Cushman & Wakefield appointed to enterprise zone

Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed to the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone following a competitive bidding process.

The commercial property and real estate consultancy has been selected by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Zone to get the zone fully operational by 1 April 2016.

Caroline Baker and Heather Standidge from Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office, together with Ben Pretty and Stephen Miles from the Leeds office, are working collaboratively with the local enterprise partnership, the three constituent Cheshire and Warrington local authorities, the government and landowners on the project.

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Cheshire’s Science Corridor secures Enterprise Zone status

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is delighted that the Government has decided to award Enterprise Zone status to the Cheshire’s Science Corridor.

As an Enterprise Zone, the LEP will be able to provide significant help with business rates for life science start-up companies at Alderley Park, promote the development of the nuclear cluster at Birchwood through infrastructure and other improvements, and will allow new investors to benefit from enhanced capital allowances in Ellesmere Port and at the Thornton Science Park.

This is also an important step in realising the ambitions outlined in Cheshire and Warrington’s devolution growth bid to deliver a £50bn economy in the next 25 years, supporting the government’s Northern Powerhouse vision and the growth of the sector at national level.

Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “As the home to a leading and nationally significant science sector, securing Enterprise Zone status is great news for Cheshire and Warrington that will enable us to drive further economic growth and deliver the crucial infrastructure we need to support it.

“Our aim is to make Cheshire and Warrington the best place in the country to set up and grow a business and the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone will be a flagship of this initiative.”

“Manchester Science Partnerships welcomes the announcement of Enterprise Zone status for Cheshire’s Science Corridor, which will play a key role in supporting the growth of the national life science centre at Alderley Science Park. The Enterprise Zone will provide a great boost to the cluster of SMEs that are forming and locating at Alderley Science Park, safeguarding a long term future for the site.”

Rowena Burns, Chief Executive of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “Manchester Science Park welcomes the announcement of Enterprise Zone status for Cheshire’s Science Corridor, which will play a key role in supporting the growth of the national life science centre at Alderley Science Park. The Enterprise Zone will provide a great boost to the cluster of SMEs that are forming and locating at Alderley Science Park, safeguarding a long term future for the site.”

Paul Dickinson from Seda Pharmaceutical Services based in the BioHub at Alderley Park commented “The Enterprize Zone status will support new businesses in making the move to Alderley Park. The discounted business rates will make Alderley Park an attractive location for new biotech start-ups looking to exploit exciting science.  Our collaborative approach to drug development and our partnerships with other Alderley Park companies provides us with great opportunities to develop new medicines with increased likelihood of product success”.

Chancellor announces Birchwood as first enterprise zone for Warrington

CHANCELLOR George Osborne confirmed Birchwood will be given ‘enterprise zone’ status in last Wednesday’s Autumn Statement.

During the announcement Mr Osborne revealed 26 new enterprise zones will be created across the UK, including a new Cheshire science corridor.

The corridor will join together Cheshire and Warrington’s nationally and internationally significant research facilities at Alderley Park and the nuclear cluster at Birchwood.

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