The Black Country Enterprise Zone is playing a vital role in driving forward the economy, creating thousands of jobs and building a centre for excellence for the automotive sector, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.
Figures released today (Wednesday 12 November) show the Government’s 24 enterprise zones have created 12,530 jobs, attracted 434 new businesses and generated over £2 billion worth of private investment since opening for business.
The Black Country Enterprise Zone is playing a vital part in that success story, creating more than 2,000 jobs. Home to world leaders including Jaguar Land Rover, Moog Aircraft Group, Eurofins and International Security Printers, the zone is building on the Black Country’s rich manufacturing heritage.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: The Black Country Enterprise Zone is a world-class site and a Great British success story. It’s gone from strength to strength since it was granted enterprise zone status, attracting new businesses and creating more than 2,000 jobs. It’s proof that our enterprise zone programme is on track, creating thousands of jobs, attracting billions in investment and driving forward local economies.”
Stewart Towe, Chairman of the Black Country Local Enterprise partnership, said: "The recent opening by the Queen of the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre and International Security Printers’ new building is a ringing endorsement of the i54 part of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s enterprise zone. The enterprise zone has been very successful in attracting advanced manufacturing companies which have created 2,000 skilled jobs.”
The Black Country Enterprise Zone is providing a real platform for modern manufacturing and automotive companies to thrive. Benefits include: