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In response to the recent announcement by BAE Systems regarding their site in Brough, 12 miles west of Hull city centre, The Chancellor of the Exchequer has invited the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop proposals for a new Enterprise Zone in the region.

The Government has committed itself to working closely with the LEP to ensure a strong and viable proposal  is developed to enable the  new zone to be up and running by April 2012.

John Clugston, interim Chair of the Humber LEP, said: 

“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that the Humber LEP will be asked to come forward with additional Enterprise Zone proposals.  Enterprise Zones give businesses extra incentives to invest in an area.  Our existing Enterprise Zone is one of the most ambitious in the country and will help the Humber to become a centre for renewable energy.  We will be discussing what form our new proposals should take with Government and local partners in the coming days.”

Earlier this year the Humber LEP successfully bid for a 375 hectare enterprise zone covering three sites around the Humber, with the aim of attracting manufacturers linked to renewable energy.  More information is available here.