The government has today revealed 11 new Enterprise Zones, which are part of a drive to encourage economic growth in local areas.
Enterprise Zones are intended to attract business by having superfast broadband, simplified planning rules and tax breaks for new businesses over the next four years.
The new areas that have been designated as Enterprize Zones include the Daresbury Science Campus in Warrington, Humber Estuary Renewable Energy Super Cluster, Newquay AeroHub in Cornwall, the Solent Enterprize Zone at Daedalus Airfield in Gosport and Science Vale UK in Oxfordshire.
The rest of the list is made up by MIRA Technology Park in Hinkley, Leicestershire, Rotherwas Enterprise Zone in Hereford, Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent and Enterprise West Essex in Harlow, Northampton Waterside, Alconbury Airfield near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, and Lowestoft in Suffolk.
These areas join the initial 11 zones, including Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle, that the government announced in the Budget in March.
In addition, the government announced that it will allow companies that set up in Enterprise Zones in assisted areas, including the North East and Tees Valley, to claim enhanced first-year allowances for plant and machinery from 2012.
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.”
The government expects the zones to help create more than 30,000 new jobs by 2015, with the areas benefiting from more than £150 million in tax breaks over the next four years.
Yesterday, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed how much each English county and Scotland will receive from the government's £530 million fund for superfast broadband.