Ipswich is recruiting staff to help bring new businesses into the town

Ipswich Sugar Beet factory, Sproughton

Ipswich Sugar Beet factory, Sproughton - Credit: Mike Page

Ipswich council is looking to appoint two senior officers to try to sell the town to potential new businesses.

The borough is advertising for two “Economic development project team managers” at a salary between £36,000 and £38,000 each as part of a reorganisation of its services.

The managers will be work with employers to try to persuade more businesses to move to Ipswich or to expand in the town.

One of their main tasks will be to work with consultants drawing up a masterplan for the former sugar beet factory site at Sproughton which was bought by the borough 18 months ago.

It is expected to become a business centre – although the possibility of attempting to build some new homes on the site has not been ruled out.

The new economic development managers would be expected to try to attract businesses to the site – focussing on its excellent links to the A14.

They will also be trying to sell other parts of the town to potential investors, including the Princes Street corridor, the Waterfront and the waterside area between Stoke Bridge and Princes Street Bridge.

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Among other new jobs being created by the borough are a new theatres manager to take overall control of managing the Regent and the Corn Exchange.

The borough is also looking for a new “Visitor Experience Manager” who will draw up a new tourism strategy for the town and have overall responsibility for the Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church.

A total of six new senior jobs are being advertised on the borough’s ambitionipswich.com website – partly as a result of staff members moving to new employers or taking early retirement.