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Assembly Member expresses concern at failure to allocate an Enterprise Zone to Swansea

September 20, 2011 4:50 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has expressed his concern at the decision of the Welsh Minister for Business and Enterprise not to allocate one of the new Enterprise Zones to the Swansea area.

Mr. Black was speaking in light of the announcement last night that five new themed Enterprise Zones would be set up with additional incentives for business in Cardiff, Ynys Mon, Ebbw Vale, Deeside and St Athan. The Minister's decision comes just hours after Jaguar Land Rover confirmed plans for a £355m factory on the Wolverhampton i54 business park Enterprise Zone, employing up to 750 workers and creating a further 1,200 ancillary jobs. There is speculation that Wales lost out because it had been so slow to create its own Enterprise Zones.

"The Wolverhampton decision underlines the importance of these new Enterprise Zones," said Mr. Black. "I am very disappointed indeed that the Minister has failed to acknowledge the need for one in Swansea. The Welsh Government has once more let the City down in its support for our economy.

"The creation of an Enterprise Zone in Swansea around the high technology and engineering work coming out of the Life Science Institute at the university and proposed for the second campus would have proved a major benefit in attracting high quality, well paid jobs to the area. That the Minister has not recognised this is disappointing and raises questions about her commitment to these projects."

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