Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse visits Lancashire Enterprise Zone

VISIT: James Wharton

VISIT: James Wharton

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MINISTER for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse James Wharton visited the Lancashire Enterprise Zone for a progress update.

The visit to Samlesbury was hosted by the leader of Lancashire County Council Jennifer Mein and Graham Cowley, board members of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and representatives from BAE Systems.

It’s good to see work under way at the Samlesbury site and hear how BAE’s new training academy will train apprentices that will bring big benefits for the defence industry.

James Wharton

Mr Wharton heard how the LEP is pursuing a 15-20 year development plan to deliver 4,000-6,000 jobs over two sites at Samlesbury and Warton.

The LEP is actively engaging potential tenants interested in locating on the Enterprise Zone across Samlesbury and Warton. This included a promotional visit to the Paris Air Show in June to promote the EZ, supported by BAE Systems, UKTI and the North West Aerospace Alliance.

Mr Wharton said: “As part of our long-term economic plan we’re determined to back business across Lancashire and this Enterprise Zone offers real opportunities to create thousands of highly-skilled jobs for local people as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

“It’s good to see work under way at the Samlesbury site and hear how BAE’s new training academy will train apprentices that will bring big benefits for the defence industry.”

Work by Lancashire County Council on the gateway to the first phase of the development, a new access road off the A59, will be completed in August 2016 .

It will then be followed by a further junction access from the A677 and a connecting spine road to the EZ.

The minister was also updated on progress at the 75-hectare Warton EZ site where international firms Accenture and Trescal have located creating 25 jobs.