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New city of Wrexham gets big thumbs up from business leaders

20 May 2022 3 minute read
Gill Kreft, chair of Wrexham Business Professionals

Business leaders have given a big thumbs up to news that Wrexham has been granted city status following a competition to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wrexham Business Professionals have campaigned for more than a decade to help secure city status and say they are “cock-a-hoop” that the bid was successful, having previously failed last time around in 2012.

According to the group, made up of successful businesses and highly skilled professionals working together to promote regional prosperity and the enterprise and expertise in the region, becoming a city is a “fantastic once-in-a-generation” opportunity.

Wrexham joins seven other winners from across Britain and the overseas territories – including Bangor in Northern Ireland, Stanley in the Falklands, and Colchester in England.

The competition for city status has taken place in each of the last three jubilee years, with previous winners including Newport, which became a city in 2002.

Kudos

Ian Edwards, a senior member of Wrexham Business Professionals and a director of Allington Hughes, said: “We have supported the idea of Wrexham becoming a city for many years. As far as we are concerned, this is a no-brainer and is one of the best things to have happened to Wrexham for a long time

“Even before the pandemic and the consequences of the pandemic we’ve always thought that being a city would give Wrexham a lot of kudos and would provide a massive economic benefit for the whole of North Wales.

“During the pandemic some business in Wrexham have done well but others – notably in leisure, tourism and hospitality – have really suffered and we really have to get back on our feet economically.

“It’s not just about putting Wrexham on the map – being a city will provide an effective lever in attracting inward investment and new jobs which will help the whole area thrive and prosper.

“The benefits of city status transform the fortunes of the town and provide a better future for the people who live here.

“It feels like the stars have now aligned perfectly and that the time is now right to do our best to seize this opportunity.

“The fact that Wrexham AFC has been bought by Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney helped add bit of magic and stardust to the bid.

“A lot of people across the world hadn’t heard of Wrexham before and now other Hollywood stars are embracing the story and putting on the club’s shirt.

“We’ve never had such a high profile – not just nationally but internationally.

“You really couldn’t script it better. There’s never going to be a better time to become Wales’s seventh city.”

It was a sentiment echoed by the group’s chair, chartered accountant Gill Kreft, co-owner of the Pendine Park care organisation.

Recognition

She said: “City status will give Wrexham a huge fillip and provide the recognition it deserves as the commercial capital of North Wales.

“City status will undoubtedly help attract more inward  investment and funding into the town and the surrounding area.

“It will also give us an enhanced reputation and status as well and raise awareness of what a great place this is and what a lot it has to offer. Wrexham has a lot going for it.

“It will  be a massive boost for us and for North Wales and give the town more confidence about itself.

“Hopefully, we can now go for a hat-trick with Wrexham AFC finally winning promotion and being crowned as City of Culture 2025. Fingers crossed!”


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Chris Hale
Chris Hale
6 months ago

Time to change the club name to Wrexham City

Cathy Hill
Cathy Hill
6 months ago

How surprising, the only people who will benefit from this absurdity are already getting excited about the opportunities and profits they can wring out of it whilst the people of Wrecsam face huge increases in the cost of living….and no doubt, private rents are going to start rising, because it always costs more to rent a house in a city, because the people who own houses and cities and corporations and even people (if you are a “subject” you are not a free human being) say so…. Revolting. A truly sickening move given as a sop to try and placate… Read more »

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago

A shiny thing! Hip hip huzzah to the old lady from Slough! We the loyal serfs genuflect at your generosity to our humble worthless selves. Would you like to rename something else that won’t make a difference to anything ever?
Get off your knees Unionists! A thousand years of sucker punches and theft and one meaningless waft of the royal glove makes it all better?

Ap Kenneth
6 months ago

“commercial capital of North Wales” unfortunatley that title resides in Chester. Just look at all the people from the North of Wales and Wrexham that head to Cheshire Oaks or the Greyhound Retail Park.
Eagles Meadow is now half empty and the town centre gutted, I doubt that the bauble of a title will shift that although I wish it would.

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

How exciting for Wrecsam, who can now be considered to be on a par with Stanley in the Falkland islands.

Cynan
Cynan
6 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

I understand you can walk from one end of the city of Stanley to the other in 3 minutes during rush hour

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