Dudley Council in partnership with the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), have submitted a revised bid in July 2016 for an Enterprise Zone at Brierley Hill. The result of this is expected to be announced in the Chancellors 2016 Autumn statement and if successfully the new Enterprise Zone will go live in April 2017.
Aim: Brierley Hill Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone aims to be the high tech office hub of the Black Country, connecting advanced manufacturing to industrial sites via a new sustainable Metro link.
The EZ will put Brierley Hill on the national and international map as a location of choice for business and innovation with low cost and high quality office space connected to the regional infrastructure. It will look at how the manufacturing and technology of the region can help deliver new business, as well as broaden its digital and professional base into existing manufacturing technology.
The high tech office hub of the Black Country will create 7,000 new jobs over 25 years and will be officially launched in April 2017.
A new Metro line is planned to connect the EZ to new garden communities (housing developments) along the route, as well as to i54, HS2, Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham City Centre.
How: The enterprise zone will reinvigorate the existing Waterfront office complex, and as well as doubling the total office accommodation on offer around the site to 1.5million sq ft, it will expand onto vacant industrial land in the surrounding area.
Dudley’s existing manufacturing and industrial base will be bolstered by the introduction of new industrial space as well as creating new accommodation for businesses in the technology and service sectors.