We lead and coordinate economic development for the borough.
We have long been associated with manufacturing, but over recent years the picture has changed.
We procure goods, works and services from a wide range of suppliers and service providers.
The majority of businesses within the borough now are in the wholesale/retail distribution sector, with a high proportion of financial and business services; transport, storage and communications companies and construction companies. Public services are also a major employer in the borough.
The manufacturing sector in Barking and Dagenham continues to employ a far larger proportion of the workforce than in London or the United Kingdom as a whole. The borough continues to enjoy advantages that make it a competitive location for manufacturing businesses.
It is strategically placed in the region with excellent road links west to the city and east to the London docks. These will be enhanced still further by improvements to the A13.