The Government are serious about levelling up across the UK and to ensure Stoke-on-Trent is part of that agenda, Jonathan is proposing the Home Office establishes a branch here.
There are many positive reasons why this move should happen:
From April this year Stoke-on-Trent will be one of the first cities to boast a full fibre, gigabit broadband network, giving every home and business premises in the city superfast connectivity at their fingertips. We have been one of the early adopters of 5G technology in the UK.
Our rich industrial heritage means we are blessed with an abundance of historic buildings which would be ideally suited to becoming a new home for the Home Office.
Of course, Stoke-on-Trent represents excellent value for money when compared to places like London, or cities closer to home such as Birmingham or Manchester.
All of these factors are reasons why Stoke-on-Trent was recently named as one of the top 15 places to start a new business in the UK.
It is estimated that around 8,000 new jobs have been created in Stoke-on-Trent in the past five years thanks to major developments in the city, including the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and the Smithfield site in Hanley, and we are confident that others will follow if we can shake off the image of a “left-behind” city.
As a city, we are excellently set-up to host and support the needs of large organisations such as Government departments. 97% of Stoke-on-Trent is already connected to superfast broadband, rental office prices are up to 50% lower than Leeds and Manchester, and the average house price in the city centre is £114,000, so employees can afford a lifestyle unimaginable in London. We have a large skilled resident workforce, many of whom are graduates of well-regarded local educational institutions. With the increase of senior job opportunities, our local graduate workforce can stay and live in our city rather than have to commute
We also have played a full and generous role in the Home Office’s asylum dispersal scheme, being one of the areas that has volunteered to participate over many years.
This petition has been started for local businesses and residents to show their support of this move, so please sign below.