A business which has been based in Corby since 1973 has shown its support for the town becoming an enterprise zone in the future.
Corby was part of a joint bid to become an enterprise zone last year, but despite being unsuccesful then, the MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove is keen to try again and have an even stronger case for the town at the next possible opportunity.
Mr Pursglove visited RCS Logistics on the Willowbrook industrial estate in Corby today (Thursday) to meet staff, learn about the business and discuss his hopes for Corby becoming an enterprise zone in the next round of bidding.
A successful enterprise zone bid would allow Corby to attract more central government funding for developments and would see businesses within the established zone benefit.
The MP said: “I never cease to be amazed by the wealth of industry that we have in the area and the skills that we have got in the town.
“It’s great to be here today at RCS, to hear about their plans for the future.
“It’s very exciting that we have got businesses like RCS that are forward-looking.”
Mr Pursglove has had feedback on why the previous bid was unsuccessful and he wants to learn from this so Corby is in the best position to try again when the bidding opens.
He said: “It is a project we have to keep warm, we have to keep talking about it and working towards it.”
Mr Pursglove said enterprise zone status would be a huge boost for the town, and added: “Corby has been an enormous success story, as has North Northamptonshire, with dramatic falls in unemployment, but let’s boost that even more and turbo-charge this opportunity.”
He added: “Corby is a great town, it’s got a great history of doing business and the enterprise zone in the 1980s was successful so let’s do it again.”
RCS Logistics offers transport and warehouse services to some of the biggest names in retail and manufacturing both in the UK as well as abroad and employs about 110 people.
Commercial director Steve Gray said the MP’s visit had created a buzz among staff and said it was great to have someone of ‘Tom’s stature’ to visit the firm.
He believes an enterprise zone would be good for business and that its customers would see it as a positive, as well as benefiting the town with all the housing planned for the area.
Mr Gray said: “The development that we have seen in the town is huge.
“The pool, the station and all the facilities we have now, it really has got the infrastructure just waiting to explode once these houses come, but naturally people need the guarantee of work.
“We need to raise the level of awareness that this is a great place to come.”