Why invest?

Hear what these successful businesses have to say about why they located in an Enterprise Zone.

Aire Valley Leeds

John Waters, Chief Executive of Watershed, said: “Our expansion within the Aire Valley marks a really exciting time for Watershed and by taking advantage of the Enterprise Zone benefits on offer we hope that the company will continue to grow.”

Aire Valley Leeds Watershed


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David Boorman, Enval Business Development Director said: “We know of many companies within the resource recycling sector that have found the planning process difficult to navigate. Enval’s experience, with the support and expertise offered by our local authority partners and the Enterprise Zone itself, has been an extremely positive one.”

Black Country

Eurofins Managing Director Graeme Risdon said: “Our business relies on rapid collection and analysis of food samples and i54 is perfectly situated in the heart of the Midlands motorway network. As a purpose-built HQ, we have been able to create an environment that meets both the needs of our customers and staff. The facility will mean increased capacity, allowing us to grow the business and create new jobs in the future.”

Bristol Temple Quarter

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Don Elgie, Chief Executive of Creston, said: “We are pleased to have agreed the deal on the West Wing at One Glass Wharf and are looking forward to enjoying the business benefits on offer at the Enterprise Zone.”

Morten Tobias Lind, Managing Director of LICenergy UK Ltd said: “After extensive research, LIC felt that Bristol offered the greatest potential for our expansion both as a geographically strategic base but also backed up with the high academic standard of engineers qualifying from the University. Throughout our research to establish a UK base the support we have received from Invest in Bristol has been faultless. The team have been a key element in our final decision to settle here. The vibrancy of the city matches well with our Danish roots and we look forward to becoming a part of this expanding and exciting business community.”

Discovery Park

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Keith Bushell, Managing Director for Vital Software, said: “Discovery Park is the perfect location for our 13 UK-based staff. When we learned that the site was going to become an Enterprise Zone, it was the natural choice for our relocation. We are very pleased to be in the Park and are really looking forward to meeting and working with other like-minded and forward thinking companies.”

MIRA Technology Park

Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Limited said: “Establishing a technical centre in the UK has been an important step in Ashok Leyland’s strategy to realize their vision of being globally among the top 10 truck and top 5 bus manufacturers. The centre, with its access to the facilities and expertise that MIRA offers, will strengthen the Company’s considerable research and development capabilities to design and develop products that will be on par with evolving European standards. It will also enable Ashok Leyland to draw on the benefits of being based at Europe’s most advanced independent transport technology facility. The centre will be a research hub for Ashok Leyland’s global R&D efforts and will address critical aspects like safety features and homologation for global markets.”

Terry Spall, Commercial Director said: “Becoming an Enterprise Zone has been a huge benefit and has acted as a catalyst for growth for us.  Our engagement with Government both regionally and nationally has become of paramount importance and allowed us to really accelerate our growth plans, create a hugely attractive inward investment proposition and expedite job creation as we progress the MIRA Technology Park development.”

Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft

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Gary Keyzor, Managing Director of Electro-tech said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to grow our business in the Enterprise Zone. The benefits will make a really positive impact on our business. Our new premises in the Enterprise Zone are around 10 times bigger than our current premises. We’ve got ambitious plans for expansion.”

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Blair Ainslie, Managing Director of Seajacks said: “Our move to new premises in the Enterprise Zone is a no brainer. The range of benefits such as simplified planning, reduction from business rates for five years and the roll-out of superfast broadband means that we are committed to growing jobs in this area. We’d also like to act as a catalyst to encourage other companies to join us in the Enterprise Zone.”


Humber Renewable Energy Super Cluster

Tony Pontone, Director at Cablescan, said: “The opportunity provided by the Enterprise Zone was too good for us to miss. We have continually looked to grow, and the facilities at BAE Systems Brough, together with the incentives provided through the Enterprise Zone, have presented us with an opportunity to expand and in doing so create more skilled jobs in the region. A real win-win situation.”

MIRA Technology Park

Alan McCormick, Vice President and Managing Director of Lockheed Martin UK said: “We are delighted to be a part of the new MIRA Technology Park. With the facility now in place, we are keen to attract Electrical and Electronic Design Engineers, Mechanical Design Engineers and System Integration and Test Engineers. The creation of this satellite, combined with the MIRA’s plans for the Technology Park, will see this relationship develop and grow, enabling us to attract a skilled and dynamic workforce and take advantage of a range of test facilities.”

Newquay Aerohub

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Commercial Director of Apple Aviation, Bernard Longman, said: “Newquay Aerohub has been selected as the site for our new facility due to the excellent infrastructure which the airport has to offer plus the benefits of developing our new business venture within the Enterprise Zone.”

Northampton Waterside

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Benet Slay, Chief Executive of Carlsberg UK said: “By being in the enterprise zone, we create a real sense of togetherness with other businesses and, most importantly I think, we have a town and county administration that are very pro-business and pro-development and growth.

“There are many benefits of being based in Northampton. First of all, it’s got great transport links so it’s very well located. But secondly, and more importantly, I think it’s got a vibrant business community here.

“We’ve got a lot of inward investment, good cultural development coming through in the town as well, and a strong sense of history and heritage that plays well with what Carlsberg stands for.”

Aidan Harte, Managing Director, Freefoam Plastics said: “With its excellent distribution links, Northampton has proven to be the perfect location for us.

“When we decided to put a start-up manufacturing and distribution operation in the UK market, Northampton ticked all the boxes for Freefoam.

“We are very committed to the present location and over the last 13 years we have made significant investment in additional land and buildings to create new roles in engineering, manufacturing, distribution and administrative for the local community.

“Being part of the Enterprise Zone has given us access to additional support which has influenced our decision to make further investment.”


Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots, said: “The Nottingham Enterprise Zone represents a unique opportunity to create a new innovation platform that will assist in the future development of the UK’s health, beauty and wellness market.”

Science Vale UK

Malcolm Newdick, Managing Director at Riverbank IT Management said: “We felt that Riverbank would benefit from being part of a business community. Milton Park was the obvious choice because of its commercial benefits. We will be close to clients and potential clients, plus we see future benefits of Milton Park being in an Enterprise Zone.”

Sheffield City Region

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Ellbee Managing Director Nigel Smailes said: “We chose the site for its excellent transport links, especially to the East Coast, and because being based there gives us access to a pool of skilled local staff.


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Andrew Taylor, Managing Director of X:Cel Superturn, said: “Many of our suppliers are based in the Sheffield City Region, and there is a lot of technical expertise in the area, so setting up our flagship operation at the Enterprise Zone was a bit of a no-brainer.”


Harworth Estates Development Manager Duncan Armstrong-Payne said: “The Sheffield City Region is now considered to be the ‘Mayfair address’ for advanced manufacturing. There is a real buzz around the Enterprise Zone at the moment and to see cranes across the Waverley skyline shows confidence in the site and the growth of the Sheffield City Region as a whole.”

Tees Valley

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Dave Crone, Managing Director of Omega Plastics, said: “Queens Meadow Business Park offered the best all-round package. The business rate relief for five years enables us to invest more heavily in product development and other areas of the business and we know that the necessary workforce skills exist in Hartlepool and the surrounding area.”

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Durable Technologies Company Director Alex Carter said: “In the current economic climate, support for businesses is so important and the Enterprise Zone incentives will help us enormously to grow the business. The Enterprise Zone assistance will also enable the company to expand its product range by investing more in research and development.”