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Further wave of Enterprise Zones named

The government has announced a further 11 enterprise zones to accelerate local growth, and to create more than 30,000 new jobs by 2015

The zones will have simplified planning rules, super-fast broadband and over £150 million tax breaks for new businesses over the next four years.

These follow on from the Budget announcement earlier this year of zones in major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Merseyside and Newcastle. There are now 22 zones in total.

The second wave of zones will be in:

*Humber Estuary Renewable Energy Super Cluster
*Daresbury Science Campus in Warrington
*Newquay AeroHub in Cornwall
*The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus Airfield in Gosport
*MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley, Leicestershire
*Rotherwas Enterprise Zone in Hereford
*Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, and EnterpriseWest Essex in Harlow
*Science Vale UK in Oxfordshire
*Northampton Waterside
*Alconbury Airfield, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire
*Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and Lowestoft in Suffolk.

Prime minister David Cameron, said: ‘We are determined to do everything we can to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

‘Enterprise zones are a major step towards delivering this, cutting business taxes, easing planning restrictions and giving business the tools they need to invest and expand.’

Communities secretary Eric Pickles, said: ‘Too many of our towns and cities have been left behind, but the answer has never been to impose ineffective sprawling regional structures.

‘It is local business and commerce that drive the private sector growth, jobs and wealth this country needs.’

The government revealed that it backs the support of enterprise zones in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and plans further talks with the devolved administrations.

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