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Ellesmere Port awarded £6 million regional growth funding to unlock sites for business and employment
Ellesmere Port has been awarded £6million to unlock the potential of major employment sites around the town which could create four thousand jobs by supporting the growth of existing business and attracting major new investments.
The funding for three years comes from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund lll and follows a bid made by the Ellesmere Port Development Board with support from Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Improvements will include the construction and upgrading of roads, remediation of land, improved transport links and environmental improvements.
Ellesmere Port Development Board Chairman Robert Mee said: “This is fantastic news and builds on our success so far.
“Our hard work is paying off real dividends and we have successfully created Ellesmere Port as a location that is recognised as business and investment friendly.
“Now the funding can be spent unlocking the development of key sites in the town and this will be completed over a three year period bringing major employment opportunities for local residents.”
Council leader Councillor Mike Jones said: “This £6 million caps an incredibly successful year for Ellesmere Port, which includes the recent announcements from GM Vauxhall and Jaguar Land Rover and the unveiling of the Marks and Spencer flagship store.
“This also demonstrates what a great place Ellesmere Port is to invest in, and the Council will continue to support businesses if they are interested in looking at investing in the town.
“As well as the potential of creating four thousand jobs there could be 1,600 indirect jobs in supporting the companies which could be based in Ellesmere Port.”
Added Ellesmere Port Town Councillor Justin Madders: “The momentum for new business in the Ellesmere Port area is flying high and the news of this £6 million investment just gets better and better.
“The project has the potential to create thousands of new jobs and the town’s business portfolio is growing at a fantastic rate which bodes well for a successful future.
“These investments will provide fantastic opportunities for residents and communities in Ellesmere Port and will act as yet another catalyst to the ‘feel good’ factor in the town.”