Fylde MP presses PM for action at Warton Enterprise Zone

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies urged the Prime Minister to ensure that the Government is pushing for investment in advanced manufacturing at the Warton Enterprise Zone.

The Member of Parliament raised the issue with David Cameron during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons and he agreed that enterprise zones provided Britain with the opportunity to increase investment from overseas.

Mr Menzies said: “I thank the Prime Minister for his Government having designated Warton in my constituency as an enterprise zone, but may I ask what steps they are taking to ensure that Warton is the most attractive zone for advanced manufacturing inward investment?”

Mr Cameron replied: “I am grateful to my hon. Friend for what he says about Warton.

“The enterprise zones are now all up and running, and they are all working well. They have created over 12,500 jobs, and 434 different businesses are coming into the enterprise zones.

“Making sure that they succeed means that we have to market them even better, using UK Trade & Investment and its resources both here and around the world.

“In terms of advanced manufacturing, if we promote to companies the tax rates we have, the patent box and the catapult institutes up and down the country to support advanced manufacturing, and bring all those things together, it is absolutely clear to me that there is no better place to invest in Europe right now than coming to invest in Britain.”

Following the session, Mr Menzies said he was pleased the Prime Minister had recognised the continuing importance of enterprise zones, something which he had campaigned hard to have designated for Warton.

He added: “The enterprise zone at Warton has the ability to provide highly-skilled jobs in advanced engineering and manufacturing if it is marketed in the right way.

“Companies from around the world are currently looking at Britain as a potential base for their businesses and enterprise zones are designed to provide the perfect environments for them to locate their premises.

“With the correct support, I hope to see jobs and investment coming into Fylde’s enterprise zone as soon as possible.”

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