Trafford sits at the heart of Greater Manchester and is classed as one of its major economic powerhouses. We are a key asset to the region with a place at the top table of the Northern Powerhouse – essential to Greater Manchester’s growth plans – contributing over £9.6bn to the Greater Manchester economy.
Trafford is home to internationally recognised brands including Manchester United, Lancashire County Cricket Club (Emirates Old Trafford), Kellogg’s, L’Oréal, ITV Coronation Street, Adidas , Unilever and Proctor and Gamble (to name a few) which sit amongst the 13,000 businesses located here.
Trafford has a diverse population of around 230,000, with some of the most expensive homes in the North of England alongside some of the most deprived communities.
However our thriving modern market towns, high educational attainment some of the best results in the country, incredible investment opportunities and major development plans, it’s no surprise Trafford is the place to invest, work, live and visit.
Economic Growth and Development
There are 23,000 homes to be built by 2031 in Trafford alongside and 1.12m square metres of new employment space. We are also at the heart of the commuter belt with Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly train station and major UK motorway networks on our doorstep.
High profile developers are already keen to invest here, reinforcing our belief that we are the first choice for investment in the region.
We have several key developments underway including Carrington, which is creating 7,500 homes and 750,000sq.m of employment alone within the next 20 years (and even more beyond). Likewise, and just a stone’s throw away from Trafford Town Hall, is Trafford Waters which has already seen a multi-million pound refurbishment in recent years, and is set to generate a further 3,000 homes and 87,000sq.m of employment space.
Altair, a major £70m shopping, entertainment and residential complex in the south of the borough, is another example of key developments underway. When complete this will seamlessly blend the quaint and traditional with the modern market town image we are becoming known for. Each of Trafford’s vibrant town centres offers its own unique character and business opportunities, which we are keen to capitalise on.
The £350m Metrolink extension through Trafford Park – one of Europe’s largest industrial Parks- is acknowledged as vital for investment and employment in the area, opening up greater commuter links in the park. In addition, the promise of HS2 on our doorstep will only make us more appealing.
Skills and Employment
We are proud that our schools are amongst the best in the country and our young people achieve the best exam results – 49% of our population is educated to degree level or equivalent.
We’re acutely aware of the need for a skilled and available workforce and are making strides supporting employers and potential investors with the skills they need for their workforce – through the ‘Trafford Pledge’ we help them to recruit the people they need locally and we work closely with our local College to ensure we have effective Apprenticeship opportunities and support in place. Our Chief Executive and Leader are driving the Employment and Skills agenda for Greater Manchester and have already demonstrated the value of working with Further Educational establishments.
About Trafford Council
Trafford Council employs 2405 people directly (not including school staff).
In addition, ‘One Trafford’ - our commercial partnership with Amey PLC – provides council services such as collecting bins, maintaining roads and pavements as well as parks and grounds maintenance.
In 2016 we were a national finalist in the MJ Awards for 3 categories, Local Authority of the Year, Senior Leadership Team and for our Locality Working programme which is supporting behaviour change amongst our residents and the Council received a commendation in the North of England Excellence Awards.
Trafford was also announced joint winner of the NHS Health Education England Learning Together in Health and Social Care Projects Award for its innovative integrated working project called i-Care. The award recognises the bold and ambitious journey the authority took to re-shape itself and change the way its people work, including how it operates with key partners from the NHS and other agencies.
As a Council, we have also been recognised at a national level for our employment and equality initiatives, employee relations and quality of apprentices.
Our Children’s Services were rated by OFSTED as good with outstanding features citing 'many examples of innovation, hard work and determination demonstrated by elected members, officers and workers at all levels to ensure that vulnerable children and families get the best possible service'.
In recent years we have approached the budget position positively and transformed
and reshaped our services. Our long term vision for the future is that:
No one will be held back and no one left behind
and our future strategy holds this at its core. A new place based strategy is under
development guided by two key principles around:-
- People - The Council will help residents to help themselves and each other
- Place - To create a place where people want to live, stay, learn, work & Relax
A number of key work streams will be developed over the next few years to ensure Trafford is able to meet the challenge with our partners and create a sustainable borough. The conversation we have to have with the residents of the borough, customers and partners is how we can further transform the services our communities rely on and provide them in different ways.
The council has a leader and member structure with 63 elected councillors representing 21 wards. Conservative Party: 34 seats
- Labour Party: 26 seats
- Liberal Democrats: 3 seats
You can view further details about the Council Executive here.
For financial information please visit the council site http://www.trafford.gov.uk/about-your-council/budgets-and-accounts/budgets-and-accounts.aspx
For information about Trafford's Community Strategy, please visit http://www.trafford.gov.uk/about-your-council/strategies-plans-and-policies/performance/community-strategy.aspx
For information about or performance, please visit http://www.trafford.gov.uk/about-your-council/strategies-plans-and-policies/performance/performance-information.aspx