Comments from the Board

David Pagett-Wright, who chaired the Town Deal Community Consultation and Engagement Group, said: "The Town Deal Plan follows extensive consultation with the general public and numerous business and community organisations. As a result, it truly reflects the aspirations and priorities of a wide range of contributors who all have the best interests of Loughborough at heart. The vision for the town is ambitious but achievable and this Town Deal funding will play a key part in kick starting the exciting journey ahead."

Professor Tracy Bhamra, Loughborough University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), said: "The expansion of SportPark on our Science and Enterprise Park is a natural step to create a vibrant focal point for a Global Sports Hub, centred at Loughborough, underpinned by the University's leading reputation for sport. The business accelerator will help us enable even more early-stage companies to build resilience through knowledge and innovation exchange. The Town Deal represents a really exciting opportunity to enhance the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Loughborough and the University is looking forward to working with local partners to drive local growth and regeneration."

Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough, said: "The launch of the Town Deal is a hugely exciting time for Loughborough and there are some really positive developments on the horizon. One of those is the launch of the new skills and enterprise hub in the town centre which will really help people to access new training and development packages. I'd like to thank all local partners who have been involved; there has been a huge amount of hard work put in and I am looking forward to an exciting future for Loughborough."

Jo Maher, Principal and CEO of Loughborough College, said: "Loughborough College is delighted to support the Loughborough Town Deal as a board member. For more than a century, we have provided local people with vital skills and training which have helped Loughborough grow into the vibrant community it is today. We are excited now to play an even bigger role in shaping its bright future."

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Loughborough Town Deal board co-chair and leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: "We are incredibly excited to launch the Loughborough Town Deal bid and it could not have come at a better time as we face significant challenges due to the pandemic.

"We need to make sure we build back better and create opportunities for young people and businesses and build on the wonderful assets we already have like the university and college, the town's heritage and Loughborough's ideal central location.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in bringing the bid together and I would urge people to support it.

"This will not only bring short term improvements but also lay the foundations to make Loughborough an outstanding place to live, work and visit for many years to come."

Dr Nik Kotecha, Loughborough Town Deal board co-chair, said: "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we have made a strong case to Government.

"Including match funding, the Town Deal has the potential to bring in £110 million of investment to Loughborough.

"We have thoroughly researched the issues and drawn upon partners to bring the bid together and at every step we have consulted and sought the opinions of residents, local business and other organisations. We have listened to what people have said and delivered a plan Loughborough can be proud of. I would urge people to get behind the bid."

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