MP’s push for zone site at Warton

Fylde MP Mark Menzies
Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Fylde MP Mark Menzies urged the Prime Minister to ensure that the Government is pushing for investment in advanced manufacturing at the Warton Enterprise Zone.

He raised the issue with David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

Mr Menzies said: “I thank the Prime Minister for his Government having designated Warton in my constituency as an enterprise zone, but may I ask what steps they are taking to ensure that Warton is the most attractive zone for advanced manufacturing inward investment?”

Mr Cameron replied: “I am grateful to my Hon. Friend for what he says about Warton.

“Making sure that they succeed means that we have to market them even better, using UK Trade & Investment and its resources both here and around the world.

“In terms of advanced manufacturing, if we promote the tax rates we have, the patent box and the catapult institutes up and down the country to support advanced manufacturing, and bring all those things together, it is absolutely clear to me that there is no better place to invest in Europe right now than coming to invest in Britain.”

Mr Menzies said: “The enterprise zone at Warton has the ability to provide highly-skilled jobs in advanced engineering and manufacturing if it is marketed in the right way.

“Companies around the world are now looking at Britain as a potential base for their businesses and enterprise zones are designed to provide the perfect environments for them.”