Bunbury councillor Sarah Pochin has been appointed Business Champion to aid Cheshire East’s economic recovery.

Cllr Pochin’s role will be to support economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The newly created role is set to support businesses on our high streets, engaging with SMEs, larger organisations and those facing unemployment across the borough.

Cllr Pochin will support and advise cabinet members on:

– Regulatory and government policy to aid high street and town centre recovery across Cheshire East
– The promotion of the borough and appropriate support mechanisms to attract inward investment
– Development of the council’s commercial strategy and the commercial ventures
– Delivery of the rural action plan in relation to support to the rural economy in Cheshire East
– Delivering a sustainable and green economy in Cheshire East including the development of low carbon industry.

She will engage with businesses and corporate representatives across Cheshire East, to deliver agreed targets within approved timescales.

Cllr Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Covid-19 has had a profound impact on businesses in Cheshire East, as it has across the UK and internationally.

“However, I am proud of the borough’s economy, its businesses and workers and I am confident that we can overcome the obstacles that Covid-19 has created.

“I look forward to the benefit of Councillor Pochin’s advice and experience in supporting the council’s economic recovery across the borough.”

Cllr Pochin said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on a vital role, as part of the council’s support for economic recovery.

“Our borough continues to face many challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As business champion, I am looking forward to supporting the cabinet in taking this important agenda forward.

“Aiding economic recovery is a necessity, to attract new investment and develop our rural and green economies.

“I will work hard, alongside cabinet, to ensure all businesses and their employees across Cheshire East are supported.”

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