A £600,000 boost for Great Yarmouth is hoped to create hundreds of jobs and start up scores of new businesses.

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The coastal resort has been awarded the six-figure sum from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund, a £16m pot of cash aimed at supporting beach front towns and cities across the country.

Yarmouth is one of 20 communities to have been awarded a grant and the money will be used to provide support, skills and training - via three local groups - to help create 200 businesses and 300 new jobs in areas of high unemployment.

The money will be split among Enterprise GY, Target Opportunities and Business In The Community, which work to support existing businesses, help start up firms and guide people into work.

Jane Ratcliffe, deputy managing director at Great Yarmouth Borough Council - which successfully bid for the cash - hailed the grant as “enormously good news” for the town.

She said: “The aim of this is to create jobs, employment opportunities and apprenticeships.

“And it’s about supporting local people back into work by investing in providing training and support for them and, in some instances, small amounts of money so they can buy things to get their business growing.

“Our focus is very much on people that are in the most difficult areas, furthest from the job market, and those that have the least opportunity to set up their own business.”

This is the first year of the Coastal Communities Fund but Ms Ratcliffe was confident the town could tap into its resources again, by bidding for capital that would build on the success the £600,000 grant will build in 2013.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles, who announced the funding on Monday, said: “We’ve seen enormous enthusiasm for this fund and had to make some difficult choices but the projects we’ve chosen will create thousands of jobs and help many start up businesses.”

17 comments

  • Oh a no criticism please article!

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Daisy, your comments have made me laugh. Please may you share with everybody which qualifications you have and where you gained them. I believe it is suffice to say that we expect them to be from Oxford and you are now on a salary of £50,000+ to keep asserting your thoughts on people who do not have qualifications as 'utterly thick'?

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    Rosemary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I do hope that this money will achieve the tageted aims however In fear not. the money will be gobbled up by council quangos and be used in feeding the salaries. We should never give this type of funding to council because their track record shows they are inefficient and full of non achievers, staffed on a jobs for the councils boysgirls etc

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    Alan

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Daisy, your comments have made me laugh. Please may you share with everybody which qualifications you have and where you gained them. I believe it is suffice to say that we expect them to be from Oxford and you are now on a salary of £50,000+ to keep asserting your thoughts on people who do not have qualifications as 'utterly thick'?

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    Rosemary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I wish and hope the injection of money into GY will do some long term good.... Stating that it will help create 200 businesses and 300 new jobs, is putting a prediction on the line. As we all know a prediction is just that a pure guess.. Creating jobs in a recession is a hard call when existing businesses are suffering from low consumer spending power... Created by high council tax, utility bills, petrol and travel costs ... As I said I applaud any move to help ... But if all the closed shops in GY are opened to business ventures to boast GY with some of this money... What exactly would these new opened shops sell, that other people have not thought of having a go at before they closed....? And why have they stayed closed ..?.. I suggest the UK should import less a make more that would help create jobs.. But if people as now have not got the money to buy what shops sell .. You then have the problem, of unaffordablity ?... But at least someone it trying to improve things, what will be achieved in the current recessioned invironment one must think positive, with any amount of jobs created... Good luck...

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    Lionel

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • How are they going to divide up the £600k. I think the more scary fact is that £600k may not in fact be enough to boost business.

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    ReapnSow

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • 600k doesnt go far these days. If nothing else it will be a constant source of humour once we hear the plans to spend it in GY, oh sorry that should be invest in GY...I suggest a greeting sign (illuminated) at the Acle roundabout warning visitors "You are entering the open museum of GY where life has remained unchanged by time or technology, scenes from the 1950's will be reinacted daily" minus the herring...

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Will there be a bit of imagination and initiative in the 'new' shops opening or will we get more of the same, more mini-markets, more second handcharity shops. Will we get a hardware store, a butchers and fish shop with a bigger range of meats and fish, an electrical shop other than the one that sold me an adapter that I used all over Xmas and found out afterwards that the wires were exposed and dangerous. Would we get the type of shop that we would go into and buy clothes that didn't look like the clothes my grandma wore when she was 70. Before anyone decides to open a shop in Great Yarmouth, they should do a survey, give the residents a say in what to have that would benefit them and the town, not any old shop just to fill up the empty ones.

