Herefordshire is a dynamic, vibrant and growing county. As we all expect to be able to connect online, offline, to commercial centres and with natural surroundings, we need a thriving economy that creates high value jobs, whilst maintaining and enhancing the quality of life and natural capital of this fertile county. Our Economic Vision identifies the ambitions and intentions of a range of stakeholders and partners, to help make Herefordshire an even better to place to live, work and learn.
The Economic Vision underpins the county's future growth and identifies the vision, aims and outcomes. The Herefordshire Investment Pitchbook identifies opportunities across the county, including the new NMITE university, an enterprise park at Ross-on-Wye, a River Quarter and Business Quarter for Hereford city, as well as an Urban Village and the regeneration of Berrington Street and Edgar Street Football stadium - the home of Hereford FC.
Herefordshire is popular with tourists seeking to experience the outdoors and is home to town hailed as the birthplace of British tourism- Ross-on-Wye. Every May and December, thousands of visitors arrive to the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts in the Welsh border town and the River Wye attracts water-based activities all year round- but it is not only tourists who enjoy Herefordshire. The county's entrepreneurial spirit and room to grow has proved fruitful to business, including Bulmers (Heineken), British Land, Cargill, Weston's Cider, Bloor Homes and Tyrrells Crisps. The defence industry is well-represented across the county, as home to the Special Air Service and a short distance from Gloucester-based Government Communication Headquarters. The commitment to superfast broadband is connecting creative and diverse businesses across the county, with big business existing alongside successful smaller businesses. There are significant investment opportunities in a county that is already forward-thinking and ambitious. A number of schemes are underway, with the Hereford Bypass in progress and significant city-centre refurbishment and investment to create an exciting and sympathetic historic shopping and leisure destination.
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