Fylde MP welcomes first business to Enterprise Zone

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies said he saw a bright future for Warton Enterprise Zone after two multi-national businesses moved onto the site.

The Member of Parliament visited global technology giant Accenture on Thursday and became the first person to sign the visitor’s book at the company’s new Fylde base.

Mr Menzies spoke to Andrew Roberton, Accenture Senior Manager Aerospace and Defence, who said the enterprise zone was the perfect location for the company’s North West office due to its proximity to BAE Systems, with which it has close ties.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “I was absolutely delighted to meet Andrew and his staff and see the first company open for business on the Warton Enterprise Zone.

“This is the culmination of months and years of hard work since I first lobbied the Chancellor of the Exchequer for an enterprise zone at Warton following the announcement of redundancies at BAE Systems in 2011.

“To now visit the site and see high quality businesses having moved on and staff working out of their new offices was fantastic.

“While movement on this project has been slow, I would now expect more and more companies to be looking to take advantage of the specific benefits offered in relocating to an enterprise zone including business rate and tax relief, streamlined planning approvals and world-class infrastructure and technology services.”

Following the meeting Mr Menzies was also given a tour of the rest of the Enterprise Zone site, including the new offices of calibration and asset management specialists, Trescal.

The visit came on the week the Chancellor announced a new Enterprise Zone for the Blackpool Airport site, which it is estimated will bring 3,000 new jobs to the area.

Mr Menzies added: “As far as I am aware, I am the only Member of Parliament who has had two Enterprise Zones allocated in their constituency.

“Enterprise zones are at the heart of the Government’s long-term economic plan and across the country have already brought in more than £2bn pounds of private sector investment, seen the creation of high quality business facilities and transport links and created over 12,500 jobs.

“While employment rates might be at an all-time high, we cannot rest on our laurels. Having these enterprise zones in Fylde will, I believe, bring many new companies to the area which will provide highly-skilled, well-paid jobs for local people for many years to come.”

 

 

PICTURE 2: Mark Menzies MP becomes first person to sign the visitor book at new business

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