Early shot in the arm for jobs market: Scunthorpe Telegraph comment
THE coming year is a massive one for North Lincolnshire's economy.
After the ravages of recession, thousands of people have lost their jobs and scores of businesses have either closed or cutback.
It is therefore crucial that the coming months see the green shoots of recovery, with new enterprises being launched and improved employment opportunities.
With our partners, the Scunthorpe Telegraph has been supporting local people and business through our Your Life, Your Future campaign.
There is a huge focus on apprenticeships, training opportunities and ensuring job-seekers have the right skills when they apply for posts and have interviews.
And the campaign has been given a significant boost by one of its major backers, North Lincolnshire Council.
Last year the authority was awarded £10 million by the Government to invest in a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) – a project designed to stimulate the economy and create new jobs. And as today's front page reveals, the RGF is set to deliver hundreds of new roles in the coming months.
January is traditionally a time when firms recruit and this year the jobs market will get an early shot in the arm.
Firms which have successfully applied for funding are set to embark on a major recruitment drive with around 400 jobs up for grabs in the coming weeks and months. As part of the RGF scheme, a further 100 jobs must also be created. Even more could follow.
Given plans to close the Kimberly-Clark nappy factory in Barton, and the closure of the Lloyds TSB call centre in Scunthorpe before Christmas, the news could not come at a better time.
It is testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of this region's businessmen and women that the RGF is proving to be such a huge success.
As we start out in a new year, the Scunthorpe Telegraph wishes them every success with their ventures.