Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: Town to put on the map with access to business development funds

09:40 01 May 2014

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, centres,  with Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, left, and the chairman of the Ipswich and Suffolk Business Club, Colin Underdown) taking in the sights of the Ipswich waterfront.

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, centres, with Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, left, and the chairman of the Ipswich and Suffolk Business Club, Colin Underdown) taking in the sights of the Ipswich waterfront.

Paul Nixon Photography 07904296577

Ipswich will get a “shot in the arm” thanks to extra funds and tax breaks targeted at some of the town’s most deprived areas.

The inclusion of areas of Ipswich in an updated Assisted Area Status (AAS) map has been hailed by politicians and business representatives alike.

The AAS, which is due to be rubber-stamped by Europe in July, is granted to less prosperous local economies so that businesses there can avail of more government or European funding to help them grow.

A draft map published by the government in December didn’t include Ipswich, but that looks set to change, with Alexandra Ward, Gipping Ward, Holywells Ward and Priory Heath Ward to be incorporated.

Ben Gummer MP for Ipswich, said: “I’ve been making the argument within the Department for Communities and Local Government, Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, that even wealthy areas of our country have some significant pockets of deprivation, and Ipswich is one of them. That has been recognised. There are parts of Ipswich which are as badly off as parts of Liverpool.”

While Mark Pendlington of New Anglia LEP Chairman said it was “fantastic news” and described Ipswich as a “significant industrial centre” with many firms looking to expand.

Other parts of Suffolk, such as Lowestoft, will also be included in the map.

“This announcement is good news and can make a real difference to Ipswich and Lowestoft,” said John Dugmore, CEO of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

“Both towns have seen private and public sectors coming together to bring economic regeneration that makes a real difference to real businesses and real people’s lives.

“By ensuring that more investment is available in these important areas, we can now hopefully see continued growth.

“We do have to ensure though that the money gets to where it is needed most as soon as possible in order that firms can invest and bring more jobs and more economic prosperity to both Ipswich and Lowestoft.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Enjoy a family day out at the Suffolk Show

Looking for ways to entertain the family during the school holidays? Here we bring you a round up of what is on in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and elsewhere in Suffolk, and into north Essex.

EACH Colour Dash at Christchurch Park

Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during Ipswich’s most well supported Colour Dash to date.

Priti Patel

Pro-Brexit Essex MP Priti Patel added to a new row in the EU Referendum campaign by accusing the leaders of the “Remain” side of being so wealthy and privileged that they did not understand the concerns of most voters.

Major Tim Pig preview shots. Image: Jane Anderson

The finer points of his space suit have been painted on, he has been shipped back to Ipswich and been glossed to protect him from the weather - and now Major Tim Pig is just waiting to land in the town centre.

City Palace Udaipur

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

File picture of Norwich Road/Orford Street junction in Ipswich.

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault committed in Ipswich last weekend have carried out anniversary checks in the area.

The bank holiday weather was perfect for events like the Trimley Beer Festival.

For once organisers of bank holiday weekend events are set to be happy with the British weather as the region prepares for a third dry day today.

The Stowmarket town sign.

One woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following the incident last night.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing

It would take a phenomenal effort to produce a bad Dirty Dancing show. The 1987 coming-of-age drama is ripe for any interpretation: iconic music, a timeless script, a clear story with emotional depth, relatable characters and well-defined goals, and of course, some pretty captivating dancing.

Ferry boat inn old Felixstowe 
Food and drink review

I visited the Ferry Boat Inn on a day, not so very long ago, when hail was still a common occurrence, writes Victoria Richman.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24