The leader of Northampton Borough Council has said the authority will bid for more Government cash to invest in the town’s enterprise zone.
The Government has announced the creation of a £59 million funding pot for enterprise zones across the country, designed to bring forward key infrastructure projects.
Northampton’s enterprise zone, which stretches from Sixfields to Bedford Road, is the country’s largest and already has a number of successful projects, including the redevelopment of Northampton’s railway station, the planned relocation of the University of Northampton and the £20 million extension of Carlsberg’s bottling plant.
Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) the leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We’ll certainly be bidding for some of the money that has been made available today to support infrastructure projects in enterprise zones.
“Now that the details of the scheme are available, we’ll be carefully considering the proposals we want to put forward to help us improve the offer of Northampton Waterside.”
Discussing work already carried out to promote the enterprise zone, he said: “We’ve already been targeting international trade with the aim of promoting Northampton on the global stage.
“We’ve been visited by a Danish trade delegation and Chinese officials are due to visit in March and we’re working with our partners to attract more interest from foreign investors and show them why the enterprise zone is the place to do business.”