Stoke-On-Trent employment growth predicted to be the fastest in the UK in 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The latest UK Powerhouse figures put Stoke-On-Trent employment growth above every metropolitan area in the UK including London, Manchester and Birmingham in 2020. In Irwin Mitchell's latest UK Powerhouse report, year on year jobs growth in Stoke-On-Trent is predicted to be 2.2% with employment levels reaching 122,000; meaning jobs growth in Stoke-On-Trent will be faster than all 46 major UK cities - including UK Capital Cities in 2020!

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Abi Brown said: “These figures show the tremendous confidence in our city; we’re the place to bring business and the place to do business. It shows our approach is working. Our Stronger Together vision for the city is built on a number of pillars including supporting our businesses to thrive by delivering investment in our towns and communities.

“Successes in Stoke-on-Trent include the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, with more than 2,000 jobs created in the past four years and the growing Smithfield site in the city centre, which is delivering over 1,000 high value jobs. There are really exciting developments at Smithfield, with a soon to open Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, as well proposals for new multi-million pound developments. Major development sites include the 10-acre prime city centre East-West Precinct, and Swift House, a prime residential and leisure site next to Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station which attracts more than three million travellers a year. Fortior Homes, a council-owned development company, is also turning brownfield sites into high quality mixed tenure housing schemes, including the first city centre high-end private rented accommodation at Smithfield. This is alongside a growing private sector-led housing offer, which complements our own ambitious housing plans that have seen completion of more homes in the last year than the average London borough.”

The UK Powerhouse findings also rank Stoke-on-Trent as the 16th best performing city in the UK for gross value added (GVA) – the measurement of the value of the goods and services produced in the city and forecasts 1% year on year growth - 0.1% higher than London's forecast!

You can read more reaction to the latest UK Powerhouse report on the Stoke-On-Trent Council's website here.


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