Scarborough’s bid for Enterprise Zone status

NEW proposals have been put forward which could see Scarborough Business Park become one of the Government’s flagship Enterprise Zones.

Regeneration chiefs at Scarborough Council, backed by business leaders in the town and MP Robert Goodwill, have entered a North Yorkshire bidding process against other propositions from across the county.

Only one of the bids can be selected to go forward by the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and achieve Enterprise Zone status.

The council’s head of regeneration and planning, Pauline Elliott, said: “This bid represents a tremendous chance of safeguarding existing jobs and securing new quality jobs in Scarborough, especially in advanced manufacturing.” she said. “It will also enable us to be in the strongest possible position to maximise inward investment from the offshore wind industry and the proposed potash mine.

“We believe we have a very robust bid and can demonstrate the enormous value an Enterprise Zone designation would bring to the borough and we would very much like the support of people and business leaders in Scarborough as we take this forward.”

The council believes the award of Enterprise Zone status, which brings increased business rate relief and a relaxed planning regime, should accelerate investment in the business park, creating and safeguarding thousands of local jobs and delivering a massive boost to the Scarborough economy.