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Funds pledge for businesses.

MAKING Lynemouth's power plant jobs secure should be easier after the Government put the town on a list of areas approved for state aid.

Sir Alan Beith, the Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick, has welcomed the UK Government's plans to oer signicant grant support to businesses based in Northumberland.

e Department of Business Innovation and Skills has published a map of the areas in the UK which will enjoy Assisted Area Status from later this year.

Subject to approval by the European Commission later this month, it will mean that government grants are available to businesses that support jobs by investing in machinery and equipment.

Areas in the south east of Sir Alan's constituency, including Ellington and Lynemouth, are to be supported under the scheme.

Sir Alan said: "is is very good news for Northumberland, as providing grant support for local businesses will help them to invest and to recruit and retain sta and the bene-ts will be felt across the county.

"is will be a real shot in the arm for the region."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:May 3, 2014
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