Thursday, 30 June 2011

Enterprise Zone showcased at Secretary of State visit

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has hosted a visit by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to its Enterprise Zone.

Deputy Chair of the LEP, Steve Hollis, was part of a delegation showcasing the Birmingham City Centre Zone to the Government party on Tuesday.

During the tour, Mr Pickles was shown around some of the key development sites which form the core of the Enterprise Zone proposals for job creation, including Paradise Circus and Arena Central, Digbeth Coach Station and the future site for a new John Lewis store within the redeveloped Pallisades.

He also visited many of the key publicly funded regeneration and infrastructure projects which will underpin the success of the LEP and region's future growth, including the £600m New Street Gateway Project and the £189m Library of Birmingham.

The LEP was chosen by Government to be one of the first in the country to develop an Enterprise Zone, and by selecting the city centre to house the Zone, has opened up the potential to deliver 50,000 jobs and has an economic value of £2.1 billion per year.

Steve Hollis, Deputy Chair of the LEP, said: “Tuesday’s visit enabled us to showcase the value this Enterprise Zone will deliver to not only Birmingham, but also the surrounding areas. Creating an environment where entrepreneurialism and innovation can thrive, from start ups to large business, is at the heart of what we want to achieve as the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

“The visit by Eric Pickles MP further highlights how collectively, this region is beginning to shout with a louder voice, ensuring Central Government take note of the ambition and hunger we have to become a global city of the future.”

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, said: "I'm delighted by the enthusiasm and leadership being shown by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. I want Birmingham to bring forward the very best ideas for their Enterprise Zone because it can be a catalyst for the local economy.

"Enterprise Zones will transform 21 under-utilised parts of the country into hothouses for growth drawing in firms with simplified planning, super fast broadband and business rates discounts. Enterprise Zones can help make this country the best place in Europe to start and grow a business. "

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