Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall
5 - 15 October 2020
Walsall forms part of the Black Country’s manufacturing
heartland with jobs in manufacturing and health providing
the majority of the area’s employment. It also has superb transport
and storage services which have had a positive impact on employment levels in the area. Over 40 leather companies still exist in Walsall, producing goods for some of the most famous brand names and exporting to most parts of the world. Walsall has the largest concentration of leather workers in northern Europe.
Although Walsall has a smaller population compared to
the rest of the Black Country it also has the highest
concentration of managers and company directors.
However, a good proportion of the working population is also employed in skilled trades, professional and administrative professions demonstrating the superbly balanced workforce in the area.
Survival rates for new businesses are also excellent with 43% still active after five years. Walsall has the region’s largest population of under 14s and the attached centre for women, children and young people represent a significant investment in the area’s future.
Walsall town centre has also attracted more than £390m of investment since 2009. More than 5,500 new homes have been delivered across the borough and over 40 ha have been developed for employment use.
And over the next five years, the £65million Waterfront project will create an abundance of new housing, office
space and leisure facilities.
This is coupled with other large scale investments in the area such as the £14m Quarter retail projects; £87m Goscote Lane Corridor Regeneration Area delivering 700 new homes; £18m Brownhills Regeneration Area to deliver 150 homes; the £19m Bullseye industrial area and the £65m investment at M6 Junction 10 which will have a significantly positive impact for logistics operations and traffic flows in general.
There is an abundance of other forthcoming development opportunities in Walsall, including £237m, 76 ha of employment sites located at Junction 10 of the M6 Junction 10; £160m phased investment in residential and commercial space in Walsall town centre; £22m opportunity to develop retail and residential units at Shannon’s Mill and more employment use developments at Moxley Business Park.