By Marcus Leach
Four more businesses have successfully secured government support through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to create new jobs and boost growth in their local communities.
The four firms are:
· Nifco UK in Stockton on Tees in the North East, which will use £1.65 million of RGF support towards an £11 million project to equip a new factory and help the company move into the market for electric vehicle batteries. This is expected to create 128 new jobs and safeguard 158 current jobs.
· e2v Technologies Limited in Chelmsford, Essex, will use £6.25 million of RGF support to boost its work developing microwave processing systems for a range of industrial applications in resource and energy intensive sectors. This is part of £29.4 million overall investment that is expected to create 336 new jobs at e2v and in its supply chain.
· Bentley Motors in Crewe in the North West will receive £1.69 million to upskill existing employees and enable them to take on significant additional staff to support increased production. The total project cost is more than £4.5 million.
· Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co. Ltd, Halifax in Yorkshire is the first project from round two of the fund to receive its funding and forms part of the Leeds City Region local enterprise partnership package. It will receive £200,000 towards a £1.5 million project to support modernisation of their production facilities to manufacture precision products for the construction, engineering, offshore and energy sectors. It will create 12 new jobs and safeguard seven jobs.
“Creating long-term jobs and long-term growth is our number one priority for Britain," Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.
“The Regional Growth Fund is already helping the economy grow in every region and across a range of industries. The 641 jobs announced today is more good news for people in Teesside, Essex, Crewe and Halifax.
“For too long the UK economy has been too focused on the City of London.
“The Regional Growth Fund is unlocking private sector investment, with at least £5 put in for every £1 of public money, letting businesses in Britain thrive.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said he was delighted with the four companies benefiting from the growth fund.
"It's excellent that four more companies are benefitting from the Regional Growth Fund," he said.
"This support continues to provide a significant boost to the local economies, lever in significant investment and will create jobs where they are needed most. The projects will support advanced manufacturing techniques, enable R&D to develop new products and improve skills, all of which are vital to support growth and help rebalance the economy."
The projects, three from round one and one from round two, successfully completed a period of necessary checks by the companies and the government to ensure the deals offer the best value for taxpayers.
So far £1.4 billion has been conditionally allocated to 164 projects through two bidding rounds, creating and safeguarding more than 330,000 jobs and is supported by more than £6 billion of private investment. Many round one bids are now up and running, with 29 projects overall having now received their funding. More projects are expected to complete the legal checks and receive their funding in the coming months.
The Chancellor announced in November an additional £1 billion will be added to the Regional Growth Fund, bringing the fund’s total value to £2.4 billion. Bidding for the next round of funding will be launched next month.
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