Eric Pickles hails Sheffield Enterprise Zone

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles with James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership at the Advanced Manufaturing Park, Catcliffe, Rotherham.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles with James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership at the Advanced Manufaturing Park, Catcliffe, Rotherham.

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Sheffield Enterprise Zone is playing a vital role in driving the economy, creating nearly 500 jobs and training the next generation of engineers, communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

The AMRC training centre in Rotherham sees 160 apprentices a year.

Figures show the Government’s 24 enterprise zones nationally have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated £2bn of private investment since opening for business in April 2012.

Eric Pickles said: “Sheffield’s Enterprise Zone is a success.

“Not only is it creating hundreds of jobs, but it’s also playing a vital role in training the next generation of engineers.”

Sheffield Enterprise Zone encompasses more than a dozen pockets of land across Sheffield City Region, from Markham Vale in Chesterfield, to Barnsley.

Enterprise zones were launched as part of a 25-year project to rebalance the economy, offering tax incentives, simplified planning and superfast broadband.

James Newman, chair of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our LEP has focused on building the UK’s number one Enterprise Zone for modern manufacturing and technology. We offer investors outstanding transport connectivity.”