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    Spooky

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • And Yarmouths useless Town Centre Managers take on all this, is ???. How about an interview Archant ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I wonder if the 3 quangos involved would care to publish an exact breakdown of where this £600k will be spent??

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • One question is will BHS and Debenhams still be in GY in 5 years time if shops continue to close...?... You do not need to be told that GY in struggling to attract people to shop there ....Only 600k to create 200 businesses and 300 new jobs... a bit like Jesus with the bread and fishes... Very tall order when you think about ... Bit like the outer harbour with the promises of 200 jobs ... Many 20k full time jobs is what is needed .. Part time wages is a sad situation to live on... With little to spend to benefit the economy.. The recession for many will carry on...without more spending power ..

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    Lionel

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • All this means is that the agencies handling the money will benefit, that a bunch of non viable businesses will start up ( I mean the optimism of some who open the most unrealistic of shops has to be seen to be believed ) then fail and people will train to gain skills that are not needed. I would wager that there are plenty of unemployed people in GY with a huge range of skills from food handling to degrees-the FE turns out students with vocational qualifications every year, it is twaddle to say that anyone except recent migrants or the utterly thick has no qualifications. The money would be better spent trying to attract one major employer of unskilled workers to the town and stopping other councils from diverting their housing benefit recipients to the town.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • New jobs, new businesses, anyone notice that Disc Mania has closed down? So that's 4 or 5 shops closed in Market Gates, empty shops in Victoria Arcade have just had another one added to it which hadn't been there that long and must have emptied over the weekend and another short term shop is closing by next weekend. What needs to be looked at is what type of business should be opened in Yarmouth, what is needed are shops that people will visit a lot, not just now and again. We have too many or not enough of certain types of shops and in other instances none at all of other types. What about bathroom and kitchen centre, a carpet shop, a proper wallpaper and paint shop, not everyone drives a car and can get to B&Q without walking, these types of places would save people money on the £25 plus delivery costs B&Q charge. I remember when you could walk down a hight street and find all the shops you needed, now a person is stuck unless they drive or can afford delivery charges. A really good think tank is needed to insure that Yarmouth gets the sort of businesses it needs and not just for the holiday makers benefit, it should be for the residents. If a business opens in Yarmouth that is not suited to the residents, it won't be around long and it will be back to square one again, that's my opinion anyway.

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    Spooky

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Well my first post did not appear.Excuse me for being cynical but other than helping the agencies administering the scheme one expects this money to disappear into a black hole. In the retail sector the town has shop units opening that are a triumph of optimism over reality -and then they close- and all the while major players are moving out. The FE and sixth form turn out qualified kids every year and there are graduates stuck because of the national economic crisis.The only unqualified people will be new migrants and the utterly thick and everyone else who needs a food handling certificate to get casual work.Training is not an issue-jobs are. There might be a steady trickle of engineering and technical work and associated secretarial or admin work but there seems to be very little else.The money would be better handed to a company which could guarantee dozens of unskilled permanent jobs or as refunds to council tax payers who might then spend it in Yarmouth. Or on working out why the economy of GY is being depressed by an influx of people for whom there are no jobs, or who are being employed by agencies which are not offering work to locals

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Look here, this has got nothing to do with trying to buy popularity for Plant and Lewis, otherwise their names would be all over the aticle.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Three jobs creation agencies and their staff can breathe a sigh of relief, just in time for the May elections a pot of money was found that will keep them off the dole, by a ToryLib Dem Government. By the time of the next GE we will expect these 200 new businesses and 300 jobs created, good luck with it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • 200 businesses and 300 new jobs, it reminds me of the outer harbour and various other useless projects where vast sums of our money have been wasted. Do we need any more unsubstantiated assertions? These assertions are never more than 'pie in the sky' and almost to an item never come to any real fruition, do they?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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