Corby set to be granted assisted area status

Corby MP Andy Sawford

Corby MP Andy Sawford

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Corby is set to be granted assisted area status , amove which would boost job creation and growth.

The new status would make local businesses eligible to bid for additional funding and tax breaks to create jobs, invest in new premises or machinery and grow.

The status is subject to approval by the European Commission and its decision is expected in late May,

Corby MP Andy Sawford has campaigned for Corby to be designated an assisted area, working closely with the borough council and the local enterprise partnerships.

He said: “I am delighted our campaign for Assisted Area Status has been successful. When I backed the bid by Fairline Boats for money from the Regional Growth Fund the government turned it down because we were not in an Assisted Area.

“The same thing happened when I supported the bid by Benteler Automotive for funds from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain initiative. For the past four years Corby has been at a competitive disadvantage to other areas of the country, despite having higher levels of unemployment and a need for support.

“I will now be lobbying the European Commission to approve the re-drawn Assisted Area map, and pressing both the EU and the government to work with me, the council and local businesses to ensure vital help and support flows to Corby and East Northamptonshire.”