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United Kingdom : Northern Powerhouse Enterprise Zones attracting a bigger share of jobs and investment.

Enterprise Zones in the North which provide tax breaks and government support for new and expanding businesses have attracted 8 jobs per working day since 2012 and over 1 million per day in private investment.

New figures today (27 July 2016) show, in the 3 months to December 2015, 1,220 jobs were created on northern Enterprise Zones an 18% increase compared to the previous quarter.

This was in part thanks to 30 new companies choosing to expand on northern Enterprise Zones. Over 8,000 new jobs have been reported by Enterprise Zones in the Northern Powerhouse over the past 4 years equivalent to 8 per working day.

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy said:

From Siemens in East Yorkshire to GE on Tyneside, the Northern Powerhouse is attracting some of the worlds leading businesses to locate here and offer skilled jobs.

Todays figures make clear the real appetite to invest and do business in the North, with over 8,000 jobs over the last 4 years, thanks in no small part to the high quality local support on offer to new and growing companies.

So I am especially pleased that Barclays has become our latest Northern Powerhouse Partner, and would urge all companies across the Northern Powerhouse to do all they can to promote our area as a place where businesses can thrive and grow.

A thriving Northern Powerhouse

Enterprise Zones are central to the governments plans to rebalance the economy offering world-class infrastructure and growth incentives for companies across a range of key sectors.

There are now 14 enterprise zones across the Northern Powerhouse, each offering a range of support to businesses located there including:

business rate discount worth up to 275,000 per business over a 5-year period

generous enhanced capital allowances (tax relief) worth millions to businesses making large investments in plant and machinery

100% retention of business rate growth for the Local Enterprise Partnership, to enable them to fund development on the Enterprise Zone

Todays figures underline how the Northern Powerhouse continues to flourish, and offer opportunities for businesses to expand and boost local job opportunities.

Today, leading bank Barclays signalled they would become the latest Northern Powerhouse Partner, to support businesses across the area and promote the business opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Mr Percy urged other leading companies to follow their lead, and to promote how the Northern Powerhouse is open for business.

Further information

Data on the outputs of the Enterprise Zones programme are self-reported by local areas on a quarterly basis. It covers all of England but currently excludes London.

Todays figures also show that 2,666 jobs were attracted by enterprise zones across the country in the 3 months to December 2015 an 11% increase on the previous quarter.

Data provided by individual Enterprise Zones covering the period up to the 31 December 2015. Breakdown of jobs and investment data nationally and by region can be found on the Enterprise Zones website.

Key successes from Northern Powerhouse enterprise zones include:

The Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, which has already attracted leading businesses including Boeing, Siemens and Rolls Royce

The Humber Enterprise Zone where Siemens has chosen to invest in their 310 million Blade Manufacturing Plant

Sci-Tech Daresbury who have recently reported that sales by companies grew by a quarter during 2015 generating 90 million.

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