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Bristol & Bath Science Park welcomes special guests

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Written by: Liza-Jane Gillespie | Posted 11 December 2015 16:13

Bristol & Bath Science Park welcomes special guests

Business secretary Sajid Javid visited Bristol & Bath Science Park to discuss plans for a world class automotive research centre on the site.

Bath MP Ben Howlett was one of those welcoming the government minister, along with Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, and Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall. Mr Javid met members of the science park’s steering committee at the site in Emersons Green in north east Bristol.

The research centre project is being led by the University of Bath and is supported by the steering committee under the leadership of its chairman, Professor Iain Gray.

Mr Javid heard how the proposed £50m project could establish the UK as a leader in the creation of cleaner, more efficient vehicles by building on the university’s expertise in low carbon automotive propulsion engineering. It could also create thousands of new highly skilled advanced engineering jobs if it was to go ahead.

The University of Bath is preparing a detailed business case, which will be used to attract investment needed to deliver the project.

Following Mr Javid’s visit on December 3 Mr Howlett said: “The west of England is leading the way in advanced engineering and research and the University of Bath plays a significant part in supporting our continued success.

“The university’s emerging proposals discussed today would greatly benefit the area and attract investment and jobs.”

Mr Gray said: “It’s important to demonstrate to government the innovation and growth that Bristol & Bath Science Park is superbly placed to unlock. The science park can act as a vital component in developing new sectors, and this proposal vividly demonstrates the impact that could be made, on a local and national scale.”

Mr Javid added: “It was good to hear about the plans and see the level of support for them from the University of Bath, steering committee members and local MPs. I look forward to seeing future plans for the site develop.”

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