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Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

A pounds 500,000 boost to Deeside transport links will power the region towards success as an Enterprise Zone.

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant announced the grant during a visit to Comtek Network Systems UK Ltd.

The Flintshire zone is one of five to have gone live yesterday.

The other Enterprise Zones in Wales are: Anglesey - focused on the energy sector; Cardiff Central Business District - financial services; St Athan - the aerospace sector; Ebbw Vale - the manufacturing sector.

The Welsh Government announced last September that as part of its economic policy agenda it would be introducing Enterprise Zones in Wales, taking a "bespoke approach" to each location based on the skills and workforce of each area.

Mr Sargeant - AM for Alyn and Deeside - said that being well connected would be vital to the success of the zone and Wales' economic growth.

He said: "The Deeside Enterprise Zone is well connected with direct links to key motorways and two international airports. There are also direct rail routes to Cardiff and London, while the Port of Mostyn and Liverpool Docks are less than an hour away by road or train.

"I am providing pounds 500,000 in 2012-13 through the Taith Regional Transport Plan to Flintshire County Council for further transport improvements to assist the Deeside Enterprise Zone.

"Having these links in place connects companies in the Enterprise Zone not only with the rest of the country, but with Europe and indeed the World."

He added: "I have been delighted to meet with Askar Sheibani today and tour the facilities at Comtek to see the work being done and hear about the benefits of having the Enterprise Zone in Deeside."

Comtek CEO Askar Sheibani, appointed interim chairman of the Deeside Enterprise Zone Board, said the move would benefit the area.

"Despite the UK's dreary economic outlook, Deeside is ideally poised to buck the trend and is already establishing itself for a centre of business excellence. Essentially, what we have in Deeside is guaranteed growth, and the new enterprise zone status will certainly be a catalyst for this.

"The area is a fertile environment for business growth and investment at international level and, thanks to this support we're going to see more businesses creating jobs in the locality - both for now and for future generations."

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Date:Apr 3, 2012
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