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Newport Task Force announces its recommendations

The first six month phase of the work Chaired by Prof Simon Gibson OBE on the Newport Task force has now ended.

The Task force has issued a report detailing recommendations for revitalising the City Centre.

The report is contained in five themes:

  • work
  • learning
  • tourism and hospitality
  • history, heritage, culture and sport
  • infrastructure

Each theme has its own recommendations, some of these highlights are:  

  • establishment of an Innovation Company, in the city centre, acting as a digital innovation hub to attract research funds, inward investors and supporting the growth of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s).
  • purchase or renovation of a Building and development to Grade A building standard. Significant size and suitable for use by start ups, SME’s and growth companies.
  • extension of the Business Rate Relief Scheme, to a defined area of the city centre focussed on the digital and ICT sector.
  • establishment of a National Centre for Cyber Security. Building on the cluster, footprint and capability in and around the Region.
  • establishment of a Software University to impact on the significant UK labour market shortfall and propel Newport forward as the best place in the UK for a software degree.
  • development of the UK’s first Compound Semiconductor Foundation, to develop expertise, work skills and commercial opportunities and create a cluster of specialist companies in and around the City.
  • development of a Cycling Centre of Excellence, to add to the academy opportunities around golf and football.
  • creation of a café and restaurant quarter, as part of a wider 'Food' strategy.
  • re-engagement with the River, examination of the opportunities to re-open the river and canal areas, for work, living and leisure.
  • examination of potential for a Town Centre Investment Management company, to own and operate the Town Centre, as a collective asset.

The Task Force now enters its final six months when the recommendations contained in the report will be tested with stakeholders and partners and worked up into a forward strategic plan.

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