Business: Southend-on-Sea

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase investment in industry in Southend-on-Sea; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Shadow Minister (Women)

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) works with local and regional partners to ensure effective investment in Southend-on-Sea and support the business community there. EEDA has committed to invest a further £2.485 million over the coming financial year to further expand the facilities at the university of Essex and encourage the growth of the digital technology sector in Southend. This is in addition to essential business support services like Business Link, support for inward investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which are available to businesses in the area.

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