The latest award of Growth Deal 3 funding was announced in March 2017 providing a boost of £21.9 million for the Marches with a focus on innovation and skills, to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth through the following innovation projects.
Involves development of a new Enterprise and Science Park which the LEP estimates will bring 950 high value jobs to the growing market and university town of Newport. Awarded at least £6.34m of Growth Deal funding, it will facilitate provision of a high tech business start-up and incubation space, training and higher level skills development, and collaboration between local businesses and higher education. The package will also kickstart delivery of more than 1,000 essential new houses including starter homes in the Newport area – a key element of the Marches contribution to meeting government housing priorities.
Strategic off-site highway improvements (including to the A41 and A518 transport corridors) and sustainable transport measures will be implemented to connect the Enterprise and Science Park with Newport town centre, and support new housing development.
Centre for Cyber Security
The centre, which is being developed by the University of Wolverhampton, will be located at Hereford Enterprise Zone’s Skylon Park and will support three main areas:
- Accommodation for businesses working in the cyber security sector with potential space for up to 20 tenant businesses
- Secure training and educational facilities to provide specialist cyber security training for businesses and organisations
- A base for undertaking research in the field of cyber security
Expertise will be drawn from the University of Wolverhampton’s Cyber Research Institute which supports innovative research, teaching, professional development and consultancy.