
VCFS organisations bring a lot to the borough, however, when pitted against statutory services
going for the same funding, they lose out. Statutory organisations don’t have to account for
things like lighting, rent etc but VCFS organisation have to calculate and account for every
single expenditure and therefore cannot compete on a level playing field with statutory
The strategy needs to be consistent in its terms - terms like social sector, VCFS, community
The council could explore community led regeneration - communities being in charge of
regeneration projects in their area.
Council could help with levelling that playing field a little to help VCFS get involved in commissioning
Consultation Process for TEDS
2 week consultation - comments and suggestions will be accepted until 28 October. The final
strategy will be in place after that.
3 main themes of People, Enterprise and Place. What does the VCFS do under each of these?
Please see attached strategy and make comments and suggestions by 28 October. Please send
comments to email@example.com (Tel: 0161 339 4985 ext 2021) to collate.
For more information: Thomas Johnson, Economic Policy and Research, Tameside Council
Tel: 0161 342 2788, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prosperous Tameside 2026
Tameside’s people and businesses are resilient. We know our strengths, and we build on them to achieve low carbon,
sustainable growth. Tameside is a leading influence within Greater Manchester, and beyond. We're known for innovation,
and our economy is increasingly diverse. We have a strong enterprise culture, and our public, private and community sectors
work together to support local growth. We’re well connected with the outside world, our people are healthy and highly
skilled. We’re surrounded by great natural beauty, our towns and schools are flourishing, and our communities have never
been as strong. It’s a great place to be.
People Enterprise Place
Tameside people are enterprising, Tameside businesses are innovative Tameside combines modern
and make the most of their talent. and growth is strong. Our communications and low carbon
They are healthy and highly valued manufacturing strength is technology with beautiful parks
by employers. supported by expertise in a range and glorious countryside.
of other fields.
Tameside’s private, public and We have quality homes for every
community sectors work together Local peer support adds value to budget. Our towns offer excellent
to improve local skills and generic business advice, based at shops, schools and services. Good
capability. Apprenticeships drive our renowned Enterprise Centre. transport networks connect people
our success. Tameside organisations use their to work, home and play.
Tameside’s children get a good purchasing power to support local We have room for expansion, and
start in life. Our community sector supply chains and growth. can get projects off the ground.
is strong. Aspirations are higher It’s easy to do business here. We’re a place on the up.
than ever before.