Local Growth Minister visits Enterprise Zone
Local Growth Minister Kris Hopkins visited Sheffield City Region today (23 Jan) to see how the Enterprise Zone is attracting businesses to create jobs in the area.
The Minister awarded £1.8million to Sheffield Business Park to improve local roads and drainage will help expand the business park, making it more attractive to new investors.
The Minister also spoke at the launch of the University of Sheffield’s new AMRC Training Centre. Located at the Enterprise Zone, the Centre offers apprentices the opportunity to learn industry skills to find jobs with the best manufacturers within the Sheffield area and beyond.
Kris Hopkins said,
“The AMRC training centre will give local young people the opportunity to learn the skills they need to find jobs and will ensure a high-skilled workforce to fill the 20,000 jobs that the Sheffield Enterprise Zone aims to create in the next 20 years.
“Sheffield has a proud history in manufacturing, and our long term economic plan is helping it to grow stronger to build more homes and create more jobs for its hard working people.
“We already gave the local businesses and councils not just the money but the powers to drive their own economy, and have set up the Enterprise Zone to attract private sector investment and boost skills in the Sheffield area. And we are investing an extra £1.8 million, with more funding on the pipeline, to ensure the Zone has the infrastructure it needs to bring even more businesses into the area.
Graham Sadler, Managing Director at Sheffield Business Park, said,
“This funding will help us to speed up development of our Phase 2 site at Sheffield Business Park by making the necessary investments in vital infrastructure with work scheduled to start on our site in March this year, and development plots available as early as April 2014.
“The tax incentives that Enterprise Zone status already brings are making this area incredibly attractive to occupiers and this extra investment will act as a catalyst to on site development with interest already being shown by end users.”