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Lord Heseltine visits the AMP

posted 14 Jan 2011, 05:52 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Feb 2011, 02:25 ]
Former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) recently as part of a national tour programme promoting the Government’s new £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund (RGF) scheme.

The RGF events have taken place across the country and are an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to learn more about the bidding process. The Fund aims to stimulate enterprise by supporting projects with significant potential for economic growth and for creating new sustainable private sector employment. It also aims to support in particular those areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector to make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity.

Speaking at the event which took place in the AMP Technology Centre, Rotherham, Lord Heseltine encouraged the 170 delegates to bring forward high-quality proposals that promise to unleash local talent and help communities in Yorkshire to flourish. Lord Heseltine said: 

"I'm delighted to be here in Yorkshire as an advocate for this important Fund. The Regional Growth Fund presents an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs in Yorkshire to help shape their own economic future.

"I hope today's road show will inspire people to think strategically about how this fund can deliver a positive change to their local economy; creating new jobs and benefits for local people."

Lord Heseltine is Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, which will consider all bids for funding and make recommendations to Ministers about which should be successful. He will be supported by a team of business and civic leaders and academics, including his Deputy Chair, Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, who also spoke at the event.

Whilst at the AMP, Lord Heseltine also visited the facilities at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC with Boeing.