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Flintshire welcomes Welsh Government announcement

Published: 12/08/2016

Flintshire County Council has welcomed the latest Welsh Government figures for job creation in the 8 Welsh Enterprise Zones. During 2015/16 1,960 jobs were created, safeguarded or assisted, against a target of between 1,400 and 1,900 across the zones. Since their creation in 2012/13, £177m of public and private sector investment has also been secured and more than 400 businesses have benefitted from Welsh Government support. Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, said: “This is excellent news for Wales and Deeside in particular. Since the Deeside Enterprise Zone was created in April 2012, 2,036 new jobs have been created and 3,150 jobs safeguarded. This is all down to Flintshire County Council working in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Deeside Enterprise Zone Advisory Board – a tremendous achievement.” In addition, the Workforce Development and Skills Growth Programmes have provided direct financial assistance to businesses with in Deeside of over £300,000 to support workforce development needs. Enterprise Zones offer specific incentives to attract new business to prime locations in Wales using a tailor-made Welsh solution with the aim of improving the Welsh economy and creating jobs and opportunities. Each zone has its own priorities and timescales and focuses on a key target sector – Deeside focuses on the advanced manufacturing sector.