Melton Borough Council receives £75,000 Manufacturing Zone pilot grantPublished Thursday, 3rd January 2019
Melton Borough Council has received £75,000 from the Midlands Engine as part of the Manufacturing Zone pilot for the East Midlands.
The announcement follows other recent successes including the adoption of the Melton Local Plan, the government announcement of £50m for the new relief road and the identification of Melton as a key centre for growth and regeneration in the Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said: “The award of £75,000 grant funding is great news at a very exciting time for Melton. This project, along with the adoption of our Local Plan and announcement of the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road funding, highlights Melton Borough Council’s intent and commitment to create the conditions for growth and prosperity within our local economy and provide opportunity for our residents and businesses. If successful, the delivery of these 82 hectares of employment sites could potentially generate thousands of jobs and support innovation in food sector.”
This grant will be used to work with key partners, such a the University of Nottingham and Brooksby Melton College, to support the feasibility and development of manufacturing zones in order to attract and secure new jobs and develop key skills within the Melton Borough area.
The Melton bid was supported and submitted by the LLEP (Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership) to undertake feasibility work to support the food manufacturing and innovation in Melton Mowbray. Melton Borough Council and LLEP will work with the owners of three clusters of sites on the edge of the town centre, allocated in the Local Plan (2018) for employment use, to bring forward the delivery.
Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP said: “I am delighted that Melton has been included in the East Midlands Manufacturing Zone pilot announced today.
“Within our Local Industrial Strategy prospectus the LLEP highlighted 20 potential growth opportunities to increase productivity and support growth across Leicester and Leicestershire.
“For advanced manufacturing and engineering, one of these was to develop an East Midlands Manufacturing Zone pilot to reduce planning restrictions and stimulate investment.
“We have taken this growth opportunity forward through the Midlands Engine call for projects. The funding we have secured will help Melton deliver a Manufacturing Zone, demonstrating the importance of our Local Industrial Strategy.”
Engagement with local businesses will be a key part of this work to understand their needs and support requirements. There is potential to seek help from the Food Innovation Centre (FIC) of University of Nottingham Bioscience Department for product and process/ equipment development for the businesses involved.
The grant will fund a feasibility study to explore the opportunity for Melton Borough Council to work closely with Brooksby Melton College in developing a local Food Enterprise Centre (FEC) to develop local skills in food science and technology as well as catering.
For more information please contact:
Name: Hazel Paterson – Communications Officer
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 504294
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