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Top politician Jonathan Ashworth sees new business area in Ipswich

06:47 09 February 2016

Shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth visiting Ipswich to see the work on boosting the Princes Street area, Ipswich. Left to right, Jonathan Ashworth,  Councillor David Ellesmere.

Shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth visiting Ipswich to see the work on boosting the Princes Street area, Ipswich. Left to right, Jonathan Ashworth, Councillor David Ellesmere.

Shadow cabinet minister Jonathan Ashworth has visited Ipswich to see the town’s growing business area – and the new home of Archant’s Suffolk titles.

Left to right, Jonathan Ashworth,  Councillor David Ellesmere and Malcolm Hobbs (Earls Colne Business Park Director).Left to right, Jonathan Ashworth, Councillor David Ellesmere and Malcolm Hobbs (Earls Colne Business Park Director).

Jonathan Ashworth is in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet – he does not have any formal portfolio but is responsible for co-ordinating between the party at Westminster and local councils.

He visited Ipswich to see what a Labour authority was doing to boost business and regeneration in the town.

During his visit to the town he visited the Princes Street area to see the new Connexions business centre that is rapidly taking shape and the Portman House building which will be the new home to Archant, publisher of the EADT and Ipswich Star, from later in the year.

He was shown the area by Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere who explained how the borough had not only promoted the development of the business area, but had also bought and sold sites to allow projects to be built.

, Jonathan Ashworth,  Councillor David Ellesmere and Malcolm Hobbs (Earls Colne Business Park Director)., Jonathan Ashworth, Councillor David Ellesmere and Malcolm Hobbs (Earls Colne Business Park Director).

Mr Ashworth worked in Ipswich for the Labour Party during the 2001 by-election, and said he could see a major improvement in the town.

He said: “I am here to support David Ellesmere and the council in their tremendous work in the town. Compared with what I remember from 2001, there has been a great deal of new development and a whole new look for business in the town.” The borough sold the former Fisons building to developer Malcolm Hobbs who is turning it into the Connexions business centre.

Work is continuing on site – and should be completed by the spring.

Mr Hobbs said: “We have had a great deal of interest in the site and about 60% of the space is being considered by possible tenants although in this business they like to see what it looks like before making the final commitment.

“Once the outside walls and cladding is complete I am very confident there will be even more interest in the space we are creating here.”

The borough has bought the former Hollywood nightclub which will find a new use.

Mr Ashworth welcomed the fact that Archant is bringing new life to the Portman House building: “That is a good sign of confidence in the town,” he added.

3 comments

  • Word on the street is the former nightclub and live music venue will become offices. The problem with this, however, is all the council has done is purchased the property. They have absolutely no desire to spend the millions to convert it into "low-cost" offices for start-ups. I get the impression they want to lease it out to a third party on a peppercorn rent of a long-term lease in return for them redeveloping and refurbishing the building to fit their aims. This is very unlikely to happen even with the incentives of the enterprise zone. ******** Okay, so it is close to the train station, has quite a big car park and is full of big car parks in the close surrounding area... the Travel Ipswich project has made it very difficult to get into town, park and ride won't be around if this project did go ahead and staying on the train to go elsewhere is always an option. There are various large office buildings along this Princes Street corridor which would be an obvious pick for someone wanting to establish a business centre.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • What a strange comment by Johnie redwood... Ipswich 's business disrtict is being run by Ipswich central ltd a private company that is changing the whole entire town around to suit the waterfront and is the main player behind the Ipswich vision group..BID(business improvement districts) were set up in 2004 by the labour prime minster tony blair .. we established ours in 2007 .. so a labour initiative is currently running the towns fortunes and the tories are backing it... oh and businesses pay an additional 1% levy to Ipswich central.... now you know why the towns in a mess .

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    deeber

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Blah blah more left wing lies. Labour are all about the public sector. Labours efforts to promote and support private sector initiatives especially in ipswich, are almost non existent.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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