Work starts on building Haverhill Research Park's new business and innovation centre
A ground-breaking ceremony has been held at Haverhill Research Park to mark the start of the construction of the EpiCentre innovation centre.
Cllr John Griffiths, the leader of West Suffolk Council (WSC), Cllr David Roach, Portfolio Holder for Local Plan Development and Delivery at WSC and Nic Rumsey, managing director of developer Jaynic, all attended.
Cllr Griffiths said: “We are delighted that the EpiCentre is now moving forward to further enable us to help new and existing local businesses grow in Haverhill.
"By building on our strengths such as advanced manufacturing, we will be helping to develop new skills to benefit not only Haverhill, West Suffolk and the Cambridge Sub-Region but also the national economy.
"I would like to thank our partners in the public and private sector who have worked so hard with us to bring millions of pounds of investment to Haverhill, an economic boost for our residents and businesses, and income to support council services.
"By investing, unlocking outside funding or providing loans we are bringing business, jobs and supporting infrastructure to assist our growing economy across the whole of West Suffolk.”
Mayor James Palmer of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority said: "Fantastic to get shovels on site.
"Thanks to our Local Growth Fund unlocking potential, this development shows how the Mayoral Combined Authority and Business Board can work with partners to make things happen, quickly and effectively.
"With the £ 2.7 million Combined Authority investment there’s no looking back for what will become a key growth hub, creating new jobs, new businesses, and widening prosperity, not just for Haverhill but for this important part of our whole regional economy."
Mr Rumsey added: “Starting work on the Epicentre fulfils our long-held ambition for a business centre at Haverhill’s gateway.
"We reiterate our appreciation of the financial assistance from the Combined Authority’s Business Board and West Suffolk Council without which it wouldn’t have been possible.”
The Epicentre building on the gateway site is directly adjacent to the ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ roundabout at the entrance to Haverhill and will hopefully help to attract further commercial investment and to support the creation of jobs for the area.
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