Minister unveils plans for multi-million pound Highbridge 'enterprise
Spelman, Secretary of State for the Environment, visited Highbridge
on Thursday (May 17th) and announced that the town is to get a
multi-million pound investment.
new 'enterprise hub' is to be built on an area of land next to
the town's Isleport Business Park recycling centre, pictured above.
new facilities seek to transform the prospects of local start-up
companies by providing around 10 newly-built business premises
broadband and the services of a business mentor.
'enterprise hub' is one of several projects that Devon and Somersets
Rural Growth Network is delivering across the region as it aims
to create more than 1,300 jobs and boost the local rural economy
by £58 million.
Government announced in March that Somerset and Devon had been
selected as one of five pilot regions for the Rural Growth Network,
with an award of £2.9m.
Thursday, Minister Caroline Spelman met representatives of Somerset
County Council and partner organisations in the Rural Growth Network
bid. She visited Highbridge's Morland Community Hall before going
on to the Isleport site, pictured here.
Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr David
Hall, told Burnham-On-Sea.com during the visit: "It was a
pleasure to welcome Caroline Spelman to Highbridge to see an area
where the Somerset and Devon pilot will be making a difference."
Rural Growth Network will bolster the Council efforts with our
partners in Devon County Council and the LEP to increase the opportunities
for small businesses to make a strong and sustainable start and
encourage job and wealth creation across the county."
Spelman said: "I hope this development will ensure that no
great business idea is held back by the challenges of a remote
location. Local entrepreneurs will have new chances to achieve
their business potential, boosting the rural economy and supporting
a thriving community."
county councillor John Woodman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is great news for Highbridge and again demonstrates what an ideal
location the town is for business."
planning application will be submitted later in the year and building
work is scheduled to start in 2013.