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Bernard Szczech, chief executive of IBM Services UK, recently praised the City Council and the City’s Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby for creating a business friendly environment in Leicester which lured IBM to the city. He was speaking in Parliament, less than a week after announcing the US multi-national was setting up a major IT centre in the city and creating 300 hi-tech jobs.

Mr Szczech said, “We love Leicester, we love the city, we love the work you are doing there and the great transport links and also the really good pool of graduates we are hoping will work with us in Leicester.”

Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/IBM-boss-praises-Leicester-Parliament-speech/story-25980757-detail/story.html

Other Leicester Mercury articles on IBM’s move to Leicester can be found at :

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/IBM-act-Big-Blue-beacon-big-names-Leicester/story-26037564-detail/story.html

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Cost-luring-firms-justified/story-26000695-detail/story.html

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/IBM-decision-means-Big-Blue-sky-ahead/story-25964430-detail/story.html

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/New-IBM-office-help-stem-exodus-skilled/story-25956529-detail/story.html

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/IBM-s-arrival-major-boost-city-s-profile/story-25947778-detail/story.html

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/IBM-create-300-jobs-Leicester/story-25944470-detail/story.html

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Our ambitions for Leicester

The newly launched Leicester Economic Plan sets out an ambitious strategy for investment in the city’s economy up until 2020.

It outlines key actions where the city council will play a central role in driving economic growth for Leicester and builds on the substantial investment already made in the city over the past 15 years
It builds on the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Leicester’s business community, its location and connectivity with the rest of the UK and the world.

Our ambitions are to:

  • secure £60 million investment for jobs and growth in the city
  • create four Leicester Business Investment Areas
  • create and safeguard 8,500 jobs
  • create 800 new apprenticeship/work placement and internship opportunities
  • create 800 new businesses
  • support 1,800 businesses.

Our strategic themes

We’ve broken down our economic action plan into the five strategic themes below:

  • Leicester To work
  • Enterprising Leicester
  • Thriving city centre
  • Growing city
  • Confident city.
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This article was published in Progress 24th September 2011 by Deputy Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Rory Palmer.

Rory talks about Leicester’s early experience with having a directly elected mayor and what other cities can learn from it.

Read the article, “Yes to directly elected mayors”.

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