It's time to talk.
The evidence that Preston is changing is everywhere.
Alongside the physical changes of the Fishergate scheme, you can see the city’s ever-increasing range of both well-known and independent restaurants, bars and cafes, expanding Guild Hall, soon-to-be-open Preston Markets and Harris Hotel. Looking further afield, cranes and other construction vehicles can be seen around the University of Central Lancashire campus, as it continues to grow and develop and across the city the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal is making a significant investment into the area’s infrastructural systems. And that’s before we start talking about the City Living strategy to bring housing into the city centre, or the plans for the HS2 to come into Preston.
It’s an exciting time to be a Prestonian, whether you were born here or have adopted it as your home. And now is the time to engage in the dialogue about what happens next and how together we make it happen.
Together is the key. Gone are the days of the city and county council pulling all the strings and holding large pots of money that are waiting for opportunities to be identified. Instead we find ourselves in an age of public and private partnership, which brings with it new opportunities and fresh perspective.
However, as we all know, together only works when there is commitment, energy and dialogue from all sides.
“Making a Successful City” is the beginning to that dialogue. We are looking for businesses that are committed to and passionate about the city, who want to be part of making its future successful.
By Lorraine Norris, CEO of Preston City Council