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New enterprise zone set to transform the centre of Bristol

New enterprise zone set to transform the centre of Bristol

A new Enterprise Zone in the heart of Bristol will be declared open for business today [Friday, 27 April] by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

More than 200 businesses from across the South West, including representatives from the University of Bristol, will gather in a temporary circus tent which has been erected in the heart of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone to hear an update on the exciting redevelopment project.

The new zone will span 173 acres of land around Bristol Temple Meads train station and includes plans for a long-awaited indoor arena, new public spaces and a vibrant business, commercial and shopping district. Temple Meads station will also be completely refurbished.

It’s anticipated that the new Enterprise Zone will create 17,000 new jobs and bring 400 new companies to the city over the next two decades.

The University of Bristol has been advising on the creation of Creative Harbour, which will house business incubators for start-up companies as well as collaboration and teaching space, an innovation showcase and the new shared inward investment service.

Nick Sturge, Director of the Bristol SETsquared Centre – which the new Creative Harbour centre will house – will be introducing the new concept today as part of the launch event.

He said: “Bristol has always had ambition and a propensity to innovate. Creative Harbour is the right vehicle, at the right time, to make the West of England the best place to start or grow a technology business.”

To read the full story please view on the University website

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