The Government have awarded the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership £52.8 million, which will amongst other things, help to build an Advanced Automotive Centre in Emersons Green which will deliver transformational research for new automotive propulsion technologies – potentially creating 400 new jobs.
The centre will be built at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green and is part of a wider vision to expand the site, which also includes a new building for growing science and technology-based companies. The centre, led by the University of Bath, will bring hundreds of skilled jobs back to the UK and place the area at the heart of the automotive sector.
The money is part of the £9 billion that has now been awarded to LEPs from the Local Growth Fund. With the Home Building Fund and Local Transport Majors launched in 2016 and fulfils the Government’s manifesto commitment to a £12 billion Local Growth Fund. This investment is Government stepping up, not stepping back, building on our strengths to boost national productivity and growth.
“After the meeting with the Secretary of State Sajid Javid last year, I am pleased that we have now secured Government funding to help build the centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green. The project will create lots of new and skilled jobs within Kingswood and the South West as well as having the potential to bring a significant rise to the productivity of the industry. Further funding will be needed from organisations such as HEFCE, but this is a great first step in the right direction.
It is important that, as a local area, we continue to attract projects like automotive research centre because it is through these developments that we will be able to provide local residents with the types of jobs that they would like, and as the local MP, I will do everything I can to continue to secure the investment our area deserves.”