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Welsh Enterprise Zones named

Welsh Business Minister Edwina Hart has identified the preferred locations for the first five Enterprise Zones in Wales.

They will be:

  • Cardiff Central Business District - with a particular focus on the financial services sector
  • Ynys Mon – focused on the energy sector
  • Deeside – with a focus on the advanced manufacturing sector
  • St Athan – with a focus on the aerospace sector
  • Ebbw Vale – with a focus on the automotive sector.

The minister said: “As part of our economic policy agenda we will be introducing Enterprise Zones in Wales. However, let me be clear at the outset, this is not a replication of previous Enterprise Zones, which evaluation has shown had very mixed results.

“We will take a bespoke approach to each location and will deploy a selective approach to the policy interventions, using some in some locations and not in others.

“We have an opportunity to take a targeted approach in Wales and design a bespoke Welsh solution that doesn’t just automatically replicate the approach taken in England.”

Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced plans to create up to 750 jobs at a new factory at i54, a regional development site of 91 hectares next to Junction 2 of the M54 some three miles from Wolverhampton in south Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire Council and Wolverhampton City Council made a joint bid to Jaguar to site the factory at i54 which is in one of the Government’s planned new English Enterprise Zones.


Roger Milne

22 September 2011