£35m investment will see more than 2,700 automotive jobs created

Time 9:38 am, September 1, 2016

MORE than 2,700 jobs are set to be created in a new business district being supported by government investment of £35m.

The 24-hectare automotive business zone in Whitley, near Coventry, is aimed at attracting local manufacturers and supply chain firms from next year.

The site is being developed with another £10m support from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwick District Council and Coventry City Council.

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark, pictured, said: ‘Our world-class auto sector is leading the way and this new development will create thousands more skilled jobs. It shows how the private and public sector can work together to make a difference to the economy.’

The new funding will also help improve local transport links, connecting the site with the A45, and constructing a new bridge to join the new development with an existing Jaguar Land Rover engineering centre.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Coventry-based advanced manufacturing company AMT Expert, business minister Margot James added: ‘The resurgence of advanced manufacturing and the automotive industry in the West Midlands is a real success story.

‘It’s vital we maintain this momentum and keep creating high-skilled jobs and don’t let any opportunity slip through our fingers. Today’s £35 million investment unlocks land that will help to cement the region as a leading destination for investment.’


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