Long awaited Enterprise Zone announcement welcomed


Commenting on tonight’s announcement that the Welsh Government is to explore the options for Enterprise Zones in Ebbw Vale, Cardiff, St Athan, Anglesey and Deeside, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Enterprise, Business, Technology & Science, said:

“Progress on Enterprise Zones is welcome, but long overdue.  Welsh Labour Ministers have dragged their heels since the policy was first announced by George Osborne in Cardiff over six months ago.

“Many will fear this announcement, which contains no detail or substance to support Welsh businesses, is simply a knee-jerk reaction to the loss of the £355million Jaguar Land Rover plant.

“There remain many unanswered questions about Welsh Labour’s Enterprise Zones, not least how sectors of the economy will be restricted to certain geographical areas.”

Earlier today, a response from the Minister suggested the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zones policy was still in development.

Nick Ramsay added, “Enterprise Zones are vital to attract investors to Wales and make our nation more prosperous, but we need robust and detailed policies, especially when Ministers have had over six months to develop them.”