Lancashire Enterprise Zone bid rejected

A BID for an enterprise zone for Lancashire, which could have created thousands of jobs, has been turned down.

Earlier this year, the Government named the first 11 zones, which will benefit from tax breaks, relaxed planning regulations and high-speed internet links, in cities including Manchester.

A second wave of 11 sites was announced today but Lancashire's bid, centred on the two BAE Systems sites in Samlesbury and Warton, was unsuccessful.

The only new North West enterprise zone will be in Warrington, at the Daresbury Science Campus, with most new zones being created in the south of England.

Chancellor George Osborne said the zones would create more than 30,000 new jobs by 2015.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, which led the bid for the enterprise zone, today vowed to explore alternative options.

Chair Edwin Booth said: "Despite the decision, we had some very positive feedback from government about the quality of the Lancashire bid."

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10:59am Wed 17 Aug 11

shytalk says...

These enterprise zones will only create jobs for another 30,000 east european agency workers so its no real loss for Lancashire.
Not many companies take on unemployed British workers these days.
These enterprise zones will only create jobs for another 30,000 east european agency workers so its no real loss for Lancashire. Not many companies take on unemployed British workers these days. shytalk

11:06am Wed 17 Aug 11

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead.
Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2

11:06am Wed 17 Aug 11

happycyclist says...

So the enterprise zones will create 30,000 by 2015?

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance rose by 37,100 in July alone.
So the enterprise zones will create 30,000 by 2015? The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance rose by 37,100 in July alone. happycyclist

12:32pm Wed 17 Aug 11

midas says...

MerlinTheVoiceofReas
on2
wrote:
Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead.
bit of a sweeping statement! None of those areas are particularly prosperous, the areas around London are commuter towns and other than pretty scenery there isn't much in Hereford!
[quote][p][bold]MerlinTheVoiceofReas on2[/bold] wrote: Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead.[/p][/quote]bit of a sweeping statement! None of those areas are particularly prosperous, the areas around London are commuter towns and other than pretty scenery there isn't much in Hereford! midas

2:22pm Wed 17 Aug 11

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

midas wrote:
MerlinTheVoiceofReas

on2
wrote:
Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead.
bit of a sweeping statement! None of those areas are particularly prosperous, the areas around London are commuter towns and other than pretty scenery there isn't much in Hereford!
It's pretty widely acknowledged that the Home Counties are very prosperous - so why give these awards to Kent, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex? Hereford is a pretty cathedral city not widely known for being afflicted by poverty or unemployment. Unemployment across the North West averages over 4%, in Liverpool it's nearly 7%, Manchester 5%, and the surrounding boroughs nearly all are close to 5%. In the South East & West the numbers are significantly lower - average of 2.6%. In Oxfordshire it's 1.9%, Herefordshire 2.4%, Cambridgeshire 2.2%, Essex 3%, Cornwall 2.6%. I won't even the figures for relative poverty because we all know the North is worse off than the South.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MerlinTheVoiceofReas on2[/bold] wrote: Deepest Oxfordshire (Cameron's homeland), Essex, Suffolk, Northampton, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Hereford and Kent have all been successful. No wonder that the gap between rich and poor, North & South will continue to widen. Divide and rule - that's the time honoured Tory way. Enjoy the very bumpy road ahead.[/p][/quote]bit of a sweeping statement! None of those areas are particularly prosperous, the areas around London are commuter towns and other than pretty scenery there isn't much in Hereford![/p][/quote]It's pretty widely acknowledged that the Home Counties are very prosperous - so why give these awards to Kent, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex? Hereford is a pretty cathedral city not widely known for being afflicted by poverty or unemployment. Unemployment across the North West averages over 4%, in Liverpool it's nearly 7%, Manchester 5%, and the surrounding boroughs nearly all are close to 5%. In the South East & West the numbers are significantly lower - average of 2.6%. In Oxfordshire it's 1.9%, Herefordshire 2.4%, Cambridgeshire 2.2%, Essex 3%, Cornwall 2.6%. I won't even the figures for relative poverty because we all know the North is worse off than the South. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2

3:19pm Wed 17 Aug 11

bikerjohn_uk says...

shytalk wrote:
These enterprise zones will only create jobs for another 30,000 east european agency workers so its no real loss for Lancashire.
Not many companies take on unemployed British workers these days.
Given the choice between a Pole or a Lithuanian who actually wants to work and is prepared to do it over anti-social hours and for a low wage, and some of our long-term unemployed/unemploya
ble, I know which I'd rather take on...
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: These enterprise zones will only create jobs for another 30,000 east european agency workers so its no real loss for Lancashire. Not many companies take on unemployed British workers these days.[/p][/quote]Given the choice between a Pole or a Lithuanian who actually wants to work and is prepared to do it over anti-social hours and for a low wage, and some of our long-term unemployed/unemploya ble, I know which I'd rather take on... bikerjohn_uk

3:31pm Wed 17 Aug 11

midas says...

There is more to the award than raw unemployment figures! There are areas in Kent and Essex with high unemployment + skilled workforce, good links, viable prospects etc.
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Herefordshire has nothing (Bulmers aside) nor has Cornwall!
whereas the zone in Warrington will tap into both Manchester and Liverpool.
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Not sure where you get divide and rule from?
There is more to the award than raw unemployment figures! There are areas in Kent and Essex with high unemployment + skilled workforce, good links, viable prospects etc. . Herefordshire has nothing (Bulmers aside) nor has Cornwall! whereas the zone in Warrington will tap into both Manchester and Liverpool. . Not sure where you get divide and rule from? midas

6:10pm Wed 17 Aug 11

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

midas wrote:
There is more to the award than raw unemployment figures! There are areas in Kent and Essex with high unemployment + skilled workforce, good links, viable prospects etc.
.
Herefordshire has nothing (Bulmers aside) nor has Cornwall!
whereas the zone in Warrington will tap into both Manchester and Liverpool.
.
Not sure where you get divide and rule from?
One has to wonder what everyone in Cornwall does for work then if there's "nothing" there, yet the unemployment rate is 2.6%.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: There is more to the award than raw unemployment figures! There are areas in Kent and Essex with high unemployment + skilled workforce, good links, viable prospects etc. . Herefordshire has nothing (Bulmers aside) nor has Cornwall! whereas the zone in Warrington will tap into both Manchester and Liverpool. . Not sure where you get divide and rule from?[/p][/quote]One has to wonder what everyone in Cornwall does for work then if there's "nothing" there, yet the unemployment rate is 2.6%. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2

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