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Programme Manager Appointed to Deliver Ellesmere Port Regional Growth Fund Programme

04 December 2013   Ellesmere Port’s Development Board and Cheshire West and Chester Council have appointed a programme manager to implement a number of projects in the town following a bid to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

The town successfully bid for £6million to help create over three thousand jobs by supporting the growth of existing business and attracting major new investments and Audrey Gaffney will now implement improvements at five strategic sites across the town.

Audrey Gaffney

The money will be used to help unlock sites for business and employment and works will include the construction and upgrading of roads, remediation of land, improved transport links and environmental improvements at Hooton Park, Port Bridge Water, Cabot Carbon, New Bridge Road and the former BP Stanlow site.

Ellesmere Port Development Board Chairman Robert Mee said: “It is with great pleasure that I can say that we are now in a position to see real results following our successful bid for RGF funds earlier this year.

“We have successfully created Ellesmere Port as a location that is recognised as business and investment-friendly and I know that over the next three years Audrey’s work will make a big difference to businesses already operating in the town and indeed those who choose to come here.

“Work can now begin on the five strategic sites we highlighted within our bid to ensure that they are capable of attracting businesses – meeting the needs of companies of all sizes and ensuring transport links for local people looking for work.”

The Regional Growth Fund is a £3.2billion fund which supports projects and programmes that attract private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.

It is considered that these sites have the potential to generate £148million of private sector investment and create 3,000 direct jobs and 1,600 indirect jobs. The funding will facilitate enabling works such as infrastructure improvements.

Council leader Councillor Mike Jones said: “This £6 million capped off an incredibly successful year for Ellesmere Port, which included announcements from GM Vauxhall and Jaguar Land Rover and the unveiling of the Marks and Spencer flagship store.

“I am pleased to see we are now at a point where we can start works – as well as the potential of creating up to three thousand jobs there could also be a further 1,600 indirect jobs in supporting the companies which could be based in Ellesmere Port.

“Yet another example of what a great place Ellesmere Port is to invest in, the Council will continue to support businesses if they are interested in looking at investing in the town in any way we can.”

Local Councillor and Ellesmere Port Development Board member, Justin Madders, said: “The town has had a number of major investors come in over the last five years, despite challenging economic conditions, and this project has the potential to build on the good work to date and create thousands of new jobs in the area.

“The town’s excellent transport links and location have made it one of the most popular places for business to invest. This is all about building on existing infrastructure so that we are ready to go when the next opportunity arises.

“We also have to make sure the benefits of it accrue locally with our residents being in pole position to take up the jobs that follow.”