More help planned to tackle the recession

Ian Gray new director of Economy and Environment for Calderdale Council
Ian Gray new director of Economy and Environment for Calderdale Council
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COUNCILLORS are preparing to give businesses a £200,000 shot in the arm.

Leaders have been recommended to put the money into Calderdale Council’s economic fighting fund.

It would be used to support a package of measures to help and support individuals and firms overcome the worst effects of the recession.

The council’s economy and environment director Ian Gray said the money could be used to encourage apprenticeships, support tourism, attract inward investment and support for town centre businesses, and help people avoid getting into debt.

“Specific initiatives will be brought to the economic task force for consideration and allocations would be submitted to the cabinet for approval in accordance with current practice.”

The cabinet will consider the funding proposal when it meets on Monday.

But it will come too late to save the 100 workers at furniture company James H. Sutcliffe, at Cornholme, Todmorden, which has been forced into administration.

The Courier reported on Saturday how the firm, which dates from 1887, had significantly reduced costs but had been forced to close because the widely predicted upturn in the economy had failed to materialise.

l Plans have been approved to reinstate a former boiler house to form an industrial unit at White Rose Mill, Holdsworth Road, Holmfield, Halifax, by Kino & Co.

Plans have been submitted for a new abattoir and a new access from Burrwood Way at Holywell Green, Halifax, by J & E Medcalfe Ltd.