TauntonForward is a taskforce of businesses, employers and talented individuals determined to transform Taunton Deane into the prime regional centre for business, shopping, tourism, the arts and entertainment.
TIME TO CAPITALISE
A central location in the West of England, excellent air, road and rail links, prime development land, a great place to live, glorious countryside, the finest schools, excellent healthcare, world-class cricket
With assets like these Taunton Deane should have an unbeatable competitive edge. Yet we have failed to capitalise. Held back by a parochial market town mentality, we are losing the fight for major inward investment and new jobs. Instead of being one of the South West
success stories, Taunton is now second best to Exeter, Bridgwater and Weston super Mare. Unlike Taunton, and in spite of the great recession, all are booming thanks to
attitude towards investors. The private sector is playing a huge part in driving Exeter forward. Using the
slogan ‘open for business’
, an impressive entrepreneurial team markets the city with stunning results. In reaching the
top 2% for job creation Exeter has outperformed most rivals.
esults are impressive too. By 2012 Sedgemoor had surged into the top 35 districts for business based growth.
TIME TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Taunton Deane must change fast to fight back. Above all, we must act quickly to attract skilled, better paid jobs not only to encourage the brightest members of the existing workforce to invest their futures here, but also to bring more people like them to the area. Equally, more residents must be persuaded to spend more of their earnings locally. Too many shop elsewhere drawn away by a superior retail offer and experience. Taunton
-time economy is poor for the same reasons. The need for change is urgent. Within 15 years
Taunton’s population is planned to grow to
85,000 (a 30% increase) with the addition of 13,000 new homes. Nearby towns and districts will also grow substantially.
TIME TO THINK LIKE A CITY
to mastermind Taunton
It’s time for Taunton to think like a city, Somerset’s ‘capital city’.
Taunton must be proactively marketed to investors around the world, as dynamically, as professionally as our competitors. In the West Country, all roads lead to Taunton. We should be the vibrant economic and cultural hub for the region between Bristol and Plymouth. We should be a prime UK destination for business, shopping, tourism, the arts and entertainment. Within ten to 15 years Taunton could be transformed by imaginative projects such as:
an iconic, architectural landmark building on the Firepool or Coal Orchard sites.
a redeveloped River Tone waterfront.
a 1,000-seat venue for arts, entertainment, exhibitions and conferences.
an international arts festival.
a private university or a campus associated with an established university.
TIME TO DELIVER
Taunton Deane Borough Council cannot be expected to have the resources, the people, the entrepreneurial flair, the dynamism, the drive to
spearhead Taunton’s renaissance
Only a taskforce of ‘all the talents’ can do t
hat. To meet the challenge, top employers led by Dr John Newton, Head of Taunton School, have formed
a non-political team set
on bringing together Taunton’s best brains.
is not a
and our members will have a stake and a major say in shaping policy and decision-making. We aim to build a membership of 300 local businesses and individuals
a force that will be highly influential and have real credibility.
This is no time for apathy. It’s time to
get involved, to get together.
It’s time to
We need your support. Join us!