Second wave of enterprise zones named

David Cameron today announced a second wave of enterprise zones designed to kick-start Britain's economy.

The Prime Minister said the sites, which benefit from tax breaks and high-speed internet links, would be "trailblazers" for prosperity throughout the country.

The government named the first 11 zones in the spring, in cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

The successful bids in the second round were:

:: Humber Estuary Renewable Energy Super Cluster;

:: Daresbury Science Campus in Warrington;

:: Newquay AeroHub in Cornwall;

:: The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus Airfield in Gosport;

:: MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley, Leicestershire;

:: Rotherwas Enterprise Zone in Hereford;

:: Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, and Enterprise West Essex in Harlow;

:: Science Vale UK in Oxfordshire;

:: Northampton Waterside;

:: Alconbury Airfield, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire;

:: Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and Lowestoft in Suffolk.

Mr Cameron said: "We are determined to do everything we can to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

"Enterprise zones are a major step towards delivering this, cutting business taxes, easing planning restrictions and giving business the tools they need to invest and expand.

"These new enterprise zones will be trailblazers for growth, jobs and prosperity throughout the country."

Chancellor George Osborne said the zones would create more than 30,000 new jobs by 2015.

"They will benefit from over £150 million in tax breaks over four years, new superfast broadband, lower levels of planning control and the potential to use enhanced capital allowances," he added.

PA

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