Growth in the north-east of Essex has received a significant boost with the announcement that Brightlingsea, Harwich and parts of Clacton had successfully gained Assisted Area Status.

The government revealed which parts of the UK had won Assisted Area Status, which makes local businesses eligible to bid for additional funding and tax breaks.

Once their addition to the Assisted Areas Map has been confirmed, businesses in Harwich, Brightlingsea and parts of Clacton will be able to bid for additional funding and tax breaks to create jobs, invest in new premises or machinery and grow.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said: “Today’s announcement is a really good sign that Ministers know if you want economic growth quickly, you come to Essex. Tendring was not included on the draft Assisted Areas Map that the Government produced at the end of last year, and we have worked tirelessly with partners for its inclusion. We look forward to continuing to work with Tendring District Council to ensure that we make the most of this opportunity.”

Mick Page, TDC’s Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Inward Investment, said: “I am delighted with this news and it marks the culmination of much work to secure the recognition of Tendring as an area of special need with the potential for significant economic growth.”

“Tendring District Council has worked closely with Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to make the case for the District to be awarded Assisted Area Status. The campaign has also been supported by local MP’s Bernard Jenkin and Douglas Carswell, and by the Haven Gateway Partnership.

“Assisted Area Status offers the potential for considerable financial advantages to companies within the Tendring area, particularly with regard to the Offshore Renewables Sector in Harwich and Brightlingsea, and more generic manufacturing businesses along the A120 growth corridor.”

Peter Jones, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) said: “This is great news for Essex and Tendring and builds upon the excellent case for new growth and jobs that has been presented. We have been delighted to promote the huge opportunities locally in key industries such as renewable energy in our Growth Deal proposals to Government. It is a great example of the MPs, council leaders and the LEP working together for local people and business.”

Eligible areas are selected based on a combination of economic need and opportunity. Assisted Area Status recognises an area’s potential for business growth, and that robust partnership are in place to address challenges and drive economic regeneration.

The government’s Assisted Areas map is still subject to Commission approval and is expected to take effect on 1 July 2014. It can be viewed online at ukassistedareasmap.com.

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