11 May 2012
Council Leader Bill Randall and Albion Chief Executive Martin Perry celebrate after planning permission was approved to build extra seats at the Amex stadium last month.
Bill Randall said, "Working with The Albion to help the club with its expansion plans was one of the most important actions of my year as Leader of the Council.
"The benefits the club brings to the city are many, among them 1,000 full and part-time jobs during the recession.
"What's more, more than 90 per cent of those working at the stadium have a BN post code and many of them are younger people.
"Another 200 jobs will be created by the stadium expansion.
"The club also works closely with City College to provide on the job training in one of its restaurants for catering students, and Albion in the Community works with a host of communities in the city, in the South East and Africa, India and Kosovo.
"Through its ‘Want to Work' programme it works with 80 organisations to offer experience, training and advice for those in search of work.
"It is also a partner with the Council, City College and others in the recently opened City Skills and Job Shop in the old Albion shop in Queen's Road.
"Then there's also the small matter of football. The club enjoyed a terrific first season in the new stadium and brought a smile to the face of the city.
"We all look forward to even greater success next season."