Figures reveal Lichfield and Burntwood have seen a 10% rise in the number of jobs created

The number of jobs created in Lichfield and Burntwood has risen by 10%, according to new figures.

Lichfield District Council said the area had seen the second largest increase across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) zone.

An extra 4,100 jobs were created, second only to Solihull which saw an increase of 7% with an extra 6,700 posts.

Mike Wilcox

Cllr Mike Wilcox

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “These figures are really encouraging and show just how thriving Lichfield district is.

“Our research shows there’s been growth in the service industry as well as food and drink, construction and leisure, and some increases in agriculture.

“Our ambition is to create even more opportunities for businesses across the whole district to grow and expand.

“Being a part of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership means that local businesses can access initiatives such as the Growth Hub and grant funding from the Business Growth Programme, which is a further incentive for businesses to locate here.”

The GBSLEP covers a population of around two million people.

Steve Hollis has been named as the new chair of the organisation and says the latest figures show a growing confidence in the local economy.

“This really positive increase in private sector jobs is part of a wider story,” he said. “It’s the desire to drive a tangible difference in the lives of people living in this region.

“It is this passion for positive change that has seen this region capitalise on the exciting economic advantages which have come – and will continue to come – our way.

“Greater Birmingham will play a pivotal role in the future success of the UK economy post Brexit. We are the only region with a trade surplus with China and we are ideally placed to play our full part in the Government’s emerging Industrial Strategy.

“This is our time and we have a responsibility to deliver on our potential for the benefit of those who live in our region and for the UK.”

